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American Eskimo Dogs: the most honest dog breed review you'll ever find about American Eskimo Dog temperament, personality, and behavior.

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American Eskimo Dog breed

American Eskimo Dog Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em

American Eskimo Dog Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

The American Eskimo Dog is happy and high-spirited, a rowdy dog who enjoys vigorous exercise, especially in the snow.

American Eskimo Dogs are very people-oriented and crave a lot of companionship. Without enough activity (physical and mental), this creative thinker becomes bored and mischievous . . . which means destructive and noisy.

Most American Eskimo Dogs are conservative with strangers, keen of eye and acute of hearing, and serious about their watchdog responsibilities, though not usually progressing to the point of aggression. However, early and frequent socialization is required to ensure that their watchfulness does not become suspicion or sharpness.

Most American Eskimo Dogs are fine with other dogs, but can be jealous when other animals get attention.

This breed is smart, learns quickly, and excels at performing tricks, but he is also independent and can be willful. If you don't consistently enforce the rules, an American Eskimo Dog will use his intelligence in clever ways that suit his own purposes.

If you want a dog who...

  • Has that furry "wolfish" or "spitz" look
  • Comes in several sizes, from small to medium-large
  • Plays hard and loves vigorous exercise
  • Makes a keen watchdog
  • Is bright and clever and excels at learning tricks

An American Eskimo Dog may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • High energy level
  • Exuberant jumping
  • Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
  • Suspiciousness toward strangers
  • Heavy shedding
  • Excessive barking, often in a high-pitched voice

An American Eskimo Dog may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

More traits and characteristics of the American Eskimo Dog

If I was considering an American Eskimo Dog, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. American Eskimo Dogs MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and to use their busy minds to do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing. Bored American Eskimo Dogs can make a shambles of your home and yard.

  2. Mind of their own. American Eskimo Dogs are smart and capable of learning a great deal, but they can be very manipulative. Some Eskies are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

    To teach your Eskie to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My American Eskimo Dog Training Page discusses the program you need.

  3. Suspiciousness toward strangers. Standoffish by nature, American Eskimo Dogs need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become suspiciousness or sharpness, which could even lead to biting.

  4. Heavy shedding. American Eskimo Dogs shed a LOT. You'll find hair and fur all over your clothing, upholstery, carpeting, under your furniture -- even in your food.

  5. Barking. American Eskimo Dogs are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. If you work all day, American Eskimo Dogs are not a good choice for you (or your neighbors!). For the same reason, American Eskimo Dogs should never be left outside in your yard, unsupervised. To make matters worse, some American Eskimo Dogs have intense, high-pitched barks that can set your teeth on edge.

book cover To learn more about training American Eskimo Dogs to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book,
Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your American Eskimo Dog the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.

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 healthy American Eskimo Dog puppy. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.

If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the American Eskimo Dog might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.

book cover Once you have your American Eskimo Dog home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.

Please consider adopting an ADULT American Eskimo Dog...

When you're acquiring an American Eskimo Dog PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult American Eskimo Dogs who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

Save a life. Adopt a dog.

Adopting a Dog From a Dog Breed Rescue Group

Adopting a Dog From the Animal Shelter