Imo-Inu

20-30 lbs
14-17"
United States
American Eskimo
Shiba Inu
The Imo-Inu is a combination of two very smart and loyal breeds: the American Eskimo and Shiba Inu.  These pets are people-oriented and love to stay active. Their lifespan is average for medium breeds at 12 to 15 years and they generally weigh between 20 and 35 pounds. When full grown, this breed can be between 14 and 19 inches tall. Imo-Inus generally looks like a small Akitas with American Eskimo features mixed in. The most notable feature of this hybrid is its lush and dense coat that comes in solid or combinations of black, cream, tan, red, and biscuit with white markings. This breed is relatively new, but its date of origin is unknown and Imo-Inus are also not yet fully stabilized in form or personality. They are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) roster of purebred dogs.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Eskimo, Shiba Inu

Imo-Inu Health

Average Size
Male Imo-Inu size stats
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Female Imo-Inu size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Addison's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Ocular Exam

Imo-Inu Breed History

The name Imo-Ino is a combination of the two parent breeds: the Shiba Inu and American Eskimo. The Shiba Inu hails from ancient Asia and its name means “small dog”. The breed was originally bred in Japan for hunting birds and small game. It has been highly prized in Japan for centuries and was proclaimed a natural product of the country in 1936 under the Cultural Properties Act. Unfortunately, Shiba Inus nearly became extinct during World War II due to disease. To revive the population, three variations of the Shiba Inus were interbred: the Shinshu Shiba, the Mino Shiba, and the Sanin Shiba. In the 1950s, the first Shiba Inus were brought to the United States where they gradually grew in popularity. Eventually, the AKC recognized the breed in 1993. The Imo-Inu’s other parent dog, the American Eskimo, is also an ancient breed and is known for its long soft coat. It descended from the “Deutsche Spitz” which was bred in Germany as a farm dog. When German immigrants came to the United States, they brought their “German Spitzes” with them. Many settled in Texas, where the breed became quite popular. In the early 20th century, anti-German sentiment led to changing the dog’s name to the American Eskimo. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1994 as a non-sporting dog. The Shiba Inu and American Eskimo are a natural pair given their similar size and appearances. As such, they are a relatively common and established hybrid. Even so, Imo-Inus are not recognized by the AKC and breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them.

Imo-Inu Breed Appearance

An Imo-Inu is a compact, medium-sized dog with a firm stance, deep chest, and keen expression. They have small, slightly triangular eyes, and a tapered muzzle with a scissor bite. Imo-Inus also have a high-set tail that is occasionally curled if it takes after the its Spitz heritage. The breed has a double coat, which is dense, straight and medium in length. It comes in solid varieties or multi-color combinations of black, cream, tan, red, and biscuit with the possibility of white markings on the tail and legs. The ears are erect, set high, and slightly blunted on the tips. Imo-Inus also have oval, compact feet with arched toes and deeply cushioned pads.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Imo-Inu eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Imo-Inu nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Imo-Inu coat
Black
cream Imo-Inu coat
Cream
red Imo-Inu coat
Red
white Imo-Inu coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Imo-Inu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Imo-Inu Breed Maintenance

The Imo-Inu is a relatively low maintenance pet. This breed does, however, shed frequently. Shedding is particularly heavy during seasonal changes twice a year. Owners can control shedding to some extent, as well as maintain neatness and avoid tangles with weekly brushing. Imo-Inus only need occasional baths (once every two to three months). They do, however, need daily teeth cleaning and once or twice monthly nail clippings. Owners should clean their Imo-Inu’s ears regularly with a damp cloth to avoid wax build up. Note that this dog is not hypoallergenic and is not suitable for dog owners with allergies.
Brushes for Imo-Inu
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Imo-Inu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Imo-Inu Temperament

Imo-Inus are loving, alert, and intelligent dogs. They have the gentle personalities of their American Eskimo parent and the spunkiness of their Shiba-Inu parent. These dogs become very attached to their families and are known to be obedient pets. In fact, they are considered a highly trainable dog that is easily housebroken. Imo-Inus are also quite social. They love to engage in play with their owners and perform tricks for audiences. This breed also gets along well with other dogs, though it might chase after smaller animals if given the chance. Because Imo-Inus are so social, they are prone to separation anxiety and not suited for busy families or owners that travel frequently. At the same time, the Imo-Inus can be hesitant around strangers. Early socialization can help to mold an open and friendly pet. Overall, the Imo-Inu is an adoring pet that will thrive in a loving and stable household.

Imo-Inu Activity Requirements

Imo-Inus have above average energy levels and love to exercise with their owners. They are quite athletic and should have between 45 to 60 minutes of activity a day. Because they require a fair amount of exercise, they are best suited for suburban and rural environments with a yard. They can, however, live in urban environments if there is access to grassy areas or off leash parks. Imo-Inus also have a high impulse to hunt, so they should always be monitored whenever they are outside. Note that because of this breed’s heavy coat, it does not do well in hot temperatures. In addition to exercise, Imo-Inus need a lot of attention, so snuggling at the end of the day is an important part of their routine!
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Imo-Inu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Imo-Inu Owner Experiences

Boondock
3 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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