American Eskimo Dog (Toy) Puppy For Sale in WEST CREEK, NJ
Weight: 17 lbs.
Age: 5 years
Health: No obvious issues found during vet exam
Temperament: Super sweet little boy with a great personality. Would make a good lap dog or walking partner.
Favorite Activities: Sleeping, eating, getting some love, going for walks.
American Eskimo Dog (Toy)
The Toy American Eskimo Dog is a member of the Spitz family. In America, in the 19th century, small, white Spitz-type dogs were found in communities of German immigrants. These dogs are where the Toy American Eskimo Dog comes from. It is believed that they descended from the European Spitzes including the white Keeshound, the white German Spitz, the white Pomeranian and the Volpino Italiano (also known as the white Italian Spitz). The Japanese Spitz may also have been used in his development. Late 19th century they were a very popular choice of dog for use in circus acts. This was because of their beautiful white coat, intelligence, trainability, and their agility. In 1985 the American Eskimo Dog club was formed. In 1995 the breed was recognized by the AKC and classified under the Non-Sporting Group. His AKC popularity in 2007 was 109th out of 157 breeds.
The Toy, Standard, and Miniature American Eskimo Dogs are all identical except for their size, the Toy being the smallest.
He has a medium length, thick, double coat which consists of a dense undercoat and a harsher top coat. His coat comes in pure white and biscuit cream. The dead hairs in his coat naturally fall out.
He is agile and athletic and loves to play games. He can be a bit yappy at times, but he's also an excellent watchdog and will bark to announce the presence of a stranger on his turf. He's protective of his family and it usually takes him a little while to warm up to strangers. He gets along great with children. He is a very high shedder. You'll find a lot of hair on everything in your home; you'll be vacuuming the sofa and floor frequently!
Intelligent, alert, friendly, and eager to please, the Toy American Eskimo loves to be in your company and doesn't do well without lots of love and attention. Lack of stimulation or human company will often cause him to lapse into bad behaviors, like barking, digging, or chewing.
You only need to brush his coat occasionally, but because he sheds copious amounts of hair some owners find themselves brushing his coat daily to reduce hair in the home (what you brush out doesn't end up on your couch or carpet).
He is one of the fastest learning breeds, so training him is easy. He is also great at learning tricks and has often been used as a circus dog.
He has lots of energy and will need to be walked at least a few times per week.
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Questions You Should Ask the Breeder
1. Are the puppies' parents "certified"? This means that certain breeds are often at risk for genetic conditions such as hip problems, heart problems and eye problems. Most of these diseases are inherited, meaning the disease is passed from parent to puppy. Many breeders will have their dogs evaluated and tested for that disease and ultimately "certified" by a veterinary specialist to be disease-free.
2. What are the sizes of the puppy's parents? Know how big the parents are, to get a good idea of how big your puppy will be. Is that the size dog you want?
3. Ask to meet the dogs parents. If possible, meet the puppy's parents. Notice if they appear to be in good health and evaluate their overall temperament. Are they shy, aggressive, or well adjusted?
4. How have they socialized the pups? Have the pups been around other dogs? Other people? Socialization is critical in puppies 6 – 16 weeks old. Proper socialization consisting of good experiences of a puppy with other puppies and lots of different ages, sizes and types of people will give you the best chance at having a well-adjusted dog.
5. What vaccines has the puppy had? How many shots has he received and when will the puppy be due for his next puppy shot?
6. Have the puppies been dewormed? All puppies are born with worms and routine deworming is recommended.
7. Have any of the puppies in the litter been sick? If so, what were the signs, the diagnosis and treatment?
8. What visits has the puppies had with the veterinarian? Have they been examined and declared "healthy"? If not, what problems have they had? Have they been on any medications?
9. What is their guarantee? What guarantee does the breeder give with their puppies? If the puppy is found to have a severe illness, what will they do? This is a difficult topic but one that is a lot easier to cover up front rather than later.
10. Recommendations? Ask the breeder for a couple references of puppy owners that they have sold within the past year. CALL them. Find out if the breeder was fair, if they were happy with their pups, and how any problems were handled.
11. Breeders contract? Does your breeder require a breeder's contract? If so, what is in it? Is the breeder willing to take back the puppy at any time, if you can't keep it?
12. Limited registration. Some breeders require that you spay or neuter your dog by a certain age. If that is the case, that may not be a problem but it is best to know before you get your puppy.
13. What is the family history? Ask if the breeder has information about the breed line. For example, ask how long the dogs have lived and what they have died from. Write it down. This may be important for monitoring your pet as he gets older.
14. What is the breeder currently feeding the puppy? Regardless of what they are feeding, it is ideal to continue feeding the same food for the first few days at home to minimize the risk of gastrointestinal disturbances. If you choose to change the diet, do it gradually.
15. Health certificate and certificate of sale. Ask the breeder if he will supply a health certificate for the puppy issued by his veterinarian. Some states require also a certificate of sale.
16. Does the breeder belong to a breed club? Ask for references.
Get your questions answered and feel very comfortable with your new puppy.