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American Eskimo Dog: Temperament, Grooming, Training Methods and More


General Behavior, Temperament, and Barking Levels

The American Eskimo, also called an Eskie, is usually friendly, playful, and smart. They behave well if trained properly and are keen dogs. This makes them good watchdogs. They bark when needed and are particularly intelligent and alert. If you want your Eskimo dog to bark less, or only bark when absolutely necessary, show them that you don't approve of constant or, if desired, frequent barking. Begin using a key word such as "Stop", or "Be quiet", to let them know you want them to stop barking. Just keep in mind that dogs bark to communicate, and should be, in my opinion, allowed to freely do so. Or, if you're planning on using your Eskimo as a watchdog, they should be able to bark when they feel is necessary, and to alert you of any intruders.

Is the American Eskimo Hypoallergenic?

According to the American Kennel Club, no, Eskimos are not hypoallergenic. They have double coats and shed nearly constantly. Brushing them two to three times weekly can prevent such frequent shedding, but you need to be ready for fluffy white fur on your clothes and furniture. You can also vacuum the house on a daily basis to remove Eskie hair from the carpet and couch. They rarely drool.


Grooming an American Eskimo


You can bathe your Eskie once or twice every month, but if you do it too frequently it can make his/her skin irritated or dry. Use a gentle dog shampoo and lather from your Eskie's ears to tail. Rinse his/her's fur thoroughly and it's optional to dry your Eskie with a towel.


Brush your American Eskimo once or twice every week to get rid of dead or loose hair and avoid matting. So a thorough brush should keep your American Eskimo's coat healthy and beautiful.


Regularly trim your Eskimo's nails whether it's with your everyday nail clippers, or a special nail trimmer. Talk to your vet about how to safely clip your dog's nails.

What Is the Best Training Method For an American Eskimo?

You may utilize clicker training, reward training, and so on, but always remember to use positive reinforcement when training your dog. When your dog performs the desired behavior, immediately reward your Eskie and praise your dog. If you're using clicker training, click once to ensure your dog knows he has performed the trick or behavior you wanted. Every time you click, you should give your dog a treat or other reward to let your dog know that doing whatever it is you're teaching him/her is good. When your Eskie does not do what you want him/her to, don't yell at or punish your dog. Simply ignore bad behavior and tell them "no". Don't reward your dog for undesired behavior, otherwise your dog will assume that misbehaving is a good thing.

The Average Height, Weight, and Lifespan of an American Eskimo


15-19 inches

25-35 lbs

13-15 years


How Do I Make My Eskimo Smell Better?

Okay, so of course bathing your dog can always make them less smelly - but constantly bathing your dog can make their skin dry and/or irritated, and can make them loose the natural oils in their fur. You can use dental treats, regularly brush your dog's teeth, clean your dog's ears, and there are many more solutions. Before brushing your dog's teeth or cleaning your dog's ears, make sure you know what you're doing and check with your veterinarian to learn how to safely and properly do it. You can also make sure that you're properly feeding your dog. If you're not feeding your dog right, it can cause the dog to have gas, bad breath, diarrhea, and/or bloating.

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American Eskimo Information

Can I Afford an American Eskimo?

How much does an American Eskimo cost by itself?

Eskies can cost about $300-$800, however for top quality dogs, you might pay $1,000 or even $2,000.

How much will I spend on dog food?

You could spend $300 or $400 on dog food each year, depending on the size of your dog, which brand you're buying, and how many dogs you'll be feeding.

How much will I spend on dog toys?

Depending on the type of toys you're buying and the quality they are, you should pay about eight to twenty dollars for each dog toy you buy. There are, however, toys that I've seen that cost over $30!

How much will I spend on my dog each year?

According to, the estimated amount of money that average dog owners spend on their dogs every year is $1,500-$9,900, but you can save some money on your dog(s) depending on the stores you buy supplies for your dog from and how many dogs you own.

How much will I spend on vet visits for my Eskie each year?

You should take your dog to have yearly vet visits, or as needed, and also vaccines, dental care, and its optional to take your dog to a special dog groomer. You could spend anywhere from $200 to $1,500 each year on vet visits, and the price could increase if your dog has particular health problems. One or two vet visits per year for wellness checkups (not including dental care, grooming, vaccines, medications and surgeries), it might cost you $200 or $400, but this all depends on the size of your Eskie, if your Eskie develops a health issue, and how often you have to take your Eskie to the vet.


Recap of American Eskimos

American Eskimo dogs are extremely eager to please their owners and are very sociable as long as you introduce them to people at a young age. They're easy to train if you use positive reinforcement and are good watchdogs. They're not hypoallergenic, but to make up for that, they're the most affectionate dogs you'll ever meet! Eskies are also very hyperactive - but if you don't have the time to play fetch or Frisbee, that's okay. Just take your Eskie on a daily walk and they'll be happy. You can even go on jogs or hikes with them. They shed a lot, but if you regularly groom them, it can reduce the amount of fur. You can also cut their coat shorter, but who would want to loose all that fluffiness? Besides, in the winter, you'll be glad you hadn't. They don't usually drool and are great companions.

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