Eskipoo Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Training, Feeding

By Alberto Roy

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The Eskipoo is a designer dog achieved by crossing an American Eskimo dog with a European poodle. This breed that weighs about 15 pounds stands about 11 inches tall. Breeders developed this designer breed as a happy-go-lucky family addition.

Most have a double coat, which may make them ideal companions on cold winter days. Almost all have the flappy ears of the European poodle.

Eskipoo Dog

If you are looking for a new member of your family, consider the Eskipoo. They love to be with you all the time, and their antics will have you laughing frequently.

The Eskipoo is a designer breed created by crossing the American Eskimo and Poodle. These sturdily built dogs are small-sized having a round head, well-set eyes (sometimes blue), floppy ears, short black muzzle, and dense coat.

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Owing to their good-natured and happy temperament, they are a wonderful and popular pet choice, suitable for all ages.

Eskipoos are called pookimos by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and Designer Breed Registry.

Eskipoo Scientific Classification

Kingdom : Animalia

Phylum : Chordata

Class : Mammalia

Order : Carnivora

Family : Canidae

Genus : Canis

Scientific Name : Canis lupus


  • Height: 9-15 inches
  • Weight: 13-20 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Group: not applicable
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, seniors, Apartment dogs, Houses with fenced yards, Couples, New pet parents,
  • Temperament: Affectionate, energetic, playful, gentle
  • Comparable Breeds: Poodle, American Eskimo Dog

Eskipoo Basics

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Whether you’re looking for a companion pooch to spend your retiring days with or would love to grace your family with their first family dog, the Eskipoo is a wonderful choice.

These high-energy dogs, also known as the Pookimo or Eksapoo, have a naturally happy outlook on life and love to spend lots of time with their human family. They love to play and have a good time, making them a great breed to interact with children no matter their age.

Due to their small size, these dogs make excellent apartment dwellers so long as they are taken on regular walks and their barking is controlled.

This pooch has a tendency to bark at any and all unfamiliar sounds, so training them so they won’t bother your neighbors is a must if you live in an apartment.

They don’t do well in solitude and may suffer from separation anxiety if left for too long a time, which is the reason why they would do best with families with at least one person home, or couples where one person may work from home.

The Eskipoo is a cross between a Poodle and American Eskimo dog.

Eskipoo Quick Information

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Other NamesPookimo, Eskimopoo, Eskimodoodle, Eskidoodle, Eski-Poo, Eskapoo
Coat Weather resistant Double Coat: Dense Inner Coat; Curly, Wavy and Soft Outer Coat
ColorMost common colors are sparkling white and cream; Might also come in gray, apricot, brown, black and beige.
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group (of Breed)Designer
Life expectancy10 to 13 years
Weight13 to 20 pounds
Size and HeightSmall; 9 to 15 inches
TemperamentIntelligent, Energetic, Playful, Gentle, Loving, Affectionate
Good with ChildrenYes
BarkingSome do not bark at all whiles others might bark at the sight of a strange face or when left alone.
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationDBR (Designer Breed Registry), ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), DRA ( Dog Registry of America, Inc.), IDCR (International Design Canine Registry), DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club)
Originated inU.S.A


Origin of Askimo

Bringing two breeds together to create a new breed has been all the rage for the past two decades. While some designer dog breed origins are known to us, we aren’t entirely sure how  or when the Poodle and the American Eskimo mix came to be. Fortunately, we do know the beginnings of each of these breeds.

The Poodle started out as dogs who assisted their human masters on hunting trips – they were, in essence, water dogs! In fact, the German word “pudel” refers to the splashing this dog would make when retrieving waterfowl and the sort, and “Poodle” is simply the English equivalent.

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In 19th-century America, white Spitz-type dogs were first found in the communities of German immigrants. They were the descendants of the German Spitz, white Keeshonden or white Pomeranians that came over with immigrants.

In the late 19th century, these pooches became popular and were better known as the American Spitz, bred to be multi-purpose working dogs on farms. In 1917, the American Spitz became known as the American Eskimo, despite having no origin or connection to Eskimo culture whatsoever.

They became popular in traveling circuses as trick dogs thanks to its gorgeous coat, amazing agility and ease of training.

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The 6 different types of Eskipoos and Eskipoo mixes

The Eskipoo can have a long and thick coat like the American Eskimo dog, or it can have a short curly coat like the European poodle. Others fall somewhere in between.

If you are worried that you will not have time to groom it properly, choose the poodle-type coat option. Since either option is very dense, these animals do better in cooler climates. You will find them in a variety of colors, including:

  • White: This is the typical color of an Eskipoo’s coat.
  • Black: Some Eskipoos are black all over while on other animals black is mixed with another color. All different shades of black are possible, including those with a red or blue tint.
  • Cream: All different cream shades are possible, from very light off-white to a deeper tannish color.
  • Grays: These animals may be born with a gray coat, or it may turn that way before they are five.
  • Apricot: These animals are a dull, saturated orange, very similar to an apricot’s color.
  • Brown: From light to dark, many different shades of brown are possible.

3 Pros and Cons of Owning Eskipoos

Family dogs: They love to be in the middle of everything, so whatever your family is doing is fine with them.Suffer separation anxiety: They suffer from more separation anxiety than most breeds.
Intelligent: They are very smart animals who want to please their owners.Stubborn: Sometimes, these dogs want to do things their way.
Great snuggles: They love to snuggle with you, and their coat will help you stay warm as they take a nap on your lap.Energetic: they are energetic animals that need activities to keep them mentally stimulated.


Eskipoo Size and Weight

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Eskipoos can stand between 9 and 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. There is little difference between the size of males and females.

Height (Male):9 to 15 inches tall
Height (Female):9 to 15 inches tall
Weight (Male):Typically 10 to 20 pounds
Weight (Female):Typically 10 to 20 pounds


Eskipoo Common Health Issues

Eskipoos are generally healthy animals, but there are some health issues that you may want to watch out for, including:

  • Cataracts
  • Digital squamous cell carcinoma
  • Luxating patellas

While the vast majority of Eskipoos will not get these diseases, it is essential to learn about them and spot them early.

Health and Entertainment for your Eskipoo

American Eskimo dogs are particularly prone to cataracts, and they can pass this condition on to Eskipoos. In a mature cataract, the part of the eye that is typically black turns white.

This condition can cause blindness. Since it is often hereditary, this is a question that you may want to ask the breeder about the parent. Many learn to adapt very well to being blind.

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Another disease that American Eskimo dogs are prone to is digital squamous cell carcinoma, and it can be a problem for some Eskipoos. Several factors can cause these cancerous tumors on the dog’s paws, including exposure to too much sunlight.

Watch your Eskipoos’ feet for crusted over or irritated places and get them checked out by a veterinarian.

Luxating patellas is a displaced kneecap. Watch your Eskipoo run across the yard, and you may see them running on three feet. Then, suddenly they are running on all four again.

This is the most common sign of luxating patelias. This disease is also prevalent in MalteseChihuahua, French Poodle, and Bichon Frise may cause the dog to throw its leg out to the side when it runs. It can be surgically corrected if needed because it often leads to other bone and ligament issues.

Eskipoo Temperament

If you and your family are looking for a loyal companion, it is hard to beat the Eskipoo’s temperament. They will gladly join in whatever way they can in anything that your family has planned.

They have a very loyal temperament to your family, so they have a hard time adjusting if you are gone for even a couple of hours.

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The Eskipoo is a high-energy dog. Therefore, you need to be sure that it gets plenty of playtimes every day. If you don’t provide it, you can sometimes expect this dog to show a little destructive temperament.

As a breed, the Eskipoo is very sensitive, and it strives hard to fit in. If you are having a good day, then expect this dog to be active and happy. If life is not going your way, it is perfectly content to sit by you while you mope or cry. Getting an Eskipoo hug can be a great way to get to feeling better.

How To Take Care of Eskipoos

It is natural for new pet Eskipoo owners to be a little nervous that they will meet all their new dog’s needs. Thinking about several various factors can help ensure that you meet your Eskipoo puppy or older dog’s needs appropriately.

Food and Diet

Full-grown Eskipoos are prone to obesity, like many other breeds, so ensure that you feed it high-quality food twice a day. Additionally, they may suffer from dental issues, so feed dry kibble whenever possible.

Eskipoo puppy food: Feed the Eskipoo pup a combination of wet and dry dog food for the first 10 months. Then, switch over to totally dry dog food. Be sure to choose a high-quality food with a high amount of calcium as it can later help prevent bone and joint problems.

Eskipoo adult food: You should feed adult Eskipoos at least two meals a day. This is an active breed, so your dog may eat more than many dogs that are the same size, like the Pug or the Havanese. Watch to make sure that your dog does not become obese.

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Maintenance and Grooming

The eskipoo can inherit its coat from either parent. If it gets its coat from its American Eskimo parent, then you need to give it a bath week and comb its coat every day with a wide-tooth comb. It also needs to go to the groomers for a trim about once a month.

If the eskipoo gets its coat from its European poodle parent, it still needs a bath weekly because it has a double coat. Brush the dog with a soft brush two or three times a week. Dogs with this coat need to go to the groomers about every two months.

Training Requirement for Eskipoos

The Eskipoo is easy to train if you rely on positive reinforcement. This breed is generally a people pleaser so that it can be easily trained. Some dogs, however, retain a stubborn streak.

Exercise Requirement for Eskipoos

Eskipoos are active dogs that need regular exercise. Two 30-minute walks a day can benefit this dog, along with some time to romp in the backyard or engage with the family while they are doing an active activity.

Eskipoo Puppies

Your Eskipoo puppy must go to the veterinarian. Puppies should get started on heartworm prevention, and the doctor may have other suggestions. Be sure to follow-up regularly with your puppy’s health needs.

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Eskipoos and Children

Eskipoos make an excellent dog for families. Be sure to teach the child how to interact with the dog appropriately. If it is an Eskipoo pup, you may need to supervise playtime.

Dogs similar to Eskipoos

Several dog breeds are about the same size as the Eskipoo, including:

  • Boston terrier – Less grooming than with the Eskipoo and the same active lifestyle.
  • Cavalier King Charles spaniel – Some Cavalier King Charles spaniels can be more stubborn than the Eskipoo, but they suffer from the same separation anxiety.
  • Shiba Inu – Like the Eskipoo, this breed can suffer from separation anxiety. It is normally harder to train a Shiba Inu because they think the universe revolves around them.
  • Shih tzu – The Eskipoo usually makes a better family dog than the shih tzu, who can have an arrogant, self-centered attitude. Like the Eskipoo, this breed hates hot weather.

Popular Names for Eskipoos

Popular names for Eskipoos often include:

  • Zane
  • Ghost
  • Lady
  • Toby
  • Fluffy

Eskipoo FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Food / Diet for Eskipoo

The Eskipoo is an active dog and will require a healthy diet of high-quality kibble. Because this breed is prone to dental issues, dry kibble is recommended to help keep teeth strong. However, they do equal well on a wet-food diet if dental issues make chew dry kibble impossible.

The Eskipoo is a wonderful companion who will stick by your side and retain its puppy playfulness.

Essential Training for Eskipoo

Both the American Eskimo and the Poodle are known for being people-pleasers, which makes them relatively easy to train.

Crate, potty training and tricks should be a breeze to teach so long as the owner speaks evenly, is patient yet firm and always rewards good behavior with a piece of kibble or a treat.

Both the Poodle and American Eskimo are intelligent dogs who are naturally well-behaved, so training them or teaching them some new moves should not take long.

Weight of Eskipoo

A relatively small-sized breed, the Eskipoo can weigh anywhere from 13-20 pounds once it has reached adulthood.

Temperament / Behavior of Eskipoo

The Eskipoo is a wonderful companion dog who will stick by your side like glue, yet play like a puppy well into its adult years. They have a cheerful disposition which will make them a joy to be around, especially when kids are involved.

Loving and gentle, this breed will lick and love your child from their messy heads to their grubby little fingers and adore them till their last days.

This breed’s size makes them ideal for house, condo or apartment living, so long as they have adequate time to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine.

A fenced backyard for a home should do just fine, while apartment dwellers need daily exercise in the form of a walk, plus a session or two (or more!) of indoor playtime in the form of  “catch me if you can,”  tug of war, etc.

The only downside to this breed is their tendency to howl and bark at unfamiliar sighs, sounds and faces but with proper training, the amount of times they do this can steadily decrease overtime. They also do not do well alone for long periods of time and may develop anxiety.

While they are wonderful first-time pets because they do not need much maintenance, what they do need is plenty of love and attention to keep their spirits high.

Retirees or seniors who would like a pooch that is gentle, fun, yet still challenges them to be moderately active during the day will definitely benefit from the Eskipoo.

Common Health Problems

This designer breed of dog can inherit any health issues from their parent breeds. Common health problems in poodles include cataracts and other eye disease such as eyelash abnormalities, retinal dysplasia, glaucoma and corneal ulcers.

Poodles are also at high risk for cancer, and one of the most common forms of cancer poodles are susceptible to is digital squamous cell carcinoma, which originates at the toenails.

American Eskimos are relatively healthy, however they are also susceptible to a few genetic health issues such as luxating patellas, hip dyslasia, diabetes, juvenile cataracts, Legg-Calve-Perthes, allergies and tear-staining. Both the Poodle and the American Eskimo can develop PRA (progressive retinal atrophy).

Life Expectancy

The Eskipoo lifespan is usually 10-12 years.

Exercise Requirements

The Eskipoo needs daily exercise in order to keep them in shape. American Eskimos tend to become overweight easily, and so owners need to keep an eye on their food intake and make sure they get their exercise.

A walk around the neighborhood, dog park and running around in your fenced backyard, plus some indoor playtime should keep your pooch heart-healthy.

Eskipoos love to play and have a good time, making them a great breed to interact with children no matter their age.

Recognized Clubs

The Eskipoo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), where it is known as the Eskipoo, the Dog Registry of America (DRA) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).

Coat and Color of Eskipoo

Your Eskipoo may have the curly coat of a Poodle or the longer, thicker coat of the American Eskimo or have a combination of both – it all depends how much they take from each parent.

Because it has Poodle blood, the Eskipoo may have hypoallergenic fur, however the American Eskimo side may cancel that out.

To keep their coat in good shape, they need regular brushing which all depends on their coat type.

Longer, denser coats need more care than the typical Poodle fur. Because of their coats, however, this breed tends to do better in the winter than in the hot summer months.

They can often be seen having a blast when it’s snowing out, rolling around in snow and having a great time. Be aware of the temperatures outside if you live in a particularly hot environment.

Eskipoo Puppies

These dogs are rather small when puppies and so it is imperative to always have an adult supervise when children are playing with them.

To have a well-rounded, even-mannered Eskipoo who is used to humans of any age as well as other animals once they are adults, remember to socialize these pups at a young age.

Care of Eskipoo

They do well in homes and apartments provided they are exercised on a regular basis. Taking them for a brisk walk or engaging them in exciting games would be helpful in ensuring a healthy physical and mental development.

However, do not over exercise them as they tend to get exhausted after thirty minutes of running.

Eskipoo Training

Having an intelligence level has high as its Poodle parent, these dogs are a trainer’s delight as it would be easy to teach them a lot of interesting tricks.

The Eskipoo puppies should be imparted with socialization and obedience training to help them develop a pleasing personality.

The trainer should be firm and patient enough to handle this active breed well. You can also teach your pet to housebreak and help him get rid of separation anxiety if it is too high in him.

Feeding Schedule of Eskipoo

It is essential to provide the Eskipoo with dry dog food divided into equal meals. Apart from this make sure you give him a well-balanced diet having sufficient amount of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and other minerals.

Eskipoo Grooming

Though the American Eskimo-Poodle mix sheds less, its coat should regularly be brushed to prevent the curls from getting tangled.

A slicker brush would be appropriate for this purpose. Bathe your pet only when required, also keep its teeth, eyes and ears clean to check infection of any kind.

Trimming and clipping of the coat should be occasional depending on the hair type. In fact, those with a wavy, long and curly hair would require a haircut quite frequently mainly during the winters in comparison to the rest.

Health Problems with Eskipoo

Though it is not known to suffer from any serious health concerns, it might have some of the ailments of its parents such as hip dysplasia, luxating patella and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (American Eskimo) or epilepsy, thyroid problems and gastric dilatation-volvulus (Poodle). It also has chances of contracting eye infections at frequent intervals.

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