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Saturday, June 29th, 2013

American Eskimo dog

The American Eskimo Dog is a dog, classified as a non-sporting dog, which is well known for its white coat and distinct triangular ears. The American Eskimo Dog, often nicknamed the “Eskie,” is a popular companion dog and show dog due to their loyal temperaments and their distinct and brilliant appearance.

A brief history of the American Eskimo dog

American_Eskimo_dog no imageThe American Eskimo Dog can be traced back as far as the 18th century. It is believed that the AmericanEskimo Dog descended from European Spitz breeds, such as the white German Spitz, the white Pomeranian and the white Keeshond dog. Although the dog is called the American Eskimo Dog, the breed is not actually featured or related to Eskimo culture; it is believed the name was derived from their white fur, which some say is “white as snow.” In the 19th century, the American Eskimo Dog was frequently bred to be used in circuses, carnivals and other traveling acts because of their agility and beautiful appearance.


The American Eskimo dog is small to medium in size; they typically range from about nine inches at the shoulder to nineteen or twenty inches at the shoulder. The smallest of the American Eskimo Dogs are classified as Toy American Eskimo Dogs; the medium size of the breed is defined as miniature, and the largest size of the breed is defined as standard.

Personality wise, the American Eskimo Dog is known for being an intelligent and friendly breed. They are also alert, which makes them good watchdogs for homes. The breed is known to be especially living in ahome environment with a family, and they are well known to be eager to please people, especially those whom they consider to be family. Although they are not exceptionally large dogs, they are agile and require daily exercise. They also require frequent grooming to take care of their exceptional coat, which consists of a short undercoat and a longer, outer coat. They should be groomed and bathed on a regular basis to ensure that their coat remains clean and that their fur does not mat or tangle.

They make excellent house companions and, when trained well, are suitable for homes with families. They can be protective but they are not known for excessive territorial tendencies. The smaller sizes of the American Eskimo Dog may be suitable for people living in apartments or small homes.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The American Eskimo Dog has many nicknames, including “Eskie,” “The Alaskan,” “Snow White,” and “Alaskan Snow Dog.”
  • The American Eskimo Dog only comes in two shades: white; and white with a biscuit cream color.
  • There are three different distinct sizes of the American Eskimo Dog: Toy, Miniature, and Standard.
  • The American Eskimo Dog was known as the American Spitz until 1917.
  • The American Eskimo dog is perhaps bet associated with American circuses; they were popular as circus performers because of their brilliant white coat and their ability to do agile tricks, such as flipping and jumping through hoops.