Pomsky – What You Need To Know About Pomskies
There is very little doubt the Pomsky is one of the most sought after and in demand hybrid dogs on the market. Cute and lovable the Pomsky is a sight to behold. But there is quite a bit to learn if you are wanting to buy one and are one of the lucky few who can get their hands on one. This article is an introduction to the Pomsky. It was written to give you a thorough introduction to this designer dog. we hope the knowledge you gain will help you decide whether or not a Pomsky is for you.
Origins of the Pomsky
Though it's very difficult to find when the first Pomsky was created we do know it's fairly new hybrid dog. For those who don't know a hybrid dog is really nothing more than a mutt with the exception that the breeding is controlled to ensure somewhat of an outcome. The Pomsky is the result of crossbreeding a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. Due to obvious reason, size mainly, the breeding is not natural and is done with artificial insemination. A Siberian Husky female and a Pomeranian male are used in the breeding process. Below is a little bit about the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian to give you a better idea of why the Pomsky is the way it is.
Pomeranian - It is the believed the Pom originated by breeding Spitz breeds in Pomerania. At that time is was thought they weighed about 30 pounds. A far cry from today. They were brought to England in 1761 and with Queen Victoria's love these dogs they became quite popular. The one she fell in love with weighed about 10-12 pounds. Astute breeders saw an opportunity and started breeding Pomeranian weighing 7-15 pounds. This more or less what they weight today.
The Pomeranian is a smart and outgoing dog that is full of energy. He loves to be around people and is just very sociable. The Pom barks a lot so they usually have to be trained to behave. They do, however, make a great watchdog.
Siberian Husky - The Siberian Husky has its origins in Russia. DNA testing reveals that is is one of the 0ldedst dogs in existence. The Siberian Husky was introduced to Alaska in circa 1900 where the breed was used as a sled dog and for entry into dog sled races. Nowadays the Siberian Husky still behaves like a pack animal so it needs an Alpha male in the form of an owner to establish itself as the leader of the pack. This breed is full of energy, can be mischievous at times and is very friendly. Their friendliness keeps them from being good watchdogs. They tend to howl more than the bark.
The Pomksy is also known as a Pomeranian Husky. Since the Pomsky is a hybrid dog and not a pure breed it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Dog Registry of America recognizes the Pomsky as a legitimate hybrid dog.
There is also the Pomsky Club of America that is trying to get this designer dog certified as a legitimate hybrid. They have created code of ethics and hold Pomsky breeders to a higher standard. The International Pomsky Association is also working hard to develop this crossbreed into a true breed.
Pomsky Physical Characteristics
So what does a Pomsky look like. Images a cross between a Siberian Husky and a fluffy ball of fur. The Pomsky looks just like that. Considered a medium-sized dog the Pomksys' weight can range from 15-30 pounds. They are about as tall as a 12-inch ruler give or take a couple of inches. The head of a Pomsky is in direct proportion to the rest of its body along with a medium-sized muzzle is a curved tail, pointy ears, and almond-shaped eyes.
Colors that are very common to the Pomsky include red, tan, blue, cream, white brown or a mix of those colors. A fluffy coat is an understatement with the Pomsky. The coat is not just fluffy it is also silky with waves and very, very soft.
One of the more unpredictable things about a Pomsky is its size at maturity. It is quite difficult or almost impossible to predict whether or not your Pomsky will end up in the 15 inch tall and 30 pound range. It is quite possible that can happen.
Most folks are initially attracted to this hybrid dog due to how cute and fluffy it is when just a puppy, however as it gets older it tends to loose that cuteness. In the end you might end up with a 30 pound Pomsky that isn't as cute as when you first got it so be prepared.
Life Expectancy of a Pomsky
A Siberian Husky has a life expectancy of 12-15 years and the Pomeranian of 12-16 years. Accordingly, the Pomsky has a life expectancy of 12-15 years.
Temperament of a Pomsky
Like all hybrid/designer dogs, this is where things can get very interesting. No two dogs are further apart physically and behaviorally than a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. It's safe to conclude the Pomeranian Husky as they are also known can inherit the traits or either one or both. In other words, the Pomsky's temperament is hard to predict. It will all come down to each puppies genetic makeup.
Often though Pomskies inherit the traits the are desirable in both the Husky and Pom. Pomskies can be very smart, loving, extremely playful, and full of confidence. These are all desirable traits in both the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian.
If Poms are protective of their owners and their surrounding you can definitely expect that from a Pomsky. Talk about David and Goliath, Pomskies are not afraid to challenge bigger adversaries if they see them as a threat to their family.
One of the better traits of Siberian Huskies which how great and comfortable with children sometimes does not pass on down to Pomskies. They can be nervous and guarded around small children. That's why it's important if you have small kids in your family to properly integrate you Pomsky to avoid any behavioral problems.
Pomsky Health Issues
Pomskies are no different than other dogs and can have the same health issues. Just like their parents a Pomsky can suffer from Epilepsy, eye problems, Legg-Perthe's, allergies, hip dysplasia and can also dental problems, such as dental plaque.
Take precautions against health issues with your Pomsky by asking question about their parent's health. Get copies of the parents medical records from the breeder. If the breeder is vague or does not want to provide the information find another more reputable breeder.
Pomskies are a bundle of energy. If you are expecting to come home to relax think again. Pomskies need lots of exercise and lots of mental stimulation. Failure to provide either one may result in your Pomsky developing aggressive behavioral problems.
Create an exercise and activity schedule for you and your dog. For example a daily walk in the morning and evenings. Purchase mentally stimulating dog toys such as the SunGrow ShakeQ Pet Food Ball.
On the weekend we highly recommend a visit to the neighborhood dog park with your Pomsky. Allowing the dog to socialize with other dogs is healthy and provides lots of additional exercise. Chances are you will probably like being outdoors with other dog owners as well.
Feeding Your Pomsky
Due to the high energy of a Pomsky providing a high quality dog food is very important. Typically you will provide 2 meals per day for your dog. Each meal should consist of about a cup and quarter of high nutrition dog food. We tend to favor Blue Buffalo dog food due to its high nutritional value and natural ingredients.
Pomskies have a coat that is both soft and fluffy. This lends itself to a good amount of shedding. Since Pomskies have a Pomeranian father and Poms tend to shed quite a bit genetically it will be the same for the Pomsky. Just like exercise you will need to develop and stick to a regular grooming schedule. Also be prepared to use your vacuum often as you will get hair on your clothes and couches as well.
So how much grooming does a Pomsky need? Here are some grooming tips to help keep your Pomeranian Husky great looking all the time.
- Brush their coat daily with a high quality dog shedding brush.
- Bath your Pomsky only when necessary. There is no need to bath your Pomsky often as it can affect your dogs skin oils. Use a good dog shampoo.
- Brush their teeth several times a week. Dental plaque can be a problem with this hybrid dog.
- Clean their ears weekly. Wiping around the ear and being careful not to introduce any foreign substance into the ear canal.
- Trim nails when needed. Some people don't like trimming their dogs nails so if you are that type take your Pomsky to a groomer.
Training Your Pomsky
Everyone wants a well-behaved dog. Owner of this designer dog are no different but in order to train your Pomeranian Husky you will need to put in a little extra effort.
They are smart but can also be stubborn. The best method for training your dog is to use the positive rewards method or as it is also known positive reinforcement training.
If you have no idea what positive reinforcement training is check out the book by Karen Pryor called Don't Shoot The Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training.
Make sure you are using consistent commands and a clear and firm tone when training your dog. When your dog becomes stubborn or isn't doing just what you are asking stay calm and be patient. Consistency is what matter and soon they will do just as you ask. Make sure you are always the one in charge. If your Pomsky at any time senses you are not be prepared for a mutiny.
Training and socialization for your dog should start very early. This will help in developing a well behaved dog that people will love to be around.
Cost of Owning a Pomsky
This designer dog is by no means cheap. From buying one to caring, feeding and the veterinarian visits you might want to limits those Starbucks lattes.
These are typical cost you can expect when owning a Pomksy.
- $1,000 to $6,000 the price you might pay for a new Pomsky puppy.
- $600 to $1,000 average yearly medical expenses.
- $400 to $500 for other non-medical expenses (food, grooming, toys etc)
Should Pomskies Even Exist?
Honestly I can't recall a designer/hybrid dog that has stirred up so much controversy. In one camp you have those who believe new breeds should not be bred unless there is a useful utilitarian purpose. The rational being its unethical to create a breed simply for looks.
They also believe that there is not enough information yet to determine what the long term effect of breeding Pomskies might be.
That being said I believe the Pomsky does serve a purpose. It is a beautiful and loyal companion dog that is suitable for many people. I think the breeders need to make sure that breeding is being done properly. They need to police themselves which might be hard to do. Which goes back to making sure you are dealing with a reputable breeder.
Finding a reputable breeder is very important to ensuring you end up with dog that is healthy and trainable. Finding a breeder that certifies the origins of their pomskies is great. The standards for the breed have not yet been fully standardized but the PCA and IPA are both working to make that happen.
Talk to the breeder and ask questions about their process for breeding and the records they keep. Ask for a several customers who have bought from them and talk to those people.
Better yet call one of the Pomsky organizations and ask them for a list of registered breeders. that might be in your area. Visit them and check out their facilities.
If you are a Pomsky breeder and would like to be featured on this page please contact us for more information.
Pomskies do make great companions for the right people. If your family has small kids think twice about this hybrid dog since it might not do well with kids if you do not have the time to properly train the dog.
If you are the type that like to come home in the evening and stay home then this dog might not be for you since it requires regular exercise. It also requires good training and like we mentioned it is an expensive dog.
If however you can get past all of the above we think a Pomsky will make a great companion.