I am interested in getting an Eskie. I have read everything I can on them and an Eskie seems to be the perfect fit for my family. Though I have researched quite a bit, I was hoping I could get some hands on info. from Eskie owners. Is there anything in particular I should know about the Eskie that is not in books. From what I understand, they are a great family dog and easy to train. Could anyone give me any further advice or info. on the Eskie please. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
ooooo this is fun, this is the first time i've been called out directly LoL.
Well its true they are a wonderful family dog, extremely loyal. One of the types that will follow you all around the house and yard while you work/clean. They are also just as content when left to just be dogs in the yard all day. They are warry of strangers by nature so barking is deffinately something to consider. If you can't stand a dog that barks then please don't get an eskie. They are vocal!
Also something to be aware of is submissive urination, which occurs in plenty of dogs no matter the breed but i have run into it many times with eskies specifically. So i advise being careful not to pick the submissive pup of the litter, that will help lower your chances of running into that problem.
A good brushing is required almost every day during a shed. But otherwise you could do it maybe once a week and that would be fine. Vaccuming every other day will keep the long white hairs of your clothes for the most part LoL.
Ah and one other thing to consider they are HIGH energy. I've come accross some that are nuts! Running around full speed jumping all over the place. BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE! So when you look at puppies be sure to meet the parents to see that they are not the crazy hyper type. A breeder's dogs should be well trained and controlable around visitors. Just because the breed is high energy does not mean that they are all crazy dogs, they can be very calm to until it comes time to play and then they really enjoy a HIGH speed run/chase.
What size are you thinking of getting? Anything else you'd like to know? I wasn't sure what else to write about.
***Edited By: lovebug on 9/4/2006 7:34:33 PM*** Reason: typo
Hi Lovebug, Thank you so much for responding. I like the idea of high energy. I love to go for walks and such and like to run around outside for excercise, so I would benefit as much as the Eskie. I like the idea of a loyal companion. I have 2 dogs now, a Yorkie and a chihuahua. I love them dearly, but I cannot go running and play with them the way you would a bigger dog. They are both around 3 lbs each and just the cutest babies. But, I would like to add a dog that is a bit bigger to the family. I am thinking maybe an Eskie who is a little older, she does not need to be a puppy, but I am concerned with socialization. Everything I have read says an Eskie MUST have socialization as a puppy to be good with kids. I have 2 - a 9 yr old and 14. What signs do I look for in an older dog, say 1 - 3 yrs. to know that it has been properly socialized??? And again, thanks so much for responding. I am so excited.
For your eskie loving viewing pleasure here are the links to my past puppies photo albums. Most buyers give me updated pictures every so often so there are some puppies in these albums that you get to see grow up. Enjoy the fuzzy whiteness :)
Well you'll want to have to dog meet your children before commiting to buying/adoptiing said eskie. It is normal for one to be afraid at first, a little standoffish and it will likely bark some like i explained before. But after a few minutes of talking calming and holding your hand out for sniffing the dog should warm up, if there is growling or snapping just leave because that dog could easily be a fear biter which is very common with unsocialized eskies!!
I also highly advise you to have said eskie meet your other dogs too. I raise pomeranians along side my eskies so i know first hand they can be wonderful friends but they could also kill my poms if they wanted to. Bringing an unfamiliar adult dog into your home could cause dominance issues and you sure wouldn't want your eskie biting your tiny dogs. When meeting your dogs there will ofcourse be the usual butt sniffing but everything should be friendly, if there is growling or snapping from any of the dogs move onto the next eskie you find. Its not worth the trouble that it might bring into your home.
Also like i mentioned before, when looking for an adult dog you might run accross several that are very friendly with you when you meet but they peed when you first petted them. Don't let someone tell you that "its just from excitement". Submissive urination is all to common in eskie to just brush it off as excitement. And its a big pain in the butt when you get a dog that won't stop doing it, you love them so much but everytime you touch them they pee!! They can't help it, they think you're God. Its hard to train out of them, some never stop completely, but there are techniques that help.
Thank you so much Lovebug for all your advise. I feel I have really learned something. I had no idea about the submissive urination. And thank you also for the tips on what to look for in an older dog. You have helped me out so much. I really do appreciate it. Thanks again. Jane
an eskie is an american eskimo dog i have two and a foster adn do rescue. eskies are, IMO great dogs. BUT not for everyone. smart to a fault. love ot please. loyal warnign barkers. NUISANCE barkers sometimes. require almost daily grooming and shed like banshees. they need constant, firm boundaries and thorough socialiazation as puppies. trainign is a must. i am not sure what else i cna tell you that hasnt been said...
Did anybody mention that Eskies have no "doggie odor" and their feet smell like popcorn?
I have 2 Eskies too. I am strongly agreeing with the fact that they need socialization. I have one female that wasn't socialized when she was a puppy (I got her when she was 8 months old...free...from what I believe was a puppymill going out of business) and she is afraid of everyone except my immediate family. I have tried to work with her on this but she doesn't want anything to do with strangers. She acts like they are ghosts...running the other way and barking. It's hard to take her with me on trips because she won't potty if there are other people around. She also won't quit barking at them. With me and my family, she is a cuddly teddybear just wanting to be hugged and spoiled. My other Eskie barks at people at first but wants them to pet him. Once you pet him, he doesn't want to leave you alone! I love Eskies and I am glad that I have them.
Thanks to everyone for their help. I now feel better equipped in my search for an Eskie. This board is wonderful and so full of knowledge. They do not print everything in books and the first hand experience of others can teach us so much more. Thank you all again.