American Eskimo Dog


A member of the Spitz family, the American Eskimo Dog, or “Eskie,” descended from a variety of German spitz, with influences from other spitzes such as the Keeshond and Pomeranian. Known for its beauty, intelligence, and agility, the Eskie was an extremely popular performer in traveling circuses throughout the U.S. Today’s Eskies are primarily companion dogs, although some compete in conformation, obedience, and agility.


Tiny to medium. Toy 9 to 12 inches, Miniature 12 to 15 inches, Standard 15 to 19 nches.


White, white with biscuit cream.


Intelligent, alert, and friendly; trainable and willing to please. Protective and wary of strangers. Not the best choice if there are children or other pets.

Energy level:

High, especially with smaller sizes; mellows with age.

Best owner:

Active owner in a home with a fenced yard.


Daily exercise, fenced yard, patient housetraining, cool climate; brushing and combing twice weekly, more often when shedding.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.