12-18 lbs
United States
American Eskimo
Shetland Sheepdog

The Eskland is an energetic hybrid of the American Eskimo and the Shetland Sheepdog breeds. Both parent breeds are small to medium-sized and hardy with beautiful, thick double coats and long hair. The size and weight of your Eskland may vary depending on the size of either parent breed. The Eskland is a designer dog and bred as a companion, suited for families that like to be active. Determining the potential traits of this hybrid can be difficult given the lack of detailed information, but owners can review the parent breeds for more details.

Date of Origin
American Eskimo and Shetland Sheepdog

Eskland Health

Average Size
Male Eskland size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 12-18 lbs
Female Eskland size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 12-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Pancreatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopy Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Eskland Breed History

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.

Eskland Breed Appearance

The Eskland is a hardy dog of small to medium size. Height and weight may vary between males and females and the coat often resembles the Shetland Sheepdog but may have solid coloring. The head on an Eskland is long with a muzzle longer muzzle than the American Eskimo and has dark brown oval-shaped eyes with an inquisitive and spirited expression, but can also have merle-colored eyes if the coat is gray. The body appears slightly longer than it is tall and the tail is set high with a curve over the back with extensive feathering.

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

Eskland Breed Maintenance

The Eskland is not a hypoallergenic hybrid and is known to shed considerably, especially during the “shedding season.” The Eskland has medium to long hair that requires daily brushing to remove dead hair as well as to prevent tangling and matting of loose hair. While brushing your Eskland, clean his ears carefully with a veterinarian prescribed solution. Avoid bathing your Eskland and stick to frequent brushing to distribute natural oils because this hybrid is prone to skin conditions. While in the grooming mode, clean the teeth of your Eskland; start young and the procedure will be surprisingly easy.

Brushes for Eskland
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Eskland requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Eskland Temperament

The Eskland is an active, friendly dog that loves spending time with its family. This hybrid is a sturdy hybrid that loves children and while the hybrid may be slightly leery of strangers, he warms up quickly. The Eskland is dog-friendly and protective of all family members, including the cat. However, early and consistent socialization will strengthen these personality traits. The Eskland is an intelligent mix who is easy to train, though this hybrid needs plenty of mental and physical stimulation daily in order for him to be content.

Eskland Activity Requirements

The Eskland is a mix of two high energy breeds; in addition, he is an intelligent mix, and mental stimulation is just as important. Plan on playing games or giving your Eskland a challenging task to engage his mind. Repetitive tasks can get boring for the Eskland and boredom can lead to destructive behavior. If the Eskland can get all of its daily mental and physical exercise, he can adapt to apartment living. However, a small yard is ideal for this hybrid. The Eskland adapts well to all climates but prefers cooler weather. The heavy coats may lead to overheating in the summer so always be mindful of the heat and have plenty of water and shade available during warmer months.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Eskland Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Eskland Owner Experiences

3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Road trip
Hide & Seek
Playing in the snow
Catch treats
Play keep away
Puzzle Toys
Plays in Ball Pit
Jumping in Leaf Pile
Running in Sprinklers
Swing in Hammock
Our eskland is incredible. First, great with kids. When my kids get upset, he rushes in to comfort them, even when they’re having a meltdown and he has to dodge their flailing arms and legs to reach them. He even comforts and calms my husband when he gets overly “excited” about the sports game he’s watching on tv. Very sweet temperament. We have only had one incident of the slightest aggression and it was a sort of miscommunication on his second night with us. One of my kids thought she could take away his bone as a game while he was gnawing on it. He growled and bared his teeth but did nothing else. She was so upset, she burst into tears. A short time later, he came to her room and dropped the bone by her bedside. When she tried to give it back to him, he again dropped it at her feet. He follows me (the mom) around and is practically attached to my hip. He’s good company. Stays out of my way, and is quiet, but just likes to stay near me. He loves to be petted, loves to train, loves to play. He absolutely loves running outside where he can get going full speed. He’s been very adventurous, getting into many activities along with the family, determined not to be left out—activities I wouldn’t have expected a dog to enjoy, like playing in a ball pit, or playing on the trampoline. I feel lije we can’t train him fast enough to his satisfaction. We keep trying to learn more so that we can have more to teach him. He’s very clever. The hardest challenges with him are that he loves human food, he barks a lot (thunderstorms, fireworks, and garbage day are tough!), and I have to groom him almost daily to keep up with how much he sheds. But his coat is so soft and beautiful, that it feels worth it.
5 months ago
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Farm work
One of the best breed combinations I have found. Delta is extremely smart and very trainable. She is protective but not aggressive. She will bark at strangers. More of an alert dog than a guard dog. She is very shy and timid around new people but very energetic and fun when she’s comfortable around you. She runs our farm and lives her best life!
9 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Loves snow
Sokka is a super friendly dog yet protective of his family. Not aggressive protection but barking protection. He has a grumbling growl that is very cute. He loves attention. He paws for your hand to pet him! He loves the cooler weather and he loves to run! He is very affectionate to our 14 year old Cock-A-Poo. They are best of buds. Sokka is a show dog. People say he is beautiful. He was chosen by our daughter as her pet. He sheds a lot! I mean a lot! We have a backless vacuum and can see the amount of hair that we pick up. It is unbelievable! Even with brushing, there is a lot of shedding. It is the ONLY bad trait about this breed. If this breed did not shed like our Cock-A-Poo then it would be a nearly perfect similar breed.
2 years, 2 months ago
6 Years
5 People
Very affectionate, extremely smart, very lovable
3 years, 6 months ago
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