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American Eskimo

American Eskimo

American Eskimo Characteristics: The beautiful, vigilant and observant American Eskimo is a breed of Small to Medium dog classified as a member of the Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1994  - Spitz type dog). The American Eskimo, is characterized by its typical spitz-like appearance with a wedge-shaped head, lion-like mane, alert expression, and a fluid, steady gait.

Other characteristics include a strong, compact back, medium sized, oval shaped eyes and triangular shaped ears that are slightly rounded at the tips. The temperament of the American Eskimo can be described as Protective, Reserved, Alert. The coat type of the American Eskimo is described as thick & straight coat in white & biscuit colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the American Eskimo demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog, Performer and Farm dog and is known by its nick name the "Esky". The origin of the American Eskimo dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the late 1800's.

American Eskimo Breed Group and Dog Type - Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1994  - Spitz type dog): The American Eskimo is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1994  - Spitz type dog). The American Eskimo Dog was recognized by United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1913 and officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1994.

Other names for the American Eskimo: The American Eskimo is known by the nickname of the "Esky". Other names for this breed of dog include the Performer, The Dog Beautiful, Eskimo Spitz, American Spitz and Standard Eskimo Dog.

Origin of the American Eskimo Dog name: The origin of the name "American Eskimo Dog" is misleading. Unlike the Alaskan Husky and the Alaskan Malumute the "American Eskimo Dog" is not a true Eskimo breed - it was developed in Germany and probably brought to the United States by German settlers during the late 1800's. The breed was first named as the 'Deutch Spitz', meaning the "German Spitz" but following the anti-German sentiments provoked during WW1 the dog was renamed with the name of the "American Eskimo Dog" which 'Americanized' the breed and associated the dog with the Spitz-type dogs of Alaska.

The name "American Eskimo" was chosen and registered with the UKC kennel club by Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Hall in 1913 - it was their 'breeder signature', or Kennel Name. The "American Eskimo Dog" is therefore a descendent of the German Spitz.

American Eskimo History and Origin: The country of origin of the beautiful American Eskimo breed was in United States during the late 1800's and its forebears were the German Spitz and northern or Nordic breeds. American breeders were particularly enthusiastic about the white colored Spitz type dogs and the American Eskimo Dog was subsequently developed.

The American Eskimo was specifically breed to inherit the characteristics of the Spitz types of dogs and retained a wolf-like appearance, pointed muzzle and ears, a thick, dense coat  with a high carried tail that curls up and over the dog's back. The Spitz-like characteristics were enhanced by the American Eskimo Dog's high level of intelligence, trainability and its athletic, a lithe body led the dogs to be trained in circus acts in both Russia and America.

In 1917 the Railroad Circus run by the Cooper Brothers featured a white American Eskimo dog riding on the back of a white horse. In the 1930's the Barnum and Bailey Circus, billed as "the Greatest Show on Earth" also featured a similar act and stunned audiences as an American Eskimo named 'Stout's Pal Pierre' was featured walking a tightrope.

Other members of the American Eskimo dog troop performed with clowns and wove in and out of wagon wheels. The popularity of the circus declined in the 1950's  but the pretty, clever dog retained the interest of many dog lovers. 

American Eskimo Modern History: The modern history of the American Eskimo Dog moved on and the breed is now used as a family pet and companion. The American Eskimo Dog Club of America (AEDCA) had been formed in 1985 by breeders who wished to register the breed with the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC subsequently gave the breed official recognition in 1994. The role of this dog expanded into new areas and the American Eskimo Dog is now much appreciated as a therapy dog.

American Eskimo Height: This breed is classified as a Small to Medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 15 - 19 inches (38 - 48 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

American Eskimo Weight: In this Small to Medium sized dog, the weight of a male dog is 20 - 35 pounds (9 - 16 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

American Eskimo Coat Type: The American Eskimo coat type is described as thick & straight double coat, with a short, dense undercoat and a longer outer coat (guard coat). Coat lengths vary from dog to dog.

American Eskimo Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include white & biscuit colors.

American Eskimo Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the American Eskimo Dog is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate to maintain a tangle-free, healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the American Eskimo Dog is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.

American Eskimo Litter Size: The litter size of the American Eskimo dog breed ranges from 4-6 puppies. American Eskimo puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of American Eskimo puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

American Eskimo Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Vigilant, Protective, Reserved, Alert and Observant.

American Eskimo Exercise Requirements - MODERATE Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The American Eskimo requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. The dog has a steady, fluid gait. The smaller sized dog has smaller strides and only requires a much slower walking speed by the owner than the medium sized dogs

American Eskimo Diet: A fully grown American Eskimo dog should be fed 2 times per day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

American Eskimo Health Problems: Potential health problems of the American Eskimo breed include Eye Problems, Knee joint problems, Hip Dysplasia. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the American Eskimo dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

American Eskimo Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the American Eskimo breed is 12-14 years.

American Eskimo Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the American Eskimo breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male American Eskimo names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Ragnor *** Max *** Ben *** Gaius *** Rusty *** Casey *** Murphy *** Grail *** Grendel *** Hamlet *** Buddy *** Jake.

American Eskimo Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female American Eskimo names are Jada *** Kishi *** Snowy *** Daisy *** Lucy *** Sadie *** Kaige *** Lace *** Sasha *** Roxy.

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