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American Eskimo Dog Characteristics

The American Eskimo Dog, or "Eskie" as they are lovingly referred to, is a non-sporting breed that comes in standard, miniature, and toy sizes. These absolutely adorable and beautiful dogs are easily trained and very eager to please.  As a result, they fit in with most families and are also very social with other animals.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating

Though commonly confused for a mini version of the Samoyed breed, the American Eskimo breed is much newer and was bred to be an all-around work dog. Originally from Germany, these dogs were brought over in the 1800s and known as the "German Spitz." The easiest way to tell the breeds apart is their size; the American Eskimo is almost always smaller, with the largest versions of the breed nearly matching the smallest examples of the Samoyed.
 
While the toy variety only stands around 9 inches at the shoulder, the standard Eskie can stand around 19 inches tall. Commonly seen in all white or biscuit-colored coats, the friendly temperament and variety of sizes make the American Eskimo a popular choice for those living in apartments or small spaces. Make sure you provide these free-thinking dogs with obedience training and early socialization to ensure they don’t run the house for you!
 
They are very smart and train well, and can be agile with tricks and athletic abilities. They’re sweet, friendly, and extremely affectionate with their families and friends, but might be a bit shy around strangers. Since they’re active and intelligent, it’s a good idea to give them daily exercise and new activities on a regular basis.
 

How dog-friendly is West Virginia?

West Virginia consistently ranks as a pretty great state for dog lovers! Its beautiful outdoor spaces, access to care, and animal welfare laws help give the state good marks. 


We looked at two major studies on pet-friendliness. Both ranked all 50 states by important factors like access to pet care, pet-friendly accommodations, animal cruelty laws, access to dog parks, and more. 


The first, by animal welfare group Pawsafe, ranked West Virginia as the 25th most pet-friendly state. Made it into the top half! 


The second study ranked West Virginia even higher. Safewise, a consumer safety review site, gave West Virginia 13th place in all 50 states. In both studies, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. I


Taking both studies together shows West Virginia to be pet-friendly overall, but leaves room for improvement.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in West Virginia

BringFido lists West Virginia as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 850 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum as popular dog-friendly attractions.


Fifty percent of West Virginia residents own a dog. This is comfortably above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do West Virginians love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in West Virginia are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in West Virginia

West Virginia saved 34,117 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,739 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Twenty-four out of 54 of the animal shelters within West Virginia are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 84%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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