American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo

Lively, Active, Family-Friendly

The American Eskimo Dog, or “Eskie,” is a remarkable canine with a white coat, a lovely look, and dark eyes. Admirers refer to it as “the dog beautiful.” They are a Nordic dog breed and a Spitz subspecies.

American Eskimo Dog

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 14-19 inches

Weight

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  • 22-40 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 14 years

Health Risk

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Diabetes

What is it?: 

The glucose-insulin link is dysfunctional in diabetes. Diabetes manifests itself in two ways in dogs:

Insulin-deficiency diabetes: This occurs when the body of the dog does not produce enough insulin. This happens when the pancreas is injured or not working properly. Dogs with this kind of diabetes require daily insulin shots to compensate for the lack of insulin. Diabetes is the most prevalent kind in dogs.

Insulin-resistance diabetes: This occurs when the pancreas produces insulin but the dog’s body does not use it properly. Because the cells aren’t reacting to insulin’s “message,” glucose isn’t being drawn from the blood and into the cells. This kind of diabetes is more common in older, fat dogs.

% of dogs affected

1-5%

Clinical signs

  • Increased urination.
  • Thirst has increased.
  • Appetite growth
  • Muscle atrophy or weight loss
  • Lack of energy.
  • Weakness.
  • Panting and rapid breathing.

Treatment

Diabetes is not treatable or reversible in dogs, however, the symptoms can be treated. Long-acting insulin is the preferred treatment for diabetes in dogs. There are prescription diets that can help with nutritional management, but diabetes in dogs has no chance of being successfully controlled unless insulin is used. A newly diagnosed dog will be given a conventional, weight-based dose of long-acting insulin to be given subcutaneously twice daily with meals. Long-acting insulin means that, while it may take longer to drop blood glucose, it remains in your dog’s system for several hours.

You do not need to monitor your dog’s blood glucose before each medication, as you would with humans, but after at least a week on this regimen, your veterinarian will want to see something called a glucose curve. A dog is fed and administered insulin as usual in the morning and evening, but serial blood glucose levels are collected throughout the day to trend the dog’s response to the insulin. Based on their glucose readings on that curve, their insulin dosage may be modified.

Average Vet Bill

$1000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $900

80% = $800

70% = $700

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Cataracts

What is it?: 

Canines, like humans, develop cataracts as they age. An opaque film grows on the lens of the eye, blocking light. Water and proteins can be found in the eyes of a Lowchen dog. Cataracts, which look like clouds, form when proteins in the eye’s lens begin to clump together. Proteins begin to accumulate and eventually fully cover the lens. Cataracts can emerge suddenly or develop steadily over time, blinding your dog.

% of dogs affected

20-25% (75-80% of dogs develop cataracts if they have diabetes)

Clinical signs

  • Cloudy pupils in one or both eyes.
  • Afraid to jump or climb.
  • Clumsiness.
  • Aversion to entering dimly light locations.
  • Scratching of the eyes
  • Changes in the color or size of the pupils.

Treatment

Once a cataract has formed in a Little Lion Dog, there is just one known procedure that can halt it: surgery. The primary goal is to restore functional vision following cataract surgery.

Cataracts are removed surgically while under general anesthesia. The veterinarian removes the lens and replaces it with a plastic or acrylic lens. Depending on the circumstances, the veterinary ophthalmologist may need to operate on either one or both eyes.

Because diabetic dogs are more prone to cataracts, extra caution and care are essential. Because diabetes can exacerbate and accelerate the development of cataracts at an unusually rapid rate, you must actively monitor your dog for the aforementioned symptoms. Cataracts can form overnight in diabetic dogs and cause blindness. However, cataract surgery has a high success rate, ranging from 80 to 90%.

Average Vet Bill

$5000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $4500

80% = $4000

70% = $3500

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Lively

American Eskimos are extremely playful and full of life. They are always full of life and get excited at the smallest of things.

Active

Eskies are very active. They hardly sit around at one place.

Family-Friendly

Eskies are great around kids. They love their owners and are always eager to please them and need their constant love and attention.

Lifetime Care

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Coat & Colors

The thick undercoat and longer outer coat of the white, fluffy American Eskimo Dog’s double coat are both dense. The hair has no waves or curls and is straight. He has a noticeable ruff on his neck. He is typically either completely white or white and cream.

Hypoallergenic

No.

Grooming

American Eskimo dogs are a petite, hairy breed that may easily get out of control, thus grooming them takes continual attention. These dogs will shed less and keep their hair under control if they are brushed several times a week. 

Training

Due to their innate stubbornness, American Eskimo dogs require training to avoid having an unruly puppy. Don’t demand perfection from an Eskie and keep training enjoyable and humorous.

American Eskimo Personality

An ideal family pet is the American Eskimo. Eskies are extremely devoted to their owners and require their company. Despite their high intelligence, they can be stubborn. They are good watchdogs but have a tendency to bark too much. To avoid becoming unduly suspicious of strangers, they must be socialized with other individuals. Eskies can be properly socialized and introduced to strangers, which makes them more accepting of them.

An Eskie just needs a small bit of exercise, but it also needs a lot of activities to keep it busy; otherwise, it will find something to do. Like any canine with intelligence, they occasionally get bored and may chew or dig to pass the time. These canines are cunning and, if not adequately contained, are capable of escapes akin to Houdini.

American Eskimo Origin

The American Eskimo dog, or “Eskie,” as his admirers affectionately refer to him, has a lengthy and illustrious past. They were frequently observed with German immigrants and were possibly offspring of the white Pomeranian, white Italian spitz, white keeshond, and white German spitz. The American spitz was a name given to these dogs as they are very fast.

These canines were well-liked in circuses and other forms of entertainment doing tricks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These dogs were favorites among the public because of their stunning coat, alert expression, and trainability. As family after the family fell in love with them at the circus, these performing dogs expanded the breed’s appeal.

Conclusion

Dogs of the American Eskimos require interaction with their owners. If they were raised with family cats and other dogs, they tolerate them well. Like most breeds, especially Nordic breeds, the Eskie should not be kept with other pets like rodents, birds, or reptiles. Eskies are great watchdogs and are wary of strangers, but their large size is not a strong deterrent. If they aren’t properly trained, certain Eskies can bark excessively.

The Eskie’s thick coat helps it survive the bitter winters. However, since they enjoy spending time with their family, they shouldn’t only be kept outside. They are a perfect breed for people looking for a small to medium-sized active dog that doesn’t need a big yard and is fine with going for walks and playing fetch. Eskies struggle when left alone for extended periods of time. 

Happy Mood and Health to your Doggo and lots of Love and Licks to you!

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