American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog comes in three different sizes, the miniature and toy breed are classed as a small dog. These dogs are very active and alert and make great little watchdogs.

These dogs will be shy towards and suspicious of strangers and are affectionate and independent with their owners. This is a very courageous breed of dog.

American Eskimo Dog Facts

American Eskimo Dog

Exercise Requirements:      5 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    4 star rating

Low Shedding:                       1 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         3 star rating


Vital Statistics

Size: Toy: 23-30 cm (9 -12 in) Miniature: 33-38 cm (13 -15 in)

Weight: Toy: 2.5 -4.5 kg (5.5-10 lb) Miniature: 4.5 -9 kg (10 -20 lb)

Coat: Copious and long with a dense undercoat

Colour: White

Lifespan: 12 – 13 years

Special Characteristics

These dogs love to be around people and like to have company. This is a very lively and playful breed.

Exercise Requirements

These small dogs have a lot of stamina and energy therefore their exercise requirements are high.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Loyal and affectionate towards them.

Children: Will be great with children if they have been raised with them or socialised with them often.

Other Pets: Again, good with other pets if raised with them.

Strangers: Very wary of strangers, you can socialise them often to get them to be more comfortable around strangers.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: These dogs can be good around unfamiliar dogs if they have been well socialised with other breeds from a young age.

What to Watch Out For

The American Eskimo Dog can be hard to house train and is known to bark excessively. Their fur needs daily grooming to stop it from matting.

Their thick coat also means that they can overheat in the summer. The coat will also bring in mud and dirt from outside after walks, regular brushing and cleaning is a must.

Health Risks

These small dogs only have a few health risks that might be of concern, which include patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy and diabetes.

Ideal Owner

This is a rather high maintenance dog so you need to have plenty of spare time available to look after it correctly. The perfect owner will need to be patient and calm.

With the dog having high exercise requirements you will need to be active and to always be ready for play and activity. You will also be prepared to do lots of grooming every day.

More Photos

American Eskimo Dog sat in the garden American Eskimo Dog lying in the leaves

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