What comes to your mind when you think of an Eskipoo?
When I was first asked this question, I thought it was an Eskimo and a Poodle combined!
Well, close enough… it’s a beautiful dog which is a cross between an American Eskimo dog and a Poodle!
Sounds unique, right?
This beautiful crossbreed is the perfect companion; it’s kind, loving, playful, and has many other qualities!
But, before I go into its characteristics and charming traits, let’s explore its parent’s personalities first.
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The Eskipoos parents
If you’ve read other parts of PoodleHQ, you might be familiar with the origins of this breed already. However, to serve as a quick reminder for those who don’t, the Poodle is a breed that came from Germany. Its traditional purpose was to hunt, and it would typically hunt ducks and birds. The Poodle is renowned for its intelligent nature and comes in three types: Standard, Miniature, and Toy.
Don’t be deceived by the name of this breed; the American Eskimo also originates from Germany! This dog belongs to the spitz family and, in particular, the German Spitz. They used to be commonly called this too until the First world war where they were deemed anti sentimental which they were renamed the American Eskimo! Their purpose was to serve as a watchdog and a companion. Just like the Poodle, they also come in three sizes Standard, Miniature, and Toy.
It’s uncertain when the Eskipoo first came into existence, but it’s believed that their parents were bred to create a sturdy, affectionate, and loving crossbreed. It’s also rumored that breeders wanted to create another companion dog.
What does an Eskipoo look like?
Surely by now, your cogs might be turning in your brain with excitement thinking what this marvelous crossbreed might look like? If not, then get them going cause you’re in for a treat.
The length of an Eskipoo tends to be a bit bigger than its height. Speaking of which, an Eskipoo can grow up to 10-16inches/25.4-40.6cm and weigh between 10-20Ibs/4.5-9kg. This crossbreed is renowned for its oval head, round eyes that can be either blue or brown and large triangular, floppy ears.
If you’re looking to buy an Eskipoo, you can be presented with two options. First of all, you could get an Eskipoo that has a short, smooth curly coat like its Poodle parent. Second, you could also get an Eskipoo that has a long and thick coat like the American Eskimo dog.
But, most of the time, their coat is medium length and is either wavy, quite dense, and has a double layer. Due to them having a dense coat, this crossbreed often is better suited to colder environments.
Now, back to their coat. One of the most fantastic features about the Eskipoo is that it has many coat colors, which are:
- White: Out of all the coat colors of an Eskipoo, this is the most common color available.
- Brown: Eskipoos can come in a variety of brown shades ranging from light to dark.
- Apricot: Similar to the color of an apricot, an Eskipoo can come in dull and saturated orange.
- Grey: Eskipoo’s can be born with a grey coat or have their coat change to a grey color before they turn five years old.
- Cream: Eskipoo’s came come in a variety of cream colors ranging from a light off-white to a deep tan color.
- Black: There’s a variety of black-colored coats the Eskipoo can have, some are pure black, and some can have tints like red or blue.
Alongside the colors mentioned above, it’s also common for an Eskipoo to have multiple patches on their coat consisting of two colors. Alongside having patches on their tails and feet.
Are Eskipoo’s hypoallergenic?
Since I’m discussing the topic of an Eskipoo’s coat, you probably want to know if they’re hypoallergenic. Well, if you’re an allergy sufferer, you’re in luck because this breed IS hypoallergenic! However, that’s if they take after their Poodle parent.
If the Eskipoo inherits its American Eskimo’s coat, then be prepared for some shedding, especially in-between seasons. Its thick double coat will change and leave a lot of hair lingering about. Therefore I wouldn’t really class an Eskipoo as hypoallergenic if it takes after its American Eskimo parent.
Yep, I know it can be a bit confusing knowing whether they’re hypoallergenic or not! But, to gain a good idea, you can always enquire with and visit a breeder asking about its parent’s history. Similarly, you can also adopt an Eskipoo for a few days to see how your allergies respond to the breed.
Even though the Eskipoo can have two different coat types, its fur tends to be quite dense. It’s for this reason; you should manage to brush its coat at least 4-5 times a week. The best way to brush it is by using a wide-tooth comb and a soft brush.
Plus, you should only bathe it every 2-3 months and only when you can clearly see dirt in their coat to stop any natural oils from being stripped away from its coat. In general, though, you should take this dog to a professional groomer every 2-3 months and also frequently for haircuts (if it takes after the Poodle).
Their nails should also be trimmed every couple of weeks and teeth brushed daily. You should also regularly check and clean around its eyes and ears, reducing the risk of any infection occurring.
With the Eskipoo, you can expect a friendly, alert, intelligent, and extremely active dog. They have a playful personality which makes them a dog that can adapt to people, including strangers! However, it does take them a bit of time with new people and animals as they can be a bit on the conservative side.
Their cheerful and loving disposition makes them an ideal crossbreed for children and elders. Therefore if you have others of these age groups living in your home, then an Eskipoo would be a perfect addition to have. They’re loyal and full of affection and will make any family member feel loved. But if you do let them play with children, make sure you supervise them around toddlers.
If you have any dogs in your household, then the Eskipoo will get on well with them, as long as they are socialized!
Their attention comes with a downside, though; if you leave an Eskipoo for too long on its own, it can quickly develop separation anxiety. This means they can start chewing on your furniture, get bored and even bark excessively. Therefore if you’re the type of person or your family is absent from your home for hours at a time, then the Eskipoo is not the breed for you.
Similarly, you should only bring them into your life if you have a large home with a yard. This breed is highly active and has a lot of energy to use, which means regular exercise. When not walking, they love to play in a backyard and require lots of games to keep them mentally stimulated.
Likewise, if you live in a country, we’d advise against getting an Eskipoo. This breed has a double coat designed to keep them warm in the winter season, and if you’re in a hot climate, they can overheat easily.
On average, an Eskipoo can live up to 10-13 years, that’s if they’re fed and looked after well. However, their life span can differ if they have the following conditions:
- Luxating Patellas
- Digital Squamous carcinoma
- Gastric dilation volvulus
Not all Eskipoo’s have these problems; however, you should still read up about them as a dog owner in case they do. To rule these out, you should take them to a vet once a year for a regular health check. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Eskipoo puppy cost
I know you might be worried; given the Eskipoo’s exotic name, it might have an exotic and expensive cost surrounding it. Well, on average, in the USA, the Eskipoo costs $1,600- $4,700, and that depends on its breed lines and if it’s a pedigree. Similarly, its breeder and location may influence the price. Do note also that this is just for the USA; the price also may be higher or cheaper depending on where you live in the world.
The Eskipoo is a smart dog and easy to train. It has high bursts of energy and requires a large-sized home with a decent backyard to live in. Similarly, this breed will get along well with the elderly and children, making it a great addition to a home.
Plus, there’s a variety of coat colors it comes in, and most of the time is a hypoallergenic breed. The Eskipoo has a double coat and is not an ideal breed to own if you live in a hot country.
Similarly, it’s quite an expensive dog to buy, so make sure you have plenty of savings available to buy it, pay for its vet bills, food and toys.
But, its expense should not limit you to buying a Eskipoo. There are so many remarkable features of this breed. What is your favorite feature? Comment down below.