The dense, profuse coat is relatively easy to keep, but it’s a shedder.
Intelligent, alert and friendly, the American Eskimo Dog is also an excellent watchdog, protective of his home and family. The Eskie learns quickly and is eager to please his owner, but requires daily exercise. Their voluminous coat sheds and needs to be brushed and bathed on a regular basis.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. American Eskimo Dogs come in a variety of sizes from toy to small to medium and they have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
With a dense undercoat and a longer outer coat of guard hairs they are heavy shedders. Weekly brushing is recommended to control shedding and keep the Eksie’s coat neat and free of mats. Trim nails on a regular basis to keep their feet in good condition. Check their prick ears regularly for any accumulated dirt, wax or debris that make get stuck in their thick hair that covers the ears. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Back when traveling circuses, vaudeville troupes, and Wild West shows crisscrossed the map entertaining pre-electronic America, Eskies were mainstays of trained-dog acts. The intelligence, agility, and showy looks that charmed old-time audiences are today enjoyed by pet owners looking for friendly, fun-loving companions. Eskies are social animals and can develop problem behaviors when neglected or undertrained—they insist on being fully part of family life. Among the most trainable of breeds, the clever, kid-friendly Eskie practically invented the phrase “eager to please.”
American Eskimo Dog &HEALTH
Health is always an important issue to consider. In general, the American Eskimo dog is a relatively healthy breed that lives a long life. There are two health concerns known to occur in the breed. There are late onset Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and hip dysplasia. Health screening tests are available for both of these issues to aid breeders in making choices to help reduce the risk of producing the problems in their puppies.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an American Eskimo dog can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns that exist within the breed. Visiting the national breed club’s website is a great place to start your canine health education for a particular breed.