By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 28th October 2022

Chinook Dog


Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 28th October 2022

The tawny to honey-complexioned Chinook, originating in New Hampshire, is a purebred dog with a muscular, sturdy physique, brownish eyes, hairy tail black ears and a rectangular head ending in a black muzzle. As the breed standard of the UKC states, “The ideal coloration runs from light honey color to reddish-gold. Black markings on the inside corners of the eyes are preferred. Dark tawny to black markings on the ears and muzzle are preferred. Guard hairs on the tail may be black. No white markings are allowed. Buff markings on the cheeks, muzzle, throat, chest, breeches, toes and underside are acceptable.”

Chinook Dog Pictures

Quick Information

CoatMedium, dense, thick
ColorTawny, black and tan, brown, red
Breed TypePurebred
Group (of Breed)Working, Northern
Lifespan12 to 15 years
Weight/SizeMale: 50 to 90 pounds; Female: 30 to 70 pounds
HeightMale: 23 to 27 inches; Female: 22 to 26 inches
TemperamentGentle, intelligent, loyal, alert, responsive
Country of OriginUSA
Litter Size3 to 6 puppies
Good with ChildrenYes
Competitive RegistrationUKC, ARBA, FORB, CKC, CWNBC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, AKC

Chinook Puppies Video

Temperament and Behavior

The highly trainable Chinook is always ready to learn with an eagerness to please its owner and are especially devoted to the children and tolerant to non-canines, which is again because of its excellent disposition to work as a team with its family and other dogs. Despite being reserved with strangers (but never aggressive, nor shy), this dignified dog is actually a versatile and adaptable breed.



Daily exercise is essential, but in moderate amount in the form of walks or jogging or playing around about half an hour to one hour. This is to maintain their general good health and behavior, which would easily be evident as the dog would take rest or entertain itself after the schedule. They are adaptable even in the apartments, provided they get enough exercise.


The double coat (the soft inner coat and the coarse outer) of the dog is able for self-care and hence, not much grooming is necessary, except when they shed twice every year. They rarely need a bath or two every year, however, trimming their fast-growing nails weekly is required as also brushing their teeth at least twice a week.

Health Problems

The chinook dog being generally healthy, no breed specific diseases develop, except for a small percentage of the population getting certain diseases and syndromes including excessive shyness, eye abnormalities, hip dysplasia, hormonal skin problems, mono or bilateral cryptorchidism, seizures and spondylosis. Make sure to get breeders’ certificates that the puppy is free from hip or eye diseases, when you buy them.


Train your puppy from childhood who the pack leader is (i.e. you) while out for walks or jogs, just like you would train them to socialize with everyone and other pets, since they are prone to shyness issues. Teach it what you want it to do, and that would be enough for the calm, strong-willed dog to pick it up with its smart intelligence.


You can easily provide raw diet to your dog, both meat and veggie, that are generally good for all dogs, however, adding drops of olive oil wouldn’t be a bad idea. Feeding them with high-quality dry food or kibble is also a substitute with 3 1/8 to 4 5/8 cups of it, divided into two meals.

Interesting Facts

  • Chinook dog is the State dog of New Hampshire.
  • A chinook with dropped ear is preferred and valued.
  • The UKC standard faults any other color in a chinook other than tawny, while an albino chinook is also disqualified.
  • In the USA, these dogs developed during the early 20th century.
  • Chinook dogs almost became non-existing, with only 28 Chinooks remaining by 1981, out of which only 11 were used in breeding programs.
  • With only 125 in existence, the chinook was listed as the rarest dog in the world in 1965 by the Guinness World Records.

2 responses to “Chinook Dog”

  1. Michelle Williamson says:

    Want CHINOOK

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