Around the time of the First World War, the name
was changed to American Eskimo Dog as a reaction to the tense political
climate. From their earliest times, these dogs have been guardians of
human settlements against unwelcome animals and people.
The Standard American Eskimo Dog is the largest of the three types of Eskie and stands between
15 and 19 inches high at the shoulder. He
has a thick, fluffy, white, double coat and carries his tail curled up
over his back. The Eskie's coat has a natural oil that repels dirt, and he has no body odor. He is a clean living dog and is even known to wash his face like a cat.
Be prepared for Spring shedding - these dogs "blow coat"!
Specifically bred to guard people and
property, the Eskie is alert and territorial. As such, he makes an
excellent watch dog. Accustomed to eating and sleeping
close to his people, this dog bonds very closely with his family and is
happiest when in the family circle. The Eskie is noted for being gentle and playful with
children. He is not an dog to be left alone for
long periods. A lovable and friendly dog of high intelligence, the Eskie is easy to train and has been used in rodeos and circuses where their eager-to-please
personalities were popular with the crowds.
A lively, eager dog, the Eskie has a
high activity level and requires regular exercise which should include
long walks. He also enjoys active play and some rough housing. Properly
trained and socialized, the Eskie is good with children and other pets.