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American Eskimo Dog

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American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog is a beautiful snowy-white breed similar to the German Spitz. They come in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. They usually have a pure white coat, but sometimes there will be cream markings. The coat should not curl or be wavy and the undercoat should be plush. The American Eskimo are very similar in appearance to the Samoyed, but are smaller in size. They have a wedge-shaped head and triangular shaped, erect ears. They also have a stout tail which is carried loosely over their backs. The topline is level and their neck is well carried. The eyes should be brown (blue eyes are never allowed) with white lashes. The nose, eyelids, gums and pads should have a black coloring.

Temperament The Eskie is very affectionate, obedient and willing to please. They are reserved with strangers at first, making sure of the stranger before allowing a breach in the protection of their family. They have a need to be near their owners and love to bark. They also can be stubborn and willful, but that can be overcome with early and consistent training. Eskies should be socialized at an early age.
Height, Weight

Standard: Height: 15-19" ; Weight: 18-35 lbs.
Miniature: Height: 12-15" ; Weight: 10-20 lbs.
Toy: Height: 9-12" ; Weight: 6-10 pounds

Health Problems Care should be taken with this breed's eyes and tear ducts. They are prone to hip dysplasia and retinal atrophy. The coat should be kept free of fleas as they can cause dermatitis. They are prone to weight gain if not properly exercised.
Living Conditions The American Eskimo loves to be outdoors and prefers a snow bank over a dog house, sleeping curled up with the tip of their tail covering their noses. They will do okay in an apartment if given sufficient exercise.
Exercise This breed needs regular, daily exercise. They should always be kept on a leash or in a small enclosed yard.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom with weekly brushing. Their coat is described as self-cleaning. They have very little doggy odor and tend to stay clean and tidy. They are average shedders.
Origin The American Eskimo Dog originated from the German Spitz and was brought to the United States by German settlers. Because of anti-German sentiment during World War I, the name was changed to the American Eskimo Dog. The breed became well known during the 1930s while performing with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The Eskie was the first dog to walk a tight rope successfully. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Northern Breed