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The Chinook DogWe are called OutlawChinooks because our frist two Chinooks were black and tan dogs which made us a little bit of an outlaw in the realm of the breed. Outlaw is our kennel name -- what that means is "Outlaw" is an exclusive word that is associated with us and our Chinook dogs. For us, it doesn't mean that we have a kennel full of Chinooks, and some of our dogs don't carry the Outlaw moniker either. Our dogs are family members and are also a great representation of Chinook dogs.
Dog Show Judges - we are happy to help you learn more about Chinook dogs. You are welcome to come visit or put your hands on our dogs at any show or event. Need dogs for judge's education? Let me know!
The Chinook is a friendly American breed of sled dog developed to pull heavy loads over long distances at a quick pace. Chinooks are wonderful family companions that fit well into most suburban settings -- given enough interaction, training and exercise.
The breed was developed by Polar Explorer, Arthur Treadwell Walden of Wonalancet, New Hampshire in the early 1900s after his return from the Alaskan Gold Rush days. The Chinook is the result of Walden's breeding program that combined a Mastiff-type dog with a Greenland husky from the Robert Peary expedition to the North Pole. The entire breed stems from one dog, born in 1917 and named "Chinook" after Walden's favorite dog from his days in Alaska. Walden was an experienced sled dog driver and also a grand publicist. Given Walden's love of public relations, he would be proud of the breed being named the State Dog of New Hampshire in 2009.
After Walden's death, Chinook breeding stock passed to Mrs. Julia Lombard and then to Perry Greene. Greene controlled the Chinook population until his death in 1963 at which point the breed's population dropped dramatically to eleven potentially breedable dogs in 1981. By 1965, the Chinook had its first appearance in the Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest dog in the world.
In 1981, the United Kennel Club recognized the breed for registration, and The American Kennel Club recognized the Chinook in January 2013 as the 176th breed included in their registry.
You can locate more information on the Chinook through these links (some here and some off site):
Is a Chinook Right for You? I've been thinking about all the reasons to have a Chinook, and all the reasons not to have a Chinook, and then I thought I would send you off site to a great list that explains why and why not. This link will take you to Rain Mountain Chinooks where you can decide if Chinooks are for you. I really like Chinooks, but they aren't for everyone. Chinooks are playful and wickedly smart, and although they are eager to please, you must (I really mean this) must spend time training them. The breed is versatile so lots of activities are fun for them and hopefully for you too. Chinooks need plenty of regular exercise to help keep their minds and bodies in balance -- plus walking them daily is great for you too! These dogs shed all year, and as an added bonus, they blow their downy undercoats twice a year. Plan on regularly brushing and some bathing too. If you want to learn more about the breed, let me know!
Chinook Historical Names Alphabetical Listing of Historical Chinook Dog Names.
Chinook Book and Magazine List Books and magazines for the Chinook enthusiast.
Chinook Owners Association , UKC Parent Club of the Chinook. As the parent club of the Chinook breed, the Chinook Owners Association (COA) web site is a very thorough source of information on the breed. Check out all the information on Chinook history here as it is very informative.
United Kennel Club Chinook breed standard and information
American Kennel Club Chinook breed standard and information
Chinook Education Center This informative web site gives added information on all things Chinook.
If you know of other magazines or books that should be on this list, please let me know.
MAGAZINESNational Geographic - September 1945
Saturday Evening Post - 11 January 1947
Parade Magazine - 26 June 1949
American Legion Magazine - July 1949
True Magazine - February 1954
Picture Post - 5 July 1952 (Published in Great Britain)
Nation's Business - September 1952
Christian Science Monitor - 26 October 1955
Down East - January 1963
Dog World - October 1985
Yankee Magazine - 1987
Bloodlines - March/April 1993
Dog World - October 1993
BOOKS_____. (1930). Highlights of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition. New York: Tide Water Associated Oil Company.
_____. (1935). The Romance of Antarctic Adventure: With Byrd in the Antarctic in Picture and Story.
_____. (1934). The Romance of Exploration and Emergency First-Aid from Stanley to Byrd. New York: Burroughs Wellcome & Co.
Adams, Harry. (1931). Beyond the Barrier with Byrd. Chicago: M. A. Donohue & Company.
Bursey, Jack (1957). Antarctic Night: One Man's Story of 28,224 Hours at the Bottom of the World. New York: Rand McNally & Company.
Bursey, Jack. (1974). St. Lunaire: Antarctic Lead Dog. Grand Rapids: Glory Publishing Co.
Byrd, Richard E. (1930). Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic, The Flight to the South Pole. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Carter, Paul A. (1979). Little America: Town at the End of the World. New York: Columbia University Press.
Conant, Susan . (1992) Gone to the Dogs. (Fiction)
Cowan, James and Lois. (1993) Emergency Rescue, Trouble at Moosehead Lake.
Cowan, Nancy. (1995). On By!. Nancy Cowan.
Davis, Henry P., ed. (1953). The Modern Dog Encyclopedia. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company.
Demidoff, Lorna B. & Michael Jennings. (1986). The Complete Siberian Husky. New York: Howell Book House, Inc.
Foster, Coram. (1930). Rear Admiral Byrd and the Polar Expeditions. New York: A. L. Burt Company.
Garst, Shannon. (1946). Scotty Allan: King of the Dog-Team Drivers. New York: Julian Messner, Inc.
Gould, Laurence McKinley. (1931). Cold: The Record of An Antarctic Sledge Journey. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam.
Hoyt, Edwin P. (1968). The Last Explorer: The Adventures of Admiral Byrd. New York: The John Day Company.
Joerg, W. L. G. (1930). The Work of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition: 1928 - 1930. New York: American Geographical Society.
Lawrence, John. (1931). Bernt Balchen: Viking of the Air. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam.
McGuiness, Charles John. (1935). Sailor of Fortune: Adventures of an Irish Sailor, Soldier, Pirate, Pearl-Fisher, Gun-Runner, Rebel and Antarctic Explorer. Philadelphia: Macrae Smith Company.
McKinley, Capt Ashley. (1934). The South Pole Picture Book. New York. (contains many pictures never before published of Admiral Byrd's Trip)
Miller, Francis Trevelyan. (1930). The World's Great Adventure. Self Published.
O'Brien, John S. (1931). By Dog Sled for Byrd: 1600 Miles Across Antarctic Ice. Chicago: Thomas S. Rockwell Company.
Owen, Russell. (1952). The Conquest of the North and South Poles: Adventures of the Peary and Byrd Expeditions. New York: Random House.
Paramount Productions, Inc. (1934). Paramount Newsreel Men: With Admiral Byrd in Little America. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company.
Rink, Paul. (1961). Conquering Antarctica: Richard E. Byrd. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica Press, Inc.
Rodgers, Eugene. (1990). Beyond the Barrier: The Story of Byrd's First Expedition to Antarctica. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
Rose, Lisle. (1980). Assault on Eternity. (1980). Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
Riddle, Maxwell and Eva B. Seeley. (1979). The Complete Alaskan Malamute. New York: Howell Book House, Inc.
Seeley, Eva Brunell & Martha A. L. Lane. (1930). Chinook and His Family. Boston: Ginn and Company.
Siple, Paul. (1931). A Boy Scout with Byrd. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Smith, Dean C. (1961). By the Seat of My Pants: A Pilot's Progress from 1917 to 1930. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.
Strong, Charles S. (1956). We Were There With Byrd at the South Pole. New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
Vaughn, Norman D. (1990). With Byrd at the Bottom of the World. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
Walden, Jane Brevoort. (1931). Igloo. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Walden, Arthur Treadwell. (1928). A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Walden, Arthur Treadwell. (1931). Leading A Dog's Life. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Walden, Arthur Treadwell. (1935). Harness and Pack. New York: American Book Company.