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The American Eskimo

Origin - this link is to Diana Allens information on the history of the breed. It is well worth the read, one of the best I've ever read:




A member of the ancient Spitz family of dogs that harks back to prehistoric times, the Eskie is a handsome snow-white dog that is believed to have descended from European spitz breeds. The predecessors may have been the white German Spitz, Keeshond, Pomeranian and the Volpino Italiano (Italian Spitz). The breed first appeared on this continent during the 19th century and arrived here in the company of German immigrants. Eventually, the breed became known as the American Spitz. First registered with the United Kennel Club (in the U.S.) in 1913, the Eskie underwent a name change to American Eskimo Dog in 1917. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1995.


The Eskie is a family-oriented dog noted for its intelligence and ease of training. A fun-loving canine, it enjoys running and playing and is reputed to be gentle with children. Initially wary of strangers, the Eskie will sound off at the approach of those he doesn’t recognize and makes an excellent home guardian.

Activity Level

Alert and active, the Eskie is playful and eager to please. It enjoys being on the move and takes well to agility and kindly obedience training.


The American Eskimo comes in three separate size divisions – Standard, Miniature and Toy. The Standard measures from 15-19 in (38-48 cm) at the withers.


The stand-off double coat consists of a dense undercoat with longer guard hairs growing through it to form the straight outer coat. The Eskie carries a noticeably thicker mane around the neck area, forming a ruff. The rump and hind legs also carry thicker, longer hair. The tail is plumed and carried over the back.


The most desirable colour is pure white, though white with biscuit or cream is permissible.


Grooming is somewhat easier than one might expect of a long-haired white dog due to a natural oil in the coat that repels dirt. However, the Eskie will still require the occasional bath. Regular brushing is recommended, particularly in the spring when the Eskie will normally drop its winter coat.


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