The American Eskimo can be traced to the peat dog, a breed that lived among the New Stone Age lake dwellers. They are one of the oldest breeds. Belonging to the “Spitz” group, they are descendants of the White German Spitz dogs. It is speculated they arrived in the United States in the 1600′s. Early on they were known as the American Spitz, but changed their name in 1917 to the American Eskimo Dog, or “Eskie”. In 1985 the American Eskimo Dog Club of America was formed.

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