Imo Inu is a cross between the American Eskimo Dog and the Shiba Inu. These jolly dogs have a stout build and a handsome appearance. Their heads are wedge-shaped, while their legs, backs, hips, shoulders and loins are muscular and robust. Their faces are very expressive with dark, almond-shaped eyes with a black, triangular nose. They have erect, triangular ears with slightly curved outlines, and heavy coat near the neck. This loving and courageous breed is fit for apartment life, and is good at participating in competitive obedience and agility.
|Also known as||Eskinu, Imo-Inu, Shiba-mos, American Eskimo Dog / Shiba Inu Mix|
|Coat||Harsh and rough, thick|
|Colors||Black, Black and Tan, Brown, Gray, White|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||20-40 pounds (adult male and female)|
|Height (size)||Medium to Large; 20 inches (maximum)|
|Temperament||Cheerful, brave, independent, intelligent, active, dedicated|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR|
This breed is very courageous, independent, intelligent and affectionate. They are fastidious, and would pick up things in minute details. They love to play and are highly energetic. They would be good with children and family pets, though they might not always tolerate small animals. Hence, it is wise to keep good care if you open their leash when you visit places like dog parks, etc.
They are very committed and loyal to their families, and this is one characteristic trait they have inherited from both their parents. They would cherish spending the night in the same room with its owner, however, they might not be too comfortable sleeping in the bed, since that might get too hot for them. They tend getting too hot during summer months, and hence need continuous supply of water. These dogs are more comfortable in cold temperatures. Similarly, imo inus sleeping in the owner’s bathroom floor is also a common scene because the floor stays cold. One more trait of the dog is that, they love to lick.
Because they are independent-natured, it might take a little effort and patience on your part to train your imo inu, but because they are intelligent and meticulous, they would learn it with all perfection, once its training is complete. Implement a firm and consistent training method, but do not be rude at all. Instead, praise them, provide them with food treats, or give them a pat or two upon successful completion of a particular training, or for good behavior. Training works best especially from the time they are brought home from the breeders. Help the puppies learn proper etiquette, ways to socialize with others, housebreaking, and all that they must learn. For this, you can also seek help from a professional.
The size (height and weight) of the imo inus are almost the same as their Shiba Inu parents, and hence, you can provide them with the same quantity of food as their shiba inu parents need. But a high-quality food with proper nutrition levels is recommended. In case of dry foods, you can choose the ones that are meant for its inu parent.