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What is it that American Eskimo Dogs were bred to do? Pull sleds? They seem kinda small for that. Maybe they pulled the children's sleds. I suppose I could just Google them to find out but it's Sunday morning and I'm too lazy to do even that. I think I'm still in a food coma from last night.

Anyway, whatever it is AEDs were bred to do, Molson excels at being a perky, attentive companion who with a bit of healthy luvin' (feeling under his coat, I think he's a tad underweight) will bloom into a handsome, young lad.

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

3 Comments to “Molson - American Eskimo Dog”

  1. The 'American Eskimo' dog is a sub-breed of German Spitz. It was during WW1 due anyi-German sentiment -- sort of the Freedom Fries of its day. As I recall, it was a guard dog, but, from the look of this one, it has evolved into a fluffy snuggle bunny.

  2. Anonymous says:

    humff, maybe not appreciated on this site, however, my view is that they were breed to wake me up at M/N, 0230, 0445 and 0630 and these are my neighbours dogs. very, very tired today :(

  3. Antonia Z says:

    They are intelligent, lively, loyal. They are born watchdogs. So they can be yappy and, if allowed to, over-protective. They can outsmart their owners so it takes experience, in my opinion, to be with some (not all) members of the breed. It depends on their socialization and how bored they are allowed to get. These guys need stimulation!

    They are big with puppy farms because they are irresistible as puppies. But too many people buy them and then don't give them the exercise and training they need.

    I am on my 6th, a rescue who was crated as a breeding male for the first 5 years of his life. Totally unsocialized. Four years later, we are now in a condo where he is the best behaved dog in the building. He sits, stays, does High Fives for people, rolls over, etc. and has a PERFECT RECALL when off leash. Yes, he barks when people come to the door but, after a sniff or two, he's in people's laps.

    I hope this fella finds the right home!

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The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

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