If you follow the New York Club annual dog show, you may have met the acquaintance of the Chinook. But little is known of the dexterity and humbleness this dog possesses. Or the fact that it is one of the rare breeds of dogs on earth, with only about 125 of them left.
A Little History
The Chinook, meaning the warmest winter winds, is the name given to the dog that was first bred in a New Hampshire farm in early 19th century. Just like its name, the dog is known for its warm and kind heart towards its trainer and it was originally used as a sled dog, while men carried out expeditions in the Polar Regions.
According to history, the Chinook was born by breeding four different types of dogs; the mastiff, Greenland husky, the Belgian shepherd and the German shepherd. The original owner successfully created a dog specie that had power, train-ability and endurance, whilst at the same time being gentle and friendly in nature. The Chinook was also born with its own unique tawny color.
Ancestors of the Chinook are famed for having led the first sled crusade to the top of Mt. Washington. Today, this particular dog carries another record at the night clubs in NYC for dogs, as the rarest of them all. It is quite sad that this particular breed was threatened with extinction until a group of individuals came together and protected this species by breeding more of them.
The first job the Chinook ever performed was sledding in the Polar Regions. Later on, it was discovered that this particular dog was highly trainable and resilient to command, thus was trained for many other jobs. Today, the Chinook can successfully be used in carting, herding large flocks, and also used in conducting search-rescue missions.
Apart from the heavy lifting, this particular dog is also preferred for its friendly nature. Chinooks are totally people-oriented preferring to spend a lot of their time with their master. Not only are they friendly to people, but they also co-exist peacefully with other pets in the house—even cats. They have a soft spot for children as well and will continually play with them for as long as the child wants. The Chinook is the ideal dog to get your grandma or granddad because it will constantly be by their side, and perhaps lead the way for them in case their eyesight is a bit dodgy.
Chinooks are by nature eager to please their masters, and they remain loyal throughout their life. They may look like cuddly little dogs you would sit with on the sofa, but they also pack the power to move heavy sleds when teamed up as a park. Even though there are few of them left in America, you can still get a puppy and nurse it to a full 26-inch dog.
Taking Care of Them
Given its rarity, the Chinook has a soft spot for most judges at the New York Club Dog Show. However, they need extra care from when they are pups in order to grow into the strong being they are. So for diet, it is important that you feed the pup a strict and healthy diet which will be crucial for their senior years. They are very healthy dogs given their breeding, so they only need a little grooming; scheduling some coat brushing sessions is healthy to keep their tawny color intact. But don’t overdo the grooming because the New York Club Dog Show prefers their coats in their natural form as possible. As far as exercise goes, these dogs are playful in nature and are willing to please. They will play fetch when you want them to and can loyally join you on your morning jogs every day. Given that they are easy to train as well, you can plan a little fun exercise routine for them which they will gladly follow. Now, if only your Chinook dog is able to accompany you to enjoy the nightlife at the nightclubs in New York City.
They were threatened with extinction, but luckily they were rescued by well wishers who bred and cared for them until a substantial amount of them were left. The Chinook is ranked 165th in terms of popularity and the Guinness Book of Records voted them as the rarest breed on earth.