The delightful and adorable Chimo hybrid breed is a combination of the well-known Chihuahua and American Eskimo. "Mischievous" is one way to describe the American Eskimo, as this pooch loves to play and have fun. American Eskimos have a history of being used on the farm as watchdogs and even as performers in the circus. Like the Chihuahua, the American Eskimo is not much of a competitor; they would rather play or relax instead.
The Chihuahua is one of the most popular breeds, perhaps because of their loyalty, affection, and devotion to their owner. Due to their tiny size, these pups don't require an intense amount of physical stimulation.
The Chimo inherits traits from both parents -- this pooch is intelligent, obedient and eager to please. Typically, a Chimo is bred using a small American Eskimo, making them toy sized, though their size can vary. The Chimo breed does require moderate daily exercise, as they have high energy. To meet these needs, engage your Chimo with a variety of different activities and games!
For this activity, your pooch will resemble a cat while they chase a flirt pole back and forth as you wave it through the air and along the ground. Believe it or not, flirt poles are quite "pawpular" in the dog world, especially with toy and small dog breeds, making it a fantastic option for your Chimo.
Flirt poles are great for high-energy dogs who are inclined to chase objects, such as the one on the end of your pole! After you have your pole, simply take it out anytime your pup needs to burn some energy! Base the amount of time you invest in the activity on your Chimo's engagement level. If they love the game, keep playing -- if not, you may play for only 15 minutes before they get bored.
Indoor games are especially useful during those cold and dreary winter months or on a rainy day. Hide-and-seek has been used throughout the ages as an activity to entertain children. However, today, it's one of the most fun ways to entertain and test your pooch's intelligence.
The only prerequisite for this activity is that your Chimo knows the "stay" command. If they can't stay, you won't be able to hide. If your pup doesn't know this command, practice some obedience lessons before returning to this activity. If your pup can stay without an issue, grab some toys and get started! Be prepared to play multiple games of hide-and-seek to stimulate your Chimo's mind and to get them moving!
Object search and find is another activity that can be done both indoors and out, depending on the weather, your energy level, and the needs of your pooch. The game is just like hide-and-seek, but this time, your pooch is looking for a specific object that you introduced ahead of time. After showing your Chimo the object, your job is to hide it, then sit back and enjoy the show while they sniff it out!
Unlike hide-and-seek, you can watch your pup while they search and give them helpful hints along the way. The only materials required for this activity are the object being hidden and treats, if you choose to use them as a reward. Praise and petting are just as useful for rewarding a successful find!
The Chimo is a playful and loyal companion who is likely to be very fond of and affectionate toward their owner. Small in size but large in personality is a "grrr-eat" way to describe this breed.
If you're looking for ways to entertain yourselves indoors, try playing hide-and-seek or object retrieval to get your Chimo moving and thinking. Both games require your Chimo to know how to stay, which is a perfect excuse to practice obedience at home! You may also want to try using a flirt pole, both inside and out, to give your Chimo an effective physical workout!
If you're looking for ways to spend time outdoors, check out a drive-in movie together. If you don't have a drive-in nearby, try the dog park, and on your way there, let your Chimo walk you! Keep your Chimo on their toes by offering them a variety of stimulating activities.