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American Eskimo - Dog Breeds - Everything You Need To Know

Jul 15, 2008
To begin with we will give you some basic info on the breed and them move on to other areas of this excellent dog.

Breed group: Non-sporting

Weight: Toy 6-10 lbs, miniature 10-20 pounds, standard 18-35 pounds

Height: Toy 9-12 inches, miniature 12-15 inches, standard 15-19 inches

Overview

It is believed that this breed has its origin from the German Spitz. These dogs were brought to the USA by immigrants. Many say that the breed's changed during the First World War because of negative feelings toward the Germans. During the 1920 and the 1930s, the popularity of the American Eskimo dogs increases greatly. Travelling circuses displayed the many talents of these dogs, which included walking on tightropes. These dogs became famous as performers, but these days they are mostly kept as pets.

Temperament

American Eskimo is very pleasant and loving dogs and they show lots of affection toward their owners. At the same time they are also very tough, and they love to play. This breed does exceptionally well with children - they are also extremely clever dogs. You will find that the American Eskimo is very easy to train, and they do very well in obedience training. This breed is a bit wary of people they do not know, but will become friends with them if they are introduced properly. The American Eskimo can become destructive if they are not included in family activities or being isolated. It is important to handle these dogs in a firm, but also gentle manner. This dog thrives on attention, and they also love to bark.

Care

In order to prevent mats and tangles from forming, the American Eskimo should be brushed with a firm hair brush twice during the week. When shedding, these dogs might have to be brushed on a daily basis. This breeds tends to suffer from dry skin, and it is therefore necessary to not bathe these dogs too often - and then only with a mild shampoo.

Training

The American Eskimo dog is a very trainable dog due to their high intelligence. This breed excels in obedience training and the best results will be obtained when training is done in a firm, but also gentle manner. It is very important to socialise these dogs from an early age onwards to prevent them from being aggressive later on in life. The American Eskimo dog will also do very well in guarding, competitive obedience, agility and performing tricks.

Health problems

This breed is fairly healthy, but they do have some problems with their eyes and tear ducts. The American Eskimo also have a tendency to suffer from hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Dermatitis can also be caused if their thick coats are not kept clean and free from fleas. Also be sure to give these dogs enough exercise seeing that they gain weight very easily.
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