- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: very alert
American Eskimo Mix Breed Profile
The American Eskimo Mix is a cross between an American Eskimo and another dog breed. Because a mix can inherit any combination of characteristics from their parents, it’s important to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed in the mix.
Should an American Eskimo Mix take after their American Eskimo parent, they’ll be a highly intelligent dog that loves their families and makes a great family pet. They also tend to have a fun-loving and energetic personality.
American Eskimo dogs tend to have a curious and inquisitive nature. This is often paired with a loyal and affectionate disposition. They love to have fun, have a lot of energy, and tend to get along well with children, which makes them a great fit for families.
Because American Eskimo dogs, or Eskies, have a watchdog background, they can be vocal and may have a territorial nature. This makes socialization and training early and often important. Overall, they tend to have a friendly personality even if they are sometimes shy around strangers.
The other dog breed in the mix may be similar or might introduce some other potential traits. Asking the breeder about the other parent breed can give you a good idea of what to expect. You can also meet the mother dog in-person to get an idea of what temperament you’re starting with in your American Eskimo Mix.
Because an American Eskimo is a moderately adaptable dog breed, you should be able to expect something similar in an American Eskimo Mix. Although the American Eskimo does best in a home with a fenced yard where they can run, they can adapt just as well to apartment living as long as they get enough exercise.
They also do not like spending long periods of time alone. By talking with the breeder about the other parent breed, you can get a more defined idea of what to expect in an American Eskimo Mix.
A mixed-breed dog can sometimes avoid inheriting conditions common to their parent breeds, but this is not a guarantee. A mix can inherit the traits from one, both, or neither of the parent breeds. From the American Eskimo side, potential health conditions to be aware of include hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.
As a small dog breed, they are also more prone to developing dental disease, which makes good dental care for dogs even more essential. Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing on issues to puppies. So, don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the other parent breed and the health and genetic history of both of the parents.
Should an American Eskimo Mix take after their American Eskimo parent, they will be a highly trainable dog that can be independent, stubborn, and mischievous. This can be a challenge for first-time dog owners, so puppy training classes are recommended.
These classes tend to be a good idea regardless because they often offer opportunities to socialize a puppy. You do want to make sure you ask the breeder about the other parent breed in the mix as they could introduce traits that make training more or less difficult.
Grooming and maintenance will depend completely on the type of coat your American Eskimo Mix inherits. They could inherit a coat that is exactly like one of the parents or they could end up with some sort of combination of both of them.
If they take after the American Eskimo parent, they will have a dense double coat that sheds moderately year-round with heavier shedding sessions as seasons change. Brushing the coat twice a week, brushing more frequently during seasonal shedding, and bathing occasionally is enough to keep this dog’s coat looking great.
The other parent breed could result in similar, more, or less grooming requirements, so you will want to ask the breeder about them. In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your American Eskimo Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth.
Usually, monthly nail trimming is enough to keep them from growing too long. However, if nails tend to grow quickly or just aren’t wearing down as much, you may need to cut your dog’s nails more often. If you hear their nails clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim!
Although floppy ears are more prone to ear infections than ears that stick up, you will still want to do regular ear checks regardless of ear type. Checking weekly and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections. Plus, if you see anything starting, you can get the vet before it becomes a bigger issue.
Just as you need to care for your teeth and the gums to prevent disease, the same is true for your dog. But, doggie dental care is often overlooked, which is why gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. Brushing your dog’s teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal for helping to prevent painful dental disease later in life.
The American Eskimo is a high-energy dog breed. So, you should be prepared for your American Eskimo Mix to be a high-energy dog regardless of the other parent breed. Daily walks plus some extra activity are usually enough for this small dog.
It’s still a good idea to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed. This will give you a better idea of a potential range of activity level or any quirks you may need to be prepared for in an American Eskimo Mix.
An American Eskimo is a small dog breed that stands 15-19 inches tall and weighs 25-35 pounds fully-grown. But, American Eskimo dogs also show up in Miniature and Toy sizes, which range from 9-15 inches tall and 6-20 pounds.
The American Eskimo parent and the other parent breed can affect this, so you do want to ask the breeder about them. Although it is not a definitive guarantee, you can also meet the mother dog in person to get an idea of what size to expect in an American Eskimo Mix.
An American Eskimo lives for 12-15 years. The other parent breed may affect this slightly, but you should be able to expect a similar life span for your American Eskimo Mix.