Imo Inu is a designer ( deliberately mixed ) cross between the American Eskimo Dog and the Shiba Inu. They resemble small Akitas fused with the traits of American Eskimo Dogs. The Imo Inus are a natural choice for apartment-owners, and these affectionate and brave dogs perform well in agility and competitive obedience. The date of origin of this relatively new breed is not known till now, and they are yet to stabilize in form or behavior. They are still not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club ( AKC ) database of purebred dogs.
- Imo Inus have a strong liking for snows
Temperament & Personality
They never fail to notice the fine print and pick up every nitty-gritty. These dogs are always exploding with energy and love to burn their calories. They are amicable with kids and family pets, though, might not be friendly with smaller animals. Tie a leash around the neck when the Imo Inu accompanies its owner to a dog park. They are very devoted to their families, a genotypical trait thanks to both its parents! These dogs enjoy spending nights with their owners, though, sleeping in beds might prove uncomfortable and sweaty for them. Provide them with an uninterrupted supply of water is needed in the scorching Summer months. It is pretty standard to spot an Imo Inu lying on the washroom floor as they have a strong liking for cold environments. And last but not the least, they love to lick!
These puppies are very energetic and need the right amount of activities every day or else they would become agitated and hostile. The owners should always take them to daily walks or jogs, and make sure that they are leading the packs and their pets are following them. These dogs should be given enough opportunity to play freely (without the leash) in spacious and secured yards, and their masters should take out some time to engage with them, as Imo Inus are fond of their owners.
These dogs shed average to less, and hence brushing their coats twice or thrice in a week would just be enough. Also, brushing their teeth for every two or three days per week ensures proper dental hygiene. Cutting their nail should keep them small, and bathing sparingly only when they accumulate dirt and dust would satisfy their grooming requirements.
Imo Inus mostly suffer from ocular (especially retinal dysplasia) and tear-duct related diseases. The owners should clear their teardrops with a clean piece of cloth as soon as one sees them depositing. However, they could suffer from hereditary diseases, hip dysplasia, Addison’s, patellar luxation. The Imo Inu owners must go for occasional tests like an electrocardiogram, blood and urine analysis, eye and orthopedic examinations.
One must maintain their patience and consistency to train these free-willed dogs. However, their smartness and attention to every little detail make them excellent learners. Adopt assertive Training methods and avoid rough-handling. Implementing positive reinforcements (patting, praising, or rewarding them with their favorite foods whenever they finish a specific task or demonstrate good behavior) work all the times. Manners, socialization, housebreaking, etc. should begin as early as when they are puppies, and you can always take the help of a professional trainer.
Feed premium quality nutrition-dense foods. In case of dry dog foods, the Imo Inu should follow the same diet what its parent Shiba Inu follows. As the size of this breed is similar to Shiba Inu, the quantities of meals should also be as much as what the Shiba Inus consume.