Chinook Dogs

The Chinook may have a rough and rugged “outdoor” look, but it prefers to be cuddling or playing with its family indoors—even when there are tons of acres available outdoors. Around the home, the Chinook likes to help with chores, snooze on beds and sit close to friends on the couch. If you decide to kick back and read a book, the Chinook will most likely join you.


Chinook Pictures

  • Chinook dog named Hobo
  • Chinook dog named Kaltag
  • Chinook dog named Runner
  • Chinook dog named Cody
  • Chinook dog named Morrison
  • Chinook dog named Moses
see Chinook pictures »

Quick Facts

  • 55 - 75 pounds
  • 21 - 27 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Active singles
    • Outdoorsy types
    • Families with older children
    • Farmers & ranchers

Chinooks on Dogster

69 dogs | see profile pages


Trademark Traits

    • Diligent
    • Determined
    • Willing
    • Calm
    • Alert
    • Reserved

What They Are Like to Live With

However, if you’re an outdoorsy type, the Chinook will gladly follow you through field and stream. Protective of its family, the Chinook makes a loyal (but very restrained) watchdog. The Chinook forms special bonds with children; in fact, it often seems to prefer playing with children.

Things You Should Know

The Chinook can live as long as 15 years with relatively few genetic health problems; however, some Chinooks may develop eye problems, hip dysplasia, epilepsy and skin problems. Grooming the Chinook is very simple. Its thick coat is almost maintenance-free—needing just the occasional brushing—but it has been known to shed during the spring and fall, if not all year-round.

The Chinook is a family dog through and through. It doesn’t need lots of room, but it does need attention and affection. It should not be left alone in the house or apartment all day. Make sure it gets a good daily walk and plenty of cuddle time.

Chinook History

With the hope of creating a durable, strong and friendly sledding dog, explorer and New Hampshire-native Arthur Walden developed the Chinook in the early 20th century. Crossing a Mastiff-like dog with a Husky, Walden produced several puppies that were later crossed with German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherds, resulting in today’s Chinook.

The Look of a Chinook

The Chinook has a large, muscular frame covered in a thin, dense double coat that usually comes in various shades of orange-brown or yellowish-brown. Its broad head has a tapered (but not pointy) muzzle, prick ears that sometimes droop, and amber-colored eyes. Sometimes, dark shades circle the eyes, ears and muzzle. Its well-furred tail either hangs low or curls slightly.

Talk About Chinooks 

Active outdoor buddy or couch companion

Chinooks are wonderful family dogs and are great with children of all ages. They are affectionate and friendly. They are emotionally dependent on their humans and are happiest when someone is home with them most of the time. They are easy to train, but require early and consistent socialization and training to meet their full potential. Chinooks can be your active outdoor buddy or your couch companion. I've had the joys of raising and owning seven Chinooks in my life and I cannot imagine life without Chinooks.

The Chinook community is small, with only about 100 puppies born per year and rare rescues and few rehomings. You often are asked to travel to pick up your puppy in person, and Chinooks tend to be more expensive than many popular breeds.

~Amanda B., owner of a Chinook