American Eskimo or American Spitz Dogs breed or breeds


Origin: USA
Size: 15 - 19 inches 19 - 34 pounds
Coat: Thick with heavy undercoat
Color: White


The "spitz" breeds were developed in Germany over 100 years ago. The American Eskimo is an American developed spitz with probable relationships with the German breeds. This breed was developed at the turn of the 19th century. These are sturdy dogs that can stand the cold of winter. A long lived dog, they have few hereditary problems. Known for their aggressive, watchdog tendencies, these dogs often bark more than most owners like. Stubborn as a breed, they are intelligent and can be highly trained.

Prone to: Excessive barking

American Eskimo Dog or American Spitz Dogs are fun-loving, playful, and charismatic. They are very good with children and make excellent family pets. Some Alaskan Eskimo dogs have an independent streak, but they usually adhere to their work and obey their master’s commands. A highly intelligent breed, the Alaskan Eskimo Dog is alert, acute, and easy to train.

The body of the American Eskimo Dog is longer than it is tall, and their legs are sturdy and springy. The breed’s tail is heavily plumed and curls up over the back. Alaskan Eskimo Dogs have a lush, solid white coat that may or may not have biscuit or cream markings. Their topcoat is long and straight, and the undercoat is thick and plush.

The white double coat consists of a short, dense undercoat, with longer guard hair growing through it forming the outer coat, which is straight with no curl or wave. The coat is thicker and longer around the neck and chest forming a lion-like ruff, which is more noticeable on males than on females. The coat of the American Eskimo should not curl or wave, the undercoat should be thick and plush with the harsher outer coat growing up through it. No colors other than those described above are allowed. The eyes must not be blue and no Eskie may be shown if it is under 9 inches (23cm) or over 19 inches (48cm). The rump and hind legs down to the hocks are also covered with thicker, longer hair forming the characteristic breeches. The richly plumed tail is carried loosely on the back.

Activity: High. This is an active, bouncy breed

American Eskimo Dogs are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. If you work all day and have close neighbors, American Eskimo Dogs are not a good choice for you. For the same reason, American Eskimo Dogs should NEVER be left outside in your yard, unsupervised. To make matters worse, some American Eskimo Dogs have intense, high-pitched barks that can set your teeth on edge.

The "Alaskan" Eskimo Dog is the same thing as the "American" Eskimo Dog. The American Eskimo Dog is the recognized name.

Heart Bandits is a dog rescue organization devoted to the American Eskimo Dog. Founded in 1996, Heart Bandits rescues American Eskimo Dogs in need, provides loving care, and finds them qualified, permanent, adoptive homes.

American Eskimo or American Spitz