Canis lupus

Last updated: April 13, 2021
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Eskipoos are called pookimos by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and Designer Breed Registry.

Eskipoo Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Eskipoo Facts

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

Eskipoo Physical Characteristics

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It takes most eskipoos 15-to-17 months to become full grown.

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.

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.

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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

Pros! Cons!
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

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.

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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.

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 Maltese, Chihuahua, 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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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 often include:

  • Zane
  • Ghost
  • Lady
  • Toby
  • Fluffy

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Eskipoo FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a Eskipoo?

An Eskipoo is a cross between a European poodle and an American Eskimo dog.

How big is a Eskipoo?

An Eskipoo is a small dog that seldom weighs more than 20 pounds. It usually stands between 9-and-15 inches at the shoulder.

What does the Eskipoo look like?

Eskipoos is a small dog with a round head. They have a black nose and floppy European-poodle-style ears. Their eyes are often blue and set back on the head. This dog can have an American-Eskimo-type coat or a European-poodle-type coat. They come in a variety of colors.

How much does the Eskipoo cost to own?

In addition to the $600 initial price required to get a full-grown Eskipoo, you can expect ongoing expenses. Depending on the dog’s coat, you can expect the price to be about $50 every two-to-three months for grooming. You can also expect it to cost about $500 a year to feed the dog.

Are Eskipoos good with kids?

Eskipoos make outstanding dogs for kids as long as you set boundaries. They love all the activity that comes with an active family. Introduce the dog and child so that they know not to be too rough with this dog.

Do Eskipoos make good family dogs?

Eskipoos make outstanding family dogs if someone is home most of the time, or you take your dog with you wherever you go. They suffer a lot from separation anxiety.

How long do Eskipoos live?

Eskipoos usually live for about 10 to 13 years.

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