Welcome to the Chinook Owners Association (COA)
the original national parent club for the Chinook dog. The COA was founded by the core group of people responsible for the recovery of the Chinook breed from its near extinction in 1981, when only eleven breedable dogs remained. Since that time, beginning with a group of four families and augmented over the years by other dedicated individuals and families, we have rebuilt the breed slowly and carefully.
We in the COA celebrate the historical Chinook in all its various colors, including the dominant tawny with black markings, cream markings, or no markings at all, black and tan, gray and tan, or the lighter colors of buff, honey, and biscuit with gold markings. We believe that form should follow function; as some say, the ears and color don’t pull the sled. Our dogs retain their historical ability to pull and our members earn titles through our Working Dog Program. Even suburban pets can earn a Pack Dog title for carrying their own food on hikes or a Sled Dog title for pulling a bike over community trails.
The United Kennel Club (UKC) is the second oldest all-breed dog breed registry in the US and second largest in the world. It was founded in 1898 and from the start focused on the “Total Dog” concept, a dog that both looked good and could do the job it was originally designed to do. So when we were looking for a registry to take over the studbook of the recovering Chinook population in the early 1990s, the UKC was by far the best fit.
The COA has been on the forefront of using both art and science of genetics for the betterment of our breed. We were one of the first to use a DNA Parent Verification Program to back up our paper records while transferring our studbook to the UKC in the early 1990s. Later, with the full cooperation of the UKC, we undertook a CrossBreeding Program to infuse fresh genes from our foundation breeds into our present population. Today we are using the science of population genetics to trace our breed’s pedigrees back to its inception and then analyze the true breeding population in order to make the best breeding decision possible so we can retain as much genetic diversity as possible and where we will need future infusions of fresh genes from our Cross Program.
The COA encourages members to participate in UKC-sponsored dog shows, competitive weight pulls, obedience and agility trials, and other fun performance events. We’re proud of our dogs that do it all, in addition to participating in just dog shows, and we invite you to explore our website to see some of these activities. Or, depending on where you live, contact us and we’ll put you in touch with local owners that will introduce you to their Chinooks so you too can meet some real dogs having real fun.
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Working Dog Program
The Chinook Owners Association Working Dog Program (WDP) has been initiated to encourage owners to work with their dogs in the pursuits for which they were intended and provide certification to those dogs in those pursuits. The WDP reflects the Breed Standard to encourage the conformation, temperament, and working ability of the Chinook dog, and to encourage the breeding of better dogs. Details here.
Historical Document Collection
This new section in the Members Area (login required) contains 1000+ historical documents and images of Chinooks and the people associated with the breed through the years.