The American Eskimo Dog is intelligent, alert, and friendly. They are generally very high energy dogs andÿneed regular outdoor time in order to release the extra energy!!ÿAt home it is an excellent watchdog, sounding a warning bark to announce the arrival of any stranger. It is protective of its home and family, and may be aggressive toward strangers if not trained properly from puppyhood. However, it takes to training well, so excessive barkingÿand/or agressive behaviors can be changed easily with positive re-enforcement.
Due to the thick double coat it is difficult to properly brush this dog if it is not done regularly. A through brushing at least once a week willÿsuffice until shedding season, at which time your dog will need a quick brushing once a day to remove theÿever growingÿamount of dead hair. If you only brush the top of the dog, they will be matted in the underarms, behind the ears, and the stomach.ÿA slicker brush and a metal comb are recommened tools. Regular nail trimming and bathing are required. Brushing must be done before and after bathing to prevent drain colgging and also matting of the dog. Blow drying is 100% nessicary to prevent hot spots or other skin infections.
There are no major concerns within the breed but some things to keep an eye on: Hot spots (if they occur), Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Fleas under their thick coat which could cause dermatitis.