Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted October 13, 2015
I have found the American Eskimo dog to go to extremes. If you train and socialize them as pups, they are fantastic pets, wonderful with people and quite friendly. However, like many small breeds, they tend to "get away" with a lot of behaviors that people would find unacceptable in a larger dog, and this can make them not so pleasant if they don't have an owner willing to put in time with them. They are quite intelligent and love to learn, so they can be agility dogs as well as family pets. I would take care with children, simply because of their size. If the children are taught mutual respect for the dog, there should be no issues as long as the dog is properly socialized. They do require a lot of grooming, and shed a LOT.