Eskapoo

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15-20 lbs
15-18"
United States
American Eskimo Dog
Poodle
Eskipoo, Eskimopoo

The Eskapoo is a mixture of the beautiful American Eskimo Dog and highly intelligent Poodle parent breeds. He is a medium sized dog; however, this will really hinge on the size of the parent breeds. (The Poodle may be standard, miniature, or toy-sized. This will have an effect on the end weight of the Eskapoo.) The Eskapoo will likely need a moderate amount of grooming. Both parent breeds have long hair; the Poodle parent breed is likely to have wiry hair that needs special grooming. The Eskapoo is likely to have a great deal of energy and require ample exercise. He will make a good watchdog. He is friendly, loving, and often mischievous. 

Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Eskimo Dog and Poodle

Eskapoo Health

Average Size
Height: 15-20 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • None Known
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Eskapoo Breed History

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.

Eskapoo Breed Appearance

The Eskapoo will be a combination of both parent breeds, the American Eskimo Dog and the Poodle. Size will depend on whether the parent poodle was standard, miniature or toy. Often seen as white or cream, he can also come in blue, black, white, grey, silver, brown, café-au-latte, and apricot colors. Often, this beautiful combination of breeds has a fluffy coat. It may be curly or wavy and will be quite dense. Ears can be dropped or upright, depending on the parental influence. A black nose and dark sensitive eyes complete the picture. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Cream
White
Blue
Black
Gray
Silver
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Eskapoo Breed Maintenance

Grooming requirements will depend on the type of coat your Eskapoo inherits. If the coat is very curly and Poodle-like, clipping may be needed every six weeks. Otherwise, a daily brushing with a pin brush will prevent matting, which is often seen in the American Eskimo parent. A deshedding tool at times of heavy shed will loosen the fur and streamline the coat. Neither parent has a doggy odor so bathing will only be needed when your Eskapoo gets into a dirty situation. Exploring is a favorite pastime - a roll in the dirt or something smelly may occur now and then. Bathe in these instances only as the American Eskimo is known to have sensitive skin. Brushing the teeth daily and cutting the nails twice a month are further requirements.

Brushes for Eskapoo
Pin Brush
Comb
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Eskapoo Temperament

While there is little information about the Eskapoo, we can study the parent breeds in order to understand what type of behavior to expect from the hybrid breed. Both parents are intelligent and because of this trait, your Eskapoo will need activities for both the mind and body so that he does not get destructive. Barking and chewing may become a problem if he is allowed to get bored too often. He can be rambunctious and stubborn at times. He can also be described as somewhat mischievous and does have an “air of distinction,” but he can be very goofy and loves playtime. He is generally calm, but he loves and needs ample exercise. He will bark at strangers and is considered a good watchdog.

Eskapoo Activity Requirements

The Eskapoo is a fairly active dog. It is recommended that he gets ample exercise to ensure that he does not gain weight, especially as he ages. Additionally, if he is not given the ability to exercise as needed, he may become a bit of a nuisance. He loves to take part in an active household. While he may enjoy playing outdoors with you, the Eskapoo needs to be inside at night. He is not happy outside away from his family. He will be happy to live in an apartment or home with a yard as long as he gets to spend ample time with his family. A smart hybrid such as this will excel at agility and obedience trials. These are perfect for mental exercise as well as for tiring him out.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Eskapoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

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