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American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog, which descended from European spitz-type dogs, was brought to the U.S. by German immigrants. The breed comes in three size varieties: Standard, Miniature and Toy. Nicknamed the “Eskie,” this breed has a heavy white coat that requires weekly brushing. Although intelligent, affectionate and playful, the American Eskimo Dog can be skeptical of strangers.
Living Considerations
  • Good with children
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for apartment living if sufficiently exercised
Did you know?
Highly intelligent, trainable and agile, the American Eskimo Dog was a popular circus dog that performed tricks in acts in the late 19th century. An Eskie named Stout’s Pal Pierre was the first dog to walk a tightrope.
Also Known As:
Eskimo Spitz
American Spitz
German Spitz
American Eskimo Dog
  • Size Small
  • Height Toy - 23 to 25 centimetres at the withers; Miniature – 30 to 38 centimetres at the withers; Standard, 38 to 48 centimetres at the withers
  • Weight 3kg - 18kg
  • Coat Fluffy, double coat
  • Energy Medium
  • Colour White or white with biscuit cream
  • Activities Conformation, Agility, Obedience
  • Indoor/Outdoor Both