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American Eskimo Dog

  Playful, Perky, Smart


The American Eskimo Dog is a descendent of the European Spitzes and its name has nothing to do with Eskimo culture. An agile dog on the smaller side (9”-19”), the American Eskimo Dog is a quick learner and eager to please. They are friendly, but also natural watchdogs and protective of their families. Their coats are beautiful, but sheds, and requires regular brushing and bathing.

Breed Notes: Playful, Perky, Smart

Famous American Eskimo Dogs and their Owners:

  • Pierre, a beloved performer in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, became the first dog to walk a tightrope in the 1930s.  .

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - American Eskimo Dog


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