The American Eagle Dog is a cross between the American Eskimo and the Beagle dogs. These are small to average size dogs with a robust body, resembling mostly their American Eskimo parents, while the face and ears are of a Beagle.
They have large brown eyes, dark brown nose, and floppy ears hanging loose down to their cheeks, while the eyelids, gums, and footpads are black. The eagle dogs have a very affable and friendly demeanor, which makes them good companion dogs, ideal for apartments or small-sized homes.
|Also known as/Other names||Eskimo Beagle, American Eskimo/Beagle mix|
|Colors||Brown, black, white, multi-colored|
|Type||Companion dog, Watchdog, Guard dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||20-50 lbs (when full grown)|
|Height (size)||Small to average; 13-16 in (33-41 cm) (both male and female)|
|Personality Traits||Alert, social, affectionate, intelligent, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA/Germany|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, DDKC|
The word ‘American’ in the name ‘American Eagle Dog’ has come from its parent breed, the ‘American Eskimo Dog’, and does not refer to this dog’s development in America (USA or Alaska). The bloodline of these dogs is rather connected to Europe (in Germany). It was after the World War I that the Americans started addressing this dog in its present name due to anti-German sentiments, and have since been bred extensively in the USA.
The American eagles are fun dogs to have. They are affectionate, loving and outgoing. They do well with children of all ages and pets of all sizes, including other dogs, however, introduction to small pets and animals should be started at the prime of their life.
They will socialize well with your friends and neighbors very well, and would display quite much tolerance to strangers, if trained well right from puppyhood. However, they wouldn’t either refrain from alerting its family members, if they see something fishy or ‘abominable’. This is that very quality which has made them a good watch and guard dog.
Social as they are, these fluffy canids would always want to spend time with their human pack. So much so that, it can well be a hazard if they are left alone for long hours, or too frequently.
They are zealous and frisky, and would cherish the moments frolicking and playing with you and its loved ones, especially outdoors. Although, these dogs, especially the puppies, have the bad habits of digging and chewing, a properly-trained American Eagle Dog can well be kept in an apartment provided they get a considerable amount of exercise. They are also very active indoors.
Despite the fact that your dog is involved in indoor activities all day, you must take them out with you, since taking them to places like dog parks not only help them stay fit, but also learn to socialize and unwanted syndromes in adulthood like aggression, unnecessary barking, etc.
Since the American eagles are conspicuously intelligent and extrovert natured, they make good pupils. Begin training consistently, beginning from the time when they are still pups and brought home from the breeders or rescues. But when you are training your American Eagle, make sure that you are consistent and firm, but compassionate and caring at the same time.
Teach them the correct dog etiquette, good manners of socialization, housebreaking, obedience and crate training, but maintain the requisite ‘distance’ as its pack’s leader. Though, never be harsh to your pup, but instead, praise them for every success, since they love you and look forward to your satisfaction, and you will be surprised to discover how intelligently and fast these dogs can learn.
Because these dogs are vulnerable to obesity, make sure you are giving them the proper and apt diet they need to sustain their good health. Do not overfeed. If you insist in on dry foods, do not compromise with the quality of food. Do not go for high-fat diets. In this context, chicken meal will also serve a great purpose since it is highly digestible, a source of Omega 6 fatty acids, good for a healthy skin and coat, as also a big source of protein which energetic dogs need. Chicken foods can easily be served dry, or can be mixed with your pet’s meals.