10-20 lbs
United States
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 Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry 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
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chimo nose
brown Chimo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Chimo coat
silver Chimo coat
sable Chimo coat
red Chimo coat
fawn Chimo coat
cream Chimo coat
blue Chimo coat
black Chimo coat
white Chimo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
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 ‚Äúdoggy‚ÄĚ odor, but regular brushing will help keep the coat clean and prevent smells from developing.¬† While brushing your Chimo‚Äôs 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
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
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 activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes
activity minutes

Chimo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Chimo Owner Experiences

2 Years
1 People
Charley was a COVID puppy and as a result did not have an opportunity for early socialization. She is initially scared or new people and other dogs but warms up quickly and then becomes quite attached. She barks more than I would like but she is so loving and cuddly! She enjoys being held and rocked. She is super smart and learns quickly but can be stubborn. A bit night maintenance, but a wonderful companion.
1 year, 8 months ago
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Dog Parks
Learn a new trick
Explore the woods
This is my first Chimo. TJ is a great dog He is smart and has learned all the basics and then some very quickly. Very food motivated. Is struggling a little with being left on his own and potty training, but all in all he has been an easy puppy. He is lazy in the morning and will stay in bed till I force him to get up. He has growled at kids when they want to pick him up too much, but as long as they give him a little respect he has been great.
2 years, 4 months ago
18 Months
2 People
Very aware living and intelligent piece of my heart!
5 years, 8 months ago
13 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Mo has been awesome. She was a rescue at 2 years old and it took a little while to get her house trained but 2+ long walks a day have done the trick. She is chill at home on the couch and LOVES food and treats. Has been great with children and adults and prefers human company over other dogs
4 years ago
9 Weeks
2 People
He has been very easy to train so far. We've only had him 3 weeks. I just began teaching him tricks and he has learned 3 tricks in 2 days. He is only 9 weeks old. He is still a little apprehensive about strangers. Since he has not hadall his shots yet, we haven't had alot of socialization yet. Will keep you posted on that.
2 years, 10 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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