- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Eskapoo
- COLOR(S):White or cream.
An Eskapoo is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a American Eskimo and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the Poodle\'s nonshedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders.
The Eskapoo is affectionate, loving, and cheerful. They do best in a home with older, considerate children and dogs or non-canine pets they have been raised with. They are very family oriented and do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. Boredom or loneliness will lead to destructive behavior and incessant barking. Eskapoo\'s are alert, suspicious of strangers, and will announce visitors or out of the ordinary sounds.
Depending on coat type, the Eskapoo requires frequent brushing to prevent matting and tangling or professional clipping. It is important to keep the ears clean to prevent infection. -
They may be prone to such health issues as PRA, epilepsy, diabetes, hip dysplasia, and skin problems.
The Eskapoo breed will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. They do best with a securely fenced small to average sized yard where there is ample room for off-lead play time. Eskapoo\'s enjoy family play sessions and securely leashed walks.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. Both the American Eskimo and Poodle have a propensity to bark and this behavior should be curbed. The Eskapoo will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.