Toy American Eskimo Dog
The Toy American Eskimo or “Eskies” dog breed is a companion dog. They are a charming and affectionate little dog with an intelligent expression.
There are two other types of American Eskimo dogs – standard and miniature. The only main difference between them is their size and weight.
The toy American Eskimo have a snowy white double coat that can have biscuit or cream markings. Both the outer coat and undercoat are thick and soft. They have a very distinctive ruff, compact body; wedge shaped fairly small head with erect triangular shipped ears. Their eyes are oval shaped, dark brown with dark brown or black rims. Their tail is plumed and curled over their back.
Eskies are strong, swift and agile with a flowing gait. These dogs are also very loveable and high-spirited.
Other traits of the American Eskimo are :
- Willing to please
- Strong willed
- Easy to train
- Quick wit
Weight and Height
9 – 11 inches
6 – 10 pounds
12 – 15 inches
10 – 20 pounds
15 – 19 inches
18 – 35 pounds
These dogs are a good choice for a family. They get along well with children if given sufficient exposure and interaction early. They are also good with other pets. Eskies are considered a good breed for the first time owner if purchased from a good breeder.
They are wary of strangers until they get to know them then they are instant friends. They make excellent watchdogs – they will bark to announce a stranger.
Eskies do need to be socialized and are very trainable but need kindness and consistency. They seem to take longer to mature than other breeds. They can behave like a puppy until two years of age.
They need exercise so they do not gain weight. Toy Eskimo’s just need a few laps around the house or outside but the rest need more and they love long walks.
They are a fairly healthy breed but are prone to :
- hip dysplasia
- progressive retional atrophy
- eye and eye duct problems
They like cold weather better than warm.
Brush these dog daily when shedding, otherwise twice a week will do. They
are an average shedder. Only bath every 2 or 3 months because of dry skin problems. This is a very clean breed and grooms themselves.
The American Eskimo is part of the Spitz family of dogs. The German Spitz was brought to the U.S. and the American Eskimo was created. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1995.
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