The revised TOTAL CHINOOK program
will be launched on October 1, 2006! The 1997 draft is up at the above link.
This will be a great
way to recognize the varied skills of your Chinook and support the online open
Chinook Health Database at the same time!
Thank you very much for your interest in the Chinook dog.
I hope you will enjoy your time here as you learn about
the Chinook, its history and hopes for the future.
NAVIGATION: You can navigate through the Chinook Education Center
by reading this page and
clicking on the links that interest you, or you can click
on the links in the Directory at the top of the page or
the Directory at the bottom of this page.
Please contact me, Joyce
Maley, if you have questions about the Chinook dog or
if you have a suggestion on how I can make this site more useful to Chinook
owners, breeders, exhibitors and future family members.
In 1991 the Chinook Owners
Association (COA), the National Breed Club
for the Chinook, formed an association with the
United Kennel Club, Inc.
(U.K.C.). At that time the
official registry was transferred from the COA to the U.K.C. Within
a few years the Chinook became a regularly seen breed at U.K.C. shows.
The Official U.K.C. Breed Standard for the
Chinook was revised in 1996 and carries a 1997 copyright from
the U.K.C. The COA,
the U.K.C. National Breed Club for the Chinook, developed this
standard. Six COA members worked on the Standard Revision
Committee. Four of the Committee members actively mushed their
dogs or worked their Chinooks in other pulling activities; two
participated in the U.K.C. sanctioned Chinook Cross program; one
participated in advanced study in canine genetics, structure and
movement; and five were active in conformation showing. In addition,
all Committee members were Chinook or Chinook Cross breeders. All
members had studied Chinook history and several had done in-depth
The U.K.C. provided a Standards Technical Writer to put the revised
standard into appropriate conformation ring terminology. Several other
COA members participated by participating in the final development
While developing the standard, the committee used historical
documentation, period photos and their personal knowledge to
attempt to develop a standard that would allow breeders to
replicate the historical Chinook as it had appeared during the three
periods of its early history. Historical documentation played a
significant role since the Chinook is a breed that
is trying to replicate its past, while maintaining health and
workability with the aid of canine genetics and kenesiology.
Upon completion, the entire COA Standard Revision Committee met
a consensus-we all agreed we could accept and support this product
as the standard for the Chinook. The standard was then forwarded
to the COA Board for presentation to the COA Membership. In the
1996 COA voting process, the membership accepted the revised
The Chinook standard is a living, growing document based on
Chinook history from 1917 to approximately 1981. Although
no changes are expected, if new discoveries of
historically significant documents from the Arthur Walden,
Julia Lombard and Perry Greene eras are found, this standard
could be changed to more closely fit the historical Chinook.
To assist with people doing further research, I've developed
a bibliography that contains many books that relate to Chinooks.
It contains books written by Arthur Walden, books referring to
Chinook and the Walden's Dogs, and other literature referring to
dogs, sledding and Antarctic exploration.