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There are lots of new designer dogs being introduced all the time, and the Pomsky is one of them. The Pomsky is also known as a Pomeranian-Husky since Pomeranian dogs and Siberian Huskies are the two parental breeds. The Pomeranian-Husky is a dog with a wide range of different character traits and physical characteristics. When people cross dogs that are as different as the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian, a lot of different things can happen.
Origin of the Pomsky
This is a dog that is partly distinguished by the fact that it is so new. A lot of hybrid dog breeds are very well-established. The Pomeranian-Husky is a new enough dog that there’s a lot that people don’t know. These dogs started to take off in popularity as recently as 2016.
Most people purchasing them and breeding them live in Europe and North America. The Pomeranian-Husky mother is typically a Siberian Husky and the father is a Pomeranian. It makes sense for the larger dog to be the mother, since she is the one carrying the young. The size difference between Pomeranian dogs and Siberian Huskies seems to make the Pomeranian-Husky an unlikely hybrid, but these dogs are becoming some of the most loved designer dogs in the world.
While people often expect all hybrids to look the same, their appearance will vary even more than the appearance of their parents. Hybrid genetics and the expression of their genes can be somewhat unpredictable. However, the Pomeranian-Husky will often look like a miniature Siberian Husky.
The Pomeranian side often manifests itself in the facial shape of the Pomeranian-Husky. They will typically have shorter snouts than their Husky parents, and the upper half of their heads will typically be slightly broader. However, they will usually have the fur and the coloring of their Siberian Husky parents, making them look like particularly adorable Siberian Husky puppies.
People should know that Pomeranian-Husky dogs will vary a lot in terms of size. Some of them will be around ten pounds even as adults. Many of them will reach thirty pounds or so. They might be on the smaller end of ‘medium.’ Others will actually be really tiny dogs that are perfect for small apartments.
People who want to have really tiny Pomeranian-Husky dogs should avoid adopting them as puppies. They don’t know how big they’re going to get. The adult Pomeranian-Husky dogs will have already reached their full size. People will be able to get a sense of their size right away, and they can walk home with the Pomeranian-Husky dogs that they want.
Of course, other people are going to want the larger Pomeranian-Husky dogs, which will be better for walking and for athletic activities. Some Pomeranian-Husky dogs have inherited the watchdog instincts of their Siberian Husky parents. Those instincts make more sense for a medium-sized dog.
A hybrid that resulted from breeding a small and medium dog will be available in a wide range of sizes, which is something that dog owners should expect.
Hybrid dogs will tend to have a wide range of different behavioral tendencies. This is due to the fact that they might inherit some personality traits from their parents but not others. People usually know what to expect from a Siberian Husky or a Pomeranian. It’s possible that a Pomeranian-Husky will have a personality that is more like a Pomeranian or a personality that is more like a Siberian Husky.
They won’t always be perfect amalgams of both parents, with all of the positive personality traits and none of the negative ones. However, it is still possible to get Pomeranian-Husky dogs like that for the people who get really lucky.
Some Pomeranian-Husky dogs can be uncooperative. Others are very loyal and determined to protect their owners. Of course, this is more impressive coming from a Siberian Husky. When small dogs try to be protective of their owners, it often comes across as comical.
It should be noted that contrary to popular belief, Siberian Huskies can be difficult to train. Obviously, it’s truly very rewarding when people do manage to pull it off, given their capabilities as sled dogs. However, people who are just trying to keep their Siberian Huskies around on a regular basis are not going to have a comparatively easy time trying to get them to follow simple commands.
Pomeranian dogs are famously difficult to train. Most people just accept that they will be hard to deal with, but they figure that it doesn’t matter with a dog that is so small. A Pomeranian-Husky might be larger than a Pomeranian, so the consequences of their misbehavior might be more severe.
Pomsky Health Issues
The fact that the Pomeranian-Husky is such a new designer dog is actually a problem when it comes to anticipating the sorts of health issues that they might experience. There just isn’t a lot of information about the potential health issues that the Pomeranian-Husky might have.
However, Pomeranian-Husky dogs are more likely to have allergies of all kinds than other dogs. Both of their parent breeds tend to have a lot of allergies, and the Pomeranian-Husky dogs will usually inherit them. Pomskies are also more likely to have skin problems than other breeds. Eye disorders are very common among Siberian Huskies due to their light-colored eyes, and Pomeranian-Husky dogs will be more likely to get eye problems later in life. All dogs age quickly by human standards, and little Pomeranian-Husky puppies can quickly start to experience problems with their vision.
A Pomeranian-Husky will typically be more athletic than a Pomeranian dog and less athletic than a Siberian Husky. People who have owned Pomeranian dogs in the past are often surprised by the fact that these dogs can’t even handle a typical thirty-minute walk around the block. While it is true that Pomeranian dogs are energetic, their energy reserves are actually spent quickly from a human perspective. Since their legs are so short, a few steps for a human will be several steps for a Pomeranian dog.
Siberian Huskies are sled dogs. These are animals who are actively used in order to help transport people across long snowy fields. Siberian Huskies are medium in size, so they can keep up with their tall human owners much more effectively. Getting a Siberian Husky the requisite amount of exercise can be difficult for the people who are living in the city.
Pomsky dogs have a tendency to be smaller than Siberian Huskies but bigger than Pomeranian dogs at around thirty pounds. As such, they should probably be able to handle long walks much more easily than their Pomeranian parents. Still, they are not going to need as much exercise as their extremely athletic working dog Siberian Husky parents. Taking Pomeranian-Husky dogs on walks on a regular basis should usually be fine.
Feeding a Pomsky
It doesn’t look like the Pomeranian-Husky dogs will have too many special dietary requirements. Some individual dogs will have their subjective food aversions. Pomeranian-Husky dogs are also more prone to certain allergies than other dogs, and that could include food allergies. However, dogs typically are not picky eaters.
One of the trickier parts of feeding a Pomeranian-Husky involves knowing whether to treat him or her more like a small dog or a medium dog. Dogs will vary in their dietary habits based on their size. Little dogs will tend to eat small portions of wet canned food. Bigger dogs will often need larger portions of bagged food.
People will have to use their best judgment when it comes to feeding a Pomeranian-Husky. If the dog is closer to around thirty pounds or so, it might be time to feed him or her like a medium-sized dog. Otherwise, a Pomeranian-Husky can be fed just like a Pomeranian.
Grooming a Pomsky
For the most part, it shouldn’t be difficult to groom a Pomeranian-Husky dog. They tend to have short fur. Some of them might have thick fur due to their Siberian Husky parents, but it shouldn’t be too dramatic. Some of them might have slightly longer coats of their Pomeranian parents.
However, using a simple brush every now and then and giving them baths when they’re too dirty should usually suffice when it comes to Pomeranian-Husky grooming. It all depends on how owners want their dogs to look.
Some owners might decide to groom a Pomsky three to five times a week. These dogs tend to shed more than a lot of other dogs. Siberian Huskies were bred in order to withstand the cold. During the warmer months, they’re going to shed a lot of their fur. Their ears should be cleaned every two weeks, and their teeth should be cleaned every week.
It’s important to start training a Pomeranian-Husky as quickly as possible. These are the sorts of dogs that can be difficult to train in some cases. People need to make sure that they get them used to certain regimens early enough.
Pomeranian dogs are great when it comes to working intelligence. Oddly enough, Siberian Huskies are not considered as smart with regards to working intelligence, and they rank in the bottom half on the list of the most intelligent dogs. Siberian Huskies are regarded as being of average intelligence, while Pomeranian dogs are actually considered above average in that way.
However, working intelligence isn’t everything, and both of these dogs tend to be great when it comes to the social intelligence that a lot of dogs have as a matter of course. Pomeranian dogs, in particular, are often extremely empathetic when it comes to what their owners are feeling and when. A lot of Siberian Huskies are the same.
A Pomeranian-Husky might be relatively easy to train if he or she inherits more characteristics from the Pomeranian side. However, Siberian Huskies are harder to train. They cannot absorb as many commands and they will tend to need more repetitions. Some Pomeranian-Husky dogs might rank somewhere in the middle.
Some hybrid dogs manage to be smarter than both of their parents. There is a tendency among hybrid dog types, such as the bordoodle, to be better than both parents in many respects. However, there really is no guarantee with any designer dog, especially with a designer dog as new as the Pomeranian-Husky.
The Pomeranian-Husky is a great dog that a lot of people will love. These dogs are energetic and loving, and they could potentially give people the best of both worlds with regards to Pomeranian dogs and Siberian Huskies. They’re also new enough that the breed is full of possibilities.
Ray Roman is the founder and main contributor to this site. He enjoys researching and writing about hybrid dogs. He enjoys spending time with his family and their 14-year old Dashhund Zooey.