The Pomeranian Husky mix breed, also known as the Pomsky, is a very popular designer dog and it is clear to see why! They have the majestic look of the Siberian Husky combined with the fluffy adorability of the Pomeranian. But don’t let the Pomskies cute looks fool you, this is one smart bouncy cookie.
The Pomsky was one of the most popular designer dog breeds in 2017 and is still up there in the leaderboard. It is important, however, to put aside how cute they are and take a closer look at their personality traits, what it takes to look after a Pomsky, and to decide if he will fit in with yours and your family’s lifestyle.
In terms of dog breeds these guys are pretty much the new kid on the block. The first recorded litter of Pomsky puppies were born in March 2012, and therefore the majority of Pomskies alive today are first generation. Because of this there is a relatively small amount of information on them and their genetic make-up, but here is what we do know so far.
A Husky and a Pomeranian – how is this possible I hear you ask?! Well yes, they do need a little bit of help in that department; these little guys are always bred by artificial insemination otherwise it would be unsuccessful and very unsafe. The mother of the Pomsky is always the Husky and the father always the Pomeranian.
Because there are also very few registered breeders then it is almost certain that you will have to travel to find your canine friend. Some breeders will ship the pups to you, but more often than not a reputable breeder will require you to meet them in person. Don’t be put off by this though, this is a good sign that your pup has been well looked after!
Similar to the Husky and Corgi Mix, the Pomsky adult can reach up to 15 inches in height and can weigh anything between 20 and 30 pounds. That might sound larger than you first thought but remember that his mother can grow up to 23 inches tall and weighs 50 pounds. Pomskies are actually larger than people think, so if you are expecting a tiny teacup pooch forever then the Pomsky is not for you.
A Pomskies coat can come in many colours, the most popular are Black and White, Red, Brown and Cream. This teddy-bear dog has a soft fluffy double-layered coat. His downy undercoat means that when he sheds twice a year, you will know about it! This also means that they can withstand the cold but can’t tolerate the heat too much.
The majority of Pomskies inherit the Huskies distinctive eyes. The bluer and brighter the eyes the more desirable the pup is, and therefore the more in demand they are. The Siberian Husky is commonly known for having two different coloured eyes, so this is also a possibility for the Pomsky. If you do want a specific look or colour then shop around, look at different breeders and see if you like the look of his parents.
However, the Pomsky is a mixed breed so there are no guarantees as to what they are going to look like, and as this breed is relatively new descriptions are of first generation Pomskies and by far from definitive. So be prepared for slight deviations. The appearance of this pup is what’s made it one of the most sought after Pomeranian mixes today.
Pomskies are so much fun! They are friendly and energetic balls of fuzz and will keep you and your family entertained for hours on end. Both parents are known to be sociable and loving, so the Pomsky will definitely need a daily dosage of attention and cuddles.
The Pomsky has inherited his intelligence from the Husky parent, who are known to pick up commands easily and respond well to positive reinforcement training. The Husky is also a sociable and playful character, and when you combine this with the Pomskies smaller stature they make for great family pets, particularly for families with smaller children who are concerned about size.
The Pomeranian is surprisingly similar in personality to the Husky mate, which is probably why they make such a good combination. The Pomeranian is just as energetic and sociable with his family. Be warned though, Pomeranians are known for having a shrill bark which they deploy when they are in protect mode, and this is why they are said to have ‘small dog syndrome’. There are several reasons that could trigger this behaviour in small dogs, and if this is something your Pomsky is struggling with then it is a good idea to seek advice from a dog behavioural therapist.
If you want to see a Pomsky in action, then look no further! Norman is probably the most famous Pomsky in the world; he has his own website and well over 100K followers on his Instagram account and it doesn’t look like he is going to stop being cute anytime soon. Be sure to check him out, but be warned, you will probably want a Norman of your own!
Pomskies are intelligent and super quick learners, so this means that they are quite easily trained. The key is to be consistent and to keep small tit-bits handy for the positive reinforcement training.
With Pomskies it is important to start the training from a young age for several reasons particular to their breed. Firstly, the Pomeranian is a stubborn little creature and he will likely view himself as the pack leader (another small dog syndrome indicator!) – so establishing the pecking order in the household is key. Huskies are also very much a pack animal in the wild, so be sure to exert your dominance as the pack leader through obedience training to ensure a happy household. If not, you are definitely in for some doggy tantrums!
Secondly, it is important to socialise Pomskies with all other animals and humans alike to avoid over-aggressiveness inherited from the parent’s protective streak. Thankfully, over-aggressiveness is quite rare, although it is still important to socialise the pup in any case.
If you plan to crate train, you can get a smaller crate that you’d buy if you own a purebred husky, but you still want a crate where the dog has enough room to turn around while being in the crate.
Pomskies are deceptively active despite their size and will need regular exercise and stimulation throughout the day. If left unattended or unstimulated for long periods of time they can cause surprising destruction to your house and furniture. Toys made for huskies such as treat-filled Kong’s can be a great distraction and will keep them entertained for hours!
1 hour of exercise daily is required to ensure that they can expel all that energetic steam! It will be a struggle to tire out a Pomsky, so an agility sport such as frisbee or dog agility courses can be great fun for you and your friend!
Pomskies are quite high maintenance when it comes to grooming. Their coat should be brushed daily using a bristle brush. This helps to stimulate blood flow to ensure a healthier coat, and to remove dead hair. They will shed heavily twice a year, usually in the Spring and Autumn, so a deshedding brush should be used to tackle their undercoat.
Not only does regular grooming keep them healthy, but it also acts as a bonding session between you and your pooch, as well as decreasing the amount of dog fluff on the sofa! And when you are getting up close and personal it will also help you to see fleas or ticks, or any other nasties lurking amongst all that hair, so everyone’s a winner!
Most dogs require a bath every 4 to 6 weeks, and with all that fluff the Pomsky will definitely need bathing. In between baths you can also use special doggy wipes or waterless shampoo from your local pet store. The waterless shampoo comes in many different forms such as foam or spray, so if your pooch can’t stand water this may be a good alternative. Be sure not to wash them too often as this can damage their skin and be harmful to their natural coat oils.
As Pomskies are relatively new they haven’t been studied enough to be able to say what their common health problems are. Thankfully, both parents are quite healthy breeds so it is unlikely that there will be any significant health problems in their pups.
Here is a list of potential health problems and the symptoms which can be found in their parents:
- Hip dysplasia – limping, dragging of their behind or difficulty climbing the stairs
- Collapsing trachea – dry ‘honking’ cough or laboured breathing
- Allergies and skin problems – rashes or constant scratching
- Luxating patellas (dislocating knees) – skipping or hindlimb lameness
As of yet there have been no significant health concerns reported regarding Pomskies, and it is likely that your Pomsky will live for 12 -15 years. As with any dog it is important to attend regular veterinarian check ups and to keep up to date with all vaccines and recommended treatments.
Nutrition plays a vital part in your dog’s health, so it is important to research the options available to you. Nutrition is dependent on your pet’s size, energy levels and allergies amongst many other things, and it will change over time. Your veterinarian is the expert and they can suggest the best diet and food to suit your pet’s needs – so be sure to ask them if you are unsure or if anything changes in regards to your pets health!
When deciding on nutrition for your Pomsky consider that his Husky mother can suffer with hip dysplasia and his Pomeranian father suffers with dislocating knees, therefore you may wish to consider a lower calorie and low calcium diet as this can assist in preventing such health issues.
In addition to this, along with the potential to inherit skin allergies, it is likely that your pup will need a superior quality kibble as this can have a major effect on skin and coat health. Often a grain-free diet would be suggested here.
The huge rise in popularity also means an enormous surge in what you can be expected to pay for a Pomsky. There’s no hiding from the fact that these guys are expensive! The average price ranges from $1,000 all the way up to $5,000. The specialized artificial insemination process and low supply of pups are a few of the reasons why they command such a high premium, and they can cost more than purebred Pomeranians.
On top of the price there are also long waiting lists for certain characteristics, such as the bright blue eyes or Husky colouring. Generally, the smaller and more Husky-like the pups look the more you’ll slide towards the higher end of the scale.
And that’s not it, on top of the initial price as with any pet there will be other bills to pay. Remember that any dog is a long-term investment! It is estimated that the average cost of keeping a Pomsky per year is $2000, which is significantly more expensive than the majority of other dog breeds.
Backyard breeders have also jumped on this trend and are cranking out these little pups without any real knowledge of how to care for them. If you see a Pomsky for sale for anything lower than $1,000 then you should know by now that this ‘deal’ is probably too good to be true, so please stick to recognised breeders.
Is the Pomsky Your Next Puppy?
The Pomsky is undeniably cute, but as you have read there is much more to them than meets the eye! They are very trainable but train them you must, or expect an unruly dog which may upset the household with his barking and little dog syndrome. They are energetic and you must be able to give them a lot of exercise in order to satisfy their needs.
They are also expensive, so you need to plan for this. Overall, remember that the Pomsky is a newer breed so be prepared to expect the unexpected. But most importantly, if you can give the Pomsky all of this then you won’t have any regrets, he is sociable, fun and everyone will fall in love with him!