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American Eskimo Dog Facts

Updated on February 17, 2016
An American Eskimo Dog.
An American Eskimo Dog.

The American Eskimo dog is a beautiful dog breed. The American Eskimo Dog, also known as Eskies, come in three different sizes: toy, miniature and standard size there is an American Eskimo dog size appropriate for everyone. This dog breed is not recommended for everyone as it is highly intelligent and energetic and can be difficult for first time dog owners. If Eskies are not properly socialized they dog can become aggressive and dominate. Furthermore since this breed is known for being highly energetic if it is not given a proper amount of exercise it may act out by destroying household items and excessively barking as well as engaging in other inappropriate behaviors.

American Eskimo Dog Facts

  • The American Eskimo Dog Becomes overweight very easily so it should be fed a proper amount of food and take part in regular exercise.
  • The American Eskimo is part of the Spitz family. The Spitz dog breed family includes breeds such as the Akita, Chow Chow, Finnish Lapphund, and Pomeranian.
  • American Eskimo Dogs are known by the nickname "eskies"
  • The American Eskimo Dog comes in three different sizes: toy, miniature and standard size.
  • The average lifespan of this breed is an impressive 16 years.
  • An American Eskimo Dog was the first dog to walk across a tight rope in a Circus performance. This just goes to show how intelligent and agile this breed is.
  • The American Eskimo dog breed averages in weight anywhere from 10-30 pounds with males being larger than females. Like many small dog breeds what the American Eskimo dog lacks in weight they make up for in personality. Expect a small dog with a big dog personality.

  • The breed is extremely adaptive, with the right amount of exercise they can live anywhere from a house with a huge yard and an apartment.
  • The American Eskimo dog serves as a perfect watchdog and is leery of strangers and can function as an early detection system when people are outside of your home.
  • This breed is great with kids. American Eskimo dogs naturally love kids and become easy friends with children.
  • Before WWI this dog was known in America as the German Spitz however its name was changed to the American Eskimo.
  • Although the dogs name is derived from American Eskimo Inuits the dog breed has no connection to Eskimo peoples and the breed actually originated from Germany.

An American Eskimo Puppy
An American Eskimo Puppy
  • Because this breed has such a long coat and a double layer undercoat it is an heavy shedder! To keep shedding to a minimum the American Eskimo Dog needs frequent brushing.
  • The American Eskimo dog is a very active dog. This breed needs frequent exercise and playtime.
  • The American Eskimo dog was first recognized by the AKC in 1994.
  • The nation breed club for the American Eskimo Dog is The American Eskimo Dog Club of America.
  • The American Eskimo dog is known for being very curious.
  • Purebred American Eskimo dogs always have a white a cream colored coat.
  • Full sized American Eskimo Dogs are great work dogs for cold areas. They are very adept at pulling heavy loads such as sleds through snow and ice.

Because the American Eskimo dog is such a versatile breed it is becoming increasing popular in households. However like any dog if you are interested in owning an American Eskimo dog you should do extensive research into the breed to determine if they fit into your families lifestyle.


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