We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige.  Thanks Cindy! We are excited to spotlight your beautiful American Eskimo. Everyone say “Hello” by sending out warm barks and tail wags to Maddie! Maddie was adopted from the SPCA when she was about 3yrs old and she is about 11 or 12 now. It was love at first sight for both Maddie and Cindy!

American Eskimo MaddieHeight: 9-19 inches ( toy, miniature and standard)

Weight: 6-40 lbs ( toy, miniature and standard)

Coat: The American Eskimo Dog has a glorious standoff double-coat. They have a dense undercoat and a long topcoat that combines to create an overall fluffy coat which sheds year round. The outer coat is straight and does not curl or wave. Eskimos are fluffy all over, but they boast a pronounced ruff of fur at the neck and the fur on the tail is also very pronounced. The backs of the front and rear legs are well feathered. This breed is an average shedder that “blows” their coat twice a year.

Color: The American Eskimo dog comes in two colors: white and white with biscuit or cream markings.

Appearance: The American Eskimo Dog, originally called the American Spitz and now also known as the Eskie. Many people think that American Eskimo Dogs are miniature Samoyeds. They have a similar look, but the Eskimos are a breed all their own. They are compact dogs who come in three sizes: toy, miniature and standard. All three versions have the same physical characteristic: wedge-shaped heads, erect triangular ears, fluffy white coats, and large, plumed tails that rest or curl across the dog’s back. Their eyes are brown and they have stark white eyelashes, and their toenails are also white.

Temperament: Happy and always energetic, the American Eskimo dog loves to run, play, learn new tasks and solve problems. As the name suggests, this breed especially loves playing in the snow, so they make a perfect companion for families who live in cooler climates. They are vigilant, with a keen ear, and make excellent watchdogs.

Commonly referred to as the Eskie, this breed is compact and strong. A Nordic type dog, they are exceedingly agile and alert. They are considered to be one of the most intelligent of all dog breeds. The American Eskimo Dog is well balanced, hardy, and known for their longevity. This versatile breed possesses outstanding working skills, and makes a lovely companion.

Bred solely to be companions, the American Eskimo Dog thrives on being part of the family. This charming and playful breed is excellent with children, and loves to be lavished with attention. They are patient and loving with children, and their good nature make them a fine match for first-time dog owners. They are suspicious and wary of strangers and make good guardians of their family and home. They love to bark and will sound the alarm whenever they deem it necessary. This breed does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time or if they are isolated, as they will engage in destructive activities.

Health: The average life span of the American Eskimo is 15-16 years. This breed tends to become overweight easily, so proper diet and exercise is needed to maintain an overall well being.  Although generally very healthy, possible health issues include: PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), luxating patella, and hip dysplasia. The breed can have a tendency towards allergies and most commonly, tear-staining. This breed also is known in some cases to have dental issues.

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