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American Eskimo Dog

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Overview

American Eskimo Dog
American Eskimo Dog (miniature size)
Other names Eskimo Spitz
American Spitz
German Spitz
Nicknames Eskie
Country of origin Germany
Traits
Coat soft
dense
Color white
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)


American Eskimo Dog - American Eskimo Dog
American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog is a breed of companion dog originating in Germany. The American Eskimo is a member of the Spitz family. Despite its name and appearance, the American Eskimo dog is not from Alaska; the dog's heritage is traced back to Northern Europe. The breed's progenitors were German Spitz, but due to anti-German prejudice during the First World War, it was renamed "American Eskimo Dog". Although modern American Eskimos have been exported as German Spitz Gross (or Mittel, depending on the dog's height), the breed standards are actually significantly different. In addition to serving as a watchdog and companion, the American Eskimo dog also achieved a high degree of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s United States as a circus performer.

There are three size varieties of the American Eskimo breed, the toy, miniature and the standard. They share a common resemblance with Japanese Spitz and Samoyed dog.

Miniature American Eskimos, with their high intelligence and inquisitive nature, will love to "investigate". If they find something very interesting they will often want their owner, or handler, to investigate as well, and will at times, not let the "matter" go until the person complies. You will often find this behavior when it comes to children, for instance, if a baby or child is crying, the American Eskimo will want you to see what the problem is and will not stop "worrying" until you do. The American Eskimo being so "tuned in" is one of the characteristics that makes them a desirable breed around children.

History

English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) painted “The Morning Walk” depicting Mr. and Mrs. Hallet, accompanied by their White Spitz, a breed which is amongst the ancestors of the American Eskimo dog. - American Eskimo Dog
English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) painted “The Morning Walk” depicting Mr. and Mrs. Hallet, accompanied by their White Spitz, a breed which is amongst the ancestors of the American Eskimo dog.

The American Eskimo Dog was originally bred to guard people and property and, therefore, is territorial by nature and a valiant watchdog. They are not considered an aggressive breed. But, due to the breed's watchdog history, American Eskimos are generally quite vocal, barking at any stranger who comes in proximity to their owners' territory.

In Northern Europe, smaller Spitz were eventually developed into the various German Spitz breeds. European immigrants brought their Spitz pets with them to the United States, especially New York, in the early 1900s, "all of them descended from the larger German Spitz, the Keeshond, the white Pomeranian, and the Italian Spitz, the Volpino Italiano."[1]

Although white was not always a recognized color in the various German Spitz breeds, it was generally the preferred color in the US.[2] In a display of patriotism in the era around World War I, dog owners began referring to their pets as American Spitz rather than German Spitz.[3]

After World War I, the small Spitz dogs came to the attention of the American public when the dogs became popular entertainers in the American circus. In 1917, the Cooper Brothers’ Railroad Circus featured the dogs.[4] A dog named Stout's Pal Pierre was famous for walking a tightrope with the Barnum and Bailey Circus in the 1930s, and also contributing to their popularity, they sold puppies after the show. Due to the popularity of the circus dogs, many of today's American Eskimo Dogs can trace their lineage back to these circus dogs.[2]

After World War II, the dogs continued to be popular pets. Postwar contact with Japan led to importation into the United States of the Japanese Spitz, which may have been crossed into the breed at this time.[1] The breed was first officially recognized as the "American Eskimo" as early as 1919 by the American United Kennel Club (UKC), and the first written record and history of the breed was printed in 1958 by the UKC.[5] At that time there was no official breed club and no breed standard, and dogs were accepted for registration as single dogs, based on appearance. In 1970 the National American Eskimo Dog Association (NAEDA) was founded, and single dog registrations ceased. In 1985 the American Eskimo Dog Club of America (AEDCA) was formed by fanciers who wished to register the breed with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Following the AKC's requirements for breed recognition, the AEDCA collected the pedigree information from 1,750 dogs that now form the basis of the AKC recognized breed, which is called the American Eskimo Dog. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995. The stud book was opened from 2000 to 2003 in an attempt to register more of the original UKC registered lines, and today many American Eskimo Dogs are dual-registered with both American kennel clubs.[2] The breed is also recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club as of 2006,[6] but is not recognized elsewhere in the world The American Eskimo Dog is not entirely an internationally recognized breed, and since neither of the American kennel clubs are affiliated with the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, fanciers wishing to participate in certain international dog shows will register their American Eskimo Dogs as the very similar German Spitz. This is done only by individuals wishing to participate in dog sports in international shows, and does not mean that the American Eskimo Dog and the German Spitz are the same. Although the American Eskimo is known as the German Spitz in several countries outside of the United States, the two breeds have actually developed somewhat differently since the American Eskimo was relocated to North America, over a century ago. It is not uncommon for German Spitz breeders to incorporate imported American Eskimo bloodlines into their breeding program to broaden the gene pool, and vice versa.

American Eskimo dog with a tennis ball. - American Eskimo Dog
American Eskimo dog with a tennis ball.

Health

The American Eskimo is a hardy breed with an average life span of 16 years. This breed tends to become overweight easily, so proper diet and exercise is needed to maintain an overall well being. Health testing should be performed by all responsible breeders and anyone purchasing a puppy should be aware of the genetic problems which have been found in some individuals of the breed, such as PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), luxating patella, and hip dysplasia). None of these problems are common and the breed is generally very healthy.[7] In addition to the rarer problems mentioned, the breed can have a tendency towards allergies and most commonly, tear-staining. This breed also is known in some cases to have dental issues.[8]

Temperament

The American Eskimo is an affectionate, loving dog. Hardy and playful, they are excellent with children. Charming and alert, because of the dog's high intelligence and its willingness to please, it is easy to train and often rank among the top scorers in obedience trials. American Eskimos like to work. They are naturally wary of strangers, but once introduced they become instant friends. Eskimos need to be part of the family with a firm, consistent, confident pack leader. If you allow the dog to believe he or she is the ruler of your home, many varying degrees of behavior issues will arise, including but not limited to: separation anxiety, obsessive barking, dog aggressiveness, willfulness, and guarding. Without enough mental and physical exercise, they can become hyperactive and high strung, spinning in circles.

Sizes

Toy: 9–12 inches and 6–10 lbs

Miniature: 12–15 inches and 10–17 lbs

Standard: 15–20 inches and 18–25 lbs

See also

References

The International Encyclopedia of Dogs
Anne Rogers Clark:::Andrew Brace:::Renee Sporre-Willes (1995)
Grandly conceived, meticulously organized, and expertly written, The International Encyclopedia of Dogs is the result of a major international collaboration of the world's most respected authorities on dogs. It is a glorious celebration of everything that is wonderful about the purebred dog.In true encyclopedia format, the dog breeds of the world are represented in words and stunning photographs. There are also special chapters filled with invaluable dog lore and advice on important topics applicable to all dogs -- Origins, Genetics, Selecting a Dog, Health, General Care, Feeding, Development and Training, Breeding, The Competitive Dog, and a host of other special features to be used and enjoyed by all.The International Encyclopedia of Dogs belongs in every dog lover's home -- on the bookshelf, the coffee table, or anywhere this brilliant work can tell the story of man's oldest friend.
American Eskimo Dogs (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
D. Caroline Coile Ph.D. (2005)
Despite its name, this small dog is bred mainly as a house dog. It is intelligent, alert, and loves human companionship. Barron's comprehensive series of Pet Owner's Manuals advise both current and prospective owners on the care of virtually every kind of pet, including a wide variety of dog and cat breeds, hamsters and other small caged animals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and even scorpions and tarantulas. The author of each book is a specialist in his or her field, which guarantees readers solid advice and instruction that helps them know what to look for when acquiring a pet, feeding, housing, maintaining health care, and where applicable, grooming and training. All Pet Owner's Manuals are filled with high-quality color photos and informative line art.
Planet Dog: A Doglopedia
Sandra Choron:::Harry Choron (2005)
For some people, the world spins on a slightly different axis, and life is often dictated by a cold nose nudging for a predawn outing, a stray dog hair in your coffee, and that daily race to get home after a long day’s work and be greeted by slobbery kisses.Planet Dog is a jam-packed book of more than three-hundred lists about raising, loving, and living in the world with man’s best friend.Combining the practical, the informative, and the entertaining, this unique encyclopedic treatment addresses not only the care of dogs but also their culture, their competitions, their breeding and behavioral characteristics—even dog people themselves—all in a feisty and easily accessible guide.
  1. ^ a b Clark, Anne Rogers; Andrew H. Brace (1995). The International Encyclopedia of Dogs. Howell Book House. pp. 82, 240–241. ISBN 0-87605-624-9. 
  2. ^ a b c Coile, D. Caroline (2005). American Eskimo Dogs. Barron's Educational Series. pp. 5–9. ISBN 0-7641-2861-2. 
  3. ^ Choron, Sandra (2005) Planet Dog, Mariner Books, p. 163, ISBN 0-618-51752-9
  4. ^ Cooper Brother's Railroad Circus. Circushistory.org. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  5. ^ Breed History NAEDA (earliest records were lost in a fire)
  6. ^ Recognition Of The American Eskimo Dog. Ckc.ca. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  7. ^ American Eskimo Dog. Webvet.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  8. ^ Tear Stains. Eskiedog.org. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
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