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Bright, eager to please and cheerful, American Eskimos are a small to medium spitz-type Nordic dog. Either completely white or with biscuit patches, the Eskies double coat requires regular brushing to keep the tangles and shedding down.

Friendly with children, the Eskie can be noisy, and needs training to tame his excitable vocal chords.

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A member of the Spitz family, American Eskimos are a similar but white version of their cousins, the Pomeranians, Keeshonds and Italian Spitzes. The only real connection he has with Eskimos is the color of snow in the frigid north and the bright and shiny white of the Eskie's stand-off coat.

They performed regularly in American circuses in the 19th century and were known for their beauty, agility and intelligence.

American Eskimos By the Numbers

Size: Toys: 9 to 12 inches at the shoulder, Miniatures: 13 to 15 inches, Standards (not a small dog): 16 to 19 inches.
Coat Care: 5 – medium. Requires regular brushing to keep tangles and shedding down.
Trainability: 8– medium to high. Eskies learn easily but also are easy to distract. 
Energy level: 8. American Eskimos are definitely a high energy dog and do best with high energy owners. They are good watchdogs and love a daily walk.
Good with Children: 8 – Eskies do well with older children and are eager to join in the fun.
Noise level: medium to high – 8: They can be noisy, especially when bored.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 10, very high They shed copiously.

Here's the story of an amazing American Eskimo, Vinca.

We found Vinca in a shelter when she was about 6 months old. Two days later, she was rocketing around our yard. Like the flower after which she was named, Vinca was all white, pink and happy, a Miniature American Eskimo, but with a short coat.

    But nothing else about her was short – she was the princess of the household. A finicky little eater, we often had to hand feed her to prove our love.

    Vinca loved everyone and was absolutely confident and trusted that everyone loved her. Guests threatened to steal and keep her because of her vibrant personality and affectionate nature. Always eager to start a new day, she’d wake us up by digging us out from under the covers and “cleaning” our nostrils with her tongue.

    She thought of herself as a cat (until we adopted cats and she had an identity crisis) draping herself on the back of furniture or around people’s necks, and sleeping under instead of on the bed at night.

    Vinca also believed she was an Elkhound, a big dog. Her pink and purple collar even read, “Run Little Big Dog Run.” She ran around our Elkhounds, jumping over them and hanging off of their ears until they squealed. But they never growled or snapped, they just loved her and let her maul them for fun.

    As she aged, Vinca looked the same until the last few months when her bright personality faded and arthritis slowed her movement. Despite her decline, Vinca’s love for us remained and kept her here. It was a most difficult decision to send her to the Rainbow Bridge because she never asked to go, even when her zest for life was almost depleted.

    But, she never asked to stay. The last day we took her to the vet, she looked at me, and I could almost hear her tell us it was alright if we thought it was best for her.

    17.5 years is a very long time to love a dog then suddenly be without her. So we try to console ourselves by believing that Vinca is once again bright and vivacious, pain-free, zipping around in sunny grass, reunited with Wylie, Oslo, Shadow and Libbet.

    Run dear doggy, run little big dog run.

Lexiann Grant

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To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the American Eskimo Club of America.

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