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Eskies have been known to engage in behaviours that are almost cat-like, including licking their paws and catching objects with their front paws.
American Eskimo Dog (standard)
The best thing about a man is his dog. – French Proverb
The American Eskimo Dog, or Eskie is a member of the Spitz group, one of the most ancient of the dog families. “Spitz” is German and means “sharp point” and refers to the shape of the muzzle.
The Eskie is a descendant of the White German Spitz dogs who date from the late Stone Age.
Around the time of the First World War, the name was changed to American Eskimo Dog as a reaction to the tense political climate. From their earliest times, these dogs have been guardians of human settlements against unwelcome animals and people.
Photos displayed courtesy of Wanda Pepin, Phantomrun, Ontario
The Standard American Eskimo Dog is the largest of the three types of Eskie and stands between 15 and 19 inches (38 to 48 cm) high at the shoulder. He has a thick, fluffy, white, double coat and carries his tail curled up over his back. The Eskie’s coat has a natural oil that repels dirt, and he has no body odor. He is a clean living dog and is even known to wash his face like a cat. Be prepared for Spring shedding – these dogs “blow coat”!
Specifically bred to guard people and property, the Eskie is alert and territorial. As such, he makes an excellent watch dog. Accustomed to eating and sleeping close to his people, this dog bonds very closely with his family and is happiest when in the family circle. The Eskie is noted for being gentle and playful with children. He is not an dog to be left alone for long periods. A lovable and friendly dog of high intelligence, the Eskie is easy to train and has been used in rodeos and circuses where their eager-to-please personalities were popular with the crowds.
A lively, eager dog, the Eskie has a high activity level and requires regular exercise which should include long walks. He also enjoys active play and some rough housing. Properly trained and socialized, the Eskie is good with children and other pets.