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American Eskimo Dog

Nickname: Eskie

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: Companion dog.

AKC recognized: 1994
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Height: 9 to 19 inches
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Color: Pure white or white with biscuit cream.

General characteristics/temperament: The American Eskimo Dog is intelligent, alert, agile, playful, and friendly, although slightly conservative and somewhat independent. They make excellent watchdogs and loving companions. They can be protective of their home and family, but they do not threaten to bite or attack people unless provoked. American Eskimo Dogs learn quickly and are eager to please. These qualities made them extremely popular for use in trick-dog acts in the many traveling circuses throughout the United States in the 19th century. Some American Eskimo Dogs might be prone to excessive barking and separation anxiety.

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Good watchdog? Excellent

Protective? Can be.

Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: agility, flyball, obedience

Grooming requirement: The American Eskimo Dog's long, dense coat needs to be brushed weekly, or more often if necessary. They shed heavily for a short period of time twice a year, depending on the climate and their living conditions.

Known health problems: Progressive retinal atrophy, luxating patella, hip dysplasia, allergies, tear-staining.

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Recommended books for further reading:

American Eskimo Dog (Comprehensive Guide)
By Richard G. Beauchamp
Published in 2003
158 pages

American Eskimo Dogs (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Published in 2005
96 pages

The Complete American Eskimo
By Barbara E. Beynon
Published in 1990
206 pages

A New Owner's Guide to American Eskimo Dogs
By Richard G. Beauchamp
Published in 1999
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Eskimo Dog Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Eskie Rescuers United

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