The American Eskimo Dog is a relative of the German Spitz. It is a cut little snow ball of a dog that comes in three varieties, standard, toy, and miniature. The standard grows to be between 15 and 19 inches tall and can weigh up to 35 pounds. The miniature variation of this breed grows to be between 12 and 15 inches tall and can weigh up to 20 pounds. The toy version of this breed only gets to be about 12 inches tall and weighs up to 10 pounds. All versions of this breed have a white or cream coat that is long, fluffy, and dense. Some of the health issues you will want to look out for include progressive retinal atrophy and hip dysplasia.
The temperament of this breed makes them a great family pet. They are obedient and loving, however, they are also very protective of their families. Because of this they also make great watch dogs. American Eskimo Dog’s who don’t get proper socialization, boundaries, and training from a young age are much more likely to develop aggression problems. Training should be firm but fair.
To care for this dog you will need to brush their coat at least once a week. This will help
to keep the hair clean and free of tangles and matting. You will also need to bathe them at least once a month. They are an active bouncy dog breed that needs rigorous exercise every day. They also enjoy a little roughhousing.