This medium sized breed is intelligent, agile, and has a title degree of what’s called “desire to please”. Given their showy white coat, these dogs soon became a favorite of traveling shows, because unlike Poodles, they did not need to be groomed, or clipped, every 2–3 months, and were easily maintained. And they puppies were easy to sell, because they looked like tiny white Polar Bears, were incredibly cute, and this fed into the name of American Eskimo Dog. As with all dogs, the American Eskimo Dog does best with early training. Start at 10–12 weeks. This is NOT a guard dog and should not be used as such! The American Eskimo Dog is a very friendly, social dog, and pack oriented. This dog will suffer greatly if left alone for hours on end. They desire company all the time. Other than that, these dogs make delightful companions, are good with children, and make great pets!
I have a small Eskie; she’s about 11 lbs. She’s 13 now, but when she was very young I had concerns about socialization. At the time I was an assistant principal in a high school, so I brought her to work with me the first 2 months that I had her. From a young age, she was acclimated to a lot of title and lots of handling by strange people. As a result, I have the only Eskie that my Vet enjoys seeing; he says she is the only one in his practice that hasn’t snapped at him. These dogs were “hot” about 10 years ago, but there were some issues. Aggression and incessant barking were the two I heard most often. I see far fewer these days. An Eskie is not a good choice for a beginner, in my opinion. Of course, it depends on the dog, but the odds are not in your favor. Your were given excellent advice already: adopt a shelter dog. Much less expensive, some training in place, and it’s a good deed that usually comes with a terrific reward.