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Saturday, 5 April 2014


The Chinook owes its existence to adventurer Arthur Walden in the early 1900s. He desired a dog that was as capable of fast snow travel as the Arctic husky dogs, and that was also as strong as the larger sled-pullers. Walden used a mix of Eskimo Dog, Smooth-Coated St. Bernard, German Shepherd, and Belgian Shepherd Dogs to create the Chinook.

The breed derives principally from one male ancestor born in 1917, named “Chinook,” who was Walden’s favourite sled dog, who accompanied him on the Byrd expedition at the age of 12. Unfortunately, Chinook died on that trip, although it is not known how.

The Chinook is New Hampshire's official state dog.

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