Looking to be the hottest pup of 2016, the Pomsky puppy is without a doubt one of the most dangerous sights a dog lover could ever lay eyes upon. Simply because of the fact they are so darn cute. One of the more recent additions to the designer dog arena, Pomskies are a result of a crossing between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian.
As with most hybrid breeds, the physical appearance of a Pomsky puppy can be somewhat unpredictable, and as a fairly new breed, Pomsky breeders are still tweaking the ‘perfect’ look for the breed. However, most enthusiasts seem to gravitate towards a look that is similar to a Husky but smaller in size. But you never know – there may be more Husky in one pup, while another is more like a Pomeranian – and they can all be from the same litter!
The Pomsky’s temperament too can be varied depending on each parent’s genetic contribution, but they are generally considered to be highly intelligent, loving and playful dogs.
One of the more recent additions to the designer dog arena, Pomskies are a result of a crossing between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian.
Pomskies are a relatively new breed of ‘designer dog’ that is gaining rapid popularity across North America and Europe. Pomsky puppies are still quite rare and you can expect to dish out more than $1000 dollars (to start) for one.
A Pomsky is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. A crossing usually consists of a female Husky and a male Pomeranian. This is to avoid any complications that may occur if the smaller Pomeranian were to carry puppies sired by the much larger Siberian Husky male.
Food / Diet
Pomskies usually possess a great deal of energy and are extremely playful. Therefore they should be provided with a high quality variety of dry kibble that can supplement all their nutritional needs.
Pomskies are highly intelligent and respond well to reward based training methods. However, they can sometimes inherit the Pomeranian’s stubbornness and should therefore be handled with calm and assertive leadership. Failure to do so can result in “small dog syndrome” and other behavioral problems.
Pomskies are highly intelligent and respond well to reward based training methods.
The average weight of a hybrid breed is usually estimated as the average weight of its two parents. Pomskies can therefore weigh anywhere between 20 to 30 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
Like their physical characteristics, the Pomsky’s temperament can sometimes be hard to predict, and will depend on each puppy’s individual genetic makeup.
More often than not, Pomskies inherit the desirable traits from both Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians. That is to say that they are often highly intelligent, loving, playful and self-assured. Traits that both the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian possess.
Like Pomeranians, Pomskies are highly protective of their owners and can make great guard dogs. They will often attempt to take on any adversary that they view as a threat to their family despite their small size.
Unlike Huskies, Pomeranians can sometimes be skittish around young children and some Pomsky puppies can display this tendency.
Common Health Problems
Pomeranians often suffer from dental issues resulting from a buildup of plaque. Pomskies too can suffer from similar dental conditions and should be taken for regular dental checkups.
Pomskies have a fairly high life expectancy of 13-15 years.
Like Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians, Pomskies are highly energetic dogs and require a fair deal of exercise. They love to play and frolic and have seemingly infinite amounts of energy. Therefore it is important that Pomsky owners be able to cater to their pet’s exercise needs. When not provided with an outlet for its energy, Pomskies can turn destructive and develop various behavioral problems.
As with other designer dog breeds, the Pomeranian Husky is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. There is however a Pomsky Club of America that is working towards the qualification and registration of the breed.
The Pomsky’s coat is soft and fluffy and is prone to a fair amount of shedding; especially if it’s genetic build is primarily that of its Pomeranian father. Because both the Pomeranian and Siberian Husky have a curved tail, the Pomsky also sports one. Thanks to its double-coat, the Pomsky is better suited to colder climates, unlike most lap dogs. The Pomeranian Husky mix coats need to be brushed regularly to ensure that it remains in good health.
Pomsky puppies are adorable, but this does not mean that their training and socialization needs should be neglected by their owners. Pomsky owners have a responsibility to socialize and train their puppies early on to ensure that the reputation of the breed is nurtured.