The American Eskimo dog, often called the ‘Eskie,’ is known for its fluffy white coat and charming personality. Despite its name, this breed has German origins and was only introduced into American in the 19th Century. They have nothing to do with the indigenous people of Siberia and Alaska! They are closely related to the German Spitz, White Pomeranian and White Keeshond, and come in three different sizes.
Eskies are highly intelligent and eager to please, making them easily trainable and suitable for obedience and agility shows. In the past they were used as circus dogs, trained to perform tricks like jumping through hoops and tightrope walking.
Their thick double coat requires regular brushing to prevent matting, and they shed a great deal. They do not tolerate heat well, and need to be kept cool and given plenty of shade and fresh water to drink in hot weather. They are known for their alertness and make excellent watchdogs, but they have a tendency to bark a lot. American Eskimo dogs are well-suited for families who can provide constant companionship and the mental stimulation and exercise they need.
These dogs can be reserved around strangers, so early socialisation is essential. Their high intelligence can lead to boredom if not mentally stimulated, potentially causing non-stop barking and destructive chewing and digging behaviour.
There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your American Eskimo dog, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.