With expressive black eyes, a sparkling white coat, a lion-like ruff, and keen expressions, American Eskimo Dogs or Eskies are striking looking dogs of Nordic origin. They are lively, active, loyal, and smart and make great companions.
If you are interested in bringing home an American Eskimo Dog, here’s some key information about the breed that you should know.
In terms of size, American Eskimo Dogs, which belong to the AKC’s Non-Sporting Group, come in three sizes – 9-12 inches tall and 6-10 pounds (toy size), 12-15 inches and 10-20 pounds (miniature size), and 15-19 inches and 25-35 pounds (standard size). The life expectancy of an American Eskimo Dog is 13-15 years on average.
Eskies are highly affectionate and loyal dogs that do exceedingly well with young children. They will get along quite well with other dogs provided they receive socialization with other animals in a variety of settings as puppies.
While quite playful and very open to strangers, American Eskimo Dogs do have a moderately high protective nature and can serve as guard dogs. This is an adaptable breed that can adjust to changes in routine. This breed adapts well to apartment living and is a good choice for novice pet owners. However, American Eskimo Dogs form strong bonds with their humans and do not tolerate being alone for long periods, so that is something to keep in mind. Eskies tolerate cold weather very well but can also adapt to hot weather reasonably well.
American Eskimo Dogs are eager to please and are one of the most trainable dog breeds. In fact, Eskies were popular in traveling circuses as part of trained-dog acts. They have high energy levels and moderate mental stimulation needs. This is an agile, curious breed that likes to stay active. A variety of toys and a fenced yard can provide an American Eskimo Dog with the mental stimulation and physical exercise he or she needs. Eskies have a moderate to high barking tendency.
In terms of grooming care, the American Eskimo Dog’s medium length double coat requires no more than 2-3 brushings a week to prevent matting. However, it sheds quite a lot. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
In summary, the American Eskimo Dog is a good-looking dog that is intelligent, kid-friendly, alert, and active. If you can’t wait to bring home an Eskie puppy, check out listings of breeders of American Eskimo Dogs on Puppy Hero. We’ve done all the legwork for you and pre-screened breeders so that you can be sure you’re getting a happy, healthy American Eskimo Dog.