American Eskimo adapt well to city life if exercised daily. Eskimo dogs love to play games and are usually friendly with strangers, children and other pets.
Harsh with a heavy neck ruff and longer hair on the chest, stomach, legs and tail with a dense undercoat. Brush twice a week. Ears prick up. Eyes are black or brown with white eyelashes.
Solid white, solid cream, or white and cream.
Playful, charming, affectionate, intelligent, willing to please - these traits all describe the American Eskimo Dog. An energetic, spunky breed, the Eskie is slow to mature and retains his puppy-like playfulness for several years. He is intelligent and needs to be a part of his family's daily life. American Eskimo dogs are barkers, but this trait has resulted in a big watchdog in a small and loving body.
Because the American Eskimo Dog comes in three sizes - Standard, Miniature and Toy - you can pick the one that best suits your lifestyle. They all make fine apartment dogs, and the Standard, especially, can adapt to just about any type of home. They are noisy, so you'll have to take that into account if you are living in close quarters. Wherever you live, your Eskie needs to be with you, or he will develop nuisance behaviors that can be difficult to change if he is left alone too long or is not provided with proper guidance.
Eskies are quick learners who can excel at obedience, flyball, agility, rally, canine freestyle and therapy.
Regular exercise will help release the American Eskimo Dog's natural energy and stimulate his ever-present curiosity. Going for walks, engaging in energetic playtime and teaching him tricks will help get him the activity he needs.
The American Eskimo Dog likes to eat but can be finicky. Feeding several small meals a day may be more to his liking - but the food must be high quality and age appropriate. Your Eskie may gain weight easily without sufficient exercise.
The American Eskimo Dog enjoys and excels at training, where he is a top contender in the obedience, rally and agility rings. His showbiz background is evident to all who try teaching him tricks, and he is quick to learn household rules.
The breed generally gets along well with children and other pets, although sometimes larger dogs might cause unintentional injury when playing with the smaller-sized Eskies.
The average life span of the American Eskimo Dog is 12 to 17 years. Breed health concerns may include diabetes; epilepsy; hip dysplasia; juvenile cataracts; Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; patellar luxation; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
Although the American Eskimo dog's double coat sheds quite a bit, it stays clean and white with minimal care - regular brushing with a bristle brush and an occasional going-over with a shedding blade are all that are needed. He "blows his coat" (sheds heavily) twice a year.
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