There are so many dog breeds, some more fascinating than others. We will look into the unique traits of a Pomsky and the things you should know before making the commitment of adding one to your family.
What is a Pomsky?
A Pomsky is a Pomeranian and Siberian Husky mix. Due to the size difference of the two dogs, Pomskies are bred by artificially inseminating a female Husky with a male Pomeranian. Natural breeding would be unsafe.
This is an expensive process which is why Pomskies cost so much. This process is what makes this breed a designer breed.
The ideology of the Pomsky was to produce a small Pomeranian sized dog, with the coloration of the beautiful Siberian Husky. Since the breed is so new, most standards of how it should look or traits that it should have still haven’t been established.
For the time being, Pomskies can vary greatly in looks department and personality, even within the same litter. Breed standards aren’t likely to come any time soon. It is also important to note that a teacup Pomsky does not exist.
Their looks differ greatly even within the same litter. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some dogs look more like a Husky while others more like a Pomeranian. There are only a few traits that the majority do seem to inherit which are pointy ears, a nice curly tail, as well as a long muzzle and a thick, luxurious coat.
When it comes to their coat, the Pomsky can be a variety of colours. As seen in the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. The most commonly seen colours are brown, cream, grey and tan, and countless combinations of these colors. Their eye color can be either lighter like those of a Husky or brown like those of a Pomeranian.
For the most part, Pomskies are considered to be medium size dogs. There is no way of knowing exactly how big the puppy will grow. They have been known to grow up to 15 inches high and can weigh up to 45 lbs. They are not known for being lap dogs.
To determine the possible size of your Pomsky, you would need to take a close look at his/her parents, but even at that, you won’t be able to know for sure which traits it will be inherited or how big they will grow. There are a few that will be slightly bigger than a Pomeranian but for the most part, they will be quite a bit bigger.
They have high energy which they inherited from their Husky parent. Huskies are one of the most energetic dogs that you could possibly get. As so Pomskies have a ton of energy. They require a lot of exercise and need lots of playtime. At moments you may even think they have infinite amounts of energy. Therefore, it is important that Pomsky owners are able to cater to their pet’s exercise needs. When they are not provided with an outlet for their energy, Pomskies can become destructive and develop various behavioural issues like any other dog breed. If you’re looking for a laid-back dog, then steer clear from the Pomeranian and Husky mixes.
Pomskies are highly adaptable. If your Pomsky has more Pomeranian traits and is smaller in size (under 15 lbs) they don’t have large space requirements and only have moderate exercise needs. This makes them good apartment dogs. On the other hand, if you have a Pomsky on the larger side who has more Husky traits, they will definitely need a yard because they require more exercise.
Pomskies can be vocal dogs that tend to be yappy if they aren’t properly trained. Socialization with other dogs and people is important, especially at an early age. They tend to do better in colder environments because of their thick double coat. They generally do not cope well with heat.
It is hard to generalize the personality of a Pomskies since they have not been around long enough. They can vary tremendously in temperament and looks within the same litter. Some people have reported that they tend to latch on to one favourite family member.
They get along with all humans in the household but choose a favourite. Pomskies can be nervous around strangers if they haven’t been properly socialized. Socialization is very important and should begin at an early age.
Life Span / Health
Pomskies are still a very new breed so it’s very hard to predict which hereditary health issues they tend to have. Pomskies can develop the common health problems of both its Husky and Pomeranian parents. Huskies are genetically predisposed to conditions like allergies, hip dysplasia, dislocated knees (luxating patellas), eye problems, epilepsy, heart disease, collapsing trachea, and skin problems among other issues.
Pomeranians often suffer from dental issues resulting from a buildup of plaque. If this is a concern, make sure to get a lineage ratio from your breeder to know which conditions your dog is more likely to have.
Life expectancy is about 13-15 years.
Pomskies are very trainable but may inherit some stubbornness from the Siberian Husky so they are best suited for experienced dog owners.
They are extremely intelligent and respond well to reward-based training methods. For most new dog owners, it’s important to start with the basics such as potty training and learning to walk on a leash. Training a puppy is not an easy task, but it’s important to teach your Pomsky manners while they’re still young.
They shed a lot! Pomskies have a soft, fluffy double coat that requires lots of brushing to maintain. Brushing helps but you can still expect to find hair around the home. A lint roller will become your new best friend. Their thick coat keeps them very comfortable in cold temperatures.
Children and Other Pets
Some breeders say these dogs are the perfect family dog, while others suggest you should pay attention to small children, and recommend Pomskies only for single people and families with teenagers. All dogs have their own personalities and it is very hard to generalize. It is best to see with the breeder or what kind of temperament the dog has. They tend to inherit a high prey drive from the Husky which means they might like to chase smaller animals like cats. A Pomsky can get on well with other pets if you introduce them to each other when the dog is still very young.
If you’re looking for a laid back apartment dog, a Pomsky is a risky choice. While the ideology is to have a Pomeranian size and temperament who looks like a Husky, it is not quite the reality.
It is hard to predict how big a Pomsky will be. It is equally challenging to know whether they will inherit more Husky or Pomeranian personality traits. If you’re looking for a smaller Husky, Miniature Huskies do exist. Standard Huskies that were exceptionally small were selectively bred. Miniature Huskies weigh between 25-35 lbs and have the same temperament as a regular Siberian Husky. However, they are not apartment dogs. There is also the German Spitz that looks like a bigger Pomeranian, weighs up to 20 lbs and considered to be a good apartment dog.