American Eskimo Dog Breed Overview
The American Eskimo Dog, or "Eskie" as they are lovingly referred, is a member of the Spitz family. These Spitz dogs are Nordic Dogs, hailing from Germany. However, during World War I, American breeders changed their name to a less "controversial" name. Hence, they became the American Eskimo Dog, rather than a German name.
In the late 19th century, the Eskie was a feature attraction with traveling circuses. Highly trainable and agile, with a bright white coat, made them top performers in the ring. Known for walking tight ropes was their speciality. Today, they still love to perform all types of tricks to entertain their families.
Overall, Eskies are lively and fun loving family companions. They are very good with children and other household pets. Their stunning white coat and beautiful face certainly add to their appeal.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the American Eskimo Dog is 13-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
The American Eskimo Dog ranges in size from 10-30 pounds. They are part of the Non-Sporting Group.
- Toys weigh in around 10 pounds.
- Miniatures weigh in around 20 pounds.
- Standards weight in around 30 pounds.
The Eskie does well with apartment living or houses with yards. This dog is full of high energy and loves to play. Their thick coat keeps them warm in cool temperatures and they love to play in the snow. However, they must live only as indoor dogs. and are happiest with their family. Notably, they are a big dog in a small package.