Do you live in an apartment? Looking for a breed that is active outdoors but smaller in size?
A Pomsky might be the dog you're looking for!
Pomskies are a crossbreed between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. This designer mixed breed is gaining in popularity with dog lovers as breeders continue to fine-tune to achieve the perfect look - a Husky but smaller in size, like a lap dog!
Known for being playful and energetic, this relatively new breed weighs between 20 and 30 pounds. The temperament depends on the parents and their upbringing! A crossing usually consists of a Husky mother and a Pomeranian father. Given the parent breeds, Pomskies have a lot of energy and need a lot of exercise. They are also quite intelligent dogs. The Pomsky dog has a double coat with medium length hair and needs to be brushed regularly. That means they aren't the best for dog owners with allergies.
These small dogs have a lifespan of 13-15 years.
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. The Pomeranian parent may pass along skin problems. Other health problems may include hip dysplasia from the Husky parent.
This small dog breed is intelligent and needs a lot of mental stimulation but they are eager to please! They also love to play as 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.
The Controversy Is About Safe Breeding
These adorable dogs are not without controversy. There are concerns about the breeding process as Huskies are so much bigger than 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. Since it's hard at this point 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.
Look for an approved Pomsky breeder when you start searching! And remember these are not purebred dogs, therefore not recognized by the American Kennel Club. 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 in the comments below!
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