American Eskimo Dog

Also Called: Eskie American Spitz

American Eskimo Dog
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Moderate
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Easy
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Low
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The American Eskimo Dog is a smart, confident, and all-around cheerful breed. With a distinct Spitz type head and expressive face, the American Eskimo Dog stands out from the crowd and makes an excellent companion for any family.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Height: Medium
  • Weight: Medium
  • Coat: Double
  • Coat Colors: White
  • Litter Size: 3-6
  • Family: Spitz / Nordic Breeds
  • Hypoallergenic: true
  • Recognition: AKC
  • Size: Medium

Training and Care

American Eskimo Dogs are easy to train, and respond best to positive, reward-based training. Training should start at an early age to establish good habits. A well-trained American Eskimo Dog is a joy to have in the home. Grooming needs range from daily brushing of the double coat to regular baths and haircuts.

Diet and Nutrition

American Eskimos should be fed a high-quality diet that is formulated for their age and activity level. This breed tends to gain weight easily so it is important to watch their intake of treats and table scraps.

Health Problems

American Eskimos are generally healthy, however, they can be prone to hip dysplasia, diabetes, and eye diseases, such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC.

Breed History

The American Eskimo Dog is a member of the Spitz family, which originated in Germany in the 18th century. This Nordic-type breed was used as a herder and guardian and came to the United States in the early 1900s.

Where to Buy or Adopt

The price of an American Eskimo Dog can range from $500-$2,500, depending on lineage. American Eskimos can be adopted from local shelters or rescue organizations. The cost of adoption is usually much lower than buying from a breeder.

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