The American Eskimo Dog, also referred to as Spitz or Eskie, is a trendy breed of small to medium-sized beautiful dog that originated in the United States of America. It belongs to the non-sporting breed family which is distinguished for their distinct built, personality, and appearance. Eskies have been bred to become engaging companions. The breed has three known variants: the standard, miniature, and toy. Their harsh double coat is straight, thick, and plush. It is typically heavy around the neck, somewhat creating a mane or ruff, particularly in males. Coat colors include white, and white enhanced with biscuit cream.
Height and Weight
The Standard Eskimo Dogs commonly stand a height of 15 to 19 in at the withers, and weigh 18 to 35 lbs. Miniature Eskies, on the other hand, normally have a height of 12 to 15 in, and a weight of 10 to 20 lbs. The Toy Eskimo Dog variant, nonetheless, have a 9 to 12 in height, and a 6 to 10 lbs weight.
American Eskimo Dogs, in general, are charming, loyal, affectionate, and loving dogs. They are hardy, alert, playful, and energetic. The breed is also eager to please, highly intelligent, and very easy to train. Eskies are friendly, and are capable of bonding well with children and other pets, though may become quite wary around strangers. They love to work, and require ample exercise to remain stable-minded. The breed makes excellent watchdogs, and tends to be very protective of the home and the family. Nonetheless, Eskies rarely threaten to bite. Because they have the propensity to acquire Small Dog Syndrome, firm yet calm, consistent leadership is highly necessary.
Because of the breed’s long and thick coat, regular grooming is necessary to prevent matting. Brushing, to be exact, needs to be done a couple of times a week. American Eskimo Dogs are average shedders.
Eskies are typically a healthy breed. Nonetheless, they are still susceptible to a few health complications such as allergies, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella. With proper attention, diet, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 15 years.
American Eskimo Dogs can do well in any climate, but they usually prefer dwellings with cooler weather. Because they are highly energetic dogs, a considerable amount of exercise is necessary. Eskies love to be with people, and they can be fine apartment dogs provided that they get to receive ample exercise such as long daily walks.