They are not very close, no more so than other dog breed. The Chinook is a sled dog breed, not wolfdog. Wolfdogs would not make very good sled dogs as they have not been selectively bred for the very traits that make good working dogs. I speak from experience, having worked hands on with pure wolves for over 20 years, as well as living with purebred sled dogs of several breeds during the same time. I ran a dog team made up of those dogs that I raised and trained. Though sled dog breeds resemble wolves in some physical ways, they are still not THAT close in lineage, and their behavior is that of a domestic dog. They are primitive dogs, but domestic nonetheless.
Answered by paws4hisglory - 10/29/2011 11:01:00 AM