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American Eskimo Dog

Tags: Non-Sporting, Large-sized, Kid-friendly, Protective guardian

The "Eskimo" part of my name doesn't come from the Inuit, and the "American" isn't that descriptive either because I'm actually a Nordic or Spitz-type dog, originally from Germany. By the standards of the AKC (where the American Eskimo Dog was accepted for registration in 1995) we're small to medium, furry, white (with black points) with plumed tails carried loosely on our backs and the wedge-shaped head of the Spitz. Back in Germany there was probably some Keeshond, Pomeranian, and white Balkan Spitz in the mix. We came to the U.S. and Canada with German immigrants. In the early 20th century we caught the public's fancy as circus performers -- even walking tightropes for the marveling crowds. Many of today's American Eskimo Dogs trace their pedigrees back to the circus dogs. Yes, we can haul a small sled if we have to. But we'd rather play.

Rave review

  • Affectionate, family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Energizer doggie

Report card

  • Perfect protector
  • Willing watchdog -- with bark to match
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Loves kids and vice-versa
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Pleased to please
  • Ready to romp
  • Takes to training

What to expect

Don’t be surprised to find my white fur around the house, because I'm a bit of a shedder and need regular brushing. Bathing, too, unless you want a not-so-clean smelly dog for a friend. I love to learn new tricks -- throughout my life -- so keep my active mind and body busy or I might get into mischief. Enroll me in a variety of canine sports -- Agility, Flyball, Advanced Obedience -- and I promise to make you so proud.

Watch for

Possible skin disorders if coat is not cared for.

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