Chimo

10-20 lbs
10-13"
United States
Chihuahua
American Eskimo Dog
Eskimo Chi

The Chimo is a hybrid mix of the Chihuahua and the American Eskimo.  The size of a Chimo will vary depending on the size of the American Eskimo parent, but the hybrid is usually a toy or small dog with long, fluffy hair and a cheerful, loving personality.  Not much is known on the Chimo, which may also be referred to as an Eskimo Chi, but both parent breeds have a long history.  Chimo owners should review the characteristics and health concerns of the parent breeds to better understand the potential temperament and health issues of their designer dog.

Purpose
Companionship
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Chihuahua and American Eskimo

Chimo Health

Average Size
Male Chimo size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Female Chimo size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Addison's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Chimo Breed History

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.

Chimo Breed Appearance

The Chimo can lean toward either parent breed in appearance but is usually a small, even toy-sized designer dog not standing taller than 10 inches and weighing around 10 pounds.  However, the Chimo can stand taller and weigh more if the parent breed is a Standard American Eskimo.  The head is round with a thin, long muzzle that’s in proportion to the head.  The eyes can vary in color from light to dark brown and are round to slightly oval and expressive and cheerful.  The coat can vary in color but is usually light and includes white or cream in two or three-color variations.  The hair on a Chimo is always soft and fluffy but may lay more flat against the body in the hybrid than it does in the American Eskimo parent.    

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chimo eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chimo nose
Black
brown Chimo nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Chimo coat
Brindle
silver Chimo coat
Silver
sable Chimo coat
Sable
red Chimo coat
Red
fawn Chimo coat
Fawn
cream Chimo coat
Cream
blue Chimo coat
Blue
black Chimo coat
Black
white Chimo coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chimo straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chimo Breed Maintenance

Having risen from two non-hypoallergenic breeds, the Chimo is not hypoallergenic and is considered an average to high shedder.  The long, soft hair of the Chimo should be brushed daily to prevent mats and tangles and to keep the coat looking its best.  Frequent brushing will also help evenly distribute natural oils that keep the skin and coat healthy.  These dogs are not known to develop a “doggy” odor, but regular brushing will help keep the coat clean and prevent smells from developing.  While brushing your Chimo’s coat, also check the ears and remove any built-up wax, dirt, or debris using a veterinarian approved cleaning solution.    

Brushes for Chimo
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chimo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chimo Temperament

The Chimo is a friendly and intelligent hybrid who is eager to please, thanks to the American Eskimo parent.  Any stubbornness you find in your Chimo is sure to come from the Chihuahua parent, but the Chimo is considered an outgoing, loving, and easy to train hybrid.  When it comes to children, the Chimo is a remarkable patient and loving companion but may not be well-suited to small children.  The America Eskimo parent makes the Chimo hardier and teaching children how to interact with dogs will help with proper socialization.  The Chimo gets along very well with other dogs and cats with proper socialization, but the Chihuahua parent can interfere with true harmonization if not well-socialized.  The Chimo may be slightly leery of strangers, but early socialization will help develop their friendliness towards unknown, non-threaten people.  Energy levels in the Chimo are high with moderate intensity, but they are small enough to get daily exercise indoors, which will keep their minds sharp and bodies healthy.

Chimo Activity Requirements

The Chimo is a hybrid of two breeds with high energy.  The Chihuahua needs less intense activity while the American Eskimo can have high energy and require slightly more intense daily activity.  Your Chimo will enjoy running and jumping and requires between 1 and 2 hours of regular exercise.  However, the small stature of this mix means the Chimo can get some of its exercise needs inside.  The Chimo is adapted remarkably well to the apartment and urban living, and both parent breeds strike a perfect balance in climate tolerance.  The Chimo is capable of living in either hot or cold climate and is ideally suited for temperate environments.  However, during warmer months, watch for any signs of overheating, because your Chimo inherits it coat from its American Eskimo parent.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Chimo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Chimo Owner Experiences

Bandit
18 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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