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Pomsky: Everything You Need To Know

October 20, 2017 — by Carol Reddy0

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Dog Breeds

Pomsky: Everything You Need To Know

October 20, 2017 — by Carol Reddy0

Did you ever think there was a dog that could resemble the cute small size of a Pomeranian while having the beauty of a Husky? Well its time you get acquainted with the Pomsky...

If you’re up to date on your puppy trends you’ve probably heard of the Pomsky.

New to the dog world, the Pomsky is extremely sought after and absolutely adorable.

There is SO much to know about this dog…

 

So, if you’re ready to learn everything you need to know about the Pomsky, let’s get started.

Pomsky History

Pomsky

The history of the hybrid puppy known as the Pomsky is not a long one…

It seems as if the Pomsky came out of no where, and soon became a social media sensation.

But, once you see a Pomsky you can understand all this commotion around the “designer dog breed”.

To be considered a designer dog breed a dog needs to

  • be adorable
  • have a made up name (Pom-sky)
  • be a dog

These wonderful dogs are the product of the cross breeding of a Pom-eranian and Hu-sky. 

It is believed that the Pomsky was bred for their appearance, therefore having no actual purpose for the hybrids existence…

Even if this is the case, the Pomsky still ended up being a well rounded loving hybrid dog, sought out after by many dog lovers.

hybrid dog is not necessarily considered a breed, it is a hybrid – meaning it is a mix of more than one purebred dog.

Whats interesting about a hybrid dog is you never know what you’re going to get!

One pomsky puppy might resemble a pomeranian more than a husky, while another pomsky might act more like a husky than a pomeranian.

Breeding dogs is similar to rolling a pair of dice, you never know what you’re going to get.

That’s why its important for dogs such as the hybrid pomsky to be bred by trusted professional breeders who will ensure the gene pool of this dog stays generally healthy.

Due to the rapid growth in popularity and demand for pomsky puppies it’s no wonder people ran into trouble with breeders not being truthful or being unaware of the quality and health of the dog.

The pomsky is a very controversial dog.

Out of the 400 dog breeds recognized world wide, the Pomsky it is not recognized as its own breed.

Although the pomsky is not accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) there are other organizations such as the Pomsky Club of America that are working towards the acceptance of the hybrid designer dog.

Pomsky Weight/Size

Pomsky weight

As previously stated you can never be sure what you’re getting with a hybrid dog…

So, that means the size and weight of the pomsky can vary from dog to dog.

But, if you look at the weight and size of a Pomeranian and Husky you can get a better idea of the size of the pomsky.

When doing so its important to remember that Pomskys are usually bred with a FEMALE husky and a MALE Pomeranian.

Obviously this is done for safety precautions, as breeding a male husky with a female pomeranian may be dangerous for the female pomeranian and litter.

Pomskies are usually bred through artificial insemination, meaning frozen semen is taken from the male dog and placed in the uterus of the female dog.

Male and females of any breed DO vary in weight and size so its an important factor in the outcome of a pomskies size.

A female Siberian Husky usually reaches between 20-22 inches in height, while her male partner the Pomeranian can be as tall as 7-12 inches.

Therefore, the average height that a Pomsky will grow to be is between 10-15 inches in size.

On average a female husky will weigh between 35-50 pounds, and a male Pomeranian will weigh around 7-10 pounds.

A healthy Pomsky will weigh half the amount of their parents weight put together. So the average Pomsky will grow to be approximately 25 pounds.

Pomsky Coat/Grooming

Grooming a Pomsky

The pomsky is considered new to the dog world so therefore it can be difficult to predict certain characteristics of the dog.

But one thing is for sure, and that is that the pomsky is a cute puppy and VERY FLUFFY.

You can thank BOTH the Pomeranian and Husky for this…

Even though the Pomeranian is small it originally descends from larger arctic sled dogs. Therefore the Pomeranian has two coats.

Oddly enough the Husky also has a double coat…

Being a working dog means the Siberian Husky was constantly battling harsh weather conditions, and would need a double layered coat to withstand them.

Double coats consist of a dense undercoat of short hairs, covered with an outer-coat of long coarse hairs.

The purpose of a dogs undercoat is to insulate and protect them from the hot or cold. While the outer/top coat serves as protection from the elements and things such as water or dirt.

If a dog has a dense coat that means they are likely to be more on the fluffy side, and that means they will need extra grooming…

Both the Pomeranian and Husky are breeds that need constant grooming to ensure the health of their coat. So it only makes sense that the Pomsky will need additional grooming as well.

It cant hurt to brush your pomsky daily, it will ensure the removal of dirt and hair, while spreading the natural oils in their hair.

If it seems hard to brush your Pomsky daily, a weekly brush should do the trick. But if youre not ready to brush your dog, maybe the Pomsky isn’t the right choice for you…

Brushing your dog not only guarantees a healthy coat, it insures the happiness of your pomsky (brushing is a highly relaxing/bonding experience for dogs).

Now comes the question of how often should I bathe my dog?

When it comes down to it you shouldn’t bathe your dog unless he or she REALLY needs a bath.

Bathing your dog too frequently will lead to a decrease in the amount of natural oil in your dogs hair, which can lead to skin irritation down the road…

And we don’t want that.

But frequently brushing your pomsky will guarantee a healthy coat that doesn’t need to be bathed constantly!

Unless your pomsky decides to

  • roll around in some mud
  • go swimming in a lake
  • dig up holes in the backyard

I would save bath time for when he/she starts to smell…

We want to preserve those natural oils!

Pomsky Personality

Pomsky Personality

If there’s one thing that is hard to predict its the personality of a dog. There are so many factors that play into why a dog acts the way he/she does.

Luckily the Pomeranian and Husky both have set personality traits that can make it easier for us to understand how the Pomsky will behave.

Both the Pomeranian and Husky are playful, outgoing, and friendly breeds, so when put together you’d think you’d get a perfect dog!

And most likely you will!

If you have a pomsky puppy he/she will definitely be a pleasure to have around the house.

These dogs are good natured and intelligent so when placed with a family that can properly take care of them, they will thrive.

They have wonderful lively personalities and will most likely

  • shower you with kisses
  • be excited when you get home
  • always accept cuddles 

Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect dog…

Even though these dogs are friendly and adorable they can still have some attitude!

Pomeranians are a curious breed that loves to be the center of attention, these traits can be passed down to pomsky puppies.

Huskys are very intelligent but also show independence, which can be showed through difficulty following certain commands.

So, even though a Pomsky might be the most adorable dog you’ve ever seen, that cute face doesn’t give them a pass on training!

Pomsky Training

Training a Pomsky

Luckily for the Pomsky mom and dad (a pomeranian and husky) are both intelligent breeds, so the Pomsky alone should be quite smart.

But being intelligent doesn’t mean they are easy to train…

Actually, if your dog is highly intelligent and you don’t train him/her properly they might end up taking advantage of you!

So if you have a pomsky it is essential you train them properly, and at a young age.

Pomskys are curious dogs and they will love learning, but they need consistent positive reinforcement to make sure what they learned sticks.

Positive reinforcement is the adding of a reinforcing stimulus after a behavior, making it more likely for that same behavior to occur in the future.

Also, this needs to be done in a firm manor so your pomsky knows you are in charge. Intelligent cute puppies can be devious and try to get the upper hand over you if you show signs of weakness.

Positive Reinforcement is key to successfully training your Pomsky. With this in mind, I would avoid the use of training mechanisms like the shock collar.

Shock Collars are a form of Positive Punishment, which is used for decreasing the chances of a behavior occurring.

Even though the Pomsky is excited to learn, there are a lot of potential issues you may run into involving this hybrid dog.

These range from

  • Biting/nipping
  • Whining 
  • Destructive behavior 

But, if you start training your pomsky at a young age you can nip all these problems in the butt!

If your dog is bored and left unattended these behaviors may be enhanced.

Training your dog is not only good for you as an owner, but it gives the dog an activity and therefore a channel for their energy and attention.

Pomsky Activity Level

Active Pomsky

Every dog has a different personality but breeds have their own set standards of activity levels.

We know the average activity levels of the Pomeranian and Husky, so we are therefore able to predict the activity level of a Pomsky.

Although small, the Pomeranian is bold and energetic.

These fluffy fur balls love joining their owners on walks, and will still have enough energy to play afterwards.

Its surprising that a dog with such small legs as the Pomeranian is able to endure such activities.

Unlike the Pomeranian, who is small, the Husky is a large powerful working sled dog.

So it isn’t surprising when you find out that the husky is a natural energetic dog and needs a lot of exercise, including activities such as

  • going on a walk
  • joining you on a jogging
  • running with you 
  • going hiking

When you combine the Pomeranian and Husky you get the energetic small-medium sized dog, the Pomsky.

The Pomsky is naturally going to have a lot of energy, since both the Pomeranian and Husky are active dogs.

BUT…

Although the Pomsky looks like a Husky, it is not the same size as one. They are a medium version of the Pomsky and Husky, and have shorter legs, so they will tire more quickly than say a Husky.

Pomskys can be naturally nippy dogs and they can cause a lot of damage to an owners property if left unattended too and bored.

Luckily, if you give your Pomsky the proper amount of daily exercise, and fill your home with different toys and activities, your Pomsky wont act out as much.

Pomsky Nutrition

Pomsky nutrition

The nutrition of any dog is important, but if your dog is active they need to be having a proper diet to make sure they get the right amounts of

  • Protein
  • Whole Grains
  • Vitamins/Minerals
  • Essential Fatty Acids

Unfortunetly, it is hard to know exactly what your Pomsky needs to eat since there are many factors that can change how much food your dog needs.

These factors include the dogs activity level, how lean the dog is, and their metabolic state.

Your dogs Metabolic state is the dogs process to breakdown food and convert it into energy for their bodies.

But on average the Pomsky should have around 1 1/2 cups of food per day.

You can add more food if your dog needs to gain weight, and take away more food if your dog needs to lose weight.

If knowing the quality of your dogs food is becoming an issue, it might be time to try cooking a home made meal for your dog.

There are so many nutritious home made dog food recipes to choose from, and your dog will love ALL of them!

The health of your Pomsky should be top priority.

Cooking healthy home made meals for your Pomsky will only benefit their health and quality of life.

But if cooking home made meals for your dog is too time consuming to do on a daily basis you DO have another option…

You can occasionally make your Pomsky dog food treats! These yummy treats can be so many flavors, including banana, peanut butter, or even sweet potato.

Although its not the same thing as a home made cooked meal, it will still be a delicious treat for your dog that WILL aid in their health.

Pomsky Health

Pomsky health

The Pomsky, being a cross between a Pomeranian and a Husky, can possibly have a similar life expectancy to both breeds.

The Pomeranian can live up to 15 years (or more) while the Husky usually reaches ages between 12-14 years. Although different they are not that far off from each other.

But you need to keep in mind that the Pomeranian is smaller than the Husky, and both breeds are prone to their own health issues.

The health of your pomsky can be predicted when you look at what health issues the Pomeranian and the Husky have.

Any health issues of the Husky or Pomeranian may show up in your pomsky.

Health of the Pomeranian

Pomeranian Health

While the Pomeranian is typically a healthy breed they have some health issues you should be aware of. These include

  • Luxating Patella
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Cataracts 

Any dog can experience Luxating Patella, so it is important to be aware of the condition.

Patella– also known as the kneecap, which is located at the end of the thigh bone .

Luxating Patella– when the kneecap moves out of its normal location.

If your dog is experiencing gagging while drinking or eating, dry cough, and is not willing to exercise they might be experiencing respiratory pain, and suffering from tracheal collapse.

Tracheal collapse– when the cartilage in the windpipe or trachea is weakened, changing shape, and sooner or later collapsing. This basically leaves your dog trying to breath through a tiny straw that is CLOSED.

Although cartilage can be weakened over time, tracheal collapse is usually present from birth (congenital).

An obstruction of your dogs airway is serious and needs to be taken care of immediately!

If you catch this condition early you can treat it medically but if you wait until it becomes more serious surgery may be needed.

A more common health issue that Pomeranian’s can experience is Cataracts.

Cataracts– opacity of the inside lens of the eye causing cloudy blurry vision.

The intensity of this opacity can vary and if serious can lead to your dog loosing all his/her vision.

Most dogs will not have to undergo Cataracts surgery since the opacity in the lens is usually quite small.

Health of the Husky

Husky health

Like the Pomeranian the Husky is prone to certain health issues. These include

  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia 
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy 

Both the Pomeranian and Husky are prone to Cataracts so its important to keep your eyes open for any signs of the condition!

The Husky is more likely to have Hip Dysplasia than a Pomeranian due to their large size.

Hip Dysplasia– loose fit of the Femur into the Acetubulum caused by development issues of the hip socket. Sometimes these bones are so damaged they cannot even fit into the hip socket.

The jagged end of the Acetubulum causes friction in the joint when movement occurs, and is extremely painful for your dog.

Hip Dysplasia is one of the most common health issues your dog will experience. It is important to bring them to a doctor as soon as possible to prevent any more damage to their joints.

Unfortunelty, the Husky is also prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)– A group of degenerative eye disorders that eventually lead to blindness in both eyes.  PRA is a disease of the retina where the rods in the retina are programmed to die.

PRA is common in most dog breeds, especially those that are mixed.

Sadly this means that your Pomsky is at risk for developing an eye disease.

You will run into health issues with almost every dog, so as long as you are on top of your dogs health you should be able to catch any issue that may cause problems for your Pomsky.

Do Your Research On Pomsky Breeders

Research your Pomsky breeder

There are a lot of breeders that claim to have healthy Pomskies, but sometimes it can be difficult to tell. If someone is claiming they have Pomskies for sale you should make sure to ask for a form of certification.

If you already bought your Pomsky you can google companies that specialize in DNA testing to authenticate their breed.

Knowing the exact breed of your dog is important if you want to be aware of any future health issues you might run into.

You might feel comfortable with your Pomsky breeder, but you shouldnt believe anything a breeder says unless they have the documentation to prove it!

Since the Pomsky was such a sensation breeders jumped on the opportunity to make some money off the designer dog. But this means that the quality of the Pomsky might be in question.

The price of a Pomsky can vary in price, but they will always be an expensive dog. Ranging between $1,000-3,000. You dont want to spend all this money on your hybrid Pomsky and find out they arent the breed that the breeder said.

So, do your research on your Pomsky breeders to make sure they are qualified to be breeding pomskies.

The Pomsky Is Happiest When…

Happy Pomsky

Although the Pomsky was bred for their looks, it just so happens they are the perfect companion dog. Both the Pomeranian and Husky grow close with their owners and LOVE attention.

The Pomsky will be an intelligent affectionate dog that is the happiest when they are being loved.

These dogs are adorable balls of fluffy fur that come in play size, so it makes sense that they love playing.

They are rambunctious dogs that will always be excited to see you when you come home from work, and will always be down to accompany you with any outdoor activity.

If your dog is the happiest when receiving love, you definitely lucked out!

Isn’t that the purpose of having a dog?

To have a best friend that will always be happy to see and love you…

Well the Pomsky is just that.

So if you’re thinking of getting a Pomsky get ready for endless amounts of love.

The Bottom Line On The Pomsky 

Pomsky bottom line

The Pomsky is an amazing hybrid dog that will always leave you in awe of their cuteness.

Although being the product of breeding for the purpose of appearance the Pomsky is a well rounded dog.

These small-medium sized dogs are cute, but they are also a handful.

Being a cross between a Pomeranian and a Husky you could only imagine how fluffy the Pomsky would be. With fluffy hair comes big responsibility.

Pomskies need to be groomed daily or at least weekly to maintain the health of their beautiful fluffy coat.

But, they enjoy being pampered and hair brushing time will probably turn into relaxing bonding time for the both of you.

The personality of the Pomsky will differ from animal to animal, but all around the Pomsky is a bold, fun, energetic dog.

Despite being cute and fun the Pomsky is intelligent and needs to be trained from a young age to insure proper behavior.

Fortunately these dogs don’t mind training, and will actually be eager to learn new things!

Their high activity levels make it so they need constant stimulation through mental or physical exercise. Getting enough mental and physical exercise is important for your Pomsky to stay happy and healthy.

If you want to make sure your Pomsky is healthy from the start, you need to make sure you are going to a reputable breeder. This is VERY important to do your research on, especially since the Pomsky is such a desired breed.

Getting a dog is always a fun process, but its up to you to do the research on what dog would suit you and your lifestyle best. 

If you don’t mind the excessive attention that needs to be given to the Pomsky through grooming, training and exercise, then you should be all set to start your life with your new pomsky!

Only after you choose an awesome name for them of course…

We hope you enjoyed reading about the pomsky.  Do you have anything to add about the pomsky?  Comment below…

Carol Reddy

Hi, I'm Carol Reddy, Founder and Editor of CommonPaw and Pawthentic. When I'm not sharing my love for and knowledge of dogs, you can usually find me at the gym or the beach, living a healthy lifestyle.