AKC PuppyFinder: American Eskimo Dog Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Playful, perky, very smart; an excellent trick dog and watchdog
  • Energy Level: Very Active; This quick, curious dog needs regular exercise and mental challenges
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 9-12 inches (toy), 12-15 inches (miniature), 15-19 inches (Standard)
  • Weight: 6-10 pounds (toy), 10-20 pounds (miniature), 25-35 pounds (standard)
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Back in the days of Wild West shows and traveling circuses, the American Eskimo Dog was often the star of the show with his agility, ability to do tricks and showy white coat. The breed is intelligent and playful. They're protective of family, making them good watchdogs. Your American Eskimo Dog puppy needs early training and socialization; take him with you everywhere to expose him to different experiences and environments. With training, stimulation and daily exercise, he's a fun-loving, people-pleasing companion.'

History & Job
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Origin: United States

Year Recognized: 1995

Breed History & Job Description: Funny thing is, Eskimos didn’t come within a thousand miles of this breed. German farmers arrived in America during the early 1800s and established communities in the Midwest. Many brought along a breed called the German Spitz (ancestors of the modern Eskie) to use as all-around farm dogs. Upon America’s entry into World War I in 1917, the country was gripped by a prejudice against all things Teutonic. The breed’s German name was changed to “American Eskimo” Dog, after a Spitz breeding kennel in Ohio.

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Health is always an important issue to consider. In general, the American Eskimo dog is a relatively healthy breed that lives a long life. There are two health concerns known to occur in the breed. There are late onset Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and hip dysplasia. Health screening tests are available for both of these issues to aid breeders in making choices to help reduce the risk of producing the problems in their puppies.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Eskimo Dog Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.aedca.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 122
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: American Eskimo Dog Club of America
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: aedcarescueinfo@gmail.com
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: Gale Haugh
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.aedca.org/Rescue.html
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