The Chinook is a exceptional breed of sled dog, originated in the state of New Hampshire in the period of the early 20th century. The Chinook is New Hampshire’s authorized state dog.
The breed derives mainly from one male predecessor born in 1917, named as “Chinook,” who was Walden’s escort dog and stud.
The Chinook were initially described by Lewis and Clark, who visited them in 1805, although they had been recognized as traders for at least 12 years. Lewis and Clark expected their number at 400, but they referred only to those who were living on Columbia River.
Chinook grew to be hundred pounds. In Walden’s book Harness and Pack, Walden explained Chinook as “a large yellowish-brown dog, a half-bred Eskimo, with dark muscle and ears. Chinook was famous not only as a magnificent sled dog, but also for his calm character toward children.
Resulting from a single ancestor, the Chinook race came from a dog named Chinook, which was one of 3 puppies born to a Northern Husky female bred with one of Peary’s North Pole dog team. The father was a big diverse breed dog, and Chinook did not really look like either one of his parents. Packed in with a muscular frame, the Chinook has a proportionate body. The influential muzzle of this kind features strong teeth that get together in a scissors bite. The black nose has wide large nostrils,. The big almond-shaped eyes of amber or brown color are average in size and offer an appearance of intelligence.
The body of Chinook is well balanced with solid bone, stretchy musculature is well-known and the chest is deep. The fur on the head is stretched without wrinkles. The stop is moderate and there is a channel running vertically from the stop to the occiput, standing 53 to 69 centimeter (21 to 27 inches) in height at the withers and weighing 25 to 41 kilogram (55 to 90 pounds), the Chinook is muscular and balanced dog. The United Kennel Club breed standard states that “The ideal coloration should run from light honey color to reddish-gold. Black markings on the within the corners of the eyes are ideal. Dark yellowish-brown to black markings on the muzzle and ears are preferred.
The listed health situations have occurred within the whole Chinook breed:
- Hip dysplasia and hormonal skin problems.
- Mono/bilateral cryptorchidism, spondylosis and seizures.
- Excessive shyness.
- Eye abnormalities
Health issues comprise normal heritable problems such as atopy and epileps. Also cryptorchidism is common, which occurs in about 10 percent of all male dogs of this breed. Although there is no major concern about health issues, but minor concerns are listed above already.
Some suggested tests are for eyes, hip.
Chinooks can adapt well to family life and prefer to go together with their “pack” on outings such as camping or hiking. They do not like to be left alone. Long duration of time without their family can direct them to negative behavior. Also, if left outside, they may attempt to dig under a fence or boundary,
Although they are functioning dogs, Chinooks need little activity. They are pleased to go along on hikes or long walk, but they are just as satisfied to nap on the couch. And keep in mind that you have the authority to defend your Chinook from one of the most ordinary health issue that is obesity. Keeping him at a suitable weight is an easy way to expand Chinook’s life.