The Chimo: A Complete Guide

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The Chimo is considered a first-generation breed, which means he is a cross between a pure American Eskimo Dog and a pure Chihuahua.

This sturdy little companion dog has loads of energy and is highly devoted to his family. He brings together the best traits of his two popular parent breeds.

His protective nature makes him a rather vocal watchdog that may not necessarily be an ideal choice for apartment dwellers.

The Chimo is a wonderful family dog. He’s loyal, independent, intelligent, affectionate, sweet, and playful.

Chimo Puppies – Before You Buy…

A white Chimo puppy sitting in pink bedding
The Chimos are great for children of all ages.

What Price are Chimo Puppies?

The price of Chimo puppies is anywhere between $500 to $1,500.

How to Find Reputable Chimo Breeders?

A reputable breeder is passionate about one or two breeds and is knowledgeable about breed standards and potential problems with the breed.

Their puppies are kept in the breeder’s home as part of the family.

They will welcome you to see where their dogs spend most of their time and encourage you to spend time with the puppy’s parents.

They also encourage you to make as many visits as you can before you decide to buy or bring a puppy home.

They rely on their strong relationship with a veterinarian and will provide documentation of the puppy’s vet visits, medical history, and any genetic tests that were performed.

Their puppies also come with written health guarantees.

They ask puppy buyers to sign a contract stating that you will return the dog if you are unable to keep or take care of the dog at any point during its lifetime.

A reputable breeder will probably have fewer dogs than potential families waiting. They usually have a long waiting list for their puppies.

This means that you may not be able to choose the exact time when you can bring home the puppy.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chimo Puppies

  1. The size of a Chimo will vary depending on the size of the American Eskimo parent. But it’s usually a toy or small dog with long, fluffy hair and a cheerful, loving personality.
  2. Not much is known about the Chimo, which may also be referred to as an Eskimo Chi. But both its parent breeds have long histories.
  3. Chimo owners should study the personalities and temperaments, as well as the health issues of the parent breeds to better understand the Chimo’s possible temperament and health conditions.

Physical Traits of the Chimo

A white Chimo with its owner
The Chimo is a very cheerful, friendly, affectionate.

The Chimo can lean toward either parent breed in appearance, but it’s usually a small or toy-sized dog not taller than 10 inches and weighing around 10 pounds.

However, the Chimo can grow taller and be heavier if the parent dog 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. They are round to slightly oval and are 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 flatter against the body in the hybrid than it does in the American Eskimo parent.

Having risen from two non-hypoallergenic breeds, the Chimo is not hypoallergenic and is considered an average to high shedder.

The long and smooth hair of the Chimo must be brushed every day to prevent tangles and mats and to keep the coat healthy and beautiful.

Frequent brushing will also help evenly distribute natural oils that keep the skin and coat healthy.

Chimos don’t have a doggy odor. Regular brushing will help keep the coat clean and prevent bad odors 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.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chimo?

The Chimo weighs about 6 to 10 pounds. If the Chihuahua parent has been bred with a standard or toy-sized version, he will weigh slightly more or less.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Chimo?

The life expectancy of the Chimo is about 14 to 16 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Chimo

The Chimo is an ideal family dog and is affectionate, independent, intelligent, and playful.

Despite his size, he loves kids and being around them. He likes active play and can quickly grow bored and destructive if he’s not given the stimulation that he needs.

He is also highly protective of his human pack. While not aggressive, he can step in and become vocal with strangers, a trait that can be curbed through early training.

The Chimo is very friendly and smart. He is always eager to please. 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 remarkably 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 a great deal.

But the Chihuahua parent can prevent real harmonization if he is not properly socialized.

The Chimo may be slightly leery of strangers, but early socialization will also help develop his friendliness towards unknown, non-threatening people.

His energy levels are high. The good thing is that he’s small and can get the exercise he needs even when he’s indoors.

The Chimo’s Diet

An adult Chimo looking up at you
The Chimo wants nothing more than to spend time with his favorite humans.

Your Chimo is a small breed dog. He will burn calories much faster than a large dog.

Feeding should be frequent small meals of a premium kibble throughout the day, with snacks and treats provided sparingly to ensure the bulk of his nutrients are coming from quality sources.

The Chihuahua parent dog has a very low tolerance for preservatives and artificial coloring. You may want to consult with your vet when choosing the best food for your Chimo.

How Much Exercise Does a Chimo Need?

Don’t be fooled by their small size. The Chimo is a mighty dog who not only loves to play and go for walks.

He needs this type of activity to stay mentally stimulated and out of trouble. Plan to devote time throughout your day to a few short outings and a tossed ball in the yard or family room.

Because the American Eskimo parent is also known for his agility and love of playing catch or fly ball, a visit to the local dog park and a tossed Frisbee would be a great way to burn off some energy.

The Chimo is a hybrid of two breeds with high energy.

The Chihuahua parents need less intense activity, while the American Eskimo parent can have high energy and require slightly more intense daily activity.

Your Chimo will enjoy running and jumping. He will require between 1 and 2 hours of regular exercise.

However, the small stature of this mix means the Chimo can get some of his exercise needs inside.

He is adapted remarkably well to an apartment and urban living, and both parent breeds strike a perfect balance in climate tolerance.

The Chimo is okay to live in both hot and cold climates, but he is more suited to live in temperate environments.

However, during warmer months, watch for any signs of overheating because Chimos inherit their coat from their American Eskimo parent.

Chimo Health and Conditions

Designer dogs like the Chimo are usually free from the health conditions that can affect their parent dogs.

However, prospective pet owners need to do their homework to understand what ailments might be inherited.

In the case of the Chihuahua, patella luxation can be a problem, as well as Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis or GME that impacts the central nervous system of certain variations on this breed.

For American Eskimo dogs, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy can be an issue.

My Final Thoughts on the ChimoA Chimo with pointed ears

Both the American Eskimo Dog and the Chihuahua parents are perceptive, smart, and companionable dogs that make excellent pets, family dogs, and companion animals.

It isn’t hard to believe that the Chimo takes on these wonderful traits and much more.

Unlike his Chihuahua parent who only does well with older kids, the Chimo is great with children of all ages.

He’s not hostile towards people or animals he does not know.

While he may become a bit annoyed at times, overall, this breed is friendly and very affectionate.

Supervision is always needed when children play with these dogs.

But having an adult around should be enough to keep your Chimo pet on his best behavior.

Keep in mind that early socialization and training will be the biggest key in promoting wanted behavior and minimizing any unwanted traits.

The Chimo is a very cheerful, friendly, affectionate, and devoted dog that wants nothing more than to spend time with his favorite humans.

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