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American Eskimo Dog

Group (AKC):


Country of OriginUSA
Type of coatStand off straight, double coat with a dense undercoat and a longer coat of guard hairs.
GroomingNeeds weekly brushing, bathing once a month or as necessary. Pay attention to his teeth and nails.
Average height9 - 19 inches. Standard: over 15 and under 19 inches, Miniature: 12 to 15 inches, Toy: 9to 12 inches
Average weight6 - 35 lbs. Standard: 18-35 lbs., Miniature: 10 - 20 lbs.,
Toy: 6 - 10 lbs.
Activity levelHigh, an active bouncy breed.
WatchdogHigh, will bark to alert owner to strangers.
IntelligenceHigh intelligence
Trainabilityhigh trainability with positive reinforcement.
Compatibility with childrenYes, good if properly socialized to children.
CharacterAffectionate, obedient
Ideal home environmentHighly social; needs regular exercise and attention.
Ideal ownerNeeds long daily walks or free reign in a fenced backyard. He enjoys active exercise and roughhousing.
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Short History:

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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