If you are a dog person like us, you probably spend a lot of your free time looking at dog pictures on the internet. And while scrolling through cute dog pictures, you may have seen photos of a small, cute doggo that look a lot like a miniature husky.
If you are wondering what kind of dog breed it is, let us present to you – The Pomsky ( a Pomeranian+Siberian Husky mix).
Read on to know more about this fluffy, adorable breed,
What is a Pomsky?
First and foremost, you are probably wondering what is a Pomsky and why haven’t I heard of this breed before. The Pomsky is a hybrid of Siberian Husky and Pomeranian, and a comparatively recent entry into the world of designer dog breeds. But the story of how the Pomskys came to be is actually quite interesting.
You may be surprised to know that the Pomsky owes its existence to an article published by Buzzfeed. Yes, you read that right. In 2011, Buzzfeed published an article that talked about how cute a pomeranian and Siberian husky hybrid would be. The article also featured pictures of dog breeds that looked similar to what a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian mix would look like.
The article went viral, and the internet fell in love with the idea of a pomeranian and husky mix. Breeders began experimenting, but due to the vast size difference between the two breeds, natural breeding was not an option. Consequently, breeders resorted to artificial insemination to create Pomsky puppies.
While pomskies have become popular, they are not officially recognized as a breed by any major kennel clubs. Instead, they remain a designer hybrid, bred by independent breeders aiming to achieve a certain look and size in what they view as an appealing new type of dog.
What does the Pomsky look like?
The Pomsky is a designer breed, a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. But since it is a mixed breed that came into existence quite recently, there are no breed standards as of yet.
As a result, pomskies can vary in size, coat, and color. Even pomsky puppies born in the same litter can vary greatly in terms of looks, size, and temperament. Some pomskies may look like large-sized Pomeranians, whereas some puppies resemble small-sized huskies.
But Pomskies are usually small to medium-sized dogs. A Pomsky full grown stands 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs around 15 to 30 pounds. The height and weight may vary depending on which parent breed they take after.
Because of Pomsky size, they are perfect for individuals who would love to adopt a Siberian Husky but can’t because they live in apartments and don’t have the space or time required by a Siberian Husky.
The Pomsky has a double coat like the Siberian Husky, but the coat is shorter and softer like the Pomeranian’s coat. Their coats come in a variety of colors, like gray, brown, black, and cream. Pomsky puppies either inherit the coat pattern of their husky parent, such as piebald or saddleback, or sport pure white or tan coats like their pomeranian parent. Some even have striking blue eyes, a trait commonly seen in Huskies.
Lifespan and Common Health Issues
Since Pomsky is quite a new breed, there is very little information on common health concerns faced by this breed. But it does not mean that they will not have any health concerns. Since they are a mixed breed, they can inherit the common health issues faced by both parent breeds. These include health issues like eye defects, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, and heart disease.
So if you are searching for pomsky puppies for sale, remember that it’s best to obtain a Pomsky from a reputable breeder who can provide health clearances for the puppy’s parents. According to veterinarians, with proper care and attention, a pomsky can live 13-15 years.
Pomsky Temperament and character traits
Pomsky owners often wonder whether their dog will behave more like a Siberian Husky or a Pomeranian. The truth is Pomskies can exhibit traits from both breeds, but their personality is truly unique.
1. Playful and energetic
Pomskies inherit a strong play drive from their Husky ancestors and love to play fetch, go for walks, and run around. They have a lot of energy and require daily exercise and playtime. Without it, they can become bored, restless, and develop behavioral issues.
2. Intelligent and trainable
The Pomsky is a very intelligent mixed breed. They can be trained easily with positive reinforcement training that provides mental stimulation. However, they can also be stubborn sometimes, especially if they become bored. Early socialization and training are important to help them develop into well-rounded dogs.
3. Friendly and social
Pomskies are very friendly towards people and other dogs. They tend to be playful, gentle and enjoy being around their owners and families. However, some Pomskies can be wary of strangers and bark to alert their owners of newcomers. Early socialization can help minimize this behavior.
4. Affectionate and loyal
Pomskies form very close bonds with their owners and families. They are playful, cuddly and enjoy being pampered and snuggling up next to the ones they love. Pomskies can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. They do best in homes where they can be around their families most of the time.
While pomskies share some characteristics with Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians, they are truly unique in temperament and personality. With the proper care, exercise, training, and affection, a pomsky can make a wonderful and entertaining companion for many years.
Pomsky Grooming Requirements
The Pomsky has a thick double coat that requires frequent brushing and bathing. If you are adopting a Pomsky puppy, then you need to adopt the following grooming routine:
- Brush your Pomsky at least 3 times a week to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Pay extra attention to their mane, tail, and behind the ears.
- Bathe your Pomsky once a month or every other month using a de-shedding shampoo and undercoat rake to remove their thick undercoat. Bathing too frequently can dry out their skin.
- Take your Pomsky to a professional groomer for a trim every 4-6 weeks. Have them trim your Pomsky’s nails, bathe and brush them, and trim the fur around their paws, ears, and tail.
- Check and clean your Pomsky’s ears regularly with a veterinarian-approved ear cleanser to prevent infection.
- Brush your Pomsky’s teeth several times a week with dog toothpaste and a toothbrush to promote good dental health.
Pomsky Training and Exercise
Pomskies are not a highly active breed, but they still need moderate exercise on a daily basis to stay healthy. You need to walk your Pomsky for 30-60 minutes daily. They love almost all physical activities like hiking, agility courses, a game of fetch, and swimming, and you can try switching it up every now and then.
Along with physical exercise, Pomskies also require activities that will enable them to think and use their brain. Consider getting some interactive dog toys and puzzle toys that will provide mental stimulation to your Pomsky.
Pomskies are loyal and loving dogs who require a lot of attention from their owners. But because of this trait, some Pomskies can develop separation anxiety if they are away from their owners for a long time. They can become destructive out of boredom or separation anxiety.
Pomsky puppies can only be obtained through artificial insemination. Hence they don’t come cheap. But avoid buying a Pomsky from a puppy mill or amateur breeders. These places usually follow unsafe and irresponsible breeding practices. Puppies obtained through irresponsible breeding can have a lot of health issues, and you may end up spending a lot on medical costs and veterinarian fees.
So when you are searching for Pomsky for sale, make sure to look for a reputable and ethical breeder. The best way to find a responsible Pomsky breeder is through recommendations from your vet, local Pomsky club, or shelter. You can also search online for breeders in your state or region and check them out.
So, now you know everything there is to know about the Pomsky. They are adorable furballs who are sure to fill your life with laughter, joy, and love. Sure, Pomskies will shed a little, but the fluffy, warm cuddles will make it all worth it!
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