Everything you need to know to buy or adopt an American Eskimo Dog puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting an American Eskimo Dog

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is an American Eskimo Dog the right breed for you?

American Eskimo Dogs: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

American Eskimo Dog Health Problems


Are YOU right for an American Eskimo Dog?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No dogs of the same sex in the household
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your American Eskimo Dog stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, flyball, musical freestyle); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate
  • Trimming – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems American Eskimo Dogs are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with heavy shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your American Eskimo Dog to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the proper Leader-Follower relationship with your American Eskimo Dog, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female American Eskimo Dog?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new American Eskimo Dog be?


Where can you buy or adopt an American Eskimo Dog?

American Eskimo Dogs are moderately popular in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, American Eskimo Dogs rank 122nd. That doesn't sound very popular, but lots more American Eskimo Dogs are registered with the United Kennel Club, as well. You won't have any problem finding the breed.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
American Eskimo Dogs are often available from Dog Rescue groups. Eskies may be turned over to Rescue because they shed too much, or need too much exercise. They might be more active than the owner expected. Barking might be a problem, or dominance issues. Other American Eskimo Dogs are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
American Eskimo Dogs are occasionally found here, but unknowledgable shelter personnel will often label any white spitz-type dog as an American Eskimo Dog, even when it's not. American Eskimo Dog Rescue groups do keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country, and if an Eskie turns up at a shelter, the rescue group does try to move the dog into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy an American Eskimo Dog from a show breeder, who breeds American Eskimo Dogs to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy an American Eskimo Dog from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of an American Eskimo Dog puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips

Also, at least ONE PARENT of an American Eskimo Dog puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called prcd-PRA.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your American Eskimo Dog ends up blind or with hip dysplasia.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
American Eskimo Dogs are sometimes found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

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How to test the temperament and personality of American Eskimo Dog puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered American Eskimo Dog puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.