Purpose of Breed: Companionship
Country of Origin: Originally from European Spitz or Nordic breeds, they arrived in America with their immigrated European owners during the 19th century and developed into the "American Spitz" and were later renamed "American Eskimo Dog."
Average Size: The breed is separated into three distinct sizes. Toy (9 to 12 inches at withers, 6-10 lbs.), Miniature (over 12 and up to 15 inches at the withers, 10-20 lbs.) and Standard (over 15 and up to 19 inches-18-35 lbs.)
Color(s): The coat is always white or white with biscuit cream markings.
Coat Type: A thick double coat consisting of a dense undercoat and a longer, straight outer coat.
Grooming: This breed sheds an average amount and its thick coat should be brushed several time per week-daily when shedding. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: The American Eskimo Dog lives well in an apartment and loves to take walks on a leash.
Temperament: This breed is highly intelligent and very trainable, but needs firm handling and should be thoroughly socialized when young. They are loyal and energetic dogs, and have a tendency to bark and be wary of strangers until introduced.
Common Ailments: Generally healthy, but attention should be paid to tear ducts and the coat should be maintained to prevent fleas and dermatitis.
Life Expectancy: Averages 15 years
Trivia: In the late 1800s, the American Eskimo Dog was popularly used as a trick-dog in traveling circuses throughout the United States.
More Information: American Eskimo Dog Club of America
By Ellen Brown
Are miniature American Eskimo dogs good with children?
By Neil from UK
Contact www.akc.org for good iinformation on any breed. They will give you information also about their temperaments. Also this is another good site for information on the breed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Eskimo_Dog
Just remember that no matter what breed, each dog is an individual and has it's own temperament. These sites can only give a general idea of what to expect.
I went to my local shelter recently and I found a beautiful dog. He is a white American Eskimo. If anybody owns one or knows a bit about this breed please post some advice or comments.
Here's a picture:
If it's going to be alone for long periods of time during the day you might want to kennel it, or at least make sure it has plenty of toys to play with, they get lonely easily and need entertainment. Hurray for you. You are going to adore this dog. (08/27/2005)
Best of luck with your beautiful dog.
As someone also mentioned they are runners, so watch out when opening the door, if Snowball got out it took us forever to chase her down, they are very quick. But I must say she was a fabulous dog, loved kids. When trying to get them used to new people we found treats to work the best, as they don't take easily to new people.
Hope this has helped you. Enjoy your new dog, this is one fabulous breed. I would gladly own another American Eskimo. (03/04/2007)
They are very loyal, funny, and always beautiful. I have had 2, neither were runners. They do shed, but who cares. Need to give them a cool place, because they are often hot because of their coat. These are house dogs, not outdoor living. (04/05/2007)