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Chinook (Fawn, Muzzle)
Fawn, Muzzle

Breed Information


2022: #180

2021: #172

2020: #186

2019: #184

2018: #190

2017: #179

2016: #175

2015: #177

Name Chinook
Other names None
Origin United States
Breed Group

Working (AKC:2010)

Northern Breeds (UKC)

Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years







Male: 23-27 inches (58-69 cm)

Female: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm)


Male: 70 pounds (32 kg)

Female: 55 pounds (25 kg)



Gray Red


Red Gold

Silver Fawn

Litter Size 3-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $800 - $1200 USD

The Chinook dog is a rare breed, and you won't find one just anywhere. Expect to wait as long as six months to two years before a puppy is available, especially if you have your heart set on a particular sex or ear type (floppy or prick ear). Prices generally range from $650 to $1,500.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

Chinooks make fine apartment dogs so long as the owner makes a commitment to regular exercise and walking.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

Chinooks require moderate exercise and are not hyper dogs, but should be taken for a daily walk. Once exercise is over, the dog will easily entertain itself or will rest.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

Ranking: # Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Chinook Puppy (Puppies, Muzzle)
Puppies, Muzzle

Chinook Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Molly
02 Max Lola
03 Tucker Ginger
04 Toby Penny
05 Rocco Luna
06 Riley Coco
07 Jake Zoey
08 Zeus Emma
09 Bailey Stella
10 Dexter Nala
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


At a glance you know Chinooks weren’t built for lying on the sofa watching General Hospital with Grandma. These tawny-coated, no-frills workers are muscular and substantial, with males standing as high as 26 inches at the shoulder. Females, with their distinctly feminine look, are a bit smaller. Chinooks were conceived as dual-purpose haulers, with the power of freighting dogs and the speed of sled racers. They’re the picture of stouthearted dignity, with a kindly twinkle in their dark almond eyes.

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.


The Chinook Breed was developed by Polar Explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900's on his farm in Wanalancet New Hampshire. Walden's farm was located along the same quiet country road, "The Chinook Trail", where Milton and Eva Seeley helped develop the AKC Siberian and Malamute breeds. By blending a Mastiff type dog with Greenland Husky, German and Belgian Shepherds, Walden succeeded in creating an American breed of sled dog with power, endurance and trainability, with a friendly, gentle nature, and with a distinctive tawny color.

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