The Eskipoo is living proof of the saying “good things come in small packages”. This pup will melt your heart with its antics and adorable little puppy-dog eyes. A cross between a Poodle and an American Eskimo dog, if there’s one thing this breed loves, it’s to have fun and be around their families. This breed goes by a variety of other names, including Pookimo and Eksapoo, and they will get along with just about everyone. They make great pets for novice owners as well as for people looking to get their first dog. The Eskipoo will spread love, joy, and laughter wherever it goes!
While we aren’t sure exactly when and where this pup originated, we can surely say that we are glad that it did! Mixed-breed dogs generally don’t get the same level of interest as purebred dogs, which leads to a lack of documentation. It is for this reason that the past of the Eskipoo is a bit difficult to make out. It is entirely possible, and in fact likely, that this breed existed naturally through accidental breeding between the American Eskimo dog and the Poodle before any efforts to intentionally bring the two together began. Intentional efforts by breeders likely began in the 1980s in the United States since hybrid dog popularity was skyrocketing in the region at this time. The Eskipoo is not a registered breed but has several devoted fans all across the world.
No matter how old the Eskipoo gets, this dog will stay a puppy at heart! They love playing around and performing silly antics to put a smile on their owner’s face. They are incredibly loving and will show you a great deal of affection. They are friendly dogs who will get along well with almost anyone, no matter their age, with just a little bit of socialization. Their gentle and playful nature means they make great family dogs, getting on well with children and adults. These are incredibly smart pups thanks to their Poodle genes and tend to grow a bit too attached, which may lead to some anxiety issues cropping up. They tend to make a lot of noise by howling and barking, so early training is necessary to keep such behaviors in check.
On average, the Eskipoo will grow up to be around 9 to 15 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 13 to 20 pounds.
While Eskipoos are generally healthy dogs, they may inherit some genetic illnesses from their parents. They usually enjoy good health as a result of mixed-breeding, which leads to some level of hybrid vigor due to the increased gene pool. Make sure to check the health clearance certificates of both parents before getting an Eskipoo puppy. Do not buy from breeders that cross dogs younger than 2 years old since that is when most genetic illnesses rear their heads. Some issues that you Eskipoo may be predisposed to include diabetes, hip dysplasia, allergies, as well as progressive retinal atrophy.
These pups tend to become overweight, due to which regular exercise is incredibly necessary. While they may not need very intense exercise, they must get some physical stimulation every day. A walk in the park or a game of fetch should be more than enough. These are also very smart dogs, which means they get bored rather easily and cross over into destructive territory. To keep such behaviors at bay, it is best to keep them engaged with lots of toys and trinkets. Indoor playtime is always a good idea. The Poodle and the American Eskimo are both very trainable dogs. The Eskipoo inherits this trait with a rather eager-to-please personality. This, combined with their intelligence, means that they will be picking up tricks and desired behaviors in no time.
All Eskipoos have different nutritional needs, which is why it is best to speak to a veterinarian who can assess these needs and help you design a sustainable feeding plan for your pooch. Steer clear of free-feeding and divide their daily recommended serving into two to three separate meals to prevent gastric issues.
These pups are generally low-shedding and have a coat that is thick and curly, mixing the coats of both parent dogs.
Regular brushing is necessary for the Eskipoo. This will ensure that their coat stays healthy and free of any tangles, knots, or matted fur. If the Eskipoo inherits a longer coat, it may need occasional trimming. Clip their nails if they do not wear away naturally, and be sure to brush your pup’s teeth regularly to prevent any build-up. Bathe them only when needed since too much soap and water may irritate their skin by drying it out.
On average, an Eskipoo puppy will cost anywhere between $500 to $700.
Here’s a list of organizations that shelter Eskipoos (among other breeds):