family and their need to be active. The Chinook is ready and willing to join its family hiking, biking, skiing, boating, or sledding. They love to participate in 4-H, obedience, agility, rally-o, track- ing, and even herding. Chinooks enjoy therapy work with the elderly, sick, and especially with children in classrooms. After a hard day of working, the Chinook is happy to curl up at your feet and peacefully thump his tail. Chinook Club of America attends many of AKC Meet the Breeds events. CCA is the booth where children are “hand” holding a Chinook and Chinook kisses are always available! Please come visit us and learn more about America’s unique and versatile recreational family companion. Visit us on the web: www.ChinookClubofAmerica.org Chinook Breed Standard GENERAL APPEARANCE – The Chinook was developed in the United States as a sled dog whose function was drafting and sled dog racing. Bred to combine the power of freighting breeds with the speed of the lighter racing sled dogs, he is an athletic, hard bodied dog showing good for- ward reach and rear extension in a seemingly tireless gait. The Chinook is an impressive dog, with an aquiline muzzle, dark almond eyes, black eye markings, a variety of ear carriages, and a tawny, close fitting coat. His saber tail is held in a graceful sickle curve. The male should appear unquestionably masculine; the female should have a distinctly feminine look and be judged equally with the male. A dignified and affectionate family dog, the Chinook is known for his love
of children. The Chinook is to be pre- sented in a natural condition with no trimming. The following is a descrip- tion of the ideal Chinook. SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE – The Chinook is a slow maturing breed. SIZE – Ideal height at the withers: males 24 to 26 inches; females 22 to 24 inches. PROPORTION – When measuring from point of shoulder to the point of buttocks the Chinook is slightly longer than tall. The propor- tion of height to length of body being as 9:10 in ratio. SUBSTANCE – Muscular with moderate bone, a gen- der difference is easily discernable. The Chinook exemplifies a sound ath- lete in grace, muscle tone, movement, and carriage. HEAD – The HEAD is broad, wedge- shaped, and impressive but in balance with the size of the dog. Cheeks are well-developed and slightly rounded. The EXPRESSION is intelligent, inquisi- tive and kind. The EYES are medium in size and almond in shape with black rims. The eye can be any shade of brown but dark brown is preferred. Dark markings around the eye that accentuate the eye and give character are desirable. Extended black pigment in an apostrophe shape at the inner corner of each eye is preferred. Disqualification: Any eye color other than brown. The EARS are set near the top line of the skull. They are medium in size, V-shaped, and slightly rounded at the tip. The ear tip should be just long enough to reach the inside corner
dog world by finding a balance between pet and working dog.
Strongly bonded to their owners, they yearn for companionship. Their bond cultivates a willingness to please and a desire to assist in any activity. Together, Chinook and owner can accomplish almost any task. The Chinook is perfect for an active family that desires to have their dog accompany them on all their adven- tures. They do not thrive under harsh handling or chronic kenneling. They need an environment that can help ful- fill their drive to connect with their
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