The American Eskimo, sometimes called the American Spitz or Eskimo Spitz, is popular in North America. “Spitz” covers an ancient group of northern dogs from which were developed the various sled dogs, Chow Chows, Pomeranians, and Akitas.
All these have full coats and richly plumed tails that curl up over the back. The American Eskimo is a typical northern working dog: a wedge shaped head with a Nordic type face, dark, expressive eyes, and small erect ears.
weight: Standard 18 35 pounds; Miniature 10 20 pounds, height: Stan dard 18 inches, color: pure white most desirable.
American Eskimo Lameness
Lameness, limping, and a stiff gait may result from a va riety of causes, including foot injuries, limb fractures or dislo cations, muscle strains and sprains, degenerative joint diseases, and musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. Lame ness is frequently associated with footpad irritations, and this, of course, can account for uncertain and faulty gait. Inspect the feet for thorns, cuts, splinters, embedded foreign objects.
Rheumatism often develops from lying on cold ground, concrete, or damp bedding. A dry play yard, a warm bed, and moderate exercise are recommended. Older dogs can de velop arthritis, in which the joints stiffen with prolonged rest, causing lameness. As the joints loosen up, much of the stiff ness and pain diminish. If the dog is suffering from no other, more serious disease, a veterinarian can prescribe medication to relieve the pain and discomfort of stiff joints.