Breed Spotlight – American Eskimo Dog

Playful, alert and smart, with it’s smiling face, the American Eskimo Dog is a beautiful dog and nearly always draws looks of admiration from other dog owners. This fun breed weighs when grown from six pounds all the way to thirty-five pounds and can range from nine to nineteen inches at the shoulder.

Most people don’t realize the American Eskimo Dog comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard, just like their poodle brethren. The American Eskimo is a member of the Spitz family of dogs and their progenitors come from Germany. But, due to the anti-German sentiment that was prevalent during World War I, the breed was renamed to American Eskimo.

“Eskies” as they are called, are generally very friendly dogs and make good family pets, but they can be reserved at first with people and dogs they don’t know. They are very clever and are especially good with children. Their life expectancy is from 13 to 15 years. 

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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