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Eskimo Dog, breed of domestic dog introduced to the United States from Germany
in either the late 19th century or the early 20th century. Despite The American
Eskimo Dog resemblance to Inuit sled dog, the American Eskimo dog, nicknamed the
a spitz type of dog, Modern families of American Eskimo Dogs can be traced to the
American Eskimo Dog of the late Stone Age
(about 6000 years ago). American Eskimo dogs are intelligent, energetic dogs
that typically have bright white coats.
The American Eskimo Dog Breed has been accepted into the A.K.C. list of breeds as of October 11, 1994
Most American Eskimo Dogs are registered with the
U.K.C. (United Kennel Club)( U.K.C. Description)
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 with no curl or wave. The coat is thicker and longer
around the neck and chest forming a lion-like ruff, 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.
The American Eskimo dog is a member of the ancient and wide ranging Spitz family of dogs. One 18th century German historian claimed that the Spitz was the ancestor of all domestic breeds. White Spitzes were popular in Pomerania and in the coastal regions of Germany. Sailors traded the white dogs throughout Europe. When Queen Charlotte of England acquired several white Spitzes, the dogs became fashionable among British aristocrats. White Spitzes appear in several Gainsborough paintings.
The American Eskimo dog is a well balanced, typical model of a working type Spitz dog, ranging in size from 11 to 19 inches. The body is well balanced and proportioned, appearing neither clumsy nor racy. The length of back from withers to set-on of tail is equal to the height from withers to the ground. The head is wedge-shaped, with erect triangular ears, and readily distinguished black points (nose, lips, and eye rims) The American Eskimo dog has a thick, white double coat. The chest, neck, and forepart of the shoulders are typically covered with a lion-like mane. The backs of the forelegs are well feathered. The rump and hind legs down to the hock are covered with thick hair that form the characteristic "trousers." The ruff (mane) and long outer guard hairs are typically more profuse on males than females. The tail is richly plumed and carried over the back. With its alert, smooth carriage, the American Eskimo presents a picture of natural beauty, alertness, strength, and agility.
The American Eskimo dog is intelligent, alert, and energetic. This breed is loyal and friendly, but can be conservative with strangers. Overly aggressive or overly shy dogs are penalized.
Head size conforms proportionately to body size. The wedge-shaped head denotes power. The stop is well defined, but not abrupt.
The neck is medium in length, conforming proportionately to the body; strong, carried proudly erect, and blending into the shoulders with a graceful arch.
The shoulders are laid back at an apparent 45-degree angle and are firmly set. The forelegs are parallel and straight, with strong, flexible pasterns to add spring to movement. The elbows are close to the body, turning neither in nor out. Leg length from elbow to ground is approximately equal to half the dog's height at the withers.
The body is strong and compactly built, but not too short-coupled. The length of back from withers to set-on of tail is equal to the height from withers to the ground. Females may be slightly longer. The withers are the highest portion of the backline and blend gracefully into the back. The back is straight, level, broad, and muscular. The loins are well muscled and of adequate length to facilitate the easy rhythmic movement and powerful drive of the back legs. The chest is strong, showing broadness and depth. Depth of chest is at approximate point of elbows. The ribs are well sprung and begin an upsweep behind the ninth rib, which assures adequate room for heart and lung action. The belly has a slight tuck up just behind the ribs.
The hind legs are muscular and of adequate bone to conform to body size. The upper thighs are well developed and muscled. The stifles lay approximately 30 degrees off the pelvis. The hock joint is sharply defined and the hocks are well let down. When the dog is standing naturally, the hind legs are parallel when viewed from the rear, turning neither in nor out.
The feet are compact, oval in shape, and well padded with hair. The pads are tough and deeply cushioned. The feet neither toe in nor out when the dog is standing naturally. Front dewclaws may be removed at the owner's discretion. Rear dewclaws are objectionable and should be removed.
The tail is set moderately high and is covered with long, profuse hair. It is carried over the back, not necessarily centered, when the dog is alert or moving. When the dog is relaxed, the tail may drop. When hanging down, the tail bone reaches to the hock joint.
The body is covered with a soft, thick, short undercoat. Longer guard hair grows through the undercoat to form the outer coat. The guard hair is free of any curl or wave. The mane covering the neck area is noticeably thicker, forming the ruff, which is typically more profuse on males than females. The front of the forelegs are covered with short, smooth hair while the back sides are well feathered. The rump and hind legs down to the hock are covered with thick hair that forms the characteristic "trousers." The tail is richly plumed.
Pure white is most desired. The ONLY other permissible colors are: white with biscuit cream, and cream.
Miniature American Eskimo dog:Males from 12 inches up to and including 15 inches;
The American Eskimo dog is a trotting breed. The dog does not pace at a trotting speed. The stride is quick, agile, and well timed. The gait, viewed from the side, is efficient, balanced, and vigorous, showing good reach in the forequarters matched with a strong rear action drive in the hindquarters during the trot. When walking, the dog will not single track, or brush, but as speed increases, the legs gradually angle inward until the pads fall on a straight line directly under the longitudinal center of the body. When moving, the topline remains strong, level, and firm.
Any departure from the ideal described in this breed standard is faulted to the extent of the deviation. Structural faults common to all trotting breeds are undesirable in the American Eskimo, even though such faults may not be specifically mentioned herein.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Blue eyes. Albinism. Blindness. Deafness. Any color other than those stated above. Any alterations of the dog other than allowed by the standard.