Keeping Chinooks Intact

The Importance of Chinook Puppies Staying Intact.
Susan H. Fletcher
When people inquire about getting a Frontier Chinook puppy, one of the things I need to know is if the prospective owners that will want a male or female, and if they are willing to leave the pup intact (not spayed or neutered) until at least two years of age. This to determine if the pup is one who should be included in the breeding program. If the puppy is of breeding quality, they will need to be left intact indefinitely.
Chinooks are rare. The gene pool is small because so few are willing to let their dog be bred to improve and grow the gene pool. Chinooks are in danger of going extinct. I’m not breeding any dog multiple times. Only the ones who can truly add to and improve the Chinook population are bred and not too much to keep diversity. If only a handful of people have a litter, there are not enough to keep the breed alive.
So that’s one of the things I’m asking.
It is very important to me that Chinooks are loved, trained a bunch, and out and about to be included in family activities and to be seen in public. They should have fun and get to have a happy, healthy life. It is important that each Chinook is a great example of the breed, which includes strong structure, beautiful faces, and great temperament and character.
In order for that to continue for future generations, dogs of showing and breeding potential have to exist. Not all pups should be bred, and sometimes I know that as a pup, sometimes it’s hard to tell. No pup will go to new owners that has a physical or temperament problem. They would stay here, to work through it or live their life.
Yes, it is a little more complicated to have an intact dog.
Boys hit their peak of testosterone at about 10 months of age. The testosterone level is ten times what it will level off to when they are two years old.They are kind of obnoxious at that age as they can mark, lick urine from other dogs and be a target for dogs that think they should be put in their place for having the audacity to have their testicles, and be quite full of themselves. Supervision, training and good management are necessary to have the dog turn out right. They will mellow out after they are three or four years old.
You would be asked to do that much training from me even if the dog was allowed to be neutered. Setting boundaries and having pleasant, well orchestrated meetings, greetings and playtime is super important in all dogs.
I’m a huge believer in positively taught, group training classes to keep you accountable and the dogs around other dogs and people in a controlled setting. All dogs need a vocabulary and a willingness to do as they are asked.
That is for all dogs. Chinooks are a reserved breed and you must do a lot of casual, pleasant socialization for them to be comfortable in public settings. I do that with the dogs I have. That’s why they look so easy going and friendly. All good Chinook owners have done that. Most dogs owners of all breeds have done that.
Having an intact female on a daily basis is pretty easy. I still require training in group classes and all the things i’ve said about doing with the boys. The difference is that twice a year they go into season. That is their menstruation and when they could be bred to have puppies. It lasts three weeks. They are receptive to being bred mostly between the 10th and 14th day- but that can vary by the dog. You have to keep them home and supervise them when they go out to potty as male dogs can be quite exuberant and athletic in their want to get to the girl. It’s not that hard.
If the girl is of breeding quality and healthy to be bred and is, having a litter is a lot of work but super rewarding and fun too. There’s tons of planning, scheduling, cleaning, socializing involved. A parade of people visiting and fun structures and toys for learning from. Plus picking out families to own the wonderful pups that will follow your wishes.
Females that meet all the requirements will be bred only once or twice, depending on how difficult the process has been for all involved.
This is what to keep in mind when thinking about getting a Chinook. They are wonderful dogs. They’re versatile, cheerful and willing. They are cuddly. They are happy to leap up and have an adventure with you on the spur of the moment. They are also will to watch a movie with you. They are good with other species when raised with them. Having this breed exist forever is a responsibility I have undertaken. I hope others will be happy to be recruited.