New Hampshire Considers Chinook as State Dog

A group of seventh-graders are behind the push for the legislation.

Posted: January 8, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

ChinookIf a group of dedicated schoolchildren in New Hampshire get their way, the Chinook will be named the Granite State’s first state dog.

Seventh-graders from Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford have lobbied State Sen. Sheila Roberge to sponsor a bill that declares the rare breed – only 800 or so Chinooks are found in the U.S. – New Hampshire’s state dog.

“The kids are really thrilled,” said Roberge in an interview with the Union Leader. “It was a wonderful idea for their teacher to have.”

The Chinook, a mix of Siberian Husky, Mastiff, and Saint Bernard, was first bred by explorer and author Arthur T. Walden on his New Hampshire farm on Jan. 17, 1917.

The students’ teacher, Jen Wells, the president of Chinooks of New England, said the proposed legislation is a good way for students to learn about government.

“It’ll be fun for them,” Wells said. “They will remember this for the rest of their lives.”

Nine U.S. states, including Virginia with the American Foxhound and Pennsylvania with the Great Dane, have official state dogs.


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lynn   valencia, CA

8/26/2009 8:51:03 PM

My daughter is in the 5th grade and learning about different New England states. We came across the information about the Chinook becoming the state dog of New Hampshire. Did it happen? Good luck!!!

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Madison   Tyngsboro, MA

2/23/2009 9:46:33 AM

I have a Chinok named Taz,he is 6 years old and 14olbs.Taz is as good a dog as you can get.Great with the kids and
If you would like a picture for your project let me know.

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courtney   bedford, NH

2/4/2009 3:20:25 PM

Hey this is my school doing this!! It's so much fun! Our pod is having a blast and we are so excited that we will be a part of history if this passes! We hope we have

7-west is the best!!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

1/8/2009 9:58:48 PM

This sounds great. What a wonderful idea.

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