Welcome to the Chinook Owners Association Breeders Guide. This page contains important information about how to find a Chinook puppy or dog. On this page, you will find the C.O.A.'s Code of Ethics, a list of questions to ask breeders, a users guide to frequently used terms, a C.O.A. Breeders Guide and a listing of planned litters. While this page contains a lot of information, we feel it is important to make sure all potential puppy owners have access to as much information as possible. Remember, this puppy will be a member of your family for a long time. It's important to get all of the information about your puppy before you make a final choice. Good luck!
The following are members of the COA who wish to be included in this Breeders Guide. By listing these breeders, the COA is not promoting the breeder nor their breeding program. Click here to see the COA List of Breeders
Although there are many litters planned, there is no guarantee that any one planned litter will result in available puppies. Each breeder has an application or interview process. Each breeder maintains a list of potential owners. You need to contact breeders, participate in the screening process and get on a list with a breeder. We recommend getting on more than one list to increase your chances of getting a puppy. Breeders share information on placements.
Please contact individual breeders to find out more about their breedings.
The following was printed in the September 1997 issue of Dog World, and provides prospective puppy owners with a list of excellent questions for discussion. Please use this list when looking for a credible Chinook breeder.
Copyright Dog World, 1997
The COA suggests prospective buyers ask breeders the following questions:
1.How long have you been involved with this breed? Can you provide me with references?
2.What are your goals in breeding?
3.Do you work or show your dogs? Have they earned any titles or been evaluated in their ability to perform traditional activities such as pulling a sled, rig, a person on skis or backpacking? Are your dogs involved with agility, obedience or therapy work? Do they have Canine Good Citizen certification?
4.Will the litter be evaluated for conformation and temperament testing by an expert in these areas?
5.Do you breed your dogs to the U.K.C. standard? Do you register all your puppies with this organization?
6.Will the puppy be DNA-profiled or the litter DNA-parent-verified?
7.Have the parents passed an OFA evaluation and a CERF evaluation? At what ages?
8.Do you have a breeder/purchaser contract? What is covered in this contract (health, spay/neuter, breeding, state laws)?
9.Do you have a signed code of ethics by your parent club?
10.Can I see the parent dogs' papers, pedigrees, titles, certificates and all contracts before I purchase a puppy?
11.Can I physically see the parents or receive photos? Can you tell me about the litter's ancestors and siblings?
12.Do you take back or provide rescue for any or all puppies you sell? Is there an age limit?
13.How do you decide which puppy goes to which home?
14.What long-term contact do you maintain with owners of Chinooks you have bred?
15.What support do you provide for a new owner? What do I need to know when I bring my puppy home (food, crate, vaccinations)?
16.What are the positive and negative aspects of owning a Chinook.
When considering a crossbred Chinook, ask theses questions in addition to those listed above:
1. With what other breed is the Chinook crossed?
2. Does the Chinook cross being bred have the desired Chinook temperament?
3. Is the Chinook Cross accepted as a Chinook Cross in the C.O.A. Cross Program? Can I see the certificate of acceptance?
4. What generation of the cross line is being produced from this breeding?
What Does It All Mean?
Throughout this website and by talking to breeders about Chinooks, you will see or hear certain terms. The following is a guide to understanding what it all means:
CERF - is the Canine Eye Registration Foundation which examines eyes and lists any defects. A certificate is only issued if the eyes are normal. The certificate is only good for 12 months from the date of examination.
CGC - the Canine Good Citizen test is administered by the American Kennel Club. A degree is awarded if the dog successfully completes all exercises in the test.
GDC - Genetic Disease Control an Open Registry for evaluation of hip joints.
CH - stands for U.K.C. Champion of Champion. This degree is bestowed upon a purebred dog who wins a certain number of points over competition in conformation showing.
Cross/X - The symbol X denotes a crossbred Chinook. The COA maintains an official crossbreeding program and dogs who are accepted into the program are used to diversify the Chinook gene pool while still maintaining the integrity of the breed and the Chinook standard. For more information, see the COA Cross Program guide
DNA-VIP - is a designation given to a dog who has been genetically tested and determined to be the off-spring of the stated parents. The VIP stands for Verified Identified Parentage.
GR CH - statnds for U.K.C. Grand Champion. This degree is bestowed upon a purebred dog who wins 5 Championship classes under three different judges with competition, as defined by U.K.C. rules as three dogs. This is the highest conformation degree bestowed upon dogs by the U.K.C.
OFA - stands for the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals. This organization rates the hips of dogs at the age of two or older. A dog is rated as failing or passing and the hips are graded: if passing - fair, good or excellent; if failing, inconclusive, mildly dysplastic or severely dysplastic. All dogs receiving a passing rating can be bred if otherwise healthy.
'PR' - this stands for Purple Ribbon pedigree which is a designation given to a dog who comes from at least three generations of pure bred Chinooks registered by the United Kennel Club (U.K.C.).
TT - Stands for the United States Temperament Testing Association. A degree is awarded if the dog successfully completes all exercises in the temperament test.
U-CD - a United Kennel Club - Companion Dog obedience degree is earned by receiving a score of at lease 170 out of 200 in three shows under two different judges in Novice A, B or C.
COA Code of Ethics Documents
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