meet theChinook


Training &Temperament

It’s amazing that dogs this smart and lovable were once on the verge of extinction. Happily, the Chinook was brought back from near oblivion by devotees who cherished the breed’s many virtues. They’re calm, people-oriented dogs with a special feel for children. Chinooks are trainable, eager workers who aim to please. Sledding, carting, obedience, agility, search-and-rescue work, and herding are a few pursuits they’ve mastered. Still a pretty rare breed, Chinooks aren’t easy to come by. But their fans say they’re worth the search.

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Did You Know?

Chinook is the Inuit word for warm winter winds.

The Chinook is one of a few dog breeds created in America.

The Chinook Breed was developed by Polar Explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900's on his farm in Wonalancet, New Hampshire.

A Chinook sled dog team was the first team of dogs to the summit of Mt. Washington, NH in 1925.

In 1927 Arthur Walden, along with 16 of his male Chinooks, went with Admiral Richard Byrd's first expedition to Antarctica. The Chinook dogs were used to haul the expedition freighting sleds.

In 1965, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the Chinook for the first of three times as the rarest dog, with only 125 dogs alive.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Fawn 082
Gray Red 458
Palomino 282
Red Gold 152
Silver Fawn 187
Black 007
Black & Tan 018
Buff 068
Gray & Tan 103
Tawny 198
White 199


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004
Buff Markings 031
White Markings 014