Dog Profiles - Description of American Eskimo

American Eskimo

Description: The American Eskimo is a descendant from the German Spitz. His face, coat and lush tail are Spitz-type. He has a pointed muzzle and erect ears. Nicknamed the Eskie he has been bred to be a house dog, companion and watch dog. He is wonderful with his human family including children, as long as he is near his family he is content. He enjoys cold weather better than warm. Known to clean their faces like cats they are easier to maintain then you may think as their coat easily repels dirt, they have no doggie odor and they are very clean.

Height: 9-19 inches. Standard: over 15 and under 19 inches, Miniature: 12 to 15 inches, Toy: 9 to 12 inches

Weight: 6-35 lbs. Standard: 18-35 lbs.,Miniature: 10-20 lbs., Toy: 6-10 lbs.

Colors: All white or biscuit cream.

Coat: Stand off straight, double coat with a dense undercoat and a longer coat of guard hairs.

Temperament: Affectionate, obedient. Good with children if properly socialized to children. Good with other pets, especially with other American Eskimos. Good watch-dog. Will bark to alert owner to strangers. Good guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Needs weekly brushing, bathing once a month or as necessary. Pay attention to his teeth and nails. Needs long daily walks or free reign in a fenced backyard. He enjoys active exercise and roughhousing.

Training: Learning Rate: High intelligence, high trainability with positive reinforcement.

Activity: High, an active bouncy breed.

Living Environment: Highly social; needs regular exercise and attention.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy

Life Span: 12-15 Years

Litter Size: 5

Country of Origin: USA

History: He can be traced to the peat dog, a breed that lived among the New Stone Age lake dwellers, they are one of the oldest breeds. Belonging to the Spitz group, they are descendants of the White German Spitz dogs. It is speculated he arrived in the United States in the 1600's. Early on he was known as the American Spitz, but changed his name in 1917 to the American Eskimo Dog, or Eskie. In 1985 the American Eskimo Dog Club of America was formed.

Registration: ACA, AKC, UKC