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American Eskimo Dog
Charming, happy, bright and agile the American Eskimo Dog could be said to have it all.  Combine this with three size varieties and there is virtually an ideal for everyone.  The American Eskimo Dog is generally a bit soft in temperament and loud, rough handling or inadequate attention can leave them with various anxieties and destructive/noisy tendencies.  In general however, they are an easy breed to love and enjoy as a great companion.  Sadly, they are far too commonly found in Animal Shelters and rescues where puppy mills have produced them as cute, easy to sell puppies.  These dogs are not inherently damaged but will likely require handling including socializing and training of basic manners that would have been neglected by previous owners.
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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: three varieties:9-12 inches- Toy; 12-15-Miniature; over 15 inches - Standard
Weight: proportionate to size; none under 9 inches or over 19 inches Longevity: mid teens
Colors: white or white with cream Coat type: double coat with dense undercoat and long top coat with no curl or wave; frequent brushing advised for shedding and to minimize matting
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Compact, bright dog of Nordic descent with pricked ears, foxy face, alert eyes and sweeping tail over a coat of lush white lustre.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very good
  with Children: very good; toy variety needs particular supervision
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: very good especially when properly introduced
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: The American Eskimo is equally at home in an apartment or home with yard, understanding of coat requirements and exercise is necessary. This is a very attached breed, long periods left alone can be deleterious to happy home
Temperament Notes: happy, bright, alert and entertaining
Training requirement: moderate; while certainly suitable as an agility or other dog sport athlete, this breed doesn't have a drive that needs to be met through work
Trainer notes: Not highly confident so a proper home and handling will determine this dog's outlook on the world.  Gentle and happy, fair handling, attention and regular routine should make for an exceptional pet.  A wonderful choice for the dedicated and committed first time dog owner.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin: US
Original Function: companion
History: Found in the ancient art of the Greeks and Romans as well as skeletal remains in some excavations in Germany, the white nordic spitz is a dog of antiquity. Popular among royalty, it ultimately became the proginator of the Pomeranian.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: PRA, Legg-Calve Perthes disease, Canine Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation
Health Testing: CERF, OFA for hips and elbows
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had American Eskimo Dogs?
  • How did you come to decide to breed this pair?
  • What health issues are in the breed?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What temperament do you consider appropriate for the breed?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Will you take a puppy back at any point in its life if something should happen?
  • How old are the puppies when you send them to their homes?
Web Sites: - American Eskimo Dog Rescue Northeast - Heart Bandits National Eskie Rescue  - American Eskimo Dog Rescue Midwest - American Eskimo Dog Rescue National

Other Resources
Breed standard: - American Eskimo Dog Standard of the American Eskimo Dog Club of America

Breeder Ethics: American Eskimo Club of Washington Code of Ethics

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