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:
non-aggressive, people friendly, smart, loyal, gentle and loving and good with other animals. We were looking for a larger dog that 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, especially the larger, historic type that Diana had in her kennel. 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.
Our breeding program is focused on expanding the Chinook type resembling the historic Chinook, dogs of good size, with great bone, mind and health.
Check out our first two breedings that yielded the Wine Club Litter in 2020 and the Back To The Future Litter in 2022 by choosing the tab from the pull down menu. The pups were wonderful, healthy, with great personalities and of good size. All pups found loving homes! We are planning another breeding early in 2023.
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 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.
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 family 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 great conformation (UKC Champion), good temperament, and overall health as well as her excellent genetics made us excited to breed her. Enya produced 2 beautiful litters and we kept Kiana from the first litter and Malina from the second. Please check out the two litters by clicking on their respective tabs from the pulldown menu.
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 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.
Kiana is our female 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 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 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 became third in the UKC Top Ten Chinook list, 2021 and earned the Best of Breed Title at the Chinook Specialty held at Premier in Kalamazoo June of 2022.
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 mature to her full potential and are enjoying every minute of this journey.
For breeding purposes, we recently switched our genetic testing to Embark and had Kiana re-tested by Embark with the same great results: Clear on all tested genetic defects.
Malina is our keeper from the Back to the Future Litter. Malina is a gorgeous, stout, well-boned girl, resembling the Historic Chinook sledge dog. She was already taller than her mom and weighed in at 53lbs at less than 5 months of age and was a stunning 70 lbs at 7 months old. She is going to be a very big girl when grown.
Malina is very sweet and outgoing. She loves people, especially toddlers and all other creatures but most of all, she LOVES to eat! She has plenty of energy but is not a speed-demon by any means. Her energy is expressed mainly in mental activities and engagements. She loves dog puzzles, play tug-of-war and she self-entertains by exploring her environment. Malina has been known to countertop-surf for new treasures and take things that are not hers, including but not limited to cat food, facial lotions, an entire bag of dog hemp-cookies (and no, they did not slow her down one bit...), shoes and multiple other items that she considered interesting or edible! While sometimes challenging, her desire to explore will help us with her training. She will make a great working dog (we hope to get her into carting and possibly weight pull when she is of age) and Malina is fairly easy to train as she is very food-oriented, exceptionally smart and always happy to learn new things! Malina is just one fun love-bug that keeps us all on our toes! She will join our breeding program when she reaches maturity (2-years of age, hip and eye exams dependent).
Malina's recent adventures: Malina went to the Chinook Specialty at the UKC Premier/Kalamazoo with us in June of 2022 (Check out pics on our FB site). It was her first conformation show and she had a great time! Unfortunately, she was too young to show in the licensed classes but it was a very valuable experience for her.
Malina has since been to an AKC show here in Ocala where she won Best of Breed and scored 2 points at the tender age of 6 months! We are very proud of our young lady! Malina will continue to show conformation and hopefully receive her UKC and AKC championship titles in due time.
Malina is clear of all tested genetic defects. https://my.embarkvet.com/sharing/download/jenniferyellow