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Chinook Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em

Chinook Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Characterized by his dependable nature, sensible energy level, and sound working ability, the versatile Chinook is both frisky and dignified.

He enjoys vigorous outdoor exercise such as jogging, backpacking, carting, agility, weight pulling, herding, and especially recreational sledding and ski-joring.

However, he is not a workaholic, and given enough physical and mental outlets for his enthusiasm, he is happy to settle on the sofa during quiet times.

Very people-oriented and especially attuned to children, he requires daily companionship (either by humans or other dogs) and can become bored and destructive if left alone too much.

Gentleness and non-aggression are his hallmarks. Most will bark to announce visitors, but that's the extent of their guarding inclination.

All sweet-natured, slightly reserved breeds have the potential for submissiveness and shyness, and this is true of the Chinook. Early socialization is required to build a confident temperament.

Usually peaceful with other animals, he can be a chaser of rodents and trespassing cats.

Chinooks are independent thinkers who may use their problem-solving skills to open gates and cupboards. They are also slow to mature, acting like big puppies for several years.

If you want a dog who...

  • Is medium to large, natural-looking, strong and athletic
  • Has a handsome thick coat in earthtone shades
  • Comes in a variety of builds, sizes, coats, and ear types
  • Has a true working heritage and thrives on vigorous exercise and athletic activities
  • Is steady and dependable
  • Is polite with strangers, and usually with other pets
  • Is uncommon

A Chinook may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • Vigorous exercise requirements
  • Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
  • Destructiveness when bored or not exercised enough
  • Shyness or fearfulness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
  • An independent mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
  • Heavy shedding
  • Waiting lists (hard to find)

A Chinook may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

More traits and characteristics of the Chinook

If I was considering a Chinook, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Chinooks MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by making noise and destructive chewing.

  2. Providing enough socialization. Standoffish by nature, Chinooks need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness or suspiciousness, which are difficult to live with.

  3. The independent temperament. Chinooks want to do things their own way and can be stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

    To teach your Chinook to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Chinook Training Page discusses the program you need.

  4. Heavy shedding. Chinooks shed a LOT. You'll find hair and fur all over your clothing, upholstery, carpeting, under your furniture, on your countertops -- even in your food. Frequent vacuuming will become a way of life. Make sure you're REALLY up for this.

  5. Finding one and paying the price. In the United States, only about a dozen Chinook litters are produced each year.

book cover To learn more about training Chinooks to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Chinook the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.

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 healthy Chinook. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.

If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Chinook might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.

book cover Once you have your Chinook home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.

Please consider adopting an ADULT Chinook...

When you're acquiring a Chinook PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Chinooks who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

Save a life. Adopt a dog.

Adopting a Dog From a Dog Breed Rescue Group

Adopting a Dog From the Animal Shelter