Strength is a prominent feature of the Chinook. It was developed as a sled dog and thus has a build that enables it to perform this task with ease. It has a slender, but muscular structure. The back is straight and extends to sloping hindquarters. Its tail normally hangs loosely downward. When the dog is at attention the tail is almost parallel to the back. The head is moderately large with a long muzzle. The facial features are dark. The breed has a double coat, which consists of a soft and thick undercoat and coarse and straight topcoat. The coat tends to be more prevalent at the underside of the tail and collar.


Mild-mannered and dedicated are characteristic traits of the Chinook. The breed was developed for service and wholeheartedly desires to serve. Sled dogs work in teams, so the Chinook does not usually require socialization to coexist with other dogs or animals within its household. Although a devoted worker, the breed is not all work. It enjoys playing games and learning new tricks. The breed is gentle in nature and is not known to respond unfavorably with young children who may play rough. It may appear snobbish around people it does not know, but it actually just very cautious.

Height and Weight

Male height: 23-27 inchesMale weight: 60-70 poundsFemale height: 21-25 inchesFemale weight: 40-55 pounds

Health Problems

Overall the Chinook is free of serious health problems. Some types may develop general health conditions, including hip dysplasia and bilateral cryptorchidism.

Ideal Living Conditions

Indoor living with close contact with its family is best for the Chinook. The breed is too timid to be left alone in a backyard, even if it is for a short period. Of course, it can easily become inactive and should have regular exercise.


Although it is only moderately energetic, the Chinook should obtain a considerable amount of exercise. The breed is playful, but play is not sufficient exercise for the breed. The breed has the stamina to go for a high energy walk or run.

Life Expectancy

An average of 10-15 years life expectancy.

Litter Size

An average litter size of 5


Shedding is a normal process for most dogs. The Chinook’s coat sheds, but only every six months. When the coat is shedding it requires more brushing to prevent matting. Brushing also helps to shorten the amount of shedding that occurs.


The history of the Chinook is estimated to have begun in the early 1900s when an adventurer by the n


Spitz, Nordic


Tawny and black are the acceptable colors for the Chinook. It typically has cream markings.

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