Dog breeds: the Chinook dog temperament and personality

Dog breeds: the Chinook dog temperament and personality

The Chinook dog

If you are thinking of a working dog that is agile, energetic, a hiker, strong, and affectionate and playful with kids, you stop and take a look at the Chinook dog. This breed originated in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


The Chinook dog is the result of the crossing between a farm dog and a husky at a New Hampshire farm. A female dog name Chinook was then born on January 17, 1917. She was handsome, big-boned, and with flopped ears. Initially, he was conceived to be a help with his stamina and pulling abilities. 

The breed has suffered ups and downs throughout history that placed him on the brink of extinction. The AKC officially recognized the breed in 2010.  

Physical characteristics

The body of the Chinook dog is well-balanced and muscular. According to standards set by the United Kennel Club, his coloration should be from light-honey to reddish-gold. Standards do not allow white markings. The color of the eyes goes from brown to amber color. 

Males are typically 23 to 27 inches tall and weigh an average of 70 pounds. Females stand at 21 to 25 inches and weigh 55 pounds in average. 


This dog belongs to the working group of dogs. This means that he needs to be doing something at all times. However, he is a calm dog, friendly, and eager to please. He is very loving with his family but dignified and reserved with strangers. 

Caring for a Chinook dog

As long as you meet their exercise needs (at least half and hour of walking and exercising daily), the Chinook dog will do well in an apartment. He does not like to be left by itself in the backyard or alone for too much time. 


They are intelligent and quickly pick up on instructions. Nevertheless, this is an independent thinker which can make him stubborn sometimes. Make sure you have a strong and firm hand since this dog needs leadership. 

Fun facts

  • Chinook means “warm winter winds” in Inuit.
  • Arthur Treadwell developed this breed on his farm in Wonalancent, New Hampshire in the early 1900s. 
  • One of the few dogs created in America. 
  • In 1965, the Chinook made it to the Guinness World of Records for being the No. 1 rarest breed of dog, with only 125 dogs alive.  He earned this record three times. 

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