American Eskimo

"This breed has a thick, snow-white coat, erect ears, plumed tail, as well as the square build and wedge shaped head that mark the American Eskimo dog as a member of the Spitz family. The AKC first recognized these dogs in 1996. The American Eskimo is divided into 3 size groups; toy, miniature and standard. At any size they are energetic, alert and loyal dogs, and make good watchdogs. They can be aggressive towards strangers. Training should be firm and consistent. These dogs need to be groomed at least 3 times a week. Toys are 6-10 lbs. and 9-12" tall. Miniatures are 10-20 lbs. and 12-15" tall. Standards are 18-35 lbs. and over 15" to 19" tall" (

"..the American Eskimo's bright, appealing temperament, skill, and snowy coat made him a favorite with circus audiences whether he rode in a cart pulled by other dogs, pulled a small cart himself, rode horseback, or accomplished a variety of other feats. Circuses have gone by the wayside for the most part, but the Eskie still plies his trade in living rooms all over the country as he delights owners and friends with his pranks and abilities..

"The Eskie likes well-behaved children, and is considered a good breed for novice dog owners if purchased from a reliable breeder.

"Unfortunately, however, the breed has suffered at the hands of puppy farms and ignorant backyard breeders and many are bred with no regard for temperament. A poorly bred Eskie can be high-strung and nervous, yappy, or painfully shy...

"The Eskie is a long-lived breed with few identified problems, but since breeders do little genetic testing, the incidence of inherited diseases may be higher than currently suspected. Although the breed is small to medium in size, the breeding stock should be x-rayed for hip dysplasia. Urinary tract stones can be a problem, as can flea allergies.

"The Eskie must be trained, and that training must be done with kindness and consistency. The breed is unforgiving of harsh methods and may turn into a shrinking violet or a troublemaker if not treated fairly and firmly. Many American Eskimos have excelled in UKC obedience trials and the dog is a favorite in animal acts..." (

"..American Eskimo [Dogs are] fun-loving, happy guys with the sweet temperament...

"Obedience is an indispensable activity for this breed. They excel in .. sport, because they like to run and jump. The Eskie is a "busy breed;" simply giving him a ball or a toy is wonderful to him...

""..socialization is very important.. These are "people dogs'.. he deserves praise for his devotion and loyalty. He is a proud, spirited, and lovable breed that lives to please and protect his family.

"But the Eskie is not for the weak-willed owner. He is assertive and determined and, if you allow it, will manipulate and dominate you...

"The Eskie is whimsical in spirit, with a mischievous, bouncy, and expressive personality. He is also sensitive and affectionate in nature. Eskie love to "talk," with soft, whiny conversation that is fun to listen to..." (Hofman, Nancy J. "The Busy Beauty." Breed Column. AKC Gazette, Sep. 2003, 72).


American Eskimo Dog Association, National
American Eskimo Dog Club of America
American Eskimo Dog Rescue: Heart Bandits

Colby Glass, MLIS