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
Our interest in Chinooks was kindled when we moved from California to Florida where we bought a 21 acres farm to breed horses. We were looking for a dog with very specific qualities:
gentle and loving
good with other animal
medium to large in size
does not chase or herd livestock
The Chinook fit all criteria. We were fortunate to have a Chinook breeder right near us here in Florida, dog-knowledgable Diana Fowler from Southwind Chinooks. Diana has owned and shown Chinooks for decades. We visited her and her Chinooks and the rest is history. I fell in love with the breed. We soon got our first Chinook, Gateway Juneau, who became my soul mate and is the reason we are committed to promoting and breeding this beautiful and rare breed! We have since expanded our Chinook family and will continue to do so. We focus on breeding the historical Chinook of good size, mind and health.
Check out our first breeding in September of 2020 by choosing the tab from the pull down menu. The pups were wonderful and all found loving 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 (86lbs) 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 helps 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 is smarter than us as his understanding of our language is clearly well advanced to our understanding of his. 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.
Smart, funny and entertaining beyond believe and a true lover of people and any creature alive, a companion, the kind of dog many us dream 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. 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-born, 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. 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 Kiana's training was a little delayed. However, she earned her Puppy Class Obedience Certificate at 4 months of age and and we started to familiarize her with conformation showing by taking her to some conformation classes. This really paid off! We expected nothing of Kiana other than gaining experience when we took her to her first UKC show in Punta Gorda, FL in May 2021. Kiana sure surprised us when she took 5 competitive wins and earned her UKC Champion title during that long Memorial Day weekend! She was not even 9 months of age then. (See UKC Show pictures below) So very proud of our girl!
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 mature and are enjoying every minute of this journey.