Alert, intelligent, playful, and usually friendly dogs. Seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, and musical canine freestyle, a sport that incorporates obedience, tricks and dance. Eager to learn and responds well to reward-based training. Can be wary of strangers. Can also have a tendency to bark.
The American Eskimo Dog is a companion dog that originated in the United States, with many believing the exact location to be somewhere in New York City. A relatively new breed, having developed sometime in the twentieth century, the American Eskimo was formerly known as a German Spitz or an American Eskimo Spitz. The breed was the first to walk a tightrope and was very popular in the 1930's and 1940's as circus dogs. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1994; however, the United Kennel Club had recognized the breed long before that year.