An Eskipoo is a cross between an American Eskimo dog and a Poodle; usually, a Miniature Poodle. These fluffy little dogs are affectionate and gentle. People tend to fall in love with their playful, energetic personalities.
Although the Eskipoo is not currently recognized by the AKC, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations. The Designer Dogs Kennel Club, International Designer Canine Registry, and more all recognize the Eskipoo. The American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes them as a Pookimo.
These little dogs love to play, love to cuddle, and love nothing more than getting attention from their favorite humans. Their affectionate, gentle nature and playful, friendly personality make them a great fit for families. They tend to get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets.
Although they do tend to be open and friendly with strangers once introduced, they also tend to bark to alert you of people, animals, etc. nearby. Because of this, it’s important to train your dog to stop barking early on to help keep it from becoming a nuisance.
Although they are high-energy dogs, Eskipoos are highly adaptable dogs. They do well in larger homes with fenced yards where they can run. Also, they can adapt to apartment living as long as they get enough daily exercise, mental stimulation, and attention.
Because these small dogs bond closely with their families and thrive on attention from them, they do not do well with long periods of time alone. This can also make them prone to separation anxiety if you do not work on this with them when they are young.
Potential health concerns to be aware of in an Eskipoo include luxating patella, diabetes, cataracts, Legg-Calve-Perthes, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, and eyelash abnormalities.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing preventable issues to puppies. So, make sure you are asking about the health and genetic history of both of the parents, and about any health tests that have been done.
Eskipoos are highly intelligent dogs that pick up on things quickly and are eager to please. Although they can get bored easily, they tend to be a good fit for owners of all experience levels. They thrive on positive praise and reward, and tend to work hard to gain attention from you.
The Eskipoo coat still ranges from the curly Poodle coat to the longer, thicker American Eskimo coat. If they inherit a Poodle coat, they won’t shed, but they will require daily brushing and professional grooming every 4-6 weeks. An American Eskimo coat will shed moderately year-round and heavier as the seasons change. Brushing a few times a week and the occasional bath is all this coat needs.
In addition to coat care, you will need to take care of your Eskipoo’s nails, ears, and teeth. Nail trims once or twice a month keep them from growing too long. Weekly ear checks with careful cleanings as needed help prevent ear infections. Daily dental care, like brushing with dog-friendly toothpaste, helps prevent dental diseases later in life.
Although these dogs tend to be little, they are not couch potatoes at all. In fact, they are high-energy dogs that require walks, playtime, and some time to run every day to be happy and healthy.
Thankfully, they also tend to be versatile and athletic dogs that are up for almost anything if it means spending more time with you. Just make sure puppies finish growing and developing, and you get vet approval, before you tackle more intense, higher-impact activities.
A fully-grown Eskipoo usually stands 9-15 inches tall and weighs 13-20 pounds.
Eskipoos generally live for 10-12 years.