The Perfect Dog for your Igloo!
The American Eskimo dog is known for both its quick learning, obedience, high intelligence, resilience, and friendliness, especially towards children.
Due to their alertness and loyalty to their owner, they are initially wary of strangers, but warm up fairly quickly and are extremely affectionate.
Behavior common of the American Eskimo Dog (Miniature)
The American Eskimo dog must be part of a firm, consistent family, and needs to know who is the leader of the pack. If they do not receive this, it is likely that they will develop varying degrees of behavioral issues.
If they believe that they are in charge, they will likely develop problems with aggression and guarding.
It is of absolute necessity that they are exercised and trained regularly, otherwise they will become bored and develop issues such as separation anxiety.
Due to their history, they have a tendency to be extremely territorial if a stranger comes too close to where they live.
Appearance of the American Eskimo Dog (Miniature)
The American Eskimo dog comes in three sizes– toy, which is about 9-12 inches high, and 6 to 10 pounds. Miniature, which is 12-15 inches high, roughly 10 to 17 pounds, and standard, which is 15-20 inches, 18 to 35 pounds.
What is more notable is their pure white fur, which is long and stands off their body, similar to their relative, the Samoyed. They typically have black noses and black eyes, with pointed, triangle-like ears.
Grooming your American Eskimo Dog (Miniature)
When grooming a long-haired Eskimo dog, it is essential to start off with a pin brush, in order to remove snarls and mats that are hidden among the coat. It is also recommended to spray lightly with water to avoid static and to reduce the amount of hair breakage that occurs. When first starting out, brush with the hairline, then against, so all levels of the dog coat are detangled enough to give it a bath.
When dealing with the more sensitive areas, such as the nose, the ears, or off the legs, use a slicker brush.
When approaching for giving the dog a bath, ensure that you get the nozzle close to the skin, since their fur is very dense and wiry, and is designed to keep warmth in, and water out.
History of the American Eskimo Dog (Miniature)
The American Eskimo dog was originally bred to be both a watchdog for humans, and for property, when poverty and theft was a prominent issue in the 1900s.
Contrary to its name as the “American Eskimo dog,” it is German in its origins, sharing the same bloodline as Spitz dogs. One of the reasons why the name was changed to what it is today was for anti-German propaganda during the first world war.
They rose to popularity after World War I, when they were trained specially for the American circus. They performed in the American Circus, and the owners sold American Eskimo pups after the show. Many Eskimo dogs that are alive today can be traced back to this.
Proceeding after World War II and through the years, up to 1995, they were finally recognized by the American Kennel Club as a breed, and still remain a popular breed today.