The American Eskimo is a cheerful white dog that looks a bit like a miniature Husky. The exact origin of this companion dog is not known but it is known that it was brought to America by German emigrants in the 20th century. It is a member of the Spitz breed that became popular in the 1930s and 1940s with its circus acrobatics. This Nordic dog breed is strong and compact. Extremely agile and alert, the American Eskimo is considered one of the smartest dogs on earth. Well balanced, with great skills and high longevity, it is a wonderful company for both children and adults.
How Much Does an American Eskimo Dog Cost?
The American Eskimo is less common than other animals, but it’s slowly being introduced to the world of pets. The average cost of an American Eskimo will be anywhere between $620 and $820 and the price of a high-quality dog will be anywhere between $1,550 and $5,250.
American Eskimo dog details
The American Eskimo breed comes in three sizes: ultra-small, miniature, and standard. The ultra-small ones are between 8 and 12 inches tall and weigh about 9 pounds. The miniature ones have a height between 12 and 15 inches, and a weight of about 17 pounds. The standard Eskimo is 15 to 19 inches tall and weighs about 26 pounds.
As you can see, it is a small dog, but cute and with fluffy and white fur. His sharp and alert expression, black eyes, and triangular and always raised ears attract people’s positive feelings, being loved and wanted as a companion.
Because it has the appearance of a Nordic dog, they are built to pull heavy weights and loads. It has a compact constitution, slightly longer than tall. The double fur provides protection against bad weather conditions and snow.
What are the extra costs?
If you will not find an American Eskimo dog at a local pet shop and you will have to purchase it online from some other place, far away from your living place you must consider the travel costs. There are two options, traveling by air or by land.
In case your new pet will travel by plane she or he will need a vaccination certificate, an airline ticket, and a transport crate.
If traveling by land, the dog will need a transport crate as well. So, you should budget anywhere between $30 and $70 for a transport crate.
You can register the dog at the American Kennel Club online through their website before purchasing. With this, you will have health insurance for your dog that will cover up to $1,500 of the medical fees. Also, they will provide you with an official certificate that documents the dog’s ancestry. Or you can choose Reunite registration that offers a custom collar tag and protection for 24/7/365. But it all depends on the type of package you want to buy.
The fur of the American Eskimo dogs requires special attention and you must keep in mind that it leaves very consistent traces of hair. Brushing should be done regularly, about two or three times a week, and should be consistent enough to reduce the amount of hair left in the house. An interesting thing about this breed is that its fur, although white, is easy to clean. This is due to the fat that is found in the fur and that does not allow the dirt to stay on it for a long time. The American Eskimo dog should only be bathed once every few months and more often only if it is very dirty. Bathing too often can cause skin irritation or dryness. Moreover, the American Eskimo does not generally have a specific canine odor.
So, you should budget around $12 for a 20-oz bottle of hypoallergenic dog shampoo and around $10 for the ear powder used after bathing in order to remove the hair from the ear canal.
Also, don’t forget about dental care. It is best to brush your dog’s teeth with a toothbrush every day to remove tartar deposits. Nails should also be cared for at least monthly if he does not naturally peel them while running.
The American Eskimo dog is not generally prone to various diseases, being a robust dog that appeared in a difficult and adverse environment. As specific conditions that can be encountered in this breed:
- eye diseases: cataracts usually appear at the age of 1 to 2 years, also known as juvenile cataracts. It usually does not lead to blindness, but it is recommended that animals with this condition not be allowed to have offspring. Glaucoma is another eye condition quite common in this breed, along with progressive retinal atrophy;
- hip dysplasia most often occurs with the aging of dogs of this breed. It is best to find out if the dog’s parents have suffered or are suffering from such a disease;
- thyroid dysfunction, which is known to lead to hair loss, obesity, lethargy, and other skin problems.
In order to keep you American Eskimo in a good health condition, it is recommended to vaccinate the dog against Parvo, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Distemper, and Leptospirosis. You should budget anywhere between $80 and $110 for these vaccines and around $20 for rabies vaccinations.
Once your dog reaches the age of two years it is recommended to test him for hip dysplasia which costs around $37. Also, when he reaches the age of one year it would be a good idea to go to the vet for a Legg-Calve-Perthes screening which costs around $27.
This breed requires daily stimulation. These dogs are not content with a walk or a game of catch in the yard – they need mental challenges as well as physical effort. Toys and trick training are both fun ways to help keep your dog’s mind busy. So, you should budget around $10 for dog toys and almost $40 for rawhide flips.
Although there is a significant genetic component to diabetes, it is important to provide your dog with regular meals with high-quality food. Free feeding of your dog (providing food at all times) and high-fat diets can contribute to diabetes, even if your dog is not overweight. You should be prepared to spend around $40 for a 25-lb bag of dog food.
Important things to consider
The American Kennel Club is a great resource for finding reputable breeders. The website allows you to search by popularity, location and even has an online store that offers puppies from selected lines as well.
American Eskimo dogs have a very well-developed sense of protection for the house in which they live and for their owners. For this reason, they are always on the alert when a stranger appears at the door or on the perimeter and they will not hesitate to bark to announce it.
A bored Eskimo can become mischievous, mean, and destructive. There are also dogs that gnaw all the time and have been called stubborn. They need daily exercise and they like to travel and run.
How can I save money?
You can save money by adopting an American Eskimo dog as the adoption fees will be around $155 for the old dogs and around $310 for puppies that are 6 to 11 months old. These may be found in the local shelter or rescue centers.