The Eskland is a hybrid of the American Eskimo and the Shetland Sheepdog. The mix is a modern designer dog intended as a companion dog and does not have a long and well known history. Owners can look at the histories, health, and personalities of the parent breeds to gauge the possible dispositions of their Eskland. The American Eskimo dog, also known as the Eskie, is thought to have been working for over 6000 years and has led its watchdog talents of long ago to the Eskland hybrid. Also related to the American Eskimo parent are the white Pomeranian and the white Keeshond. The German Spitz once shared the name with the Eskie, though anti-German sentiments during the World Wars prompted a name change to the American Eskimo. The Shetland Sheepdog, known as the Sheltie, is a hardy breed developed on the Shetland Islands between Scotland and Norway. The Sheltie is a small Collie type dog that shares ancestry with Border Collies. The Sheltie was originally bred as a farm dog to help move and protect Shetland sheep, but by the 19th Century, the Shetland had been crossbred with so many other dogs that the original breed was disappearing. Many breeds debated on the standard look for the Sheltie for years, but in 1930 the Scottish and English clubs finally agreed that the Shetland Sheepdog should look like a miniature version of the Border Collie (rough) though the American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1911. Today, the Eskland is not a well-known hybrid, and little documentation exists on the mix. The American Eskimo parent is not nearly as popular as the Shetland Sheepdog breed. The Eskland is currently recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.