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American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel" Compare American Eskimo Dog and American Hairless Terrier. Which is better: American Eskimo Dog or American Hairless Terrier or American Water Spaniel?
Name American Eskimo Dog American Hairless Terrier American Water Spaniel
OriginsUnited States Germany United States United States
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank118126167
Reviews210
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Other Names Eskimo Spitz, American Spitz, German Spitz, Eskie AHT AWS, American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1994 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1940 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $600-$800 $300-$500 $800-$1000

General Appearance - American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight Toy: 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)Standard: 18-35 pounds (8-16 kg), Miniature: 10-17 pounds (5-8 kg) 5-16 pounds (2.5-7 kg) 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg)
Avg. Weight Toy: 8 pounds (4 kg)Standard: 26.5 pounds (12 kg), Miniature: 13.5 pounds (6.5 kg) 10.5 pounds (2.6 kg) 35 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height Toy: 9-12 inches (22-30 cm)Standard: 15-20 inches (49-50 cm), Miniature: 12-15 inches (30-40 cm) 7-16 inches (18-41 cm) 15-18 inches (36-46 cm)
Avg. Height Toy: 10.5 inches (26 cm)Standard: 17.5 inches (49.5 cm), Miniature: 13.5 inches (35 cm) 11.5 inches (29.5 cm) 16.5 inches (41 cm)

Hair & Care - American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel

Coat Fluffy Hairless Curly
Colors White Biscuit Spotted Speckled White Black Brown Liver Chocolate
Grooming
Average: The American Eskimo Dog requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The American Hairless Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The American Water Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
American Eskimo Dogs are heavy shedders.
American Hairless Terriers shed none to minimal.
American Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel

Temperament Alert Friendly Intelligent Energetic Independent Protective Alert Loving Inquisitive Lively Intelligent Playful Energetic Intelligent Protective Friendly Obedient Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: American Hairless Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: American Water Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
American Eskimo Dogs are easy to train.
American Hairless Terriers are easy to train.
American Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Eskimo Dog is a highly playful breed.
The American Hairless Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The American Water Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
American Water Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
American Eskimo Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Hairless Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
American Water Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Eskimo Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
American Hairless Terriers are a social breed.
American Water Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The American Eskimo Dog is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The American Hairless Terrier rarely barks.
Average: The American Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
American Eskimo Dogs are good watchdogs.
American Hairless Terriers are average watchdogs.
American Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
American Eskimo Dogs are average defenders.
American Hairless Terriers strongly protect their territory.
American Water Spaniels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The American Eskimo Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Hairless Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Eskimo Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Hairless Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Water Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
American Eskimo Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
American Hairless Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
American Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
American Eskimo Dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
American Hairless Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
American Water Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
American Eskimo Dogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Hairless Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
American Eskimo Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
American Hairless Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
American Water Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
American Eskimo Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
American Hairless Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
American Water Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
American Eskimo Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
American Hairless Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
American Water Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
American Eskimo Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
American Hairless Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Eskimo Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
American Hairless Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
American Water Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
American Eskimo Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
American Hairless Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
American Eskimo Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Hairless Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Eskimo Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Hairless Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Eskimo Dogs are generally with other pets.
American Hairless Terriers are generally with other pets.
American Water Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
American Eskimo Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Hairless Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
American Eskimo Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
American Hairless Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
American Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel

Health Issues
The American Eskimo Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The American Hairless Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The American Water Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Diabetes Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set Allergies Cataracts Degenerative Myelopathy Distichiasis Epilepsy Heart Disease Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Mitral Valve Disease Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
American Eskimo Dogs are high energy dogs.
American Hairless Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
American Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
American Eskimo Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
American Hairless Terriers exercise need is minimal.
American Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
American Eskimo Dogs don't need too much sleep.
American Hairless Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
American Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The American Eskimo Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The American Eskimo Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Hairless Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Eskimo Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Hairless Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Water Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - American Eskimo Dog vs American Hairless Terrier vs American Water Spaniel

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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