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.
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I had one when I was a kid and they are terrific dogs, loyal and intelligent. They need to be brushed frequently, but you've probably figured that out already. I remember that we also washed our Eskimo's eyes often with a washcloth and clear water, as they are prone to gunk up. Also, they tend to be runners, at least ours was, so you may need to be prepared for that. They are great watchdogs. Ours wouldn't let anyone in the house without our permission and they are very gentle with children.
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)
They are among the most trainable of dog breeds, so you'll see them in a lot of stage shows and such. I've never owned an American Eskimo dog myself, though.
There are three different size categories recognized for this breed.
Check out the AKC website at this link for more info:
Best of luck with your beautiful dog.
First off I would just like to say you own a beautiful dog. Like everyone has said they are a very protective breed, but also very affectionate. My family just lost ours about a year ago, but had her for 15 years. She was my sidekick.
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)
Beautiful, smart, a bit willful (knows what you want and may or may not respond), amazingly self cleaning. Everyone thinks we are always washing her, but we are not. Many people take these adorable pups into their homes and get frustrated when they seemingly ignore you and they end up in shelters; however if you are willing to be persistent and loving, they are great family dogs.
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)
I have an American Eskimo her name is Hunnybun and I love her to death. She is very loyal and protective, but a big time barker. I know this message is old, but you got lucky. Great dog. (04/13/2007)
I had a Eskimo dog as well, named Snowball, my parents bought him before I was born. He was the best dog ever and protected me no matter what, even when my mom would try to spank me he would start growling at her. These dogs are truly the best family dogs. I am 20 now and went to adopt a dog, I was hoping to find one just like Snowball, but was out of luck. Instead I got a Collie pup, I hope he will protect my family as much as snowball did. (04/15/2007)
I have had two Eskies and they are gentle, sweet, and extremely loyal companions. They are wonderful with other animals and very good with kids. The best thing is they are not yappers either and very intelligent. You will be very happy with this dog. Good luck. (04/29/2007)
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