American Eskimo Dog

Image by Cristina Anne Costello
Image by Cristina Anne Costello
Image by Cristina Anne Costello

Breed summary


The American English Coonhounds are deep-chested, sweet-faced athletes with their top speed and endurance. They stretched tightly across the athletic frame is a medium-length coat of various patterns. Their head is broad with a domed skull, with soft ears and dark-brown eyes. The American English Coonhound is popular for its strong but racy body, a deep chest, a strong back, broad loin, and well-defined musculature. They are well-balanced, powerful dog with no exaggerated parts. American English Coonhounds are mellow when off duty, but tenacious and stubborn in pursuit of their ring-tailed prey.



The American Eskimo dog comes in different sizes, including Toy, Miniature, and Standard, which results in a variation in your dog's caloric requirements. The American Eskimo Dog performed on high-quality dog food, which either commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). For example, an adult Eskie with 13 lbs. weight might require 492 to 568 kCal/day to perform their moderate level of activity. Some adult and senior dogs are prone to getting overweight if they continuously fed on a high-calorie diet. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause overweight. Consult with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.



Length: Medium

Characteristics: Double coat

Colors: White

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Health Concerns


Like other small to medium-sized dogs, Eskimo’s are overall healthy breeds. A responsible breeder should check his or her breeding stock for health issues such as hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy regularly. As with all breeds, an Eskie’s ears should be checked weekly to remove debris and avoid a build-up of wax. The dog’s teeth should be brushed regularly to avoid certain dental diseases like dental tarter, halitosis, etc.




Early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended for Eskies. The American Eskimo Dog is the most trainable dog of all breeds. They used to perform in the circus. They are highly intelligent and eager to please and a brilliant companion to humans. They are a quick learner to learn new commands, even just by watching other dogs. An Eskie craves interaction with his owners and will develop problem behaviors if left alone too often for long periods of time.



Like other breeds, the Eskie requires a lot of exercise and mental challenges. An Eskie can quickly become destructive who is left alone or who doesn’t get enough exercise. He shouldn’t be left alone in the yard by himself all day. A securely fenced yard and an assortment of toys will help provide excellent exercise and stimulation to keep an Eskie out of trouble. The Eskie is an indoor dog, and he forms strong interaction with his family.


Country of Origin: Germany

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 122 of 196

AKC Classification: Non-sporting group

UKC Classification: Northern Breeds

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: Male: Toy, 10-12 in.; Miniature, 12-15 in.; Standard, 15-19 in / Female: Toy, 9-12 in.; Miniature, 12-14 in.; Standard, 14-18 in.

Weight: Male: Toy, 8-11 lbs.; Miniature, 12-21 lbs.; Standard, 22-40 lbs / Female: Toy, 6-9 lbs.; Miniature, 10-19 lbs.; Standard, 20-35 lbs.

Physical traits: Medium-sized, Compact, Smooth gait

Personality traits/Temperament:

Playful, Perky, Smart

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

Tendency to Dig: Moderate

Social/Attention Needs: High

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years


Fun fact

The American Eskimo Dog is actually not from America and they are capable of amazing escapes if not properly confined.