American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog


The American Eskimo is a breed that has an unknown origin for the most part. It is widely believed that they were originally bred by German immigrants in the United States during the early 20th century. Noted as being circus performing dogs in the 1930’s and 40’s, this dog became a popular breed coming in different sizes ranging from miniature, toy, and standard sizes.


This breed needs a lot of attention and exercise to maintain its health and happiness. They can do fairly well in apartments if you can give them the time and attention they need with daily walks and play sessions.


American Eskimo dogs require brushing with a firm bristled brush at least twice a week, and daily brushing is a good idea when they are shedding. Because this breed has a drier skin than most other breeds, you shouldn’t bathe them unless it’s absolutely necessary to do so. They can suffer from retinal atrophy, cataracts, and hip dysplasia.


The American Eskimo dog is one of the most intelligent of all dog breeds and has become one of the best companion dogs around. Hardy and strong, this breed processes outstanding working capabilities and is very easy to train. They have a long lifespan and are extremely alert.


American Eskimos have a wonderful double coat with a dense under coat with guard hairs that grow through it that are longer and make up the outer coat. They tend to shed regularly and will “blow” their coat twice a year. If you do not brush them regularly, they will tend to mat a lot. They come in white or white with cream markings.


American Eskimo dogs were created solely to be a companion dog for people. They thrive on being the center of attention and will be great with children of all ages. They will, however, become wary of strangers and can sound the alarm when they feel it is necessary. They do not do well when left alone and can become quite destructive when they are bored.


You will find that the American Eskimo dog is one of the easiest to train as they are so eager to please. They need to be socialized at an early age to keep them from becoming aggressive later on in life. Positive reinforcement and consistency are your best bets when training this breed and they are great at learning tricks, agility, and even narcotic detection.