Monday, June 17, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Chinook

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The Chinook is an all American dog breed, at one point in time recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest dog in the world.

The breed was developed in the early 1900s, when polar explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden bred his lead dog with Belgian Sheepdogs, German Shepherds, Canadian Eskimos, and other types of dogs back and forth until he reached the desired type and traits. The result is a sled dog with endurance, trainability, and a gentle nature.

This is not a guard dog, but Chinooks excel at almost everything else. They are intelligent, adaptable, and versatile. They love exercise and physical activity, and will happily accompany their family on hiking trips, jogging, agility, or anything else that takes place outside. This breed makes excellent and affectionate family dogs that form a tight bond with children. The AKC calls them, "The ideal all purpose canine companion."

Chinook is the inuit word for warm winter winds. Although the breed doesn't look like a typical sled dog, they have been used on expeditions to Antarctica.


  1. My daughter was watching Animal Planet and they had some Chinooks on there. I had no idea what that was so I had to google it! Now I know...

    1. I want one. Of course, I want one of everything, LOL! Cool dogs! =D