The Chinook is a large, rare sled dog developed in the 1900s in New England. Today the breed is most commonly a family pet, but also serves as a search and rescue breed, and for dog-packing, skijoring and in dog agility competitions
The breed weighs 55 to 90 pounds and stands 21 to 27 inches tall. Its double coat is medium length and typically tawny with dark markings on the muzzle and ears. The eyes of the breed are amber to brown. It is a sturdy, muscular breed with a rectangular head, dropped ears and a saber-like tail.
The Chinook is a calm breed that is friendly yet tends to be shy around strangers. They are very gentle and can be great pets for households with children.
The ancestry of the Chinook began with a husky crossbred with a Mastiff-type dog. The result of this breeding was bred with Belgian Sheepdogs, German Shepherds and Canadian Eskimos in order to further create the desired type. The man responsible for the creation of the breed was a dog driver named Arthur Treadwell Walden.
The breed gained recognition in the UKC in 1991. There are about 800 Chinooks currently registered, and nearly 100 puppies born annually. The breed can suffer from some health issues such as epilepsy, hip dysplasia and eye defects.