Chinook Breed Magazine - Showsight

and the topskull are almost parallel. Th e nose is large, prominent and the leather is solid black. Th e lips are black. BITE —Th e Chinook has a full com- plement of strong teeth meeting in a scis- sors or a level bite. NECK, TOPLINE, BODY —Th e NECK is strong, balanced in length, arched, and covered with fur that forms a protective ru ff . Th e skin on the neck is pliable but a pendulous dewlap is a fault. Th e neck blends smoothly into the withers. TOPLINE —Th e back is straight, strong and level, with no sign of weakness. Th ere is a slight arch over the loins. Faults: sloping topline, roach or sway back. Th e BODY is well muscled and hard. Th e chest is mod- erately broad, well fi lled and deep, and nei- ther too broad or too narrow. Th e forechest has a prominent prosternum that extends beyond the point of shoulders when viewed from the side. Th e brisket reaches to or nearly to the elbows. Th e ribs are well sprung, oval in shape, fl attening toward the lower end to allow for elbow clearance and e ffi cient movement. Th e loins are muscular with a slight arch, having enough length to be athletic but still in proportion. Th e underline has a moderate tuck-up. Th e croup is muscular, slightly sloping, broad and without exaggeration. Faults: Narrow or barrel chest, dropped croup. TAIL —Th e saber tail is moderately set just below the level of the topline and is well coated with distinct but moderate fringing. It is broad at the base, tapering to the end and reaches to the hock with a slight curve at the tip when relaxed. When alert or moving, the tail is carried in a graceful sickle curve, neither curling to the side of the body nor touching the back. Th e tail should never be docked. Faults: low or high tail set. FOREQUARTERS —Th e shoulders are moderately laid back with the shoulder and upper arm forming an angle of approxi- mately 110 degrees. Th e shoulder blade and upper arm are equal in length. Th e forelegs are straight, well-muscled, with moderate, oval bone. When viewed from the front, the legs are parallel, and straight. Th e elbows turn neither in nor out. Th e pasterns are fl exible, moderate in length, strong, and slightly sloping when viewed from the side. Dewclaws may be removed. Th e FEET

are tight, oval in shape, with arched toes, webbing between the toes, and with strong nails. Th e pads are thick, tough, and darkly pigmented. Th e front feet may turn slightly outward when standing. HINDQUARTERS —Th e hindquar- ters are muscular and strong, moderately angulated, and in balance with the fore- quarters. Th e slope of the pelvis is approxi- mately 30 degrees o ff the horizontal with the angle of the sti fl e at about 110 degrees. Th e upper and lower thigh muscles are well-de fi ned. Th e rear pasterns are paral- lel to each other, and perpendicular to the ground when viewed from any angle. Th e rear feet point straight ahead. Rear dew claws must be removed. COAT —Th e Chinook has a thick double coat lying close to the body. Th e outer coat is straight, strong, and coarse. Th e length of the outer coat is longer over the ru ff , shoulder blades, withers, breeches, and along the underline and the under- side of the tail but is never so long as to obscure the clean-cut outline of the dog. Th e undercoat is short and dense, downy in texture, providing insulation. Th e groin and inside of the rear legs are protected by coat. A winter coat feels soft and plush with coarser hair following the topline. A summer coat may be thinner, feel coarser, and should not be penalized. Th e tail is well-furred with feathering starting about four to fi ve inches from the root. Th ere is slight feathering of shorter hair along the back of the forelegs. Th e Chinook is shown naturally and trimming is not acceptable. Faults: Th in, sparse, or excessively short coat, long, rough, or shaggy coat, unpro- tected belly and/or groin. Trimming of the coat is to be severely penalized. COLOR — Tawny coloration, rang- ing from a pale honey to a deep reddish- gold, is a distinguishing characteristic of the Chinook. Dilute tawny, and its asso- ciated diluted pigmentation of nose, lips, pads, and eye rims, is acceptable but not preferred. It is desirable for the ears and muzzle to have darker coloring than the body. Th is darker ear and muzzle coloring runs from a tawny that is darker than the body to a black shading, with some black shading being the most preferred. A black apostrophe shape mark at the inner corner

of each eye is desirable. Symmetrical white or cream to pale gold markings are accept- able on the cheeks, throat, chest, breeches, and underside. Any other white markings are undesirable including blazes, socks, and scarves. Disquali fi cation: Any color other than tawny as described. GAIT —Th e Chinook’s gait is smooth, easy, and seemingly tireless. When viewed from the side, there should be good reach in the front and good extension in the rear, covering ground with minimal e ff ort. Viewed from behind, the rear pads should be fully visible. Th e back is strong and level when gaiting. As speed increas- es, the feet tend to converge toward a cen- ter line of gravity. TEMPERAMENT —Th e Chinook is an a ff ectionate and playful family com- panion with a special devotion toward children. He is a willing worker who is eager to please and enthusiastic to learn. Th e Chinook is highly trainable, adapt- able, and versatile in his abilities. Gregari- ous with other dogs, the Chinook works well in teams and within family packs. Th e Chinook is a digni fi ed dog and some Chi- nooks may be reserved with strangers but should never appear shy or aggressive. Variations are penalized to the extent of the deviations. DISQUALIFICATIONS Any eye color other than brown. Any color other than tawny as described in this Standard. For more info contact: Sarah Day, CCA Publicity Director Cell: 925-330-9786

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