The Canadian Eskimo dog must be an epitome of strength, endurance, agility, alertness, and boldness. It is a large dog that weighs 65–90 pounds and stands 50–70 centimetres at the withers. It is a typical spitz-type dog in appearance, similar to a husky. It is powerfully built with a well-proportioned head that is broad and wedge-shaped. It has a moderately long muzzle that tapers to the nose. The Canadian Eskie has round eyes that are set wide apart and placed obliquely to its face. Eyes must have dark colours and a few light colours such as hazel and yellow, but never blue.
The Canadian Eskie’s ears are triangularly shaped, thick, and short with rounded tips. It also sports a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite. The neck is straight, short, thick, and well-muscled. Its shoulders are broad and nicely sloped. Being solidly built, it has a well-developed, broad, and deep chest with well-sprung ribs and sturdy loins. Canadian Eskimo dog has a heavily feathered tail that rests over its back.
The Canadian Eskimo dog boasts of a dense double coat with thick and soft undercoat and stiff and coarse guard hair or topcoat. It also has a mane of thick fur around its neck, which makes it appear larger than its actual size.
The Canadian Eskie can sport almost any coat colour as long as it is not one colour, or colour pattern should dominate the breed. Accepted breed colours are white, black and white, grey sable, grey and white, red and white, sable and white, white and red, and white and grey. Despite its thick and dense coat, surprisingly, Canadian Eskie is low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brush the coat once or twice a week to keep it neat, tidy, and in good condition. However, it does shed more during spring and autumn, which merits frequent grooming.
Other grooming regimens also include nail trimming, cleaning the ears, and brushing the teeth for good oral health.