USD $800-$1000 Price Avg.

Sled Dogs



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Sled Dogs
Popularity/Rank 179
Origin United States
Other Names Shinook
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $800-$1000
How much does it cost to buy a Chinook?
Chinook are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $800 to $1000 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Chinooks can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large
Weight Male: 70 pounds (32 kg),
Female: 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height Male: 23-27 inches (58-69 cm),
Female: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by AKC
The American Kennel Club in 2013 as a Working breed. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Sled Pulling
Date of Origin 1900s
Ancestry Husky, North Pole Sled Team Dog

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Soft, Thick
Coat Colors Fawn, Gold, Gray, Palomino, Red, Silver
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Fawn, Gray, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Wiry
Recommended Brushes Comb, Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Alert, Calm, Dignified, Friendly, Respondent, Responsive, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Bloat, Cataracts, Hip Dysplasia, Seizures, Skin Irritation
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost $39.00 - $52.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Chinook have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 3-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Chinook is a rare breed of dog that originated in New Hampshire, USA. It is a large, powerful working dog that was bred to pull sleds and carts. The Chinook has a strong, muscular body with a broad head and muzzle. Its eyes are almond-shaped and its ears are triangular in shape. The coat of the Chinook is thick and dense, usually ranging from light brown to black in color.

The lifespan of the Chinook is between 10-14 years, with an average size of 23-27 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 55-90 pounds. The colors of the Chinook can range from light brown to black or even white depending on its parentage.

The personality of the Chinook is friendly and loyal; they are very intelligent dogs that love to please their owners. They are also very active dogs that need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.

Chinooks are generally friendly with other dogs, children, cats, and other animals if they have been properly socialized from an early age. They can be protective over their family but will not become aggressive unless provoked or threatened by another animal or person.

The temperament of the Chinook is calm yet alert; they make excellent watchdogs as they will bark when strangers approach but will not become overly aggressive unless necessary for protection purposes.

The health of the Chinook is generally good; however there have been reports of hip dysplasia in some lines so it’s important to get your pup checked out by a vet before bringing them home if you’re considering getting one as a pet!

The adaptability level for this breed is high; they do well in both rural and urban environments as long as they get plenty of exercise each day! Some benefits for having this breed as a pet include their intelligence which makes them easy to train; their loyalty which makes them great companions; their strength which makes them great working dogs; their friendliness which makes them great family pets; and lastly their adaptability which allows them to fit into almost any lifestyle!


The Chinook is a rare American breed of working dog. Chinooks were originally bred in New Hampshire in the early 1900s by Arthur Treadwell Walden, who crossed a mastiff-type dog with a Greenland husky. The resulting dogs were used as sled dogs and working dogs on Walden's farm. By the 1930s, there were only 11 Chinooks left in the world, and the breed was on the brink of extinction.

In 1938, Arthur Walden sold his farm and moved to Alaska, taking his Chinooks with him. It was here that the breed began to gain popularity, as they proved to be excellent sled dogs. In 1941, the first litter of Chinook puppies was born in Alaska, and the breed began to slowly recover.

Today, there are still only a few hundred Chinooks in existence, but the breed is no longer in danger of extinction. The Chinook is recognized by a number of kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club.

The ancestry of the Chinook dog is largely unknown. However, it is believed that the breed descends from mastiff-type dogs and Greenland huskies. The first documented ancestor of the Chinook is a dog named "Biscuit", who was born in New Hampshire in 1901. Biscuit was bred with a Greenland husky named "Lady", and their offspring became the foundation stock for the Chinook breed.