The American Eskimo Dog is a loving companion dog who is a picture of strength and agility, alertness and beauty. It is a small to medium-size Nordic type dog, always white, or white with biscuit cream. The American Eskimo Dog is compactly built and well balanced, with good substance, and an alert, smooth gait. The face is Nordic type with erect triangular shaped ears, and distinctive black points (lips, nose, and eye rims). The white double coat consists of a short, dense undercoat, with a longer guard hair growing through it forming the outer coat, which is straight. The coat is thicker and longer around the neck and chest forming a lion-like mane which is more noticeable on dogs than on bitches. The rump and hind legs down to the hocks are also covered with thicker, longer hair forming the characteristic breeches. The richly plumed tail is carried loosely on the back.
Toy: 9-12 inches 6-10 pounds
Miniature: 12-15 inches 10-20 pounds
Standard: over 15 inches 18-35 pounds
Prone to have hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.
The American Eskimo needs long daily walks.
About 15 years.