There is not a lot of information on the Eskapoo breed itself, but we can learn about the parent breeds in order to understand what to expect from the hybrid breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1994, the brilliant white American Eskimo started out working on farms. Admired for his performance skills and beautiful appearance, he also participated in travelling circuses before he made his way to the United States and AKC recognition. Of German lineage, this canine was once called the American Spitz. To distance him from his German roots (due to World War I), his name was changed to the American Eskimo. Despite the name, he has no ties to the Eskimo though he does have European Nordic roots. Known for his stunning looks, the American Eskimo is a dog who is intelligent and devoted to his owner. Unbeknownst to many, the Poodle is quite the hunter and was originally bred and further developed for hunting waterfowl. With German pedigree, it was the French breeders who brought him to the dog we know today. The ancestry of the Poodle is uncertain; many believe he is a mixture of European water dogs, the North African Barbet, and Asian herding dogs. A very old breed, there are illustrations that look very much like the modern-day Poodle in Egyptian and Roman artifacts. Like the American Eskimo, they were once circus performers. Poodles were rare in the United States until after the second World War, though at one time, the Poodle was the most popular breed in the country and was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1887.