Chinook Dog: Origins, Characteristics, and Personality

Chinook Dog: Origins, Characteristics, and Personality

Chinook Dog

These muscular and large dogs were created to be working dogs. The Chinook dog is a sled dog that first became known during  Admiral Byrd’s first Antarctic expedition in 1928.


The Chinook dog was created in the snowy mountains of New Hampshire for his pulling abilities and stamina. Arthur Walden crossed his husky with a farm dog, giving origin to one dog, who was named Chinook after the Alaskan ice-melting warm winds, stood out from the litter.

When Admiral Byrd went on his first expedition to Antartica he called in Walden and this first Chinook dog was part of the team.

Today, the Chinook is still a rare dog, being the 175th most popular in the United States.  The AKC recognized him a breed in 2010.

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Physical Characteristics

The Chinook dog is muscular and balanced. The United Kennel Club (UKC) establishes the standards for this dog.  Males usually stand at 23 to 27 inches and weigh an average 70 pounds while females have a height of 21 to 25 inches, weighing around 55 pounds.


These dogs are friendly, calm, and eager to please. He is reserved with people he doesn’t know and can be dignified. He makes a great family dog as he is a loyal dog that gets along well with children.

Caring for a Chinook dog

These dogs may adapt to any home and love to be close to his loved ones. They require daily exercise in the form of a half an hour to an hour walk and some romping time in a safely secured area.


Be consistent when training this dog. They are intelligent and sensitive and eager to please. He is a quick learner but you have to be consistent with your expectations as not to confuse him.

Fun Facts

  • Chinook means “warm winter winds” in Inuit.
  • It is the official dog of the New Hampshire state.
  • The Guinness Book of Records named him the world’s rarest dog in 1965.
  • Tawny is the only accepted coat color for this breed.
  • His strength and agility make him ideal for many pet sports, including obedience trials, hiking, or camping.