The Canadian Eskimo dog must be an epitome of strength, endurance, agility, alertness, and boldness. It is a large dog that weighs 65 to 90 pounds and stands 50 to 70 centimetres at the withers. It is a typical spitz-type dog in appearance, similar to Huskies. It is powerfully built with well-proportioned heads that are broad and wedge-shaped. It has moderately long muzzles that taper to the nose. Canadian Eskies have round eyes that are set wide apart and placed obliquely to their face. Eyes must have dark colours and a few light colours such as hazel and yellow, but never blue.
Canadian Eskies' ears are triangularly shaped, thick and short with rounded tips. They also sport a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite. Necks are straight, short, thick and well-muscled. Their shoulders are broad and nicely sloped. Being solidly-built, they have a well-developed, broad and deep chest with well-sprung ribs and sturdy loins. Canadian Eskimo dogs have a heavily feathered tail that rests over their back.
The Canadian Eskimo dog boasts of a dense double coat with thick and soft undercoat and stiff and coarse guard hairs or topcoat. It also has a mane of thick fur around its neck, which makes it appear larger than its actual size.
Canadian Eskies 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 their thick and dense coat, surprisingly Canadian Eskies are low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brush the coats once or twice a week to keep it neat, tidy and in good condition. However, they do 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.