An Overview of the American Eskimo Dog
The Toy American Eskimo dog is known for both its quick learning, intelligence, and friendliness, especially towards children. If the toy Eskimo is going to receive lots of attention and love, they are in their element. If they do not receive their fix for stimulation and attention, they may develop bad behaviors like inappropriate barking, chewing on furniture, or biting.
Behavior common to the American Eskimo Dog
Unlike their standard counterpart, the toy Eskimo Dog is very friendly towards people–even strangers, once they warm up to the idea of someone they don’t know entering their territory. They are fantastic for children, and are excellent watchdogs for if anything goes wrong. They are intelligent, eager, and are generally considered an obedient companion and an earnest listener.
They are agile, athletic, and quick learners, making them top rank of one of the fastest learners for dog breeds. They enjoy learning quirky tricks for treats, and need lots of positive reinforcement.
Appearance of the American Eskimo Dog (Toy)
The Toy American Eskimo dog is about 9-12 inches high, and 6 to 10 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 (Toy)
Because of their long hair, they are more prone to overheating, so ensure that this breed either stays indoors, or is responsibly groomed for the weather.
When grooming a long-haired Eskimo dog, it is essential to start off with a pin brush, removing snarls and mats. It is also recommended to spray lightly with water to avoid static and to reduce the amount of hair breakage that occurs while grooming. 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.
On the other side of things, when the hair is kept long for the winter, the Toy Eskimo Dog is very well-suited.
Grooming is not necessary; however, most owners prefer to, since their hair has a tendency to stick to furniture and stick out with its snow-white prominence.
Despite their size, they need regular walks and exercise every day, otherwise they may develop anxiety from being stuck in one place for too long.
An additional bonus for the toy “Eskie” is that they display no major health issues, except for extreme cases such as “patellar luxation,” which is where their kneecap disks may become displaced. If this is a concern, the dog may be taken to the vet for tests to see if this will become a problem for later in its life.
History of the American Eskimo Dog
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. First starting off as the “standard” size, they were later downsized through breeding, both for fashion and to compensate for the apartment lifestyle that follows the modern man.