Crossbreeding Program Goal
The Chinook Owners Association (COA) CrossBreeding Program is a long-term program developed in partnership with the United Kennel Club, Inc. (UKC) to add genetic diversity and quality to the current Chinook gene pool by developing Chinook cross lines that lead to progeny that attain UKC registration status as a Chinook.
Health evaluations are a vital component of this program, assessing the health of each litter and the breeding potential Chinooks. The CrossBreeding Program recently added descriptions about how PennHIP evaluations are used within the Program. The COA CrossBreeding Program description and requirements may be viewed in a PDF document by clicking on the following link: CrossBreeding Program
Do you have questions about the CrossBreeding Program? They may be questions that others have asked before, so follow this link to the Cross Program FAQs
Overview of Process
The breeding method employed during this process is to begin by breeding a non-Chinook (dog zero) with a full Chinook. "Dog zero" must meet the following four criteria: It must have a four generation traceable lineage with no known hereditary health faults. It must be a purebred dog selected from a breed purported to have contributed to the development of the Chinook, be a working breed of dog or be an unregistered working dog with a documented four generation pedigree. If purebred, it must possess a registration number from a recognized registry. It must be a good specimen of its breed and possess no major faults. Acceptable progeny of the first breeding will then mate with a full Chinook. This process is continued until the fourth generation. Fourth generation Crossbred Chinooks are then eligible for consideration as purebred Chinooks.
UKC Chinook National Specialty Cross Winners
Every year, the Chinook Owners Association hosts the UKC Chinook National Specialty to showcase the best of the best Chinooks and to choose a National Specialty Winner for that year. At the National Specialty, the Best Chinook Cross is also chosen.
Cross to Pure Chinooks
A descendant of a C.O.A. CrossBreeding program attains full Chinook status when it conforms to the U.K.C. Chinook Breed Standard, is at least a fourth generation descendant of a "dog zero", statistically carries 93% of more Chinook genes, and qualifies for acceptance through the requirements established for the program.
â€œI have examined Karelia in person and she is in complete compliance with the UKC Standard for the Chinook.â€
-- Jeri Singleton, UKC Judge in Conformation Evaluation
To obtain applications or more information about the program, please contact us.