22-35 lbs
United States
Australian Cattle Dog
American Eskimo Dog

The Aussimo is a hybrid cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and the American Eskimo Dog. Medium in size, the Aussimo has long, soft fur and can be seen in blue, blue mottled, red mottled and red speckled colors. Dogs of the breed are very smart and inquisitive, with a desire to investigate. While the Aussimo is wary of strangers, he is protective, loving and affectionate with those he knows, making him typically good with children and other animals. With a high level of intelligence and desire to please, the Aussimo does well in obedience trials and enjoys working. Dogs of the breed require sufficient physical and mental exercise or can become hyperactive and high strung.

Date of Origin
Australian Cattle Dog, American Eskimo Dog

Aussimo Health

Average Size
Male Aussimo size stats
Height: 11-19 inches Weight: 24-37 lbs
Female Aussimo size stats
Height: 11-19 inches Weight: 22-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Hearing
  • Hips
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Aussimo Breed History

The hybrid called the Aussimo is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to make the Aussimo have long histories. Research exists suggesting that the Australian Cattle Dog is the result of some blue-merle Highland Collies that were crossed with Dingoes in 1840 by a man named Hall; these dogs were known as Hall’s heelers. Other research points to a man named George Elliott as being responsible for crossing the Dingo and blue merle Collie. Two brothers (Jack and Harry Bagust) worked on improving the breed; it is thought that they crossed a female with a Dalmatian and then with a Black and Tan Kelpie, which is a Sheepdog. The resulting dog is an ancestor of the Australian Cattle Dog we know today. The breed was once known as the Queensland Blue Heeler and later known as the Australian Heeler, before being called the Australian Cattle Dog. The dog now known as the American Eskimo comes from the Keeshond, which originally was seen in a variety of colors. White Keeshonds became excluded from the breed standard, as did Pomeranians that weighed more than eight pounds. It is thought that these dogs were kept as pets by workers in Europe; eventually these dogs were brought to the United States. In the 1920’s the dogs became known as the American Spitz and they became popular with circus performers. After World War I the dogs became known as the American Eskimo. 

Aussimo Breed Appearance

Most of the Aussimo’s appearance is inherited from the Australian Cattle Dog. A medium sized dog, the body of the Aussimo is typically sturdy, muscular and compact, presenting the appearance of both strength and agility. The skull is broad and the cheeks are muscled. The Aussimo has pricked ears set widely apart that are small to medium in size and eyes that are oval and dark. The neck and shoulders of the Aussimo are strong and the forelegs are straight. The feet of the Aussimo are round and arched and include small yet sturdy toes and nails. The fur of dogs of this breed is typically long and soft.

Aussimo Breed Maintenance

Maintenance of your Aussimo will be moderate, requiring weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush so that you may remove any dead hairs. In the case of the Australian Cattle Dog, bathing should only occur as necessary, which may be once or twice annually, while the American Eskimo should be bathed monthly. How often you bathe your Aussimo will be dependent upon the coat that he inherits. Basic care that is necessary for all dogs is also important, to include trimming his nails as necessary and keeping his ears clean and dry. In addition, you will want to brush his teeth regularly to ensure his overall dental health. The Aussimo is considered to be easy to train; training should start when your dog first comes home. Socialization is also important so that your Aussimo will be comfortable around other people and animals. Providing challenging activities for your Aussimo will help him to avoid becoming bored; this is key to ensuring he does not partake in destructive behaviors.

Aussimo Temperament

Most Aussimos are good with children as well as with other animals. While an Aussimo will typically be reserved and wary of strangers, he makes friends once he is introduced and has the opportunity to spend time with them. Dogs of the breed are very intelligent and easy to train, helped by their willingness to please; often they rank high when participating in obedience trials. The Aussimo is usually curious and will enjoy investigating, as well as working. If an Aussimo is not able to get enough mental and physical exercise it may lead to his becoming hyperactive and high-strung, resulting in their spinning in circles.

Aussimo Activity Requirements

Your Aussimo will require a significant amount of physical and mental exercise on a daily basis. Activities like fetching, tugging, running and walking will allow your Aussimo to expend some energy and keep busy. Both the American Eskimo and the Australian Cattle Dog enjoy working, and it is likely that your Aussimo will benefit from work as well. He might enjoy participating in obedience trials or different challenges. While an Aussimo can do well in an apartment if provided with the opportunity for daily exercise, a fenced in yard is ideal for dogs of the breed.

Aussimo Owner Experiences

8 Months
4 People
Dog Parks
Dog beach
Pax is amazing! He is so caring and loyal with a funny personality. He is very good with training. It took him a day to learn shake and hi five! He was also quick to learn sit, lay down, stay and come. He has a bit of a hard time listening when he is over stimulated but overall great dog. Beware they are known to bark a lot.
1 month, 1 week ago
5 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Belly rubs
In only 5 months Leo has been the best, most intelligent dog i’ve ever owned! He was potty trained in the first week we got him (he was only 8 weeks old) and he learned how to sit, give both paws, lay down, and speak in the first month of owning him. Although he HATES baths he loves playing the the mud and digging with his brother Buddy who is a Doggo Argentina and loves going on walks and playing tug of war with his sister Frankie who is a boxer pitbull. He has brought so much joy into our lives in only the short amount of time we’ve owned him and we cant wait to see him grow!
1 year ago
9 Years
3 People
Milo is the best dog I've ever had. At 9 years old he still acts like a young dog and has barely slowed down. He's too smart for his own good and can be very stubborn and will argue with you if he doesn't like what you tell him.
1 year, 3 months ago
7 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Zoey is my best friend. Although over seven years old, she still acts like a puppy and needs daily, 30+ min walks. She also licks nonstop and has seasonal allergies. She's a friendly dog and loves most people, although she will make it known if she wants to be alone.
2 years ago
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