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Eskimo puppies make good pets

The American Eskimo Dog is oftentimes called a Spitz in the U.S.. The American Eskimo Dog is an enjoying, alert, strong, highly intelligent, friendly, and curious companion. She makes an excellent protective dog however is controlled to be not threatening or aggressive. It has a cream straight outer coat, with a dense undercoat. There is a lion-mane feature as the coat is longer and thicker around the chest and neck and has a strong tail carried on the back. You would not see any blue eyes in this breed as it is considered a defect or a problem of ill health.

She will set well in any household as long as she can get frequent long walks. She was carefully bred to be a house dog and they need plenty of family attention. She is excellent with children but of course, never leave very young children alone with any dog for any length of time without adult care. The Spitz relates to a group of breeds and not just an individual breed.

It is a variety of breeds including the Samoyed, Pomeranian, Finnish Spitz, Siberian Husky and Shiba Inu. They can typically live 12 to 14 years with the right nutrition and care. There are also cases of these pets living over 20 year life spans. There are three sizes of the American Eskimo Dog labeled as Toy, Miniature and Standard. The Toy goes from 9 to 12 inches to the withers (which is the tallest point of the back), the Miniature runs 12 to 15 inches to the withers and the Standard runs 15 inches to19 inches to the withers.

The American Eskimo Dog, similar to many great dogs, are vulnerable to patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, flea allergies, hot spots, epilepsy, cataracts, and Leg-Calve-Perthes Disease. They have no allowance for fleas and can develop extreme flea allergies which can result in painful skin lesions. Their skin is commonly dry so they do not need to be bathed more than once every two or three months.

Also all dogs should have their teeth brushed once a week. The thick coat is easy to groom and remember to brush two times a week with a strong bristle. They are a medium shed class, usually one in May or June and then again in November and December. Many owners use an undercoat rake to groom which is available on line or check your main pet stores.

The American Eskimo Dog derives from the ancient Spitz family. They are renowned as the German Spitz in Germany. Acclaiming from the coastal regions of Germany, these dogs were once traded throughout Europe in the past. When this family dog came to America along with German immigrants, they were used as family pets, watch dogs and circus animals.

Circuses would sell puppies of this breed after performances and that was how they spread throughout America. They became popular during the 1930's and 1940's. Since we were at war with Germany, they were renamed during World War I. They were given as a breed in 1913.

They can be quite protective but rarely will they bite. They groom themselves. They love to bark and is susceptible to weight gain. They can respond very poorly to harsh treatment and can take a bit long to mature. They must be trained early as a puppy to be more effective later on.

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