To answer the question on all of your minds, yes, the Pomsky definitely does exist! This cute and furry breed, is a treat to behold and is fast growing in popularity amongst dog lovers all over the world just like the chiweenie.
A friend recently introduced me to this breed when she asked for my help in researching the nature and habits of Pomsky puppies. She eventually settled on buying a mini Pomeranian, but only because it was difficult to find a reliable breeder in the area.
So after the considerable amount of research we did, I decided to write about this popular, yet difficult to obtain breed, to help others who are as confused as we were at the time.
In this article we are going to cover every aspect of the Pomsky dog breed, which includes:
- Personality & Temperament
- Health & Diseases
- Shedding and Grooming
- Living environment
The History Behind The Pomsky
There isn’t much by way of history when it comes to pomsky puppies, since it has been less than a decade since any evidence of their existence surfaced on the internet.
This crossbreed of a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky seems to have originated somewhere around 2009 and have since been gaining rapid popularity across America and Europe.
However, Pomeranian husky mix puppies today are bred through artificial insemination, and as a rule the mother is a Husky while the father is a Pom, so that no health complications occur as a result of a small mother giving birth to Pomsky puppies that are too big for her body to handle.
I can say without a doubt that the cute, cuddly appearance of the Pomsky puppy is what draws the heart of a potential owner.
But I would advise you to rethink your decision if you are not prepared to have a full grown 20 – 30 lbs dog in the future, and go for any one of the toy breeds, like the Chiweenie and the miniature doodle
What do Pomsky puppies look like?
Depending on the percentage (50/50, 75/25) ratio of the parent genes, the pomsky puppies might turn out to be large or small as adults. But this is what you can expect if you are looking to adopt/buy a Pomsky:
Appearance: Almost completely like the Husky, can even be considered a more compact version of the larger breed.
Colour/s: Usually white with brown, tan, cream, black, and grey colourings.
Size: This is a controversial issue; Pomsky puppies may grow into medium sized dogs or may just grow to a size of a normal lap-dog.
Height: 25 – 40 cm
Weight: 20 – 30 lbs
Coat : Shiny with Long fur(as is with the parent breeds)
Personality & Temperament Of A Pomeranian husky Mix
The usual thoughts that an individual has about a dog’s temperament, or the certainty with which breeders talk about the personalities of any dog breed, is in fact due to the generations of breeding of that particular breed which has led to a better idea of the breed’s temperament. This, however, is not the case with Pomsky puppies.
Since it is such a new breed, one cannot say for sure whether the pomsky puppies would take after the Pomeranian’s stubborn and curious nature or the more easy going and friendly nature of the Siberian Husky.
It would be prudent to inquire after the parents of your Pomsky puppy (and of course to also ensure the credibility of the breeder) to get an idea of what might be in store for you as your Pomsky matures from a puppy to a grown dog.
Though it can be said without reservation that the pomeranian husky mix puppies as well as full grown adult Pomskies are extremely energetic and playful, so if you’re aiming for a nice relaxing glass of wine after work, you can think again because you will be busy taking your Pomsky out for a much needed bout of exercise.
Choosing The Right Diet For Your Pomsky
For Pomsky puppies to have a healthy lifestyle and minimal digestive issues, a balanced diet is absolutely necessary. Personally, after quite a bit of research and conferring with my vet, I have come to the conclusion that going natural is the key to achieving a good diet plan for your dog, though kibble is not completely inadvisable, as your Pomsky will definitely appreciate the variety.
- Vegetables: Dogs do not possess the capability to digest veggies all that well, but they are a necessary source of fibre and vitamins for them. I prefer to cook my Labrador’s rice with cut veggies, which she seems to relish (even though when it comes to Labs, I must agree that they can gobble up almost everything effortlessly) and I would recommend the same to all the dog owners out there.
- Whole grain: Corn is the absolute best for a Pomsky as it has dietary benefits. Though Gluten containing products like bread must be avoided as gluten allergies are common.
- Meat and Eggs: The maximum content of a Pomsky’s diet should be meat and eggs. They have ample amounts of proteins which give your Pomsky all the energy it needs to romp around all day.Though your Pomsky can handle raw meat, there are higher chances of contamination so you should prefer cooked meat as an option. Eggs can be served raw or cooked, however your dog prefers it.
- Bones: As Periodontal disease is common in Pomskies, chewing and crushing of bones helps to keep their gums clean and healthy. And being a dentist myself, I agree with this statement wholeheartedly.
Pomsky Health Concerns and Disease
Again, there is yet to be enough evidence of specific disease in Pomskies, and hence we must assume that the pattern of disease in Pomskies will follow that of its parent breeds.
pomeranian health issues usually include Patella Luxation, Heart Problems, Thyroid Problems, Alopecia X and Seizures while Siberian husky’s frequently face diseases like Cataracts, Skin Disease, Pigment Loss and Hypothyroidism.
Not many of these problems are fatal, however lack of documentation requires that you be prepared for any of these diseases as a possibility as your Pomsky ages. You can read more about Pomsky diseases here.
Shedding and Grooming Of A Pomsky
One thing that every Pomsky owner will face is shedding. The Pomsky coat is somewhat similar to both its parents, and has a high rate of shedding, for which care must be taken to regularly brush and clean your Pomsky’s coat to remove any dead fur and to keep its coat shiny and healthy, as is the case with any long haired breed.
Cleaning your Pomsky’s ears and paws twice a week are advised, to keep any dirt and infections at bay.
Even though professional grooming is not mandatory, I would recommend regular visits, if only for a happy and beautiful dog as the end result. And trust me, a happy dog makes for a happy home.
Training Your Pomsky
It can be said right off the bat, that Pomskies are an exceptionally intelligent breed. But just being intelligent does not mean that a breed is easy to train.
As with both its parent breeds, Pomsky puppies may possess a clear stubborn streak, which will definitely not make your training sessions easy, because if your Pomsky wants to have fun, nothing will stop him/her from doing just that, training be damned.
But as Pomeranian husky mix puppies can be led by their tummies, your training might be more fruitful if you give them repeated rewards for their efforts.
As both its parents have double layered coats which help to keep them warm, cold temperatures are not an issue for Pomsky puppies. On the other hand if you live in regions where the temperatures are usually high, it would be a bad idea to keep your Pomsky outdoors as it might lead to overheating.
Why do Pomsky puppies cost so much?
What you must understand is that, since it is a designer breed, breeders always consider top grade pedigreed dogs of both breeds as parents, which in itself costs a lot.
Additionally, Pomsky puppies are obtained through artificial insemination, which requires a veterinarian’s consultation and expertise. A high demand and low supply due to hurdles faced during breeding are the prime reasons that Pomsky puppies are costly.
Are Pomskys a good choice for a family setting or with other dogs?
I will say, yes they definitely are. Pomskys are extremely intelligent and sociable animals, and since they are pack animals by nature, they will get along with any other dog you might have, if introduced properly and trained well.
What is the average life expectancy of a Pomsky?
Pomskys will live an average of 12-15 years, provided they have minimal health issues.
How do I deal with all the shedding?
Regular brushing of your Pomsky’s coat and regular trips to a professional groomer will definitely help you and is also something your veterinarian will recommend.
As a final summary, I would like to add these POINTS TO REMEMBER :
If you are considering buying a Pomeranian husky mix as a pet, these are a few things you MUST take into consideration, so that you decide what is best for you and the puppy you wish to bring home:
- Pomsky puppies are extremely energetic.
- Their hair sheds periodically, esp. during summers.
- They require daily exercise.
- Pomsky puppies are comparatively high maintenance dogs.
- Many breeders sell faux Pomsky puppies, so you must know how to tell the difference, or know a reliable breeder.
- Though this is the case with any dog, your Pomsky puppy will require a lot of love and attention, and you must be willing to spend quality time with your pup, to keep him emotionally and mentally healthy.
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