Kelly, welcome to the site. I do hope you get a chance to move about the site and see all the photos and read a lot of the blogs. Everyone here is very friendly, just start a chat and you will see. Lots of groups to join also, if you wish.
My Jenni was officially a German Spitz and was bred in Germany (where I lived for 26 years), According to research the American Eskimo was bred by using the German Spitz with the larger Samioyd. In the US they are called miniture eskies. She was the smartest animal I have ever owned. In Europe she travelled with me everywhere. (restaurants and hotels were very dog friendly.) I was devastated when she died. I would love to have another one and have looked into rescue groups, but I'm afraid none other would live up to her.