Chinook – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Working Dogs
Height:
21 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
55 to 70 pounds
Life Span:
12 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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The Chinook is a medium-size dog of 26 inches and between 50-90 pounds.

Males are much bigger than females who can weigh up to 65 pounds and go to 24 inches in height.

This rare breed usually lives between 12-15 years and they love spending their lives being active outdoors, and cuddling with their humans indoors.

The Chinook was developed in the early 1900s and is the official state dog of New Hampshire. In 1965, the Guinness Book of World Records listed the Chinook as the world’s rarest dog breed. Until this day, this breed remains one of the rarest dog breeds alive.

Just to explain how rare this breed is, you should know that by 1981, only 28 Chinooks were remaining.

Most of these ultra-rare dogs were senior dogs or neutered, making only 11 dogs still suitable for breeding. Thanks to responsible breeders and their enormous efforts, they created a carefully designed breeding program, bringing Chinooks back to life.

AKC officially recognized the breed in 2013, under Working Group. Tawny is the only color allowed for this breed and can vary from pale honey tone to a deeper reddish-gold.

The coat is double and thick, and easy to care for. Proper grooming tools should be enough to help you keep Chinook’s coat healthy and shiny. With this breed, you should expect heavy shedding twice a year.

They have pendant ears, also known as drop ears that hang down – this style is the preferred one as well.

They are natural athletes and as such great companions for several dog sports including agility, obedience trials, or some of the human’s favorite outdoor activities such as camping or hiking.

This breed loves to pull. Therefore, help your Chinook excel at sports that require pulling such as skijoring ot sledding.