Are you looking for a breed that is active outdoors but smaller in size?
A Pomsky might be the dog you're looking for!
A Pomsky puppy is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky, recognized by the International Pomsky Association. This designer dog breed is gaining popularity with dog lovers as breeders continue to fine-tune to achieve the perfect look - a Husky that can also be a lap dog! Like many mixed breeds, Pomeranian husky mixes can be a perfect combination of the personality traits of the husky dog, with the small size of the Pomeranian, making for a medium-size dog with fewer common health problems than his purebred counterpart. Just prepare your wallet; much like other designer dog breeds, Pomskies can cost as much as a used car.
Meet the Pomsky
Known for being playful and energetic, the Pomsky breed weighs between 20 and 30 pounds. Their temperament depends on their parents and their upbringing. A crossing usually consists of a Husky mother and a Pomeranian father. They are also quite intelligent dogs. The Pomsky dog has a double coat with medium-length hair and needs to be brushed or taken to a groomer regularly. This means that they aren't the best for dog owners with allergies. These small dogs have a lifespan of 13-15 years, according to breed standards.
Exercise Needs: Is the Pomsky Right for Apartment Dwellers?
Given the parent breeds, Pomskies are high energy, with a high prey drive and a need for playtime. Their exercise needs mean that they need early socialization and access to a dog park if you live in a small apartment or townhome. High energy levels make daily walks and positive reinforcement a requirement for this highly trainable breed.
This small dog breed is intelligent and needs a lot of mental stimulation, but they are eager to please! While they are great for apartment living due to their small size, they still need plenty of exercise. They also love to play and are such energetic dogs, "...so homes with children are the best for Pomskies. However, you must ensure that you introduce the Pomsky slowly and gently to your home with small children, as the Pomsky can be a little nervous and skittish," according to the Pomsky Guide.
This breed also makes a great watchdog. They are receptive to training, but are a bit stubborn due to their Husky genes.
Health and Grooming
The parent breeds inform Pomsky owners of the possible health conditions they can expect. Health issues may include eye problems, specifically from the Husky parent, particularly in first-generation puppies. In addition, the Pomeranian parent may pass along skin problems. Other health problems may include hip dysplasia and collapsing trachea from the Husky parent. Like all dogs, Pomskies can have dental problems if not fed appropriate food.
Pomskies inherit the perpetual shedding characteristics of their husky parent, meaning that keeping a Pomsky groomed can be akin to taking on a part time job. Double coated dog owners have to deal with coat blow in dogs like Huskies, and Pomskies are no different. Daily brushing with multiple tools and brushes will keep your Pomsky happy and your house clean. Pomskies shed year round, which means you'll have to stay on top of their grooming needs to keep them satisfied.
Controversies: Should This Breed Exist?
These adorable dogs are not without controversies, with one major concern being the breeding process due to the size difference between Huskies and Pomeranians. A successful breeding program requires artificial insemination of the bigger Husky female.
Also, like with any "fad," there is concern that the popularity of this designer breed will eventually die out. However, since it's hard to predict how long fans of teacup breeds or designer dogs will be interested in this hybrid, the hope is that these dogs don't end up in shelters. Unfortunately, Husky abandonment is already a serious problem.
Look for an approved Pomsky breeder when you start searching and remember that these are not purebred dogs, therefore not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). You should check with the Pomsky Club of America for reputable breeders and rescue groups rather than go through a pet store.
Do you live with a Pomsky? Have you ever seen a Pomeranian Husky? Let us know what characteristics you love about this teacup breed on the Wide Open Pets Facebook page!
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