Name: American Eskimo Dog
Other names: Eskimo Spitz, American Spitz, German Spitz, Eskie
Country of origin: Germany
Size Type: Medium Breed Dogs
Group: Unsportsmanlike dog breeds
Life span: 13 – 15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, Alert, Friendly, Reserved, Protective
Height: Toy 22.9 ~ 30.5cm; Mini 30.5 ～ 38.1; Standard 38.1 ~ 48.3cm
Weight: Toy 3.63 to 4.54 kg; Miniature 4.54 to 8.62 kg; Standard 8.62 to 17.24 kg
Color: White, Cookies
Price of puppies: $500 to $800; $1,500 to $5,500 (for top quality pets)
The American Eskimo dog is a companion dog that demonstrates strength, agility, alertness, and beauty in all its appearance. Small to medium size. The breed belongs to the Nordic type of white or biscuit white dogs. It is compact, well balanced, with good substance, with an agile and bold gait. Nordic type, with triangular ears, slightly rounded at the ends, and characteristic black pigmentation (lips, nose, eyelid margins). The double coat consists of a short, dense undercoat through which a long guard coat grows and which forms an outer layer that is absolutely straight, without the slightest sign of wave or curl. Around the dog’s neck is an even richer and more fluffy collar, which is always more prominent in males than in females. Hindquarters from croup to hock in puffy pants. The richly pubescent tail is carried over the back.
Strong, compact, but not too short articulated body. The length of the body, measured from the point of the shoulder joint to the point of the buttock, is equal to the height at the withers, which determines the square shape of the body. Bitches can be of a more elongated format. The high withers imperceptibly pass into the shortest, straight, wide, and strong back as possible. The loin is muscular and of sufficient length so as not to impede the light, tireless movement, and thrusting force of the hind limbs. The chest is strong, broad, and deep, reaching approximately to the elbows. The ribs are well sprung and already beyond the ninth rib, they begin to climb vertically, providing ample room for the heart and lungs. The belly is moderately tucked up behind the false ribs.
The American Eskimo dog is intelligent, alert, friendly, and somewhat conservative. Overly timid or aggressive individuals shown in show rings should be severely penalized. Thanks to her sonorous bark, warning of an approaching stranger, they make excellent domestic watchdogs. They guard the home and family but do not bite or attack people. She is quick to learn new things and likes to please.