Appearance: Standard 15-19" (38-48 cm) 18-35 lb (8-16 kg) Miniature 11-15" (28-38 cm) 10-20 lb (4.5-9 kg) Toy 9-12" (23-30 cm) 6-10 lb (3-4.5 kg) Long straight outercoat with dense undercoat. White is preferred, but biscuit or cream are acceptable.
These lively dogs are highly attached to their owners and prefer not to be left alone. They will bark at strangers, and make good watchdogs. Energetic and intelligent, they require daily runs and enjoy opportunities to exercise their minds. They are an excellent choice for obedience or as trick dogs.
A member of the Spitz family, which originated some 6,000 years ago with the Peat Bog Dog, the American Eskimo Dog arose from a line of dogs from Switzerland that came to be known as German Spitz. The breed came to North American in the early 1900s. Possibly due to anti-German sentiment during the First World War, the breed’s name was changed toAmerican Spitz in 1913, and then to American Eskimo Dog in 1917. The American Eskimo Dog’s popularity arose from its widespread use in circuses from the 1920s through 1950s. Famous Eskimo Dogs such as Stout’s Pal Pierre performed amazing acts like walking the tightrope or dancing with clowns before the crowds. With three different sizes to choose from, they appealed to a wide range of people and situations.