American Canine Association




A rare breed in the United States, the Chinook is an incredible sled and working dog breed that originated from a single mixed breed stray. This breed became a very special breed in the late 1900's after owners realized how fast and efficient this breed worked. Today, organizations and breeders are trying to work together in efforts to carefully reestablish this breed.


The Chinook is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 21-28 inches in height and weighing 50-70 pounds in weight. Their large, wedge shaped head forms into a very rectangular shaped muzzle. Their two ears are either cropped and stand firm at the top of their head, or left natural and are large, triangular and fall folded forward. Their almond shaped eyes are generally a dark brown to black in color. Their large bodies appear lean, muscular, active and rectangular in shape. Their tails are large, long and taper down to a point at the end, generally carried downwards and out when relaxed. Their thick coat is a double coat, short in length and available in a golden fawn color, and all shades similar.


The Chinook is an incredible dog breed and would fit into almost all family settings, including growing ones. This breed is known for their tranquil personality and patience, along with their devotion to getting all tasks completed that are asked of them. This breed listens very well and takes all requests seriously. The Chinook is excellent with non-canine pets, dogs, children, elderly and strangers. This breed does require an owner who can remain pack leader and show direction and leadership. This breed is wonderful working however they need to be living indoors at all times with their family members; the Chinook thrives on family affection and interaction.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Chinook prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide a life long physical and financial commitment to your new family member. This breed needs to be housed indoor and live along side family members as a normal family companion, regardless of their duties on your farm or the work they preform during the day. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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