American Eskimo Training and Temperament
The American Eskimo is a fun and affectionate dog. Tough, playful and excellent with children. The breed is wary of strangers given a little time will soon make friends.
They are intelligent, alert and easy to train. The American Eskimo often ranks highly in obedience trials. Some dogs display a willful tendency but most thrive on work.
As with all dogs, American Eskimo training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
A small dog of the Northern dog group. Looks like a miniature Samoyed.
There are three classified sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard
The History Of The American Eskimo
The American Eskimo is also known as Eskie and the American Spitz. They originated in United States during the 1900's.
They are descendants of larger Spitz dogs imported from Germany in the 1800's. The American Eskimo selectively bred for a small size and a pure white coat.
It is not descended from sled dogs as is popularly believed. The three variations of the American Eskimo are identical in every way, except size.
The American Eskimo is now primarily a companion animal but makes a good watchdog. The small white American version of the Spitz has been recognized by the United Kennel Club since 1913.
In 1995 the American Kennel Club granted the breed full status.
Description Of The American Eskimo
Its long tail is carried high over the back and is not altered. The ears are erect and never altered.
The Toy stands 9-12 inches and weighs 6-10 pounds. The Miniature is over 12 and up to 15 inches tall and weighs from 10 - 20 pounds. The Standard is over 15 inches and up to 19 inches and weighs from 18 - 35 pounds. All heights measured to the shoulder.
The American Eskimo is an attractive, white Spitz-type dog that resembles a miniature Samoyed. There are three varieties: the toy, miniature, and standard.
The American Eskimo has has erect triangular-shaped ears, and a heavily plumed tail curled over the back.
Coat & Grooming
This breed has a thick, plush undercoat with a harsher outer coat that should never wave or curl. It contains natural oils that repels dirt and frequent bathing is not required.
The permissible colors are white or off white.
Heavy shedding in spring and summer otherwise grooming requirements are moderate. Simply brush with a firm bristle brush twice a week and daily when it shedding.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for an American Eskimo is around 15 or more years.
The breed is exceptionally healthy but attention should be paid to its eyes and tear ducts. Prone to hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.
Its coat should be kept clean and free of fleas that can cause dermatitis.
They can gain weight easily if not given enough exercise.
Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
American Eskimos will be fine in an apartment if it is given sufficient exercise. They are active indoors and a small yard is sufficient.
The American Eskimo loves walks and should be well exercised either on a leash or in an enclosed yard.
For More Information on the American Eskimo
To get more information, check out the American Eskimo web site: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/jamarsch/aedca/
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Puppies of this breed look like little polar bears and are irresistible.
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