Imo-Inu

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A. <> Japan -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Imo-Inu

The Imo-Inu is a specific cross between two very intelligent and loyal breeds: the American Eskimo Dog and the Shiba. These pets are people-oriented and like to stay active. Their average lifespan for medium breeds is 12 to 15 years, and they generally weigh between 9 and 16 kilos. At maturity, this breed can measure between 35.5 and 48 centimeters. The Imo-Inu generally resembles a small Shiba with American Eskimo Dog features mixed in. The most notable feature of this hybrid is its luxuriant, dense coat, which comes in solid form or in combinations of black, cream, tan, red and cookie with white markings. This breed is relatively new, but its date of origin is unknown and Imo-Inus are not yet fully stabilized in form or personality. They are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) list of purebred dogs.

History of the Imo-Inu

The name Imo-Ino is a combination of the two parent breeds: the Shiba and the American Eskimo Dog. The Shiba and the American Eskimo Dog form a natural pair given their similar size and appearance. 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 buying a puppy from them.

 

        

A little of the American Eskimo Dog

        
The American Eskimo Dog, also an ancient breed, is known for its long, soft coat. It is descended from the "Deutsche Spitz", which was bred in Germany as a farm dog. When German immigrants arrived in the United States, they brought their "German Spitzes" with them. Many settled in Texas, where the breed became very popular. In the early 20th century, anti-German sentiment led to the name being changed to American Eskimo Dog. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1994 as a non-sporting dog.
Presentation of the American Eskimo Dog

A little of the Shiba

The Shiba originated in ancient Asia, and its name means "little dog". The breed was 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, the Shiba was nearly wiped out by disease during the Second World War. To revive the population, three variants of the Shiba were bred: the Shinshu Shiba from Nagano prefecture, the Mino Shiba from Gifu near the Nagano mountains, and the San'in Shiba from southwestern Japan. In the 1950s, the first Shiba were brought to the United States, where they gradually gained in popularity. Finally, the AKC recognized the breed in 1993.
Standard of the Shiba

Appearance of the Imo-Inu

An Imo-Inu is a compact, medium-sized dog with a firm stance, deep chest and lively expression. They have small, slightly triangular eyes and a tapered muzzle with a scissor bite. Imo-Inus also have a high tail that is sometimes curled if they take on their Spitz heritage. The breed has a double coat, which is dense, straight and of medium length. It comes in solid varieties or multicolored combinations of black, cream, tan, red and cookie with the possibility of white markings on tail and legs. Ears are erect, set high and slightly blunt at the tips. The Imo-Inu also has compact, oval feet with arched toes and deeply padded pads.

Temperament of the Imo-Inu

Imo-Inus are loving, alert and intelligent dogs. They have the gentle personality of their American Eskimo Dog parent and the courage of their Shiba 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 domesticated. Imo-Inus are also very social. They love to play with their owners and perform tricks for the public. This breed also gets on well with other dogs, although they may chase smaller animals if given the chance. Because Imo-Inus are so social, they are prone to separation anxiety and are not suitable for busy families or owners who travel frequently. At the same time, Imo-Inus can be hesitant around strangers. Early socialization can help shape an open, friendly pet. All in all, the Imo-Inu is a lovable pet that will thrive in a loving, stable home.

Needs and activities of the Imo-Inu

Imo-Inus have above-average energy levels and love to exercise with their owners. They are quite athletic and should have between 45 and 60 minutes of activity a day. Because they require a good amount of exercise, they are best suited to suburban and rural environments with a yard. However, they can live in urban environments if there is access to grassy areas or off-leash parks. Imo-Inus also have a strong impulse to hunt, so they should always be supervised when outdoors. Note that due to this breed's thick coat, it doesn't do well in hot weather. 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.

Maintenance of the Imo-Inu

The Imo-Inu is a low-maintenance pet. However, this breed does shed frequently. shedding is particularly important at the change of season twice a year. Owners can control shedding to some extent, as well as maintaining cleanliness and avoiding tangles with weekly brushing. Imo-Inu only need occasional baths, once every two to three months. However, they do need daily teeth cleaning and one or two nail clippings a month. Owners should regularly clean their Imo-Inu's ears with a damp cloth to prevent wax build-up. Please note that this dog is not hypoallergenic and is not suitable for owners of dogs suffering from allergies.

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