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American Eskimo Dogs

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The American Eskimo Dog is a small to medium-sized dog which resembles a miniature Samoyed in appearance. It is a Nordic-type dog with a white or white with biscuit cream coat. With its playful and eager-to-please temperament, a well-trained American Eskimo Dog can become an excellent companion animal when provided with sufficient exercise. Learn more about the American Eskimo Dog here.
A member of the Spitz family, the "Eskie" descended from the European Spitz', including the white German Spitz, the white Keeshond, the white Pomeranian and the white Italian Spitz. Contrary to its name, the breed has nothing to do with the Eskimo culture. During the 19th century in America, the bre…
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There is no information on whether American Eskimo Dogs enjoy swimming. However, many dogs, given the chance, do enjoy swimming.
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This is called, tear-staining. If they are rubbing at their eyes a lot, you should book an appointment with your vet. This could be the start of a chronic eye problem. However, tear staining on white dogs is common and shouldn't be too big of a worry. Still, better safe than sorry and you may want t…
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Yes. In fact, American Eskimo Dogs tend to shed a lot of fur, so if that's not something you're prepared for, this is not the dog for you.
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Look around online. Many places offer estimates for such dogs.
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Despite its name, this breed is not actually from Alaska. It comes from Northern Europe. It was named this after the anti-German prejudices of WWI would have stopped people from wanting the dogs. It was originally called the German Spitz.
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There is no specific information to be found on whether these dogs like to swim. However, many dogs like to swim if taught correctly, supervised, and given the chance. It tends to be more of a dog to dog trait as opposed to a breed trait.
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Well there are three different sizes of American Eskimo dogs. There is toy, miniature and standard. Your toy will be between 6 and 10 pounds, miniature: 10-20 and standard: 18-35.
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Toy: 9-12 inches and 6-10 lbs Miniature: 12-15 inches and 10-17 lbs Standard: 15-20 inches and 18-25 lbs
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It's best to test with your dog for short periods of time to see how they do without you, but generally for this breed, the answer is no.
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For the most part, American Eskimo Dogs are full grown by the time they reach one year old. On average, they live to be 16 years old.
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No, the American Eskimo Dog only comes in a white or white & biscuit colour. This breed should not have mask markings.
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They are not the same breed, or even closely related. They look similar, but they are completely different. The best way to tell the differences is to do close research on your own.
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There are three different sizes to American Eskimo dogs- toy, miniature and standard. Toy ones are 9 - 12 inches, miniature ones are 12 - 15 and standard ones are 15- 19 inches.
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The American Eskimo Dog lives in homes in different countries in the world. If you mean to ask what its origins are, it is a German breed.
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All dogs can swim and the ones that can't you can teach them or just let them find out by them selves I used to have a German Shepard and he had never been in water before so we took him to the beach and he was swimming like a pro as for eskies there just like any other dog they aren't known for swi…
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they don't get super big but they do reltivley if planning on getting one please do reseach first apartment living does not suit this dog breed.
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you would any dog: feed them a high quality dog food, no human food, bath them with dog shampoo as often as needed (my eskie gets a bath usually once a month sometimes once every two months), brush with the appropriate dog brush at least weekly. When they dog is blowing it's coat brushing daily can …
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They don't necessarily need a big backyard as long as they are getting plenty of exercise with a small one or with walks. They are an energetic dog and require (not request) a lot of attention.
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They are usually pure white but some like mine are a light biscuit cream (beige) color.
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Expect to pay no less than $400 (more if shipped to you), with the average for any pure blood dog being closer to $1000.
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The American Eskimo dog is a domesticated breed. They don't live in the wild. They live next to humans, frequently in their homes if they aren't "outdoor" dogs. American Eskimo dogs prefer milder climates, as their thick fur can make hotter climates dangerous.
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No. Despite looking similar, they are not closely related.
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the best way to train an American eskimo is to kennel train. this breed is extremely destructive and suffers badly from separation anxiety. i know because i have one. the breed is also very hard-headed, so consistent training is the key behind proper training and proper care. the fur is easily matte…
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They can in proportion to their bodies, but they are a small dog, so it wouldn't be as high as some larger dogs can jump.
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Yes. They tend to shed a lot throughout the entire year. They will need constant attention with brushing and a good vacuum at home.
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It is best to talk to your breeder about how much they have been feeding their Eskies, as they would know better than most. However, most Eskies only require two or so cups of food a day. It is best to work with your dog to see if you would rather like to have food always out for them, or have a set…
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They tend to shed throughout the whole year quite a bit, but it intensifies even more at the beginning of each season. This is what I have noticed with mine.
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The American Eskimo Dog was originally the same dog as the German Spitz. However, because of anti-German prejudice after WWI, when these dogs were brought into the United States, they had to be called American Eskimo Dogs or no one would want to buy them. After a century of living on a different con…
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11 - 15 years, give or take.
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That depends on the dog, not the breed. Typically a small-medium collar is recommended.
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You won't typically find them in a hypoallergenic list, but many breeders and rescue groups have stated they are. It's not so much the shedding, but the dander.
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The American Eskimo came from the country Germany south Germany actually.
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Nipping and Biting is a trait of that dog that is very hard to break. The ASPCA has a section on their website about Mouthing, Niping, and Play Biting. It's a great section to read and I would highly recommend it.
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depends Eskimo dogs if you train them right they can be gentle and kind
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AED's tend to be very protective of children and love to be around them. However, you should still pay close attention to how your dog will act around your child for an extended period. Since dogs can't talk, it's hard to determine how they interpret this new addition to your home right away.
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AED's were originally used as guard dogs and watch dogs, despite being smaller in size. Though this would depend on the dog and the situation, it is likely that your dog would try to defend you.
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Their fluffy white coats and smaller size are their defining features.
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Train & socialize the dog.
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This breed is domesticated and lives with families and breeders around the world.
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No. They are highly intelligent and need to have an experienced and dominant owner, so as not to think they are the ruler of the household. If you allow the dog to believe he or she is the ruler of your home, many varying degrees of behavior issues will arise, including but not limited to: separatio…
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They would need a cool place to stay, with shade and, preferably, with air conditioning.
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if taken care of correctly, fed well, kept inside and in a fenced yard and only out of the house and fenced yard on a leash, vetted yearly, on heartworm preventive, well bred (no puppy mills) then can easily live to be 16 if not older.
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The American Eskimo is one of the Spitz families of Nordic breeds. They are closely related to the white German Spitz. German Spitz were eventually brought to America, where the name changed to American Eskimo Dog, due to the widespread anti-German feelings during World War I. Today they are known a…
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The American Eskimo Dog was originally the German Spitz before it was taken from Northern Europe to North America, where over a century it grew into a different breed all its own.
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An AED is also called and Eskimo Spitz, American Spitz, and German Spitz. However, a Japanese Spitz, despite looking similar, is not related to the Eskie.
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The size. The only difference is in size. Toy: 9-12 inches and 6-10 lbs Miniature: 12-15 inches and 10-17 lbs Standard: 15-20 inches and 18-25 lbs
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Their fluffy white coats and smaller size are their defining features.
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my american eskimo is almost 17 and is perfectly healthy.
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All dogs have different personality. Therefore, you should just look at both kinds and see who you like beter.
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Breeders for these dogs are incredibly difficult to find in the UK. I would suggest looking into breeders from the United States who would transport a dog to the UK for you.
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Anything with hair CAN be shaved, but it isn't recommended for this breed.
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This is a breeder to breeder thing. If you find an unusually cheep pure-bred AED, you may want to do some more research into that breeder. There could be a serious problem.
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An American Eskimo Dog can develop back problems the same as any other dog. They are not prone to back problems, but accidents and injuries do happen.
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Yes they do
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Seattle's climate shouldn't be a problem for an American Eskimo Dog. This breed can acclimate themselves to warm weather, and most of the time it's not terribly warm there. During the summer months or a heat wave, provide plenty of shade and fresh water whenever your dog is left outside. In the war…
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About 5 puppies.
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They are naturally wary of strangers, but once introduced they become instant friends. Eskimos need to be part of the family with a firm, consistent, confident pack leader. If you allow the dog to believe he or she is the ruler of your home, many varying degrees of behavior issues will arise, includ…
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They are not a wild breed anymore. They are a domesticated dog and live with breeders in many different countries.
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If they have been properly trained and have a dominant owner, then yes, American Eskimo dogs can and probably will be nice.
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Eskies tend to be picky dogs, and will let you know right off the bat what they will and will not eat for dinner. However, most breeders will tell you to mix dry and moist dog food. Try not to switch brands overnight, instead mixing the old and new brand together. Switching right off can cause sever…
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Toy: 9-12 inches and 6-10 lbs Miniature: 12-15 inches and 10-17 lbs Standard: 15-20 inches and 18-25 lbs
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They tend to live 11-15 years.
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No. Despite looking incredibly similar, they are not closely related.
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The American Eskimo Dog go its name because it the American breed of the type of dog. The dog got the Eskimo part of its name because it has a very thick coat that can withstand the environment that Eskimo live in.
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The American Eskimo Dog is a domesticated breed. This means they do not live in the wild, but rather live WITH humans. However, Eskies are better suited to cooler environments than warmer ones because of their thick coats and long fur.
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There is no special reason beyond genetics.
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Toy: 9-12 inches and 6-10 lbs Miniature: 12-15 inches and 10-17 lbs Standard: 15-20 inches and 18-25 lbs
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When the American Eskimo dog is groomed their nails need to be done, their fur brushed, and the ears cleaned.
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No, the American Eskimo dogs don't require a lot of grooming.
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The American Eskimo dog has a fluffy fur texture.
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No, the American Eskimo dog is not very popular in Germany.
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The original function of a AED was as a guard/watchdog. They are also incredibly smart dogs, very easy train, making them excellent dogs for entertaining. This was proven during WWI, when they became popular circus dogs.
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They can be, yes. However, American Eskimo Dogs have a very dominant personality. This can make it hard for an inexperienced or submissive owner to have a well behaving or affectionate dog.
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Yes, this breed is protective, but with the proper training, aggression shouldn't be an issue.
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Other names for the American Eskimo Dog are Spitz Standard Eskimo Dog Miniature Eskimo Dog Toy Eskimo Dog Eskie
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Not necessarily, with the right research. The internet is a great place to find the best breeder for you.
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Yes, except for the chance of allergies, American Eskimo Dogs tend to be very healthy dogs. With the proper care, at least.
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They can be incredibly protective and energetic, so it's probably a yes, but this would really depend on the specific dog. A dedicated owner can train this out of them.
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This is a dog to dog trait, as opposed to a breed trait. With the proper training and supervision, as well as the provision of proper chew toys, this can easily be avoided.
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Most dogs like to dig for a specific reason, such as to get cool or get to an animal. However, with the proper training and supervision, this can be easily broken.
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They have a very dominate personality, and this could mean that for you, they could tend to pee and poo wherever they wish. This is, unless you establish correct dominance over your dog.
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The Japanese Spitz looks very similar to the AED, despite not being closely related.
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Pure bred, AED's have black or sometimes brown eyes. However, cross breeding has become common to produce AED mixes with blue eyes.
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No. They are not hypoallergenic.
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The German Spitz and AED used to be the same dog, but a couple of centuries on different continents have led to them being separate breeds.
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This is more of a specific dog thing than a breed thing. The breed as a whole isn't, but your dog may be.
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Yes, the American Eskimo Dog is prone to skin allergies
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No, the breed is not prone to heart problems. However, regular check ups with your vet should be scheduled to see if your dog has developed something.
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No, the breed is not prone to respiratory problems. However, regular check ups with your vet should be scheduled to see if your dog has developed something.
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Short answer, no. The American Eskimo Dog has been found to have some dogs who have hip dysplasia, but it is not a common thing for the breed.
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The American Eskimo Dog is prone to have seasonal allergies, among other allergies, so skin infections can be a side effect of this.
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