dog breeds Total: 369 Breeds

American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog
American Eskimo Dog Photo #1


Originally referred to as the German Spitz, the breed was first brought into America by German immigrants. Later, a circus performer used the dog while traveling throughout the United States due to its ability to get quickly trained and its attractiveness. The dog’s German name was later changed to “American Eskimo” Dog by an Ohio breeding kennel.
The American Eskimo comes in different sizes and can weigh from six to 20 pounds.

Characteristics and Temperament


The Eskimo dog is a quiet, calm and friendly breed making it a good apartment dog. This makes it suitable for new novice owners. Its ability to tolerate both cold and hot weather makes it less susceptible to diseases caused by weather change.


Although you may be welcomed by barking, this type of dog breed is affectionate to family, friendly to kids, other dogs and to home strangers.


The Eskimo dog is a smart dog and is easily trained. This makes them suitable for house and apartment living and also for show performance. 
Shedding and lifespan

It is obvious to every dog owner that having dog hair on clothes and in the house is normal due to shedding. Shedding greatly varies among various breeds with some dogs shedding all year round while others shed seasonally. The American Eskimo dog sheds continuous requiring periodical cleaning. Although the Eskimo dog may have a large fluffy coat, it is easy to maintain and keep clean. 

It is advisable to brush her twice or thrice a week to prevent hair accumulation or matting. Always use a brush to clean the hairs off the furniture and floors. 
Bathing her once a month or every few months is advised to avoid skin dryness and irritation.

The lifespan of an American Eskimo dog is between 12 to 15 years due to the animal’s weather adaptability. However, she may not reach the years above if not taken care of well. When buying a puppy, it is advisable to ask for details regarding the physical health of the pup’s parents.


The American Eskimo breed is intelligent and requires less time to train compared to other breeds. However, dog training requires concentration and daily mental exercise making it advisable to ensure continuous home training for already trained Eskimos.Failure to exercise or train this breed can result in self entertainment exercises like digging. Their intelligence ability of the American 

Eskimo makes them suitable for jobs such as sports and search and rescue.

Breed Information

Popularity:2018: #118
2017: #118
2016: #122
2015: #118
Origin:United States
Breed Group:Non Sporting (AKC:1994)
Northern Breeds (UKC)
Size:Small to Medium
Life span:12-15 years
Height:Toy: 9-12 inches (22-30 cm)
Miniature: 12-15 inches (30-40 cm)
Standard: 15-20 inches (49-50 cm)
Weight:Toy: 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)
Miniature: 10-17 pounds (5-8 kg)
Standard: 18-35 pounds (8-16 kg)
White & Biscuit
Litter Size:4-6 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $600 - $800 USD

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12 Oreo Macy
13 Chase Bonnie
14 Chester Madison
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