Arthur Treadwell Walden, a dog driver during Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush, created this extremely rare breed while breeding and training sled dogs in his native New Hampshire, where it is now the official state dog. After Walden and his two successive breeders died, the breed experienced a rapid decline. Then, in 1981, with a population of only 11 breedable Chinooks, breeders across the United States stepped up to save the rare pooches. Today, only about 800 Chinooks are registered worldwide, and around 100 puppies are born each year.
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