Pomsky (Siberian Husky Pomeranian Mix): Breed Facts & Temperament
You cannot define adorableness, sociability, and, playfulness without adding a picture of a Pomeranian dog. You cannot define active, smart, friendly, and, outgoing without adding a picture of a Siberian Husky. Put together, you have a combination of a beautiful, active, adorable, unique, friendly, smart, and even silly mix-breed dog called a Pomeranian Siberian Husky (Pomsky).
A Pomsky’s uniqueness also has to do with its appearance. Unique blue penetrating eyes and curved tail makes this dog a stand-out. Recently, this mix-breed has become a hit for dog lovers not only because of their appearance but also because of their playful antics. Various photos of Pomskies have taken the internet and social media by storm, and rightly so. However, the same factors that have made this hybrid dog a recent phenomenon also goes against them. Most dog lovers that fall in love with this breed of dog make their decisions to own one mainly based on their appearance, without arming themselves with enough information first. The result is that these new owners become ill-prepared when the reality of the requirements of this breed hits them. Some of these new owners give their dogs up to shelters or rescue organizations after a while. Others re-sell them to new owners and a chain of reselling forms until the dog ends up in a shelter.
Perhaps you have also been swept off your feet by the adorableness of this hybrid hound. But before you bolt off to the pet store, you need to arm yourself with the necessary information about this dog first. It will help you decide whether or not you are capable of owning a Pomsky. In this article, we will explore all you need to know to better equip you as a Pomsky owner.
History of the Pomsky Dog
The Pomsky dog has a Siberian husky for a mother and a Pomeranian for a father. But how did this happen? The Siberian husky Pomeranian mix was ‘created’ barely a decade ago through artificial insemination in the united states of America in 2009. However, the first Pomsky came to existence in 2012. This makes it a relatively new breed of dog compared to other breeds.
Artificial insemination had to be used because that offered the most successful chance of creating this breed. Being a cross-breed between the Siberian husky and Pomeranian, the Siberian had to become the impregnated breed because it is bigger than the Pomeranian. The Siberian husky’s bigger size makes it better structured to carry the puppies instead of the smaller Pomeranian. The Pomeranian has a comparatively smaller reproductive organ and any attempt to make it the carrier of the puppy will put both the mother and puppy at health risk. Since the Siberian husky Pomeranian mix is cross-bred, the puppy takes some percentage of the characteristics of both breeds. However, it is usually unpredictable with traits or characteristics that will become more dominant in the puppy. This is because of the large gap in characteristics between both breeds. Therefore, in order to create what can be called a pure breed (a breed that is not the result of a cross-breeding), the Pomsky Club Of America was founded with that sole purpose. This led breeders to select puppies with specific characteristics they need for a pure breed.
There have some arguments regarding the ethics surrounding artificial insemination. The concern raised is a simple one; Pomskies cannot be called natural dogs because they are not ‘produced’ through natural reproduction. They are therefore man-made dogs. That, however, does not take away the slightest adorableness from these cute fur buddies.
Quick Facts About the Pomsky Dog
Because of their relatively short number of years in existence, there has not been enough time to give absolutely certain facts about the Siberian Husky Pomeranian Mix. From the collection of data made available for the past decade, the following are some facts about the Pomsky dog. Please note, however, that these facts are subject to change if and when further and better data is made available.
- Weight: The adult Pomsky dog can weigh up to about sixteen (16) pounds. However, depending on which traits are predominant, the dog can either weigh as little as ten (10) pounds or as much as thirty-seven (37) pounds. It is heavier if the dominant characteristics are from the Husky and lighter if the dominant characteristics are from the Pomeranian.
- Life expectancy: Pomskies can live a minimum of twelve years and a maximum of about fifteen (15) years. However, this is difficult to establish for certain because the first breed came to life only 2012.
- Height: Depending on which trait is dominant, a Pomsky can grow up to fourteen inches or more.
- Unpredictable: Pomsky’s are like a surprise Christmas gift. You don’t know what you’re getting till you get it. There’s no certain way of predicting which trait will be dominant in a Pomsky, or even new. A Pomsky could either be sturdy (if the dominant trait is from the Siberian husky) or have a lot of health issues (if the dominant trait is from the Pomeranian). Basically, be ready for what comes out of a particular ‘creation’. One thing for certain is, you’re going to have an adorable fur buddy.
Things You Should Know About the Pomsky Dog
Aside from the quick facts, there are some important things you need to know before you make your final decision about getting a Pomsky dog.
Again, because the Pomsky dog is a relatively new breed, there is not enough information concerning the health issues it is likely to face. Experts, therefore, refer from the health issues of the parent dogs (Siberian husky and Pomeranian) to predict, sort of, the health issues the Pomsky is likely to face. This does not mean that a Pomsky’s main health issues will be dependent on which parent’s characteristic it shares in the majority.
Pomeranian: Unfortunately, the Pomeranian has several well-documented health issues. They include, among other things, the following; abnormalities in growth hormones, thyroid, collapsing trachea, luxation of the patellar, patent ductus arteriosus, Legg-carve-Perthes diseases, alopecia from the genes, cataract, elephant skin, and progressive retinal atrophy.
Siberian Husky: according to experts, the main health issues the Siberian Husky faces are hip dysplasia and other issues that affect its eyes.
Please note that tracing your Pomsky’s lineage or its dominant genes does not necessarily mean that the particular diseases associated will manifest. This goes back to the unpredictability of this breed. Scientists say that a Pomsky could be faced with a mixture of the health issues (and more) common with their parents. This means it will be misleading to expect that your Pomsky will, have for example, hip dysplasia, just because it shares Siberian Husky’s traits mainly.
The Siberian Husky Pomeranian mix is a smart dog breed. Being the result of the cross-breeding two breeds of smart dogs – the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky – it inherits its parents’ smartness. However, this does not mean that training this little guy comes easy. Indeed, training this dog is challenging solely because it is an intelligent breed. Aside from its intelligence, the Pomsky has a strong sense of independence. It knows what it wants and when it wants it. Many owners have therefore found it difficult to get their dogs to follow instructions. It takes strong will and confidence to get this dog breed to understand that you are the boss and what you say goes. If you’re not able to assert that authority, do not be surprised to see that little fella pretty much drag you around. So if you want to be able to train your dog, positive reinforcement is key.
To get your Pomsky used to a training regime, training must begin as soon as you take your puppy home. This gives it time enough to learn that you are in authority and to learn your tricks. Needless to say, trying to train a grown Pomsky will be extra challenging. You know that thing they say about teaching an old dog new tricks? So to reiterate, it is less challenging when training starts as soon as your Pomsky puppy arrives home. It is also less challenging when you are to assert your leadership on your dog. These little fellas do not submit to weak leaders.
Pomskies are very active dogs by nature. They, therefore, do not require too much exercise to keep them healthy and mentally alert. However, if you are certain that your Pomsky has a majority of the Siberian Husky traits, then it will require more exercise. The pure breed, as mentioned earlier does not need too much exercise. Thirty minutes to one hour of casual walk every day should be enough. If there’s more of Siberian traits in your Pomsky, you will need to increase the exercise time. Also, you can take the little guy jogging or even running. Other activities like hiking will be very beneficial. But if your Pomsky has more Pomeranian traits, playing with it will be more beneficial. For example, quality playtime indoors or at the back of the house for thirty minutes is enough.
Aside from physical exercise, it very important to stimulate your Pomsky’s mind. As much as outdoor running and playtime help to do that, it is important to mix it up with activities that will directly work on their minds, keep them from getting bored, and keep them mentally focused. Always keep in mind that tension, boredom, and lack of focus can cause Pomskies to become destructive. Games that are interactive like throw and fetch or puzzle games are great at keeping them active, happy, focused, and most importantly, mentally stimulated.
Another very important thing you need to know before you get yourself a Pomsky puppy is exactly what to feed it with. Your dog’s nutrition is very important. Pomskies are very active dogs and they require the type of feeding and nutrition that will give them the energy they need to burn. Also, good nutrition will keep them healthy.
The main nutrition they need is lots of protein and calories. They need protein to grow and develop strong muscles. They need calories to sustain their high energy levels. If you are unsure exactly what to buy, your veterinarian can recommend some high-quality diet for you. However, it is also important to feed your Pomsky with foods high in vitamins in addition to the protein and carbohydrates (from which they will get their calories). They will need the vitamins to help maintain healthy skin, good eyesight, and also a healthy brain.
Another important part of giving your Pomsky the right nutrition is to know how much to feed them or how many times. Your puppy will require a lot of calcium-based food with snacks in between. Four small meals every day will suffice until your puppy is about six months old. From six months and above, you can reduce its meals to three times a day. Once it becomes a fully grown adult, feeding it two times a day will be enough. Always remember that your Pomsky is an active dog and therefore needs a lot of carbohydrates and protein in its diet. Be careful not to overfeed.
The Siberian Husky Pomeranian has a double coat of soft fur. This requires brushing each day to keep it clean and healthy. Because of the nature of their fur, it is very easy to form mats and tangles if not brushed daily. When brushing your Pomsky, make sure you follow the direction of the hair and brush in that direction. In order to help remove any insect, bug or matted dirt that could be trapped in the hair, you must brush downward. Doing so will make all foreign materials fall to the ground. As much as their double coat hair makes them almost perfect for the cold days, Pomskies shed a lot. An adult Pomsky sheds two times in a single year. Shedding usually begins when your dog is five or six months old. It has been earlier in some cases (as early as four months to be precise). An adult Pomsky will usually shed during springtime and fall. So you need to have a tool for deshedding and, more importantly, know how to use it.
For the appropriate way of deshedding your Pomsky, please consult your vet and follow his directions in detail. Regular bathing is not only recommended, it very necessary. Make sure you bath your dog once a month. However, a weekly bath is recommended if your Pomsky gets naughty and dirty often. Your vet can also give you some tips on how to properly bath your Pomsky. Always remember that a clean dog is a healthy dog.
We have already mentioned that Pomskies are playful, sweet, active, and even silly sometimes. But most experts say that the temperament of an adult Pomsky could depend largely on how it is nurtured and the socialization it gets growing up. As mentioned earlier, Pomskies can be very self-dependent. They, therefore, require very good leadership to train them. Once trained, they are the perfect cuties around. And they believe so themselves. Trained Pomskies are playful with children. However, some vets have advised against allowing children under seven years old to pet the cuties until they learn how to properly handle them.
Do not let their adorableness fool your cat. Pomskies have natural instincts to prey and will chase any cat in sight. So advice your cats accordingly. Pomskies are also very vocal dogs. A trait they get from the Siberian Husky. Expect them to give a stranger a piece of their mind, or to vocalize to announce their presence.
One trait Pomskies get from their Pomeranian parent is alertness. They bark a lot when they sense danger or an intruder. They also bark when in any kind of discomfort – whether, in pain, confused, trying to protect themselves from danger, or sometimes when overstimulated. If your Pomsky’s barking is uncomfortable for you, you have to get rid of anything that might trigger discomfort or fear in it. A trained Pomsky can also be the perfect lap dog.
In summary, the Siberian Husky Pomeranian mix is a relatively new hybrid that is gradually warming itself into the hearts of dog lovers. Because of their comparatively recent existence, much more thorough research still needs to be carried out. Therefore, we still have a lot more to learn and understand about this breed. Perhaps with time, we may have pure breed Pomskies in the future. Perhaps. Until then, we need to learn more about this adorable, wolf-ish, blue-eyed, affectionate, energetic, and cute fur buddy. There is a lot to enjoy about this unique dog breed. If you are planning on getting one, I hope you haven’t been deterred by the weight of responsibility a Pomsky comes with. Because owning one is most definitely worth it.
- Pomsky – Wag Walking