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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.