Getting An American Eskimo Puppy
If you are considering getting an American Eskimo puppy,
consider that you are getting a new family member that will
be with you for the next 15 to 20 years. Eskies are
one of the longest living breeds. Please take the time to learn a little bit about
the breed. Decide whether you are going to get a
toy sized Eskie, the mini Eskie or the standard size.
The American Eskimo is a rare dog breed
with only about 1,000 registered dogs in the USA today according
to the American Kennel Club or AKC. The breed almost
went extinct in 1969. So be patient with
your search and be prepared to do your homework.
The next step is how are you going to get
a puppy? Here are your choices:
Buy A Puppy From A Reputable Breeder
The best way to get an American Eskimo
puppy is from a reputable breeder. You will get a
healthy puppy with known family history. Puppies from
reputable breeders generally come from gorgeous show dogs
and they will cost you less than buying a puppy from a pet
store. For example, pet stores in our area sell Eskies
in the $2,000 price range. Puppies from reputable
breeders generally cost in the $600 to $1200 range.
From reputable breeders you will get valid
pedigree information and registration papers from
either the Canadian Kennel Club or American Kennel club or
United Kennel Club. When you adopt your puppy, the
registration forms are sent in to the kennel club with a
small fee. Furthermore, reputable breeders often offer
some health guarantees. Some may ask you to sign a contract
when adopting. For example, you may not be able to
sell your puppy for animal research.
It's been our experience that many
backyard breeders sell puppies at about the same price as
reputable breeders. However, you don't get any health
guarantees, no valid registration papers are offered and standards
of conformity may be lower.
There are only 3 legitimate kennel clubs that register American Eskimo
Dogs in Canada and the USA. They are the
Club, the American Kennel Club and the
United Kennel Club. All of
these kennel clubs can refer you their respective American Eskimo Dog clubs and also to
reputable breeders. Beware
of pedigrees that are given to people that are simply "made up".
A pedigree should be from one of the 3 kennel clubs mentioned.
Reputable breeders take great care in
breeding well conformed, healthy puppies. Lots of planning
goes into each breeding and they do not always have puppies
available all of the time. Some may breed only once or
twice per year.
For a list of reputable breeders in
Canada and the USA, please visit our Breeders
page. Contact individual breeders.
From time to time we may be informed of
puppies that are available for adoption from reputable
There are non-profit organizations,
mainly family homes, that are dedicated to rescuing American
Eskimo Dogs who have fallen victim to difficult
circumstances, found as strays or saved from
shelters with kill policies. Without Rescues,
unfortunately a number of Eskies would not be alive
today. If you are considering adopting an Eskie, we
urge you to contact an Eskie Rescue group near you.
Many Eskie Rescues will transport the Eskie to you and
charge little or no fees. Their aim is to find a good home
for the rescued Eskie. Rescued Eskies often make the most
loving pets. More information on Rescues.
You can find out if an Eskie might be available at one of the
calling the branches. The adoption fee charge by the SPCA in
British Columbia is $290. In 2008, a handful of Eskies were
available from SPCA shelters in the Vancouver area. Officials from the
SPCA's say that the list of available dogs for adoption on their site
is not always up-to-date so it's best
to call to check. You can also find Eskies up for adoption at most SPCA's by searching on Petfinder.
Petfinder, a popular
web site, lists perhaps has the largest number of
American Eskimo dogs available for adoption on the
internet. Eskies are available from a variety
of sources including private homes,
foster homes and animal shelters.
Buying an Eskie puppy from a pet store is
by far your most expensive option. Prices at pet
stores are often stunningly high. For example, pet stores in our area sell Eskies
in the $4,000 price range. You would pay half or less
if you bought a puppy directly from a reputable breeder. Our
advice - go direct and avoid the middle man.
Most reputable Eskie
breeders refuse to sell their puppies through a pet
store. So you are often dealing with an unknown when
it comes to the quality of breeding of the puppy for sale at
a pet store.
Since there are so few Eskies bred in Canada, most Eskie
puppies you may see in a Canadian pet store will have come
from the USA. In fact, many pet stores in Canada and
the USA buy their puppies from a large puppy broker in
Missouri known as the Hunte Corporation. Hunte buys
puppies from breeders throughout the US, takes them to their
10,000 sq. foot facility in Missouri, vaccinates, examine by
vets then trucks out the puppies to pet stores all over
Canada and the US. They buy and sell up to 90,000
puppies a year.
In the USA, the Department of Agriculture is supposed to monitor and inspect kennels to ensure that they are not violating the housing standards of the Animal Welfare Act.
There are only 70 inspectors and they have to cover more than 8,300 facilities nationwide.
According to PETA, people for the ethical treatment of
animals, "Puppy mills are rarely monitored by state governments, and existing regulations vary from state to state. In Missouri, for instance, each of the 2,100 facilities is supposed to be inspected once a year, but there are only 12 inspectors employed to handle the
task. Even with an estimated 1,300 puppy mills in Wisconsin, inspections of breeder facilities that sell at least 50 dogs and cats are voluntary, and there is no funding for enforcement of these
There are such things as puppy mills
where dogs are bred in substandard conditions. This
results in puppies that may have or may develop health problems.
pet stores will say their puppies are healthy, you don't
often get a health guarantee other than the basic
vaccination certificate. You only find out about
health problems after the purchase or perhaps a few months
down the road when health problems may start to appear.
Health problems will definitely cost you more money not to
Be sure to ask the pet store to show you the puppy's
papers. For purebred registration status, they should
have pedigree papers from either the
Club, or the American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club . Be wary if the registration papers
are not from one of these official