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About The American Eskimo Dog Breed


The American Eskimo is a breed of dog in the Spitz family that originated in the peatlands about 6,000 years ago. Dogs in the Spitz family are known as Scandinavian breeds, including the Pomeranian, Samoyed, Keyshond and Arctic Sled Dog. These include the Pomeranian, Samoyed, Keyshond and Arctic Sled Dog. They have wolf-like characteristics, with pointed ears and a double coat.


The American Eskimo dog is a descendant of the Spitz breed, which developed about 700 years ago on a lake in Switzerland. The American Eskimo dog is descended from a breed of Spitz that developed on a lake in Switzerland about 700 years ago, became known as the German Spitz, and came to the United States in the early 1900s. German Spitzes come in two different sizes. The large Spitz, which measures 16 inches at the shoulder, is the breed that became known in the United States as the American Eskimo Dog. The Kleinspitz is a smaller German Spitz, with a maximum shoulder height of 11 inches.


The United Kennel Club (UKC) first registered the American Eskimo Spitz in 1913. In 1923, the UKC renamed the breed American Eskimo. The first American Eskimo to win a Grand Show Championship was in 1978; in 1981, he became the first American Eskimo to win both the UKC Grand Show Champion and the UKC Obedience Award, and was named PR Tank Igle Sweetlove.


From the 1920s through the 1950s, when the circus was a popular form of entertainment, American Eskimos were circus performers. They danced to music, performed with clowns and ponies, did tightrope acts and swung between the wheels of wagons.


This story explains why the American Eskimo could climb rocks with ease and effortlessly learn and perform tricks for his masters and mistresses. In fact, Eskimos have been known to teach each other tricks or invent their own to please their masters.


The Breed Standard :


For more information on the American Eskimo Dog breed standard, check out the definition of the breed standard provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC). This includes general appearance, size, proportions, substance, head, neck, topline, body, front legs, back legs, coat, color, gait, temperament and unfitness.


As of March 1, 2006, the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognizes the American Eskimo Dog as a breed. The CKC also recognizes the Japanese White Coated Spitz, which is very similar to the American Eskimo.


Three Different Breed Sizes :


The American Eskimo comes in three different sizes. The largest is the standard size, which ranges in size from over 15 inches to 19 inches at the shoulder. The miniature size is over 12 inches to 15 inches at the shoulder and the toy size is 9 inches to 12 inches at the shoulder.

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