American Eskimo Dog (Toy)

Ease of Training
Guard Dog


  • He probably descended from the European spitzes: the white German Spitz, white Keeshond, white Pomeranian, Volpino Italiano, and possibly some Japanese Spitz
  • In the 19th century in the United States small spitz-type dogs were found in German communities, these became known as the "American Spitz" (known know as the American Eskimo Dog)
  • He was frequently used in circus acts in the late 19th century because of his agility and trainability

Personality and Behavior

  • He thrives on love and being part of the family
  • He is friendly, intelligent and alert
  • He is very eager to please and learns commands quickly
  • He is excellent at learning tricks
  • He makes a good watchdog and will raise the alarm if he sees or hears a stranger at the door
  • He can be quick to bark and needs to be told when to stop
  • He is protective of his family but won't bite or attack
  • He is highly agile and loves to play games


  • He's easy to train because he learns commands at an above average rate.


  • He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.

Grooming / Maintenance

  • His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).

Other varieties

  • He comes in three sizes: Toy American Eskimo Dog, Miniature American Eskimo Dog, and Standard American Eskimo Dog


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