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. You may ask yourself how we ended up with Chinooks in Central Florida on a Farm! Well, it's a story that will help you understand why these dogs are so special to us.
If you have read past the top paragraph, you likely already looked at the Chinook website and know all about its history! 😜
Our interest in Chinooks was kindled when we still lived in Southern CA and were about to move to Florida. One way to entice a teenager to move is to promise her a dog.... Well, since we were going to live on a 21 acres farm with horses, dogs (and cats) were most certainly on my agenda too! So we started to look for that perfect breed that would work well on a horse farm...
We started putting our search terms for that "perfect" dog in the computer:
gentle and loving
get along with other animal
medium to large in size
The first dog that popped up from the search was the Chinook! Of course we knew nothing about Chinooks and immediately went on a search spree.. .Fortunately,, my daughter found a breeder near where we were going to move, our now good friend, Diana Fowler, and the rest is history -we are hooked and committed to promoting this beautiful and rare dog breed! This site is just the beginning of our Chinook adventure - keep checking in sporadically - as we are expanding our Chinook family!
Read on to check on our first breeding that still needs to be confirmed for pregnancy by ultrasound next week!
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 them.
I could continue to tell you all about her lovely personality and wonderful achievements, and she has many but I want to focus on her great health which, like temperament, is of utmost importance when considering a dog for breeding.
Chinooks suffer from a lack of genetic diversity as all our modern Chinooks are derived from only 11 breedable dogs left worldwide in the early 1980ies. 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 and overall is an amazingly healthy young lady, with good hips and healthy eyes.
The overall health as well as the lovely temperament of our young lady make us so excited about breeding Enya. She was confirmed pregnant to Ooli by ultrasound and is due the second week of September! See below to find out more about the breeding.
Enya is our lovable 3 year old UKC Champion who made the UKC Top-10 Chinook list in 2020. Enya has excellent and diverse genetics. She is a well-proportioned, very healthy and active Chinook. She loves to play and is extremely friendly.
There are 2 Gateway litters with identical pedigree and they all are large, beautiful and very healthy dogs with great minds and kind personalities. Ooli is no exception, he is a very large, slim and well-boned 95lb, 4 year old stud with stunning conformation and a goofy, lovable personality. Ooli is a full brother to Juneau from a different litter and the only Gateway Chinook still intact. He provides us with previously unused bloodlines from Diana Fowler’s lines (Southwind Chinooks). We feel very honored and privileged that Diana agreed to a breeding of our Enya with Ooli.