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American Eskimo Dog General Appearance:
The American Eskimo Dog, also known as the American Spitz, is a spitz breed that originated in Germany as an all-purpose farm dog. They resemble a mini Samoyed: they have a small to medium-sized build, black eyes, erect, triangular ears, a narrow face, a straight double coat, and a curved, fluffy tail. American Eskimos come in three sizes: the toy American Eskimo (9 to 12 inches and 6 to 11 pounds), the miniature American Eskimo (12 to 15 inches and 10 to 21 pounds), and the standard American Eskimo (15 to 20 inches and 19 to 40 pounds).
The American Eskimo has a white or cream-colored coat and black points on their lips, nose, and eye rims. Their coat is thicker and longer around the neck, chest, and legs, so they have a lion-like mane. Because Eskies shed frequently, they need to be brushed two or three times a week.
American Eskimo Dog Temperament:
Eskies are strong-willed, playful, and loving companions. American Eskimos are quick and curious, so they require regular exercise and a mix of toys to keep them from barking, chewing, or chasing small animals. Eskies aren't big dogs, but they have a big-dog attitude! Without a firm, positive owner, they have a tendency to become the pack leader of their human family.
American Eskimo Dogs make great watchdogs because they are naturally suspicious of strangers. They are devoted family dogs, but they can suffer from hyperactivity and separation anxiety if they're left alone for too long. Eskies thrive in busy households because they have a lot energy to keep up with the family.
American Eskimo Dog Fun Fact:
During the late 19th century, the American Eskimo Dog was used in trick dog acts in travelling circuses in the US. One Eskie even became the first dog to walk across a tightrope!
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