The American Eskimo is one of the oldest breeds. They are part of the Spitz group and are descendants of the White German Spitz. This breed arrived in the United States in the early 1600's and used to be known as the American Spitz. Their name changed in 1917 to the American Eskimo Dog. The American Eskimo was first recognized by the AKC in 1995 and grouped as Non-Sporting.
- Country of Origin: United States
- Weight: Toy 6 - 10 lbs / Miniature 10 - 20 lbs / Standard 18 - 35 lbs
- Height: Toy 9 - 12 inches / Miniature 12 - 15 inches / Standard 15 - 19 inches
- Color: The American Eskimo coat colors are white or cream.
The American Eskimo breed is affectionate, alert and energetic. This breed is intelligent, loyal and eager to please their family. They can be a bit mischievous when left alone for too long!
The American Eskimo life expectancy is between 12 – 15 years. Health Issues to watch for are:
• Eye Problems
• Hip Dysplasia
• Elbow Degeneration
This breed has a dense undercoat with a longer outer coat. Their hair is straight with no wave.
This breed sheds a lot therefore should be brushed frequently to prevent matting. Bathing this breed once every couple of months is best so their skin does not get too dry or irritated.