How To Go About Grooming An American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo dogs are noted for their fluffy white coatings – some with biscuit cream color markings – dotted with black noses. Plumed tails carried over the backs along with a lion-like ruff around the chests and shoulders help to enhance the beauty of American Eskimo dogs. Coming with the nickname of Eskies, American Eskimo dogs actually comes in three sizes – toy, miniature, and standard.

As a result of their three different sizes, American Eskimo dogs can range in their heights from nine inches to nineteen inches at the shoulder. If you are looking for help with grooming an American Eskimo dog, this post is for you.

The Process For Grooming An American Eskimo Dog

1. Brush Your American Eskimo Dog’s Hair

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American Eskimo dogs shed a lot of hair throughout the year and even more so during the spring and fall periods. All of that hair will fall down like snow on your floor and furniture.

So, you will want to bring your American Eskimo dog’s shedding under control by brushing his/her coating in order to remove dead hair before they are shed from the coating.

With that in mind, you will want to be brushing your American Eskimo dog a minimum of three times per week, increasing the frequency to daily during the fall and spring periods.

Matting is another thing that you will be dealing with, given your American Eskimo dog’s dense double coating. Matting can be painful for your American Eskimo dog at the skin, but brushing his/her coating will also take care of the mats.

As far as brushes are concerned, I recommend that you get the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush as it is a popular brush that is effective at working its way through your American Eskimo dog’s coating to remove the dead hair and mats without scratching his/her skin in the process.

The brush also comes with a self-cleaning feature designed to make it much easier for you to clean all the dead hair and mats from the brush – you just need to press the button on the brush to clean it out.

Once you have the brush, you are ready to start brushing your American Eskimo dog’s coating. In order to have the best results, you will want to brush your American Eskimo dog’s coating in the direction that his/her hair grows.

2. Brush Your American Eskimo Dog’s Teeth

Like all dogs, your American Eskimo dog needs to have his/her teeth brushed in order to prevent tartar buildup which can result in tooth decay for the dog if left unaddressed.

So, be sure to brush your American Eskimo dog’s teeth regularly. Ideally, you will do that on a daily basis, but if that isn’t possible, you should do it three times per week at a minimum.

You will want to get the Virbac toothpaste as that is the one that veterinarians often recommend for a dog’s teeth. You can use a toothbrush to brush your American Eskimo dog’s teeth.

3. Bathe Your American Eskimo Dog

(Photo courtesy of Robert Southworth via Wikipedia)

Your American Eskimo dog can be bathed once every couple months, but be careful not to bathe your American Eskimo dog too often as that can result in him/her experiencing skin dryness.

Also, given that your American Eskimo dog has a white coating, you may want to consider getting a whitening shampoo for him/her.

But, not all whitening shampoos are good as some of them contain chemicals like bleach and peroxide that can damage your American Eskimo dog’s fluffy coating and dry out his/her skin.

So, be careful when choosing a whitening shampoo to get. The Veterinary Formula Solutions Snow White Dog Shampoo is an excellent choice for a whitening shampoo. Once you are ready to bathe your American Eskimo dog, here is how you can do that.

First, take your American Eskimo dog to your bathtub. Once there, fill a cup with warm water and then pour it onto your American Eskimo dog’s coating to get it all wet.

Now, thoroughly apply the shampoo onto your American Eskimo dog’s coating. Be careful not to get the shampoo into your American Eskimo dog’s eyes as that can be irritating. Once the shampooing is done, rinse your American Eskimo dog until every trace of the shampoo is gone.

After the bath is over, dry out your American Eskimo dog’s coating with a bathing towel. With your American Eskimo dog all dry, re-brush his/her coating.

4. Clean Your American Eskimo Dog’s Ears

Cleaning out your American Eskimo dog’s ears is an important part of the grooming routine. Your American Eskimo dog’s ears can become breeding grounds for wax buildup which can result in ear infection.

So, be sure to check in on your American Eskimo dog’s ears from time to time. If your American Eskimo dog’s ears look dirty, that indicates that it is time for you to clean them out.

You will want to go with the Virbac ear cleaner as that is what veterinarians often recommend for cleaning a dog’s ears. You can apply the ear cleaner on cotton balls and then use them to clean out your American Eskimo dog’s ears.

5. Clip Your American Eskimo Dog’s Nails

You will also want to clip your American Eskimo dog’s nails in order to keep them short. You don’t want your American Eskimo dog’s nails to be too long as that can lead to paw pain and that isn’t good for him/her as that will give him/her a harder time walking around comfortably.

So, be sure to keep an eye on your American Eskimo dog’s nails or listen for any clicking sounds when he/she is walking around. That way you will know for sure when it is time for you to clip your American Eskimo dog’s nails.

You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to clip your American Eskimo dog’s nails. Be careful not to cut the quick part of your American Eskimo dog’s nails as that can easily result in bleeding.

Grooming An American Eskimo Dog – Conclusion

There you have it for grooming an American Eskimo dog. As far as trimming your American Eskimo dog’s hair is concerned, remember that American Eskimo dogs shed a lot of hair throughout the year.

So, trimming your American Eskimo dog’s hair can be disastrous for his/her coating and its ability to grow properly. So, it is better for you to leave your American Eskimo dog’s hair as it is.

Also, if you need help getting your American Eskimo dog to cooperate with you while you are grooming him/her, this post will help you with that. What are your thoughts? Have you groomed an American Eskimo dog before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

4 thoughts on “How To Go About Grooming An American Eskimo Dog”

  1. I am also a dog owner. We have a beagle at our home. When you bring a puppy to your home, it becomes a member of your family and you have to care of it like a baby. A few years back we had a spitz in our home and he also had a similar coat. If you have a dog like this, you must brush its hair frequently. As you said brushing their teeth, trimming their nail, and cleaning their ears are also very important for their health. 

    I have a question, if you don’t mind, are American Eskimo dogs somewhat related to spitz or pomeranian dogs?

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    • That is a good observation you have right there. Dogs can’t really do much on their own when they are kept as pets. So, they have to depend on their owners just like children have to depend on their parents.

      No, I don’t believe that American Eskimo dogs are related to Spitz or Pomeranian dogs at all.

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  2. Wow, I have seen these dogs before but did not know that they go by this name, these dogs are very beautiful and it seems from how they grow they need some attention. Even though I don’t have a dog of my own the information that you share here will be able to help those that are raising this dog type. Thanks for sharing.

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    • You are welcome. Yes, these are American Eskimo dogs, but they are also called Eskies. I hope that makes sense to you now.

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