The Eskapoo is created by the crossing of two breeds: American Eskimo Dog and Poodle. They are commonly referred to as "designer dogs" and are becoming a popular cross.
The ideal Eskapoo is small to medium in size, well-built, and compact. They should be hardy, sturdy, and muscular in appearance and possess a lively expression.
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 typically has a weather-resistant double coat. The outer coat should be very curly, straight, or slightly wavy. The under coat should be soft and dense.
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.
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.
Help reduce the number of Eska-Poo - Eskapoo puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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