American Eskimo Puppy photo by MitchD50.
The American Eskimo is a beautiful, small to medium-size companion dog that looks like a miniature Samoyed. There are three varieties: toy, miniature and standard.
The history of the American Eskimo Dog is somewhat vague, but their ancestors came from northern Europe. Evidence suggests that they are related to the Keeshond, the white Pomeranian, and other Spitz breeds. White Spitz dogs were first brought to the United States by German settlers. Due to anti-German sentiment during World War I, the German White Spitz was renamed the American Eskimo, after a kennel of the same title that first registered the breed. The breed has nothing to do with the Eskimo culture, however. American Eskimo dogs became very popular in the 1930s and 40s as they were featured as circus performers, and puppies were sold after performances. One such performing dog was famous for walking a tightrope in the Barnum and Bailey Circus in the 1930s.
Bred solely to be companions, the American Eskimo Dog thrives on being part of the family. This charming and playful breed is excellent with children, and loves to be lavished with attention. The Eskie ranks as one of the most intelligent of dogs. Because of this and its willingness to please, it is easy to train and excels in obedience trials.They are suspicious and wary of strangers and make good guardians of their family and home. They love to bark and will sound the alarm whenever they deem it necessary. This breed does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time as they may find destructive methods of entertaining themselves.
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