The official dog of New Hampshire, the Chinook was bred in the state as a sled dog. Mixed with a Mastiff, Greenland Husky, German and Belgian Shepherds, the Chinook made the Guinness Book of World Records in 1965 for the "rarest dog in the world." Incredibly athletic, the Chinook enjoys all types of activities, including hiking, jogging, backpacking and more. A smart and loving breed, it makes a wonderful family pet for any active family.
Although bred as a working dog, the Chinook makes an excellent family pet with adults and children alike, although it is best that it is exposed to kids as a puppy. A calm and easy temperament, it is alert when needed and docile during rest periods. Tremendously loyal, the breed will follow its owner like a shadow and may experience separation anxiety. The Chinook will also need to be socialized early on and know that it is a dog and not a human. In addition, the breed requires very regular exercise and grooming.
The Chinook will likely wake up in the bedroom of its owner. Following you diligently, the breed will likely be your shadow throughout the day. After a long and brisk run, it'll settle in for breakfast with you. It will continue its day of activity, running in and out of the house and playing with the other members of the family. After its very busy day, it'll snooze happily at your feet.
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