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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

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Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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American Eskimo Dog Temperament and Dog Breed Information

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American Eskimo Dog Temperament

The typical American Eskimo Dog personality is bright, eager to please, busy and fun-loving, but also independent and tenacious.

 They are the most biddable of the spitz breeds, and, like all spitz love cold weather.Eski’s make very good companion dogs for individuals and families alike.

The American Eskimo dog temperament is very people orientated, they crave affection and companionship , and if they don’t get enough of either then they can get into all sorts of mischief or engage in destructive behaviour.

Eski’s that are well loved, well exercised and  well trained are the perfect companions, loyal to a fault and will strive to please their owners. They might need to be kept in line from time to time but on the whole their temperament makes this an ideal breed for the novice dog owner.

Description The American Eskimo Dog is a small-to-medium-sized breed that is known for its stark white to cream-colored coat. It looks a great deal like a small Samoyed, but comes in three different sizes: The toy, miniature and standard.

Children: American Eskimo Dogs prefer adults to children and whilst they will accept well behaved or older children, they will certainly not tolerate being poked at or annoyed by unruly toddlers. Excitable children are also likely to make your Eski over excited and hyper.

Craving the attention for themselves, Eski’s can become jealous of the bonding and affection between parents and their kids particularly babies .

Why not check out some dog breeds that are particularly good with children.

Grooming: The American Eskimo is renowned for its rather thick snow-white or cream-colored coat. Whilst easy to groom it does need to be done thoroughly and often! Requiring full grooming at least twice a week to maintain its appearance and keep its coat free from mats.

When it is shedding, a daily brushing is in order. The breed is considered "average" on the shedding scale.

‘Eski’ Information and  Breed Notes

The American Eskimo Dog  or ‘Eski’ derives from any number of German Spitz varieties and other Spitz types such as Keeshonds and Pomeranians, that were brought to America during the turn of the 20th by migrant workers. By the1920’s, and a lot of cross mixing later, the American Spitz as it was known had became a firm  favourite in the circus ring, as their intelligence and agility made them star performers, able to pull off any number of tricks and turns with great aplomb. Eski puppies were literally sold on the door to eager punters and most of today's breed are able to can trace their ancestry right back to these early circus dogs.

The breed name was changed after World War 1 to American Eskimo because Spitz sounded too German, and despite being very popular was only recognised by the AKC in 1994. There are three sizes of Eskimo dog: Toy, miniature and standard.

The American Eskimo Dog Temperament Is Alert, Active, Affectionate And Courageous

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Exercise: The American Eskimo personality is full of energy  and requires enough daily exercise to keep them from getting noisy or destructive. -Eskimo’s tend to bark excessively if allowed.

Tiring them out with a good exercise routine can help prevent chewed furniture, shoes and so on. It can also help prevent neighbours from complaining about excessive barking, especially as this is one breed which is considered quite suitable for apartment living.

Training: These dogs are quite intelligent and they love to please, but not all of them enjoy working! Meaning training can be a bit of a struggle at times. Once you have their attention they learn their lessons easily and are capable of performing all sorts of tricks and tumbles to entertain the family.

Watch out though, these are sassy little dogs and they are good at reversing the training back onto their owners without their owners even being aware of it.

Some Eskis are particularly difficult to house train.

Protection This breed has a natural mistrust of strangers and makes a very competent guard dog,they have been known to refuse entry to those they do not know, though not aggressive they will protect their family home and will bark.

Ideal Eskimo Owners are active, patient and calm who have plenty of time for grooming , play and activity with their dog.

Not recommended for absent owners, lazy trainers or small unruly children.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. ,For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

Life span: 13-15 yrs

Group: Non-Sporting

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Size: toy, small , medium

Avg Height: Toy 9-12 inches (23-30 cm), Miniature 12-15 inches (30.48-38.1 cm), Standard 15-19 inches (38.1-48.3 cm)

Avg Weight: Toy 6-10 pounds (2.72-4.53 kg), Miniature 10-20 pounds (4.53-9.07 kg), Standard 18-35 pounds (8.16-15.87 kg)

Coat Type:Long, Medium

Colouration:snow white, cream, biscuit

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