Saturday, September 26, 2015

What's In A Name: Chinook

Bred as a versatile sled dog, the friendly Chinook is best known for his love of children.  "Chinook" is Inuit for "warm winter winds", and the breed lives up to it. He excels at mushing, hiking, sledding, and skijoring (a person on skis  is pulled by dogs). He is equally good at being a family dog. The breed has a think, tawny colored double coat that sheds lightly every day.  It came about when musher Arthur Treadwell Walden bred a farm dog with a "northern" husky and produced a littler of puppies, one of whom became the father of the breed.

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