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|Country of Origin||USA|
|Type of coat||Stand off straight, double coat with a dense undercoat and a longer coat of guard hairs.|
|Grooming||Needs weekly brushing, bathing once a month or as necessary. Pay attention to his teeth and nails.|
|Average height||9 - 19 inches. Standard: over 15 and under 19 inches, Miniature: 12 to 15 inches, Toy: 9to 12 inches|
|Average weight||6 - 35 lbs. Standard: 18-35 lbs., Miniature: 10 - 20 lbs.,|
Toy: 6 - 10 lbs.
|Activity level||High, an active bouncy breed.|
|Watchdog||High, will bark to alert owner to strangers.|
|Trainability||high trainability with positive reinforcement.|
|Compatibility with children||Yes, good if properly socialized to children.|
|Ideal home environment||Highly social; needs regular exercise and attention.|
|Ideal owner||Needs long daily walks or free reign in a fenced backyard. He enjoys active exercise and roughhousing.|
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The American Eskimo Dog can be traced to the peat dog, a breed that lived among the New Stone Age lake dwellers, They are one of the oldest breeds. Belonging to the "Spitz" group, they are descendants of the White German Spitz dogs. Unfortunately, Spitz freezes that far up north and can be gross and uncomfortable on the dog's chin. It is speculated it arrived in the United States in the 1600's. Early on it was known as the American Spitz, but changed it name in 1917 to the American Eskimo Dog (or "Eskie") as part of the witness protection program. In 1985 the American Eskimo Dog Club of America was formed.
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