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The American Eagle Dog also known as a Beagle/American Eskimo Dog mix or Eskimo Beagle is the offspring of the Beagle and the American Eskimo Dog. She is a small to medium cross or mixed breed with a life span of 12 to 15 years. She has talents in tracking, watchdog, agility and drug detection. She is a very friendly and outgoing dog who can also be quite frisky.
|Here is the American Eagle Dog at a Glance|
|Average height||13 to 19 inches|
|Average weight||20 to 50 pounds|
|Coat type||Straight, double, dense, thick|
|Shedding||Moderate to high|
|Brushing||Daily or every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to excellent depending on coat|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization – can 'hunt' small animals|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average to high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good to excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high|
|Major Health Concerns||Legg-Perthes, eye problems, Intervertebral disk disease, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$355 to $500|
Where does the American Eagle Dog come from?
The American Eagle Dog is part of a collection of mixed dogs also often referred to as Designer dogs. These are deliberately bred crosses mostly created in the last 20 to 30 years. Most are first generation dogs though a few may be second. There is a lot of discussion about whether this trend is a good thing or not. Mixed dogs have been around forever, purebreds are created by mixing breeds. But the concern with this recent increase in first generation breeding is that it has attracted a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders. If you are looking for an American Eagle Dog check the local shelters, and if buying from a breeder do your research on them. Here is a look at the parent breeds since we have little other information on the origins of the American Eagle Dog.
You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.
Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!
The American Eskimo Dog
This dog is from the family of dogs called Spitz who are Nordic dogs. More specific origins are unknown for the American Eskimo Dog. Basically Spitz like dogs were common in German communities in America. In the 19th century the American Eskimo Dog was used as an entertainer in circuses performing tricks. At the time he was called the American Spitz but the name was changes to American Eskimo Dog in 1917 though we do not really know why!
Today the dog is admired not just for his looks but also for his personality. He is smart, full of energy, strong willed and very happy. He loves activity and needs plenty of vigorous exercise to avoid boredom and destructive behavior. He needs a strong pack leader but if he has it trains well and loves to it. You need to really keep him bus though so he is best in a super active family or with a very active owner. He does not do well being left alone as he suffer from separation anxiety. He is not a dog you can trust with smaller pets even with training and socialization as he tends to see them as prey and chase them.
The American Eagle Dog is an affectionate and loving dog who could be an excellent family dog or companion. She is quite energetic and frisky, but most of the time is a well behaved dog apart from her love of digging and chewing. She is friendly to everyone and loves to spend time with the family being at the center of the action. She does not like being left alone for long periods. She is intelligent and outgoing and loves to have fun.
What does the American Eagle Dog look like
She is a small to medium sized dog weighing 20 to 50 pounds and standing 13 to 19 inches tall. She has floppy ears, a body usually like the American Eskimo, brown nose and eyes and a straight and thick coat. Some males have a thick coat around the neck area. Common colors include cream, black, white and brown.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the American Eagle Dog need to be?
She is a fairly active dog and will want a couple of good walks a day at least. She should be getting a total of two hours of activity a day. Some of that can be indoor play, some of it can be in the form of walks, some of it can come from visiting a dog park. If you have a yard for her to access she can also get some play time there though it is possible to have her in an apartment without a yard and still keep her happy and healthy. She will enjoy games like tug of war, fetch, chase and so on. She also enjoys swimming. Because of her level of activity she needs an owner who is happy to be active with her.
Does she train quickly?
She tends to be easy to train and is a fast learner so in most cases training will be quicker than many dogs. Be consistent and firm and make sure you start socialization and training early. She is intelligent and responds well to commands as long as you keep the training positive, use praise, treats and rewards to move things along.
Living with an American Eagle Dog
How much grooming is needed?
The American Eagle Dog is an average shedding dog and has a coat that is easy to groom and should be brushed every other day. However that shedding does become heavy during seasonal times and daily brushing will then be needed. It also means she will cause a lot of vacuuming to be needed and there will be hair on clothing to deal with. Give her a bath when she really needs one using a dog shampoo. Check her ears once a week for infection and clean them by wiping just what you can see with a cotton ball dampened with a dog ear cleaning solution. Her teeth need to be brushed two to three times a week and her nails should be clipped when they get too long.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is great with children and other dogs and while good with other animals does have instincts that lead her to chase them. Early socialization can help with that. She is happy to play with the children but can also be loving towards them. Children should be taught how to play safely and how to pet dogs in a way they will be happy with.
This is a frequent barking dog and she can also have the beagle bark and howl too so if noise is an issue this may not be the best dog for you. She is a good watchdog and guard dog though. She should be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of high quality dry dog food each day, split into at least two meals.
There are health concerns that she can inherit from her parents which include Legg-Perthes, eye problems, Intervertebral disk disease, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Hip dysplasia and ear infections. Before you buy a puppy you should do at least two thing which will help improve the odds on a healthy pet. Visit the puppy to see the conditions she is in and ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances.
Costs involved in owning an American Eagle Dog
As this is not a commonly found mixed dog there are not prices to find to draw a range from. Other costs for things like blood tests, deworming, shots, chipping, spaying, a crate, carrier, collar and leash come to between $455 to $500. Annual medical basics like flea prevention, vet check ups, pet insurance and vaccinations come to between $460 to $560. Annual non medical essentials like treats, toys, food, training and license come to between $355 to $500.
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The American Eagle Dog is an outgoing and frisky dog so while just medium sized she does need owners who can be active with her and give her opportunities to burn off her energy. She is a great dog if you want a companion and a dog who is alert and will act to protect you.