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The American Eskimo Dog ("Eskie" for short) is a medium-to-small thick-coated dog that is always pure white or cream colored. The breed comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The breed standards of the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC) vary; but Standard Eskies are generally 15" to 19" tall at the shoulder and typically weigh up to 30 pounds. Miniatures are around 12" to 15" tall at the shoulder and usually weigh up to 20 pounds. Toy Eskies, which are recognized by the AKC but not the UKC, are around 9" to 12" at the shoulder and weigh up to 10 pounds. Male Eskies tend to be larger than female Eskies and have thicker fur. American Eskimo Dogs are part of the "Non-sporting" AKC breed group, but they are really a Northern or Spitz breed, often mistaken for a sled dog breed. Other Spitz dog breeds include the Keeshond, the German Spitz, the Japanese Spitz, and the Pomeranian. The Eskie used to be known in North America as the White Spitz, and is still referred to as the Spitz or Eskimo Spitz in some regions. The American Eskimo Dog, like most Spitz breeds, is very close in appearance to its wild canine cousins. Eskies have very thick coats with a thick mane of fur around the neck, a foxlike head with short, erect ears, a heavily plumed tail carried over the back, brown eyes (never blue), black skin around the eyes and mouth, and black noses. Pink mouth, eye, and nose skin is not uncommon, but is not acceptable by either the AKC or UKC breed standards. The skin underneath their fur is typically pink, and dark freckles are not uncommon. Some Eskies have a tendency toward tear stains underneath their eyes. This is sometimes caused by blocked tear ducts, but is usually just a cosmetic concern and is not condemned by either kennel club. Cream or biscuit-colored patches of fur on an otherwise all-white coat are common and are permissible by the breed standards.

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American Eskimo Dogs are among the most intelligent of the dog breeds. They have problem-solving capabilities, are very independent thinkers, and are easily bored. Eskies are generally very cheerful, hardy, rowdy, playful, nosey, affectionate, and don't recognize the fact that they are small dogs. They crave attention and must be made members of the family or they can become problematic. They are mischievous tricksters, and many owners describe them as having a sense of humor. Most Eskies are very friendly and outgoing with family members and people they know, but tend to be reserved and suspicious around strangers. Eskies are also very vocal; many owners claim that their Eskies try to "talk" to them. The breed is a very good and devoted watchdog, and is commonly used as such, but it can become a problem barker if left alone for too long. Eskies take their watchdog duties very seriously. Most of them are also avid chewers and need a constant supply of chew toys. Most Eskies are excellent with children, other dogs, and cats (though no dog of any breed should be left unsupervised with a young child) as long as the Eskie is exposed to them at a young age. Eskies are somewhat predatory, though, so they need to be watched closely around rodents, birds, and other small pets. Eskies tend to be energetic, and young dogs should be kept busy or they can become mischievous and destructive. Crate training and obedience training are highly recommended. Older Eskies are usually more sedate and become more affectionate with age, preferring to be petted or cuddled over running around. Many American Eskimo Dog owners keep more than one Eskie so the dogs can keep each other entertained, though lone Eskies do very well in busy households. Eskies make excellent apartment dogs as long as they are walked regularly and given plenty of opportunities to exercise. Eskies do shed a lot, and they require frequent brushing to prevent matting (especially behind the ears) and to cut down on the shedding. Their fur should never be clipped or shaved except for medical reasons. The Eskie is amazingly easy to keep clean despite being a white dog.

Eskielovers Mission Statement

Eskielovers is a not for profit organization. Our mission is to encourage responsible pet ownership. Our goal is to reduce the need for animal rescue by increasing informed decision making regarding pet adoption and responsible pet ownership. Our methods of accopmlishing this mission are as follows: 1. Educate the public about the American Eskimo Dog so people will fully understand what they're commiting to when they take an Eskie into their hearts and homes. 1.1 Educational tools include developing and maintaing a web site strong in public interaction to provide information and support to pet owners; promoting websites that contribute to the sharing and encouragement of responsible pet ownership; seeking out and becoming involved in activities that provide a forum in which to teach such as rallies and animal related organization open house events; and distributing printed publications regarding responsible pet ownership. 2. Rescue Eskies that have been abondoned or surrendered. Eskielovers works cooperatively with a number of other animal rescue organizations to facilitate rescue needs. We get Eskies out of pounds and shelters as quickly as possible to help avoid development of health and behavioral problems and possibly even death. 3. Fundraising to support Eskielovers includes but is not limited to donations, sales from The Eskie Shoppe, raffles, auctions, and website promotion and hosting.

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