I went to the pet store last Friday to pick up our dogs some Greenies, and in a box outside, there were two puppies. It was pouring outside, the puppies had no food or water, were sitting in their own excrement, the box was moist and falling apart, the ink saying, "Free to Good Home" was running... One couple was looking at one of the puppies - a male puppy that looked JUST like an American Eskimo in all ways. The other puppy was a girl, with big papillon ears and an almost completely white body. I picked her up out of the box, went to the car and dried her off with our winter blanket, then went in the store. I asked the manager for details: The puppy is female, her mother was half-papillon, half-miniature American Eskimo, her father was a purebred papillon.
She's now named "Casper," and she's a laid-back, loving part of our family.
Now, we've had a few dogs in our time. A cocker-beagle-sheltie mix, a papillon, and a bichon frise-maltese mix. We've NEVER had an American Eskimo, and know no one with one.
I've looked online for any information on the breed, and have had no luck finding any information that's pertinent about the breed.
So I have a few questions for all of you:
1.) How big has your American Eskimo gotten? (Toy, Miniature, and Standards - doesn't matter, I just want to know.)
2.) Have you found that your American Eskimo was difficult to potty train?
3.) Have you found that your American Eskimo is difficult to train in obedience?
4.) In your opinion, would an American Eskimo be good for training in Agility?
5.) Does your American Eskimo have any quirks regarding cold weather, wet rain, etc?
6.) What kind of brush should I use to brush this puppy's fur? I know they have special grooming needs - and as this puppy takes after the American Eskimo fur-wise, I'd like to know what these needs are. How often do you groom your Eskie?
7.) Would you recommend a great, great deal of socialization? As in, do these dogs attach with and become protective of their "pack-mates" (family members)?
8.) Do Eskies bark a lot?
9.) Have you found any consistent health issues with American Eskimos? I know in papillons, there are luxating patella issues, eye problems and a few very rare diseases. Is there any such thing in American Eskimos? If yes, and your dog has been found to have these health concerns, what were the first signs of your dog having them? We take our dogs to the vet twice annually for check-ups, and other times for various vaccinations, grooming, classes, dental whatnots, etc. But in between those visits, I'd like to know what to look for just in case they weren't caught in time.
10.) Do these dogs have problems with tear stains? What do you use to clean these?
11.) The pup seems to have allergies - her eyes water, she sneezes, etc. Do your dogs have this? What do you use to treat it? Especially for a puppy. For our grown dogs, we use one crushed up Bennadryl. However, we don't know the right amount for a pup.
12.) Can you just tell me about the breed in general? All sorts of things - ANYTHING.
I'd like to know what to expect. I'd really appreciate any input.
Thank you for any information and help!