13-18 lbs
United States
American Eskimo

The Eskenji is a mixture of the American Eskimo Dog and Basenji parent breeds. He will be a medium-sized dog with a sweet, loyal personality. He will likely be a hunter, like his Basenji parent breed. He is likely to be highly energetic as both parent breeds are. He will need a great deal of exercise in order to keep him from becoming destructive. He also enjoys activities with his family. He might be a bit of an escape artist – his parent breed the Basenji uses wooden fences and chain link fences as aids in getting up and over in search of adventure. Overall, he will enjoy being with his family whether he is at the dog park, hiking, or even taking a swim. 

purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
American Eskimo Dog and Basenji

Eskenji Health

Average Size
Male Eskenji size stats
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Eskenji size stats
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 13-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Lab Tests

Eskenji Breed History

The Basenji is known as a “barkless” dog. He hails from Africa originally. He is one of the oldest breeds of dog. In fact, he usually only barks once then is silent. It is believed that hunters desired this trait in the Basenji’s ancestors. Some experts also believe he is more of a wild dog than a domesticated animal. He is more like a wild canid, according to experts. Even female Basenjis are able to breed only once a year, much like their wild counterparts. The Basenji was brought to the United States in the 1930s. Previous attempts to import the Basenji to Europe failed when the imported dogs died of disease. The Basenji Club of America was formed just a few years later in 1942.  The American Eskimo has German roots. European in descent, he has ties to the Pomeranian, German Spitz, the Keeshond and Italian Spitz. The American Eskimo, once called the American Spitz, started gaining popularity in the United States when he took the stage as a circus performer. His lustrous and brilliant white coat made him stand out in a crowd. Before his circus career brought him to America, he was primarily a helpmate on the farms. Today he is a member of the Non Sporting Group of the American Kennel Club and has been since 1994.

Eskenji Breed Appearance

Your Eskenji could have a medium to long fluffy white coat or a smooth or wiry chestnut red one. Sometimes seen as tri-colored or black, the Eskenji can vary in appearance depending on the parental dominance. If he has markings in his fur, they will be prominent. Most often the ears are upright and the body size is that of a small to medium sized canine. His muzzle will be long with a black nose and his piercing eyes will be either brown, hazel or amber. The tail will curl over the back and will move in time with his purposeful gait.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Eskenji eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Eskenji nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Eskenji coat
black Eskenji coat
white Eskenji coat
cream Eskenji coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Eskenji straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Eskenji Breed Maintenance

The maintenance routine will depend on the coat that your Eskenji inherits. If his appearance is like that of the Basenji parent, his coat will be sleek and smooth, requiring little brushing. The Basenji fur is fine and does not shed extensively. The American Eskimo coat however, is prone to mats and tangles. Daily to weekly brushing is best. Not known to be a dog who likes the dirt, bathing should not be required often. The Basenji parent is quite a groomer in fact, and is often described as cat-like in how much he cleans himself. Because the ears of your hybrid will be upright, they should stay clean but check them now and then just in case. Brush the teeth daily and trim the nails every few weeks.

Brushes for Eskenji
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Eskenji requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Eskenji Temperament

Your Eskenji will be both intelligent and independent and he is also affectionate and alert. He is prone to chasing what he views as possible prey (keep this in mind when outside – he is best suited to a home with a fenced in area for him to play). He can be destructive, so it is best not to leave anything important within his reach. The Basenji parent is notorious for climbing onto kitchen counters to get what he wants so keep your eye on dinner when he is within proximity. He might be dangerous to cats unless he has been raised with them and views them as a member of the family. A good watchdog like the American Eskimo parent, your Eskenji may be leery of strangers. Give your Eskenji plenty of tools to become an all around dog - obedience training and socialization are key.

Eskenji Activity Requirements

The Eskenji is a hunter and a worker at heart and will need daily exercise. A twice daily walk is the minimum but some will need more rigorous play. The Eskenji is known to be an escape artist, and he should never be allowed to roam alone in the backyard. He can be happy in an apartment or small home if he is given ample exercise but ideally, a home with a fenced yard is the best option. He may be able to climb chain link and wooden fences so should never be left unattended in the yard.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Eskenji Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

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