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BSK Breed Index: The American Eskimo Dog

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Height: 15 - 19in

Weight: 18 - 35 pounds

Litter Size: 3 - 5 puppies

Temperament: Friendly

Intelligence: High

Classification: Non-Sporting

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The American Eskimo Dog

Despite the name, the American Eskimo Dog had nothing to do with the eskimos or eskimo culture. The American Eskimo originated in Germany and was originally called the "German Spitz". Recently they have been used as watchdogs, guard dogs, agility dogs, and other competitive performance dogs.

American Eskimo Dog Fun Facts

  • The American Eskimo is related to the Keeshond, Samoyed, and pomeranian.
  • American Eskimos often rank among the top scorers in obedience trials.
  • As an act of patriotism in WWI, many American Eskimo owners began calling their German Spitz "American Spitz".

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