Jen and her husband Phil had been married for two years when they bought their first home and decided they were ready for a dog. She longed for an Eskimo dog like those her parents had bred in Alaska. He remembered all the happy years spent with his first dog, a Beagle named Barney. They compromised and brought home an American Eagle dog.
Overview of the Breed
American Eagle dogs are one example of what breeders commonly refer to as designer or hybrid dogs. These pooches are half American Eskimo dog and half Beagle, according to PetYourDog.com. Producing designer dogs is now a popular practice among American breeders.
The coat of an American Eagle dog is short and heavy and has one of several color combinations: white with brown spots, brown with tan and black spots, or light brown with black sports. This hybrid canine is considered an average shedder. A firm, bristly brush is ideal for grooming the dog a few times a week most of the year but daily during any periods of heavy shedding, DesignerMixes reports.
Each hybrid dog is medium in size. While the face and ears are reminiscent of those of a Beagle, the body is pure American Eskimo. The dog’s skin is pink.
This hybrid breed has been recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR). This organization is dedicated exclusively to furnishing certified registration and pedigree services relating to designer or hybrid breeds.
One drawback to owning this hybrid is the dog’s tendency to gain weight easily. Since most of these dogs love to eat, owners must be careful not to overfeed.
American Eagle dogs are considered highly intelligent. Because most are also eager to please human beings, training them is usually pleasant. They look for a direction to follow and want to look up to a dominant leader, so it’s important to begin any obedience training when these dogs are as young as possible.
Due to their Beagle ancestry, these hybrids can bark – or bray – up a storm. Owners need to make sure their dogs get very clear training that’s repetitive in nature to avoid ending up with a pet that reacts to every noise it hears.
Most of these dogs prefer hanging out with a human pack and don’t adjust particularly well to being left at home by themselves on a regular basis. They also need at least two hours of some type of exercise a day.
Although American Eagle dogs are considered extroverts who enjoy people, they need to be socialized as soon as possible if their owners intend to have them around other small animals like cats, rabbits, or other dogs.
Overall, American Eagle dogs are real charmers.
International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) site