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American Eskimo Dog

Origin United States Germany
GroupCompanion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the American Eskimo Dog have? The breed also known as...
Eskimo Spitz, American Spitz, German Spitz, Eskie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the American Eskimo Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the American Eskimo Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Eskimo Dog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

What is the American Eskimo Dog's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the American Eskimo Dog weigh?
Toy: 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)Standard: 18-35 pounds (8-16 kg), Miniature: 10-17 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Toy: 8 pounds (4 kg)Standard: 26.5 pounds (12 kg), Miniature: 13.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
How tall is the American Eskimo Dog?
Toy: 9-12 inches (22-30 cm)Standard: 15-20 inches (49-50 cm), Miniature: 12-15 inches (30-40 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Toy: 10.5 inches (26 cm)Standard: 17.5 inches (49.5 cm), Miniature: 13.5 inches (35 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the American Eskimo Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the American Eskimo Dog's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the American Eskimo Dog and how often?
Average: The American Eskimo Dog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your American Eskimo Dog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do American Eskimo Dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
American Eskimo Dogs are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the American Eskimo Dog have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Eskimo Dog?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. American Eskimo Dog obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are American Eskimo Dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Eskimo Dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The American Eskimo Dog is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. American Eskimo Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Eskimo Dogs are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
American Eskimo Dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do American Eskimo Dogs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
High: The American Eskimo Dog is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are American Eskimo Dogs good watchdogs?
American Eskimo Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the American Eskimo Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
American Eskimo Dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The American Eskimo Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Eskimo Dog do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
American Eskimo Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Eskimo Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Eskimo Dog to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
American Eskimo Dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
American Eskimo Dog have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Are American Eskimo Dogs good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
American Eskimo Dogs are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
American Eskimo Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
American Eskimo Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Eskimo Dogs kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
American Eskimo Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Eskimo Dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
American Eskimo Dogs are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do American Eskimo Dogs get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
American Eskimo Dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Eskimo Dog can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do American Eskimo Dogs have health problems?
American Eskimo Dogs are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Eskimo Dogs live? What is this dog average life span?
12-15 years
Is the American Eskimo Dog breed hypoallergenic?
American Eskimo Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Eskimo Dog have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
American Eskimo Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Eskimo Dogs require per day?
American Eskimo Dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Eskimo Dogs don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Eskimo Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the American Eskimo Dog's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American Eskimo Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers cold weather
The American Eskimo Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The American Eskimo Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The American Eskimo Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Eskimo Dog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Eskimo Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Eskimo Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Eskimo Dog have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Eskimo Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies


  • Drooling tendency: The American Eskimo Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: American Eskimo Dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Trainability: American Eskimo Dogs are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Eskimo Dogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.


  • Hypoallergenic: American Eskimo Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: American Eskimo Dogs are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Barking: High: The American Eskimo Dog is a very vocal breed.

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