American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

Breed Description +

American Eskimo Dogs are alert, intelligent, playful, and are usually friendly dogs. They seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, and musical canine freestyle, a sport that incorporates obedience, tricks and dance. American Eskimo Dogs are eager to learn and respond well to reward-based training. They can be wary of strangers and have a tendency to bark.
  • AKC Name:

    American Eskimo Dog

  • Common Name(s):

    Eskie, Echo Dog, Eskimo Dog, American Spitz

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  • Observed Weight:

    16-30 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    16-35 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 9 - 19 in


The American Eskimo Dog is a companion dog that originated in the United States, with many believing the exact location to be somewhere in New York City. A relatively new breed, having developed sometime in the twentieth century, the American Eskimo was formerly known as a German Spitz or an American Eskimo Spitz. The breed was the first to walk a tightrope and was very popular in the 1930?s and 1940?s as circus dogs. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1994; however, the United Kennel Club had recognized the breed long before that year.

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