Routine Care: American Eskimo Dogs are smart with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: American Eskimo Dogs often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!
American Eskimo Dogs are clever, highly trainable, and were very popular circus trick dogs in the early 1900's. They still love to learn new tricks!
Good watchdog with a loud bark
Agile, sturdy, and muscular
Highly trainable and eager to please
An affectionate companion and family dog
Requires only moderate grooming
Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing
Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices
Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers
Can be snappy when nervous
Whether you are considering adding a new American Eskimo Dog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Eskimo Dog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Eskimo Dog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an American Eskimo Dog could encounter:
- Hip dysplasia
- Hip necrosis
- Knee problems
- Thyroid disease
- Hypoadrenocorticism (addison's)
- Retained testicle
These highly intelligent dogs were originally bred in Germany as watchdogs. They have a keen sense of territory and property and are valiant barkers, although not usually considered aggressive. They are generally hardy little dogs, but have a tendency to become overweight easily, so proper diet and exercise is a must! A few troublesome genetic problems have been identified. Tear staining and allergies are common. Dental problems typically occur, so start your puppy on a regular dental hygiene program right away!
Consult with a veterinarian if your American Eskimo Dog shows signs of the following:
Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or "bunny hopping"
Increasing hip pain at less than a year old
Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Cloudiness to eye lens