About a month ago I transferred my puppy over to my regular vet. One of the women in the office freaked out over her. She said that she had once worked with sled dogs in Alaska and my dog was a specific, and highly prized, variety of sled dog. She said next time I came in she'd have some information for me.
Then yesterday we were at the dog park and a woman swooned asking who owned the "Chinook". Nobody responded because nobody had a Chinook (or had even heard of one). It turns out she was talking about my mutt.
When I got home I looked up Chinooks and I'll be damned if my dog isn't EXACTLY like one. I mean exactly. Chinook's were once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest dog in the world.
I don't have a current photo of my dog but I swear she looks exactly like the one on the AKC website:
According to the AKC website:
It was developed by Polar Explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900's by blending a Mastiff type dog with Greenland Husky as well as German and Belgian Shepherds.
Doesn't mixing all those breeds together make a dog a mutt?
How does a mutt become a recognized breed?