The Chinook is a very rare breed of sled dog that originated in New Hampshire in 1917 from a single male dog with a dominant phenotype and is the State Dog of New Hampshire! The Chinook is a very intelligent, sweet and family-devoted dog of medium to large size. Click on the link below to find out more about the breed
You may ask yourself how we ended up with Chinooks on a farm in Central Florida! .Our interest in Chinooks was kindled when we moved to Florida where we bought a 21 acres farm to breed horses.
We started putting our search terms for that "perfect" farm dog in the computer:
gentle and loving
get along with other animal
medium to large in size
does not chase or herd livestock
The first dog that popped up from the search was the Chinook! .Fortunately, we have a Chinook breeder right around the corner from us here in Florida!, Diana Fowler, who runs Southwind Chinooks. We visited her and her Chinooks and the rest is history. We soon got our first Chinook, Juneau, who became my soul mate and is the reason we are committed to promoting and breeding this beautiful and rare dog breed! We have since expanded our Chinook family and will continue to do so. We focus on breeding Old-style Chinooks of good mind, health and size.
Read on to check on our first breeding in September of 2020! The pups were amazing and all found wonderful homes! We are planning another breeding in Fall of 2021!
Our first and most wonderful Chinook. Juneau was born in the Summer of 2015 and is a beautiful, fit and tall (85lbs) dog. He loves to play with his friends and toys and is an amazingly fast sprinter. He gives his heart to us all. So not surprisingly, Juneau won the Chesterh Sweetie Award at the Chinook National Specialty in Kalamazoo in 2018.
Juneau is the perfect example of a great Chinook and the reason we are so in love with the breed.
While I am sure Juneau would make an amazing sled dog, we life in Florida on a 21 acres horse farm, so instead of pulling a sled, Juneau helps around the farm. He is always at my side and helps with all kinds of chores! When I do groceries, he will insist on bringing them into the house (he will even carry raw meat or fish without eating it!), he also helps clean the stalls (he eats the poop...), and dig holes when we plant trees. He also enjoys the other animals on the farm, he plays with the cats, and is respectful of the horses and teaches our other dogs how to behave around the farm.
Like other puppies, Juneau went to puppy classes. We didn't have to teach him much since as he taught himself ways to help and please us, simply by paying attention to his humans and their ways.
Juneau doesn't bark but he talks (like many Chinooks) and I often think he doesn't consider us smart as we clearly don't get what he says. Thankfully, Juneau has reduced his communication skills to our level. He talks, then walks off a few steps with his head nodding sideways to indicate we should follow. He stops after a few steps to make sure we actually follow him. He then proceeds to wherever he wants to lead us and puts his nose on the object of his contention or desire, such as the freezer door when he wants to eat ice cubes! On the other hand, Juneau comprehends the English language rather well (gotta watch what you say around this boy!!)
Smart, funny and entertaining beyond believe and a true lover of people and any creature alive, the kind of dog many us dreams of!
Our sweet, smart and energetic Enya came to us in 2017 as a breed-potential puppy and I got to pick her up from the Schiller's in Fort Collins on my birthday. What a wonderful birthday present she was!!! She became a UKC Champion at one year of age and made the UKC Top 10 List for Chinooks in 2020.
Enya is a wonderful Chinook, pretty, loyal, sociable and like her foster brother, exceptionally smart. There is not a door in the house that she doesn't know how to open and of course she likes to teach her canine friends how to acquire such skills.
Enya is very friendly and likes to meet all new animals on the farm. She is so enthusiastic that sometimes we have to keep newbies from her to prevent them from being overwhelmed with her love! Eventually she gets to meet all residents and guests of the farm and they all love her as much as she loves. Overall, Enya is an amazingly healthy young lady, with good hips (OFA) and healthy eyes.
Enya was purchased as a breed-potential female, and her great conformation (UKC Champion), good temperament, and overall health (including good hips, elbows and good eyes) as well as her excellent genetics made us excited to breed her.
The Chinook is a rare breed and all modern Chinooks are derived from only 11 breedable dogs left worldwide in the early 1980ies. The Chinook lacks genetic diversity because of that and with the breeding pool still being very small today that is a real issue. Previous and current programs aiming at outcrossing the Chinook to improve its gene pool have helped.
Genetic testing shows that Enya is genetically more diverse than the average Chinook as she comes from a line of breeding that was geared towards generating genetic vigor and hence greater overall health. Enya is also free of all tested genetic disorders.
Enya was bred to Gateway Shaktoolik (Ooli) who is a very large, "old-style" Chinook and she had 6 beautiful puppies on September 2nd 2020. Check out "Chinook Breeding 2020" under the Chinook pulldown window for more details on the breeding and the puppies.
Kiana is our puppy that we kept from the Wine Club Litter. She was the first-borne, the first to escape the whelping box, the first to climb over the puppy fence outside and the first to maneuver onto the sofa for cuddles- that settled it...
Kiana is very tall for her age, with long legs and very expressive eyes. She is one of the happiest and most outgoing Chinooks that I have ever known and I have yet to find a human (or dog) that does not fall in love with her. Like her mom, she is very smart and athletic and like her dad, she has phenomenal bone structure and is of very good size for her age. She is as sweet as can be and does have a spot in my bed, curled up right next to my head all night.
Due to COVID her training has been slow and she has not yet been shown in conformation. However, she earned her Puppy Class Obedience Certificate and we are starting to get her familiar with showing in conformation. Hopefully, by Summer we will get to show her.
Kiana has been DNA tested by Optimal Selection and she does not carry any tested genetic defects. She was also found to have very high genetic diversity for a pure-bred Chinook at the 34th percentile (typical range 25-31%).
Link to Optimal Selection:
We are very excited to see our lovely girl grow up and are enjoying every minute of this journey.