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Contrary to its name, an American Eskimo dog was not bred by Eskimos. Instead, this white spitz breed, also known as an Eskie, owes its origins to the Nordic spitz dogs from Europe. These dogs show a strong preference for members of their own family and are aloof around strangers. They tend to prefer adults, but will do fine around children. You can expect to keep up a regular grooming schedule with an Eskie as she tends to shed heavily. Regular exercise on a daily basis will keep this dog fit and happy.