American Eskimo Dog

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 3in - 1ft 7in
Weight: 18-35lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

American Eskimo Dog Information

American Eskimo DogA loving companion, the American Eskimo is a playful, smart dog ranging in size from small to medium. The breed’s distinguishing features are its bright white coat, perky ears and jet-black lips and nose. Once used a circus dog, American Eskimos are obedient, agile and easy to train. They are great with children and other dogs, too.

Believe it or not, this dog actually originated in Germany and is a descendant of the European spitzes. Their voluminous coat requires regular brushing and bathing – it’s not easy to look that good! Make sure this breed gets enough exercise; they’re quick and curious and need stimulation.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can American Eskimo Dogs be apartment dogs?

The American Eskimo Dogs does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can American Eskimo Dogs be left alone?

American Eskimo Dogs don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are American Eskimo Dogs good with kids?

American Eskimo Dogs do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are American Eskimo Dogs friendly with strangers?

Although American Eskimo Dogs can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do American Eskimo Dogs get along with other dogs?

Although American Eskimo Dogs will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do American Eskimo Dogs bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, American Eskimo Dogs bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do American Eskimo Dogs shed a lot?

American Eskimo Dogs shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do American Eskimo Dogs need a lot of grooming?

American Eskimo Dogs don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do American Eskimo Dogs need a lot of exercise?

The American Eskimo Dog has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are American Eskimo Dogs easy to train?

Typically, American Eskimo Dogs are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can American Eskimo Dogs handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, American Eskimo Dogs will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can American Eskimo Dogs handle hot weather?

Although American Eskimo Dogs can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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