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Buying or Adopting a Chinook Dog

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Chinook the right breed for you?

Chinook Review: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Chinook Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Chinook dog?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Chinook stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, tracking, carting, sledding); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Chinooks are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with heavy shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Chinook to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Chinook, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Chinook?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Chinook be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Chinook?

Chinook dogs are rare in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Chinooks rank 172nd. It's very hard to find this breed.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
I don't know of any Chinooks available from a Dog Rescue group. You would need to contact the national breed club to inquire.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of anyone adopting a Chinook from a shelter. Sometimes people think they've found one simply because the dog they adopt resembles a Chinook. But the Chinook has a rather normal appearance that's shared by many crossbred and mixed breed dogs, so 99.9% of the time, those dogs will be crosses or mixes without any Chinook genes at all.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Chinook from a show breeder, who breeds Chinooks to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. Or you can buy a Chinook from a performance breeder, who emphasizes their dogs' trainability and enthusiasm for dog sports such as sledding, carting, and dog agility. To their credit, many Chinook breeders are a combination of show/performance, though how they prioritize those two goals can vary greatly.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Chinook puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Chinook ends up with cataracts and hip dysplasia.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I have never seen a Chinook in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

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How to test the temperament and personality of Chinook puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Chinook puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.