The Pomsky is not a purebred dog: it’s a cross between the Pomeranian and Husky.
The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed dog is to study all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed.
Not all designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generational crosses.
Rarer than other “designer dogs” bred for special characteristics, the Pomsky has been gaining popularity throughout North America and Europe. The Pomsky might also go by the name Husky Pom or Pom Husky but most often you will hear them referred to as the Pomsky.
Usually active and energetic, this breed tends to be highly intelligent, loving, playful and self-assured. Pomskies can also make great guard dogs, like both of their parent breeds.
The appearance and size of a Pomsky can vary greatly, but very often they look like miniature huskies.
They’re very active dogs that love to play with their owners but be warned that these little guys need to stay busy, otherwise they get bored and can develop destructive behavior.
Importance of Breeders
All dogs should come from responsible breeders only, but with Pomskies, this is an absolute must. This being said, as this mixed breed is relatively new, many of the Pomskies don’t have official standards, and some breeders have little experience compared to other dogs.
So if you want to have a healthy puppy with certified origins, you should buy it from a person or place which puts their dogs’ health first.
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Both of these breeds have different lifespans but the Pomsky lifespan is 12-14 years, making it a major commitment but one well worth your time, love and attention.
It’s known that mixed breeds tend to be healthier than full breed dogs. This makes the Pomsky have a lesser chance of developing serious health conditions.
Pomskies are medium-sized dogs with moderate energy. Generally, their weight runs between 20 and 30 pounds. They have a soft, fluffy double-coat. See below for more on double-coated dogs.
The double-coat structure is composed of the topcoat (typically called guard hairs) and the undercoat, each has its place and purpose.
The topcoat prevents water from getting on the undercoat; therefore, preventing the dog’s skin from getting cold and/or wet. It also helps repel moisture and dirt.
The undercoat is thicker, denser, shorter and with a wooly texture that is very important in protecting your dog from rapid temperature changes. It both keeps the dog warmer in low or lower temperatures and cooler when the temperature is hot or higher. In other words, it’s your dog’s body temperature thermostat.
The undercoat also protects the dog’s skin from sunburn by preventing direct sunrays from reaching it – considering dogs have much thinner and fewer skin layers than humans.
It is the undercoat that sheds throughout the year which is why many of these dogs blow massive fur-balls twice a year.
Here are some other attributes of a double-coated dog:
- Softer hair texture
- Looser skin
- Longer hair length
- Prone to more skin irritation
- Prone to more allergies
If you’re looking for dogs that shed less, check out this blog.
Pomsky Health Issues
It’s known that mixed breeds tend to be healthier than full breed dogs. This makes the Pomsky have a lesser chance of developing serious health conditions but one, in particular, is more common in this breed.
Pomskies are a popular breed that suffers from dental disease which may be the reason the Pomsky is prone to it. It’s important to brush your Pomsky’s teeth on a regular basis. They also should receive a dental check-up by a veterinarian every six months instead of every year like most popular dog breeds. This ensures their teeth stay healthy.
Dental disease isn’t just a Pomsky issue. Dental disease can occur in any breed. It can happen early as well. Most dogs suffer from dental disease by the age of the three. Proper dental hygiene doesn’t seem to cross many pet parents’ minds. But, it should.
- The Pomsky is loving, energetic, playful, and self-assured; traits both the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian have. These dogs are very intelligent, but they inherit their parents’ temperaments and can be significantly harder to train than other dogs.
- It can be unpredictable, as it really depends on each dog’s parents, but on the whole they’re described as gentle, playful, and confident.
- Being highly protective of their owners, the Pomsky can make great guard dogs; even trying to take on an adversary larger than themselves they view as a threat to their family despite their small size.
- Unlike the Siberian Husky, the Pomeranian can sometimes be cautious around young children and some Pomskies can display this trait. Some breeders say these dogs are the perfect family dog, while others suggest you should pay attention around small children, and recommend Pomskies only for single people and families with teenagers. A Pomsky can get on well with other pets if you introduce them to each other when the dog is still very young.
- Given their generally small to medium size, the Pomsky can live in a variety of homes, from an apartment to a large house. However, it will require daily exercise and mental stimulation to avoid boredom and destructive behavior.
- Generally speaking you’ll do best if you take this dog for at least a 20-minute walk in the morning, and a longer one in the afternoon, plus one or two play sessions during the day but if you work too much and you can’t afford a pet walker or doggy daycare, you live in a small apartment with no yard and little space for your dog to burn her energy, or you are leaving the Pomsky’s rearing to small children you should consider a different breed.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- International Pomsky Association (IPA)
- Pomsky Club of America (PCA)
- Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA)
Average Weight: 15-30 lbs.
Personality Traits: Friendly, energetic, intelligent
Country of Origin: United States