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Toy American Eskimo Dog

Toy American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog is bred in three sizes. The smallest of the three is known as the Toy American Eskimo Dog. By comparison, the Miniature American Eskimo Dog is medium-sized, and the Standard American Eskimo Dog is the largest of the three sizes. The dog is a breed of companion dog from Germany. Contrary to the name, there’s virtually nothing American about the American Eskimo Dog. This dog breed actually traces its origins to Germany, where it was known as the German Spitz. When immigrants brought it over from Germany in the 19th century, it became known as the American Spitz. The dog was renamed the American Eskimo Dog when prejudice against Germany arose from the occurrence of the First World War.

Breed Characteristics

Preferred Climate:Any Climate
Group:Non-Sporting (Utility)
Life Span:12-16 Years
Nicknames:Toy Eskie

Toy American Eskimo Dog Build Information

As the smallest of the three Eskimo Dog sizes, Toys stand at 9 to 12 inches, and they weigh around 10 pounds. Characterized by a fox-like face, a pair of small pointed ears, and richly plumed tails that carry up over the back, the Toy walks with a distinctive smoothness and alertness. Its voluminous coat—which is white- or white-and-biscuit-colored with no markings—consists of a short dense undercoat and a straight uncurled outer coat.

Length (Male):8-12 in.
Length (Female):8-10 in.
Weight:< 14 lbs
Litter Size:1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

The Toy American Eskimo Dog is a high-energy dog that needs regular exercise and something to do. Otherwise it can get destructive, especially if left unattended for long periods of time. Also, thanks to its thick coat, it thrives especially in the wintertime. Its high sense of loyalty and quick grasp of new tasks enable it to be a terrific trick dog.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Aggressiveness Level:Easy
Dominating or Submissive?:None
Energy Level:Very Active
Good to Other Pets:Friendly
Guardian Skills:No
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


The Toy American Eskimo Dog has an ample double coat that is striking in appearance. Because of the sheer beauty of the dog, regular brushing and bathing is strongly recommended to maintain its appearance.

Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Dense

Toy American Eskimo Dog Common Health Conditions

Like other sizes of this dog breed, Toy American Eskimo Dog tend to develop diseases like hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, progressive retinal atrophy, and juvenile cataracts. Otherwise, though, they are generally healthy dogs.

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Breed Talents and Facts

Due to its origin and naming history, the Toy American Eskimo Dog has also been referred to as the American Spitz, German Spitz or Eskimo Spitz. Affectionate appellations for the dog include “Eskie” and “the dog beautiful”. The American Kennel Club accepted the American Eskimo Dog into its registry in 1994. The dog rose in popularity in circuses throughout the US in the 19th century.

Hunting Companion:No
Jolly for Jogging:Yes
Sighting Capabilities:No
Ideal for Tracking:No
Retrieving Skills:No
Pointing Breed:No
Herding Skills:No
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Security Guard Capable:Yes
Police Performer:No
Wet Water rescues:No
Assist Disable Owners:No
Dog Sledding:No
Able to Perform Dog Carting:No
Fun with Lure Coursing:No
Possible Schutzhund Work:No
Trainable for Tricks:Yes