American Eskimo Dog – Dog Breed of The Week
Perhaps it’s his white fluffy coat. Or jaunty personality. Or intelligence. Whatever “it” is, the American Eskimo Dog’s got it in spades, and he uses it to captivate his owners.
The Eskie is primarily a companion dog, a devoted family member who thrives in the middle of family activities. He is cheerful, affectionate, sometimes rowdy, and very smart — so smart he’s thought to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds. He’s an independent thinker, curious, with an uncanny ability to problem-solve. He excels in activities that require him to use his brain, such as obedience training, tricks, agility, conformation, and other dog sports.
Interestingly, Eskies were once favorite circus performers. With his adorable looks and ability to learn quickly, the Eskie traveled about the United States in the late 19th century, stunning audiences with his amazing tricks.
Dog Breed Group:Companion Dogs
Height:1 foot, 3 inches to 1 foot, 7 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:Starts at 30 pounds
Life Span:12 to 15 years
- Eskies are happy, active, intelligent dogs. They thrive on activity. Plan on keeping your Eskie busy with training classes, games, romps at a dog park, or hikes. A busy Eskie is unlikely to become bored — a state you want to avoid with this breed, because boredom leads to excessive barking, inappropriate chewing, and other annoying behaviors.
- The Eskie needs to be with his family, so don’t plan on leaving him alone for long periods at a time, or he may develop separation anxiety.
- If you are a confident leader, you’ll enjoy life with an Eskie. If you’re not, you’re apt to have an Eskie that’s leading you.
- Do not trust even a well-trained and well-socialized Eskie with small pets such as birds, hamsters, and gerbils. Chances are, he will succumb to his instincts and give chase.
- To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store.
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