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Nicole Cosgrove

June 10, 2021

The Kimola is a mixed breed or hybrid dog the mix of a Lhasa Apso and an American Eskimo dog. He is a small to medium dog who should live for an estimated 10 to 15 years. He has talents in watchdog, competitive obedience, obedience and guarding. He is sometimes called Kimolao. He is a protective family dog who is super friendly and everyone’s best friend!

Here is the Kimola at a Glance
Average height 12 to 19 inches
Average weight 16 to 40 pounds
Coat type Medium, silky and dense
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? As above
Good with other Pets? Can see smaller animals as prey to chase, but can be good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low to moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good with enough exercise
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good to excellent
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Average to above average
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, patellar luxation, skin problems, kidney problems, LCP disease
Other Health Concerns Allergies, hip dysplasia
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $355 to $450

Where does the Kimola come from?

This as mentioned is not a purebred dog, she is a cross, also known as a designer dog. Designer dogs refers to the recent trend in deliberately breeding together usually two purebreds to purposely create a mixed dog, which has surged in popularity amongst normal people and celebrities in the last twenty years. Of course mixed breeds have always been around, sadly sometimes dismissively called mongrels, usually the result of accidental or uncontrolled breeding. Some dog people view designer dogs with little favor because there are no breeding standards and because of the huge increase in puppy mills and disreputable breeders it has attracted as a way to make fast and easy money. Of course a lot of purebred fans seem to forget if we go back to the origins of your purebred dog we will find a lot of mixed breeding going on! The key probably to this debate is who is doing it and why. Buy from responsible breeders only. Since there is not any information on when or where the Kimola came to be we can look to the parents to get a better feel for the offspring.

The American Eskimo Dog

In America in the 1800s it was common to see a white Spitz type dog amongst German immigrants. It is thought these dog’s ancestors were the white German Spitz, Pomeranians and Keeshonden. He was bred as a companion dog and they were called American Spitz dogs. Throughout the 19th century he was also commonly used as an entertainer in circuses and he was very successful at learning and performing tricks. This made him very popular. In the early 20th century his name was changed to the American Eskimo Dog though why this happened is not known.

Today he is admired not just for those looks but also for his personality. He is clever and while this means he does learn commands he does have a stubborn side so he needs a firm trainer. He loves to play and enjoys being very active. He is suspicious of strangers and is a good watchdog. The American Eskimo Dog must be given plenty of physical and mental stimulation or he can become bored and poorly behaved, including being destructive. He does not do well being left alone for too long and can suffer from separation anxiety.

The Lhasa Apso

This dog comes from Tibet and he is named after Lhasa the holy city. He was an exclusive dog for thousands of years being bred only by monks and nobles who used him as a guard dog and watchdog. Where he comes from he is called Abso Seng Kye which means Bark Lion Sentinel Dog. He comes from a climate that has extreme cold and heat so his thick coat protects him from that. We can trace him as far back as 800 BC. He was seen as a sacred dog and was not allowed to leave the country unless gifted by the Dalai Lama. For over 300 years the Dalai Lama sent Lhasas as a gift to the Chinese rulers and family. They were given in pairs and it was believed then that they brought prosperity and good luck with them. In 1933 the Dalai Lama gifted a pair to a naturalist called Cutting who created a kennel from them.

This dog has an interesting personality he is a mix of playful but regal, happy but fierce and loyal but independent. He still acts as a guard dog and takes his role very seriously. He does take longer than most dogs to mature. While smaller he is not fragile. He is sturdy and until he knows you are not a threat to his family he will be wary of you. He sees himself as top dog and has to be trained to realize you are pack leader not him. He is not a very active dog, short walks and some play is enough to satisfy him.


The Kimola is a brave and clever dog, eager to please making training easy. He is very friendly and social and he makes a great family dog. He is protective and alert and can be used as a watchdog. He gets on very well with children and is a devoted pet.

What does a Kimola look like

The Kimola is a small to medium dog weighing 16 to 40 pounds and standing 12 to 19 inches. He has a thick dense coat like the Lhasa, it is medium length and silky to touch. Common colors are gray, cream, white or a mix of the three. His head is medium sized with floppy ears that have feather like hairs on them. He has a muzzle that is in proportion to his head and eyes that are almost almond shaped. He tends to look more like the Lhasa than the American Eskimo.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Kimola need to be?

He will need moderate amounts of exercise to stay happy and healthy. A long walk each day with some play time would suit him. Some visits to a dog park are also a great idea. He could also join you on a jog if that is something you like to do. His moderate needs means he could live in an apartment without access to a yard as long as you take him out each day and play with him. Be sure to offer some mental stimulation as well as physical.

Does he train quickly?

He is clever and eager to please so he does train easily but you do need to be firm, consistent and positive in your approach. Early socialization and training are important for the Kimola as his natural wariness of strangers and his protective nature can lead him to sometimes being aggressive to strangers. With the right approach he will learn quickly and may in fact need less repetitions than some other dogs.

Living with a Kimola

How much grooming is needed?

His coat while dense is easy to groom using a solid bristle brush. He will need brushing daily as he can be a moderate shedder. Give him a bath just occasionally when he gets really dirty and needs it. Make sure you use a dog shampoo, even sensitive shampoo or humans is too harsh for a dog. Check his ears once a week for infection and wipe them clean. Clip his toe nails if they get too long and brush his teeth at least two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

The Kimola is very good with children, with socialization and early training he is also good with other dogs and pets. Without that socialization he may view smaller animals that he has not been raised with as prey to chase. Occasionally a Kimola who leans heavily towards the Lhasa will need more help with children and may be unpredictable.

General information

He is alert and aware of his surroundings so makes a good watchdog. He is best in colder climates rather than hot ones. He can live in an apartment as long as he gets out each day still. He will need to be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day divided into two meals. He will be an occasional barker.

Health Concerns

You have better chances to get a healthy dog if you buy from a trusted breeder and expect to see health clearances. The parent purebreds have some health issues that can come up which any offspring may inherit. They include eye problems, patellar luxation, skin problems, kidney problems, LCP disease, allergies and hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Kimola

A Kimola puppy will cost between $250 to $750 puppy depending on what comes with him, where you buy from and whether his trendiness or popularity suddenly surges. If they are not covered already by the breeder he will need a visit to the vet straight away for blood tests, deworming, shots, neutering and micro chipping. He will also need a few things at home, a crate, carrier bag, collar and leash for example. These costs fall between $455 to $550. Every year there are going to be costs you will need to be able to afford for medical things like shots, flea prevention, insurance and health check ups, and for non-medical things like food, treats, toys, license and training. These will be about $815 to $1000.


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The Kimola is a lovely friendly dog and he makes a great pet. If you want a dog who does not have very high demanding physical needs but you can still give him moderate amounts of exercise this may be the one for you. He is also a good choice for new dog owners being easy to train and easy to groom.

Featured Image Credit: Left: Lhasa Apso, Pixabay | Right: American Eskimo, PIxabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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