The Chimo is a new hybrid mix for the 21st century that is smaller than a Standard American Eskimo but not as fragile as a Chihuahua. The Chimo is currently recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of American, and the International Designer Canine Registry. Little is known about the current hybrid, but both the Chihuahua and the American Eskimo have colorful histories to share with the new mix. The Chihuahua is a New World breed, and thought to have crossed the Bering Strait more than 30,000 years ago and making its way to Mesoamerica and modern-day Mexico. The Aztec and Toltec people used the Chihuahua for vermin control for centuries before the Chihuahua made its way north again through importation in the 1800s. Once short coated, the long-haired varieties of Chihuahua may have been cross bred with Silky Terriers. The Chihuahua displays many characteristics with Terriers but is slightly mouthier. The American Eskimo is neither American nor Eskimo and believed to be from the Northern Spitz family living in Germany as the German Spitz before coming to America in the 20th century. The Eskie’s close relative, the German Spitz, was originally bred as a watchdog for farmers. The Spitz was not chosen for its aggression but its vocalization and ability to alert people to potential threats. The American Eskimos, like its German cousin, is vocal and a capable watchdog but the Eskie was bred for entertainment. Many American Eskimos first captured the hearts of Americans and European alike with their tricks and abilities and were featured in many traveling circuses as tightrope walking dogs. Anti-German sentiment following World War I and throughout the Second World War forced a name change upon the German Spitz, who affectionately became known as the American Eskimo, or Eskie. It is believed the kennel that most prominently bred the American Eskimo lent its name; the American Eskimo Kennel.