An Eskland is a cross breed of pure bred American Eskimos and Shetland Sheepdogs. The American Eskimo originally went over to America from Germany during WWI (their name was changed from German Spitz due to anti-German feeling after war). The Shetland Sheepdog originated from the island of Shetland off Scotland (result of local Scottish Rough Collies breeding with Icelandic Yakkins).
A medium sized dog that can grow up to 14 to 18 inches in height. Their weight can be between 15 and 35 pounds. They can be all different colours from white to brown and black based on the mix of parent colours but usually brown and white or black and white. Blue Merle sometimes appears as a colour variation. Their fur is generally of medium length and will require regular grooming for maintenance to prevent their fur from matting.
Esklands are intelligent dogs who love to play. They are active and enjoy walks. They are very loyal and socialize well with other people and dogs. They have a temperament suitable to be in a family with children as they are gentle and playful. Esklands have the temperament and characteristics of their parent breeds. They generally respond well to training and enjoy herding their family. Not really guard dog material and won’t bark for too long at strangers.
The American Eskimo has rare incidences of hip dysplasia, otherwise they are healthy. The hip condition may be passed down to cross bred offspring. The Shetland Sheepdog also suffers from this hip condition, plus a few eye and skin problems but nothing too serious so they are generally a healthy dog too. The crossbreeds of these two dogs are long lived at between 10 and 15 years.