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Meet the breed: American Eskimo Dog

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a loving guard dog to bring into your family home, learn everything you need to know about the American Eskimo Dog.


  • Protective
  • Friendly
  • Loving
  • Devoted
  • Intelligent


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Originally descended from the German Spitz, this breed’s name was changed to American Eskimo Dog due to the poor relations between the U.S. and Germany during World War I. Bred as a working dog, the Eskie enjoys being busy and life on the farm. Extremely smart, this breed is eager to please his master, loves all members of the family and is very protective.

Is this breed right for you?

An active and intelligent breed, the American Eskimo Dog requires a lot of attention and firm training. Doing well with kids and animals, this working dog enjoys being busy. Not recommended for apartment life, the Eskie needs a lot of daily exercise and a yard to play freely in. It’s essential that he receives training, firm leadership and attention. If not, it’s likely that the Eskie will act out and display negative behaviors. A true watchdog, he will protect the family from strangers but is happily friendly with family members and friends. In need of a lot of grooming, this breed needs twice-weekly to daily brushing.

A dream day in the life of a American Eskimo Dog

An alert breed, it’s likely the American Eskimo Dog will be awake before any other family members. Out the door to scour the yard for any intruders or to work the farm, this breed will be happy to trot around until he hears someone in the kitchen. After his daily walk, the Eskie will be happy to receive a bit of petting and praise. Playing around with the kids, he’ll keep himself busy going in and out of the house. Lying at the foot of his master at the end of the day, the Eskie will keep his ears up all night for anything that doesn’t sound right.

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