Papimo (American Eskimo Dog & Papillon Mix)

There aren’t many other creatures out there that cherish their owners much like that of the dog, and it’s a bond that you never want to break.

In our current day of age, there are 400 other different breeds of dog, and they all provide one thing in common; companionship.

The Papimo is the hybrid, designer breed of the American Eskimo and the Papillon. It is a fairly new dog.

Thus there being a lack of history to support its rise in the crossbreed family in the last few decades.

However, it is known to be loving and affectionate, serving as the perfect addition to any type of family.

In order to learn more about the Papimo, let’s have a glance into the past of its purebred parents.

The Papillon is highly renowned as a classic lap dog. Originating longer than 700 years ago in Europe, the Papillon has become a popular breed throughout the Spanish Renaissance and is depicted in various paintings with Noblewomen.

The American Eskimo, despite its name, is not from America, nor is affiliated with any Eskimos. It is part of the Spitz family, a popular nordic canine breed.

It was brought to America during the war, thus explaining the name.

Even with such cute, delicate dog like the Papimo, which has such a rich past of ancestry, it is kind of hard to know where to start when purchasing this breed.

To assist you on your journey to becoming a dog owner, I have crafted this guide to inform you of the essentials of the Papimo, including its traits, physical needs, dietary requirements and more.

If you’re a first time owner, or an experienced dog person looking to delve into the nitty-gritty of owning a lap dog like the Papimo, continue reading on.

Papimo Puppies – Before You Buy…

Papimo with yellow toy
The Papimo puppies are so adorable.

There’s a flurry of things you need to consider before purchasing a puppy. Luckily, with a small breed like the Papimo, it is significantly less stressful.

However, it is important to make these decisions carefully, and feel confident heading into this 10-15 year commitment.

Your actions can affect your dog’s happiness, and it can bring more stress and hard work to your everyday schedule, so it is important to analyze and think wisely.

Questions you need to ask yourself include:

  • Do I have enough space for a puppy? The Papimo is a toy-sized breed, so whether you live in a house, apartment or mansion, the Papimo will be comfortable. Make sure to allocate spaces for it to rest and play.
  • Do I have enough time for a puppy? You need to allocate a good amount of your time to socializing the Papimoin order to stabilize its behaviors and happiness. If you are living alone and can’t be home regularly, maybe it is not yet time for a dog. If you have a family member who is home frequently, that will be fine.
  • What gender do I want? A simple choice between boy and girl.
  • What color do I want? Look at the colors that the Papimo comes in, and make a choice.
  • Spaying/Neutering. This decision will depend if you want your Papimo to have its own puppies in the future. The decision is entirely yours, but choose carefully.

How Much Does a Papimo Cost?

The Papimo is the perfect dog for those on a budget. It is estimated to cost around $300-$400, which is significantly less than other small-sized dogs.

In comparison, the Papillon costs around $500-$800, and the American Eskimo can be as expensive as $1000.

Crossbreed dogs are usually significantly cheaper, so the Papimo is a great alternative for those who want the traits of an American Eskimo or Papillon, but don’t have the cash for one.

How Do I Find a Reputable Papimo Breeder?

There’s a series of things you need to look for in a breeder to tell whether or not they are reputable. It is important to be careful, as the actions of a breeder can affect various things in your dog’s life.

If you need any further guidance on breeders, ask any dog owners you know, or just go around your local neighborhood asking for any recommendations or word of mouth.

Things you should ask yourself when visiting a breeder include:

Do the puppies have a clean, spacious environment? Papimo puppies are relatively small and won’t need a huge amount of space.

However, it should be adequate for playtime and comfort. A puppy that is cooped up can become vicious and destructive.

Are the puppies getting enough attention? Puppies need socialization from an early age, and the breeder should supply this before they are bought. An unsocialized puppy can be rebellious, and reject human orders.

Does the breeder know anything about this dog? Seeing as the Papimo is a hybrid dog, the breeder should know a substantial amount about the parent breeds of the dog.

If they don’t, it is most likely hasn’t been bred to appropriate standards.

Is the breeder helpful? If you need any further information on raising the puppy, the breeder should provide this to assist you in the happiness of the dog’s life.

3 Little-Known Facts about the Papimo:

  1. Its parent breed, the Papillon, used to be known as the Dwarf Spaniel.
  2. The Papimo is one of the rare dogs that can have a brown nose instead of black.
  3. Its parent breed, the American Eskimo, made its way over to the United States with German Settlers.

The Physical Traits of the Papimo

smiling Papimo
The Papimo puppies need socialization from an early age.

The Papimo can look like an American Eskimo, Papillon or a mix of the two; it just depends on the genetic makeup of each specific dog.

Most of the time they are small, lap dogs with tiny paws, tiny legs and long fur.

It has a medium coat that sheds heavily, ranging from shades of white and tan.

They have curly tails, brown eyes and large, erect ears that showcase the enthusiastic expressions of this canine.

How Big is a Full-Grown Papimo?

The Papimo is a small breed designer dog, growing anywhere from 8 inches in length, all the way up to 12 inches.

This is just over the size of a school ruler, and around the same size as the Papillon.

However, it is significantly smaller than the 20 inch average of an American Eskimo, making it a great alternative for those wanting the traits of that dog, but in a smaller size.

Weight-wise, it grows to around 15 pounds, making it incredibly easy to carry.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Papimo?

It’s difficult to determine the life expectancy of a dog because it depends on its health. However, there are rough estimates to guide us.

A Papimo is expected to live around 12-15 years, which is the average for most small breeds. This is around the same as both the Papillon and American Eskimo.

To get the most out of your dog’s lifespan, keep an eye on its health and be sure to pay attention to any cautions or symptoms of health concerns.

Temperament, Personality and Behavioural traits of the Papimo

Initially, the Papimo struggles to settle indoors. It’s fidgety and uncomfortable, which are both feelings that’ll fade over time with training in its humble abode.

They will grow to solidify a bond with their owners and become fun, entertaining and loving.

They are ideal for families and do exceptionally with other pets and kids. They are quiet dogs, and only bark upon the confrontation of strangers, which will make them nervous.

However, it grows comfortable with unfamiliar faces the more they see them. Because of its high energy, alert nature, the Papimo can make for a great watchdog.

What Are the Dietary Needs of the Papimo?

Papimo laying on ground
The Papimo puppies don’t like spending too much time indoors.

As a small dog, the Papimo will not eat much. You’re looking at around 1 cup of food a day and $20-$30 of monthly costs.

Its tiny size makes for a somewhat fragile dietary regime, and its small stomach will not tolerate foods such as chicken.

Dry dog foods are recommended for nutrients, as well as kibble, fruit, and fiber-based cereals.

How Much Physical Activity does the Papimo need a week?

The Papimo is a small breed, and will not need as much as that of a larger dog. However, it is still filled with energy and will need about 45 minutes of exercise per day.

They need ample time walking and running around the park, as it helps with increasing its mood.

You should also play with your dog inside your house/apartment, as it continues to help form your bond while maintaining some physical activity.

If you live in an apartment, try and take it outside every day for a small to moderate walk. It is recommended you walk the Papimo 6 miles a week.

Health Concerns and Issues of the Papimo

As a smaller dog, it doesn’t nearly have the same possibility of health problems that a large dog has. Even for a small breed, the Papimo suffers very little.

It is recommended you take it to the vet every 4 or 5 months for x rays and physical examinations.

Health concerns and issues include:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness

My Final Thoughts on the PapimoPapimo guide

Overall, the Papimo will take time to settle into your household.

However, with frequent socialization and training, it becomes a friendly, loving and adaptable canine that is great for families and first-time owners.

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3