American Eskimo

The American Eskimo Dog comes in three sizes—standard, miniature, and toy—standing as tall as 19 inches at the shoulder or as short as 9 inches. Some distinct traits include a dense, sparkling white coat with a lion-like ruff around the chest and shoulders; a smiling face, with a black nose and lips, and eye-rims that convey a keen, intelligent expression; and a plumed tail carried over the back. Some Eskies have markings with the delicious color name “biscuit cream.” They move with a bold and agile gait, according to AKC.

Eskies are very social animals and can develop behavioral issues when neglected or untrained—they insist on being part of family life. Among the most trainable of breeds, the clever, kid-friendly Eskie practically invented the phrase “eager to please.”, according to AKC.