The magnificent snow-white coated American Eskimo Dog is the focus of this Comprehensive Owner's Guide, a book that celebrates the appealing personality, unmistakable intelligence, and captivating beauty of this made-in-America spitz breed. Serving as a complete introduction to the breed, long recognized by the United Kennel Club and more recently by the American Kennel Club, this book discusses the breed's evolution in the United States, the special characteristics of the breed, and both the AKC and UKC breed standards. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with handsome adults and puppies bursting with attitude and personality! In all, there are over 135 photographs in this compact, useful, and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training the smart (but not too eager to please) American Eskimo will help readers better mold and train their dogs into the most socialized, well-mannered Eskie in the neighborhood. The extensive chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Chapters on showing and participating in dog sports as well as solving common behavior issues (such as barking, aggression, digging, etc.) will prove informative and helpful to the new owner. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.