8-15 lbs
United States
American Eskimo

The definition of a hybrid dog is one who was created by combining two purebreds to create a mixed dog. The Papimo is the mix between an American Eskimo and a Papillon. These dogs can be suited for apartment life as long as they get enough exercise, which is around 45 minutes per day. Since they have long and thick coats, the hot temperatures of the summer can be a problem and therefore exercise may need to be limited. They are small in size and are a wonderful choice for families with kids and other pets, since they are quite sociable and behave around all people and pets, as long as they are properly socialized.

Date of Origin
American Eskimo, Papillon

Papimo Health

Average Size
Male Papimo size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Female Papimo size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Portosystemic Shunts
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiographs

Papimo Breed History

The Papimo is considered to be a hybrid or designer dog breed because it is created from two separate breeds. For the Papimo, a Papillon and an American Eskimo are used. These dogs are a new creation and there is not much to be said about them quite yet. What we do know is that they originate from the United States and that they will share characteristics and traits from both the American Eskimo and the Papillon. The latter is a dog breed that has been around for a while. In fact, it is thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds around, since they had been discovered around 700 years ago. They were first found in Europe where they were called Dwarf Spaniels. The dogs were often presented sitting in the laps of Spanish noblewomen in paintings from the Italian Renaissance, which occurred between the 13th and 15th centuries. At one point their name changed to Continental Toy Spaniels, but it would change again later on to the name that we all know them by today. Most of the dogs at that time had dropped ears at that time, but later on an erect eared version came into existence. The dropped eared version was then referred to as Phalene Papillons and the erect eared dogs were simply Papillons. The other parent comes from a much larger family of Nordic breeds called the Spitz. These dogs are nearly the same as the German Spitz, but during the war the dogs who were brought to America had their names changed to the American Eskimo. The white Pomeranian, the Samoyed, white Keeshond and white Italian Spitz are all other members of the Spitz family of Nordic breeds. The breed found its way to the United States along with German Settlers, and therefore have no relation whatsoever to the Eskimo culture, despite their misleading name.

Papimo Breed Appearance

The appearance of both the Papillon and the American Eskimo should be considered when trying to predict what these designer dogs will look like. The Papimo is usually documented as a small white dog that has big patches of tan covered fur located throughout on the back. Their legs are quite petite as well, and the small paws, lips and eyes will be black or dark in color. The Papimo has adorable ears that are large compared to the bodies and match the tan color on their backs. The tails, which curl up and rest on the dog’s tan colored back, has wispy hair that grows straight and about 4 inches in length. Their coat in general is medium in length with longer fur found on the tail, elbows, the chest and around the dog’s cute face. Their muzzles are small and the heads are rounded. An even more accurate physical description of this dogs can be determined if you research the characteristics of the parents. However, keep in mind that not all hybrid dogs will look the same, since some traits may be adopted from different parents in individual dogs.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Papimo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Papimo nose
brown Papimo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Papimo coat
fawn Papimo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Papimo straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Papimo Breed Maintenance

Considering the coats of both purebred parent breeds, we can assume that the Papimo will have similar characteristics and needs. They usually shed their long fur heavily and will need to be brushed at least every week in order to be kept clean and healthy. There are other maintenance needs that are required for all breeds of dog, with no exceptions. This would include teeth brushing, which will be needed about twice or thrice a week. However, brushing your dog’s teeth every day is the best and most reliable way to keep away infection and decay. Your dog’s nails will need to be clipped occasionally as well. For most dogs, every month or two is a good frequency to check the length of the nails. Lastly, ear infections are another concern that will need a bit of work in order to be avoided. Wipe and check your dog’s ears every week.
Brushes for Papimo
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Papimo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Papimo Temperament

The Papimo, which is the combination between a Papillon and an American Eskimo dog, will have a personality that is similar to those of both parents. They tend to be energetic dogs with lots of energy. Although they love to please, they can sometimes be hard to housetrain, but this can be an issue with many small dog breeds. These strong willed dogs usually bond to one specific master and will obey and adore them unconditionally. Overall they are happy and affectionate pets that will get along very well with kids and other pets alike. However, strangers might make them nervous and it could sometimes take them time to warm up to people that they don’t know. They are usually quiet pets who will only bark if someone is at the door. A more in depth display of Papimo temperaments can be found by looking at the general behavior of the parent dogs.

Papimo Activity Requirements

Much like everything else about designer breeds, the Papimo will have similar requirements to the breeds that they were born from. The Papillon needs to be walked every day along with some play time. Like all beings, the Papillon will have a higher chance of misbehaving and getting into trouble if they are not given enough time for play and exercise each day. Play time as well as free time in the yard are important for this breed. American Eskimos have similar needs as well. A long daily walk will be enjoyed along with some free time to roam in a safe and enclosed space. Playing with your dog is also a great way of bonding with them and burning energy.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Papimo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Papimo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Papimo size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Papimo size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Papimo size stats at 12 months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Papimo size stats at 12 months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Male Papimo size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Papimo size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs

Papimo Owner Experiences

4 Years
2 People
Long walks
Shay is a very friendly and well mannered pup.
1 year, 8 months ago
5 Years
2 People
Bruno is very caring for other creatures, including his 3 sibling cats. He is very protective of them and his people, but not aggressive. He has the perfect temperment, but if he is left home alone all day, he will tear up a tissue from the trash to punish us. Lol. And then he admits he did wrong the second we come home. He's so full of personality!
1 year, 10 months ago
5 Years
2 People
Playing in the snow
Play keep away
Kamali is sweet-natured and energetic. She loves to sprint down hiking trails and bounce around in the snow. She loves to meet new people and is gentle with children.
2 years ago
2 Months
2 People
Learn a new trick
Poppy loves to cuddle and is very loving. She loves to run around and loves her feline siblings (they keep her busy).
2 years, 1 month ago
9 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Enjoying her every day activity
2 years, 2 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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