Arguably one of the cutest ever dogs humanity has ever seen and one of the most popular mixed breed dogs of today, the Pomsky dog (a.k.a Pomeranian Husky dog) is essentially a cross breed between one Pomeranian parent and one Siberian Husky parent.
How could the Pomsky not be one of the cutest mixed breeds of today if it’s a product of two of the cutest purebreds ever?
Table Of Contents
- 1 Before You Choose A Pomsky
- 2 Pomsky Recognition
- 3 Pomeranian Husky Appearance
- 4 Husky Pomeranian Mix Temperament
- 5 Pomsky Health
- 6 Pomsky Living Conditions
- 7 Pomsky Care
- 8 Pomsky Cost
- 9 A Note About Pomskies And Ethical Dog Breeders
Before You Choose A Pomsky
But, if you’re thinking about getting a Pomeranian Husky (a.k.a Pomsky dog) home anytime soon, it isn’t all about them being cute and making you go all “awwww”.
There are some important information you need to know about the Pomsky first, and we’ve got just the reading you need to be doing today to make sure this decision is on point and you won’t be disappointed in reality afterwards.
Note: If you’re a first time dog owner with not much experience having and caring for a dog at home before, then adding a Pomeranian Husky dog may be a little bit too much for you to handle at this stage. As you’ll be seeing in this article, Pomeranian Huskies aren’t exactly the easiest of dogs to maintain, and first time dog owners often prefer other dog breeds which are easier to care for. However, if you have your mind set on a Pomsky, then there’s not much we can do to change your mind about that! Here’s what you can expect from a Pomsky to add to your day to day life.
The Pomsky, a designer dog breed, is recognized by the following institutions.
- Dog Registry of America (DRA)
- International Pomsky Association (IPA)
- Pomsky Club of America (PCA)
The Pomsky is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) though, simply because it’s not a purebred dog, and the AKC doesn’t officially recognize designer dog breeds.
Pomeranian Husky Appearance
It goes without saying that the Pomsky will take their physical appearance traits from both their parents, the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky dogs.
Not all Pomeranian Husky dogs will look exactly the same, and you will be able to tell a few differences from one Posmky to another, depending on which of its two parents the Posmky being talked about took the majority of its physical traits from.
One Pomeranian Husky dog that took the majority of its physical traits from its Pomeranian parent won’t look exactly the same like another Pomeranian Husky dog that took the majority of its physical traits from its Siberian Husky parent, nor will either of these 2 Pomeranian Husky dogs look exactly the same like one that took its physical traits from both parents in equal proportions.
However, it’s very common that a Pomeranian Husky will look like a tiny version of an adult husky dog, as you’ll see in many pictures for yourself.
Size, Height & Weight
As far as the Pomsky’s size is concerned, you can expect these dogs to be on the smaller side since they come from two small sized parents.
Yes, a Siberian Husky parent is involved, and Siberian Huskies aren’t as small as Pomeranians, but both are still considered to be of relatively small size.
An adult Pomsky will grow to stand anywhere between 10-15 inches in height and weigh anywhere between 15-30 lbs, which is just about the average of the weight of both its parents.
Most of the times, the color of the Pomsky will be very similar to that of their Siberian Husky parent, meaning they will come with coats dominated with a combination of any of these three colors: White, gray and black.
Husky Pomeranian Mix Temperament
The Pomsky dog will always take after the temperament of either of its parents, the Pomeranian or the Siberian Husky, and sometimes will take after the temperaments of both its parents equally.
It depends and there’s no way to actually tell how this will eventually pan out for each and every newborn Pomsky, but you can estimate some of the most important (and common) characteristic and personality traits that Pomsky’s have when you take a look at those their parents have.
Exercise & Physical Activity Levels
For those of you reading this that are familiar with Pomeranians and Siberian Huskies, you know first hand that these dogs can be very physically active dogs, despite the difference in size between the two. Each of them is highly active in their own special way.
Because of these high energy levels they have despite being so small in size, you’ll need to provide them with enough exercise on a daily basis for them to remain happy in life.
The minimum amount of exercise you should give a Pomeranian Husky dog is a 30 minute walk every day, anything less than that and you risk having an unhappy Pomsky at home that will make your life just as miserable as theirs.
Besides exercise, adequate amounts of playtime is essential for the Pomeranian Husky dog, or else you run the risk of them easily becoming bored and wanting to seek attention from you in other ways – which almost always means them exhibiting behavioral problems in an attempt to catch your eye.
Pomskies are highly affectionate dogs that will take every chance they have to show their owners just how much they love them, and will expect nothing but the same from you in return.
So, be prepared to spend adequate amounts of time interacting, playing around with, cuddling your Pomsky and doing whatever else a dog owner does to show their dog they love and adore them, as this will go a long way in building a strong bond between the two of you.
However, be willing to put in the necessary amount of time and effort your Pomsky needs before they to start to warm up to you and form this affectionate bond with you, as Pomskies are known to take a little bit more time than other dogs in this department.
This is very apparent when a Pomeranian Husky dog is required to interact in any way with a stranger, as you will notice that most of the times, the Pomeranian Husky will act in a significantly shy manner.
Once your Pomsky warms up to you and develops the affection any dog develops for their owner, you will sense this first hand – and what a beautiful feeling this is!
As for other pets you may have at home, as long as your Pomeranian Husky has been properly socialized from a young age and has been taught how to properly interact with other household pets, you have nothing to worry about, as Pomeranian Huskies will be a great addition to the family in this case.
Siberian Huskies do have a tendency to bark excessively at times, a trait they tend to pass on to their Pomeranian Husky offspring many times as well.
So, if you get one of these little fellas home, don’t be surprised if you find they have all the energy in the world to bark and that you have your work cut out for you as far as training them to tone it down a bit goes.
Of course, this isn’t always the case, but it is a common occurrence with Pomskies.
Considering their high tendency to bark because of anything and everything, coupled with their extreme love and dedication towards their owners, family members and households, Posmkies make very good guard dogs if that’s what you’re looking for in a canine.
However, you do have to be aware that Pomskies aren’t exactly the most physically powerful of dogs, as they do fall on the lower side of things when it comes to weight and size.
So, as far as barking and alerting of of unnatural movement is concerned, you can definitely count on a Pomsky, but as far as attacking the intruder and fending them off goes, you’re better off with a larger, more powerful dog.
The Pomsky is an offspring to two very intelligent dog breeds, which means it is an intelligent dog in and of itself. However, the downside to this mix is that the Siberian Husky is very well known for its independent personality and its love to show that it is its own boss, and the Pomeranian is renowned for its stubborn side that shows in very frequent situations.
So, combining an independent mother and a bit of a stubborn father, their offspring is bound to take a little bit from here and a little bit from there and pose a challenge for its owner to handle.
The key to suppressing these “independent” and stubborn sides that Pomskies can show is proper training very early on in their life. The earlier they go through obedience training, the less of this side you’ll see from them when they grow up.
And, besides training them as early on as possible, stick to positive reinforcement training with your Pomsky and offer them rewards/treats whenever they deserve some after accomplishing whatever, this will help out big time!
As far as training goes, one of the most important things you have to keep in mind is training your Pomeranian Husky to take it easy on the excessive barking, as this can easily pick them a fight with a larger sized dog that’s 10 times more powerful at times, something which will never end well for the Pomsky.
You don’t want your Pomsky to be a brat like that, for their own safety that is.
Check out a very informative piece we’ve written about excessive barking in dogs and how you can stop it if you’re willing to do the training work yourself, or hire a competent dog trainer if you would prefer going that route instead.
Even if you end up deciding to hire a competent dog trainer for this reason or any other, educating yourself on the subject won’t harm you at all – on the contrary, it will equip you with the necessary tools so you can have a feel for what’s going on.
The last thing you’ll want to do is entirely rely on your dog trainer without having a clue yourself about what’s happening.
Generally speaking, Pomsky dogs will often face the same health risks their purebred parents (the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky dogs) face as well.
With that being said, Posmkies are generally healthy dogs that go on to live very healthy, problem-free lives, especially when coupled with a dog owner that cares for them the way they should be cared for and offers them all a dog needs to thrive in life.
Here’s a list of the most common health problems that a Pomsky may face in its life.
- Eye problems
- Dental problems (plaque)
- Allergies (most common of which are skin allergies)
In order to further minimize the chances of these health risks affecting your Pomsky down the line in life, always make sure that you buy a Pomsky from a reputable and ethical breeder, if you plan to buy a Pomsky and not adopt one.
If you go with a reputable dog breeder that plays it safe and isn’t in this business to rip off customers and make a quick buck here and there, the chances of you buying a Pomsky that will suffer from health problems down the line is greatly reduced.
On average, a healthy Pomsky that lives a normal life given the proper care it needs will go on to live a lifespan that lasts around 13 to 15 years, which is a fairly high number compared to the average lifespan of dogs.
Pomsky Living Conditions
For those of you wondering what weather conditions the Pomsky is best off living in, this dog does very well in moderate temperature climates, and can even survive very well in relatively more cold temperatures.
Because it boasts a long and soft double-fur coat, the Pomsky can be greatly protected from excessively cold climates where it snows a lot of the time, as this double-fur coat will keep them warm and cozy.
Both this dog’s parents, the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky, are renowned for their ability to thrive in extremely cold climates where it’s almost always just snow, snow and some more snow, so this shouldn’t be a problem at all.
However, this doubly-fur coat is a double edged sword because it will really annoy them in excessively warm climates. Just imagine yourself wearing a jacket on a hot summer day, it isn’t exactly the most comforting of things to do now, is it?
If you’re looking to add a Pomsky to a household with young kids in it, this isn’t your best option of a mixed breed dog to go with, as Pomskies are suited ideally for individuals living on their own or couples with no kids at home.
If your children aren’t really kids and are starting to become adults that know their limits when it comes to interacting with dogs, then you’re clear on this one.
With that being said, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a Pomsky to be kid-friendly, it’s just that this will require a little bit of work.
If your Pomsky is properly trained and socialized with young kids from a young age, they will learn how to properly play, interact and have fun with children with no problems whatsoever.
However, If you plan on adopting an older Pomsky that hasn’t quite been trained and socialized to interact and play with children, that’s where you could face some trouble, as changing the way they are when they’re older in age is quite a difficult thing to do.
Yard Or No Yard?
It’s often recommended that you have a backyard at home if you want to add a moderate to large sized dog to the household, simply because they need this large space to move freely in and call home.
Staying indoors all day long simply won’t cut it for dogs of such size.
However, and since the Pomeranian Husky is considered to be a small sized dog, you’re good to go either way, whether you choose to add it to a household with a backyard in it where they can hang out or to a household where they’ll stay indoors (yes, this means you’re good to go even if you live in an apartment).
When it comes to brushing your Pomsky, expect to have to brush them on a regular basis in order to minimize shedding and make sure their coat condition is in check, especially if your Pomsky took its coat from its Pomeranian parent.
If you’ve ever seen a Pomeranian before, then you’ve seen first hand how much of a furball-like coat this dog breed has!
Both the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky dogs are known to shed their fair bit of hair if not brushed on a regular schedule, so if you’re anything like me and strive to avoid having your dog’s hair all over the house, put such a schedule in place and stick to it.
If you’re thinking about getting a Pomsky home, then you’re going to have your work cut out for you, as this is far from being an easy task.
The demand for Pomsky’s nowadays is rising sky high, while the “supply” from breeders (ethical ones, at least) is considerably low.
Sure, you can go out and search for a Pomsky puppy and be bombarded with sales pitches from a million and one dog breeders with “special prices”, but chances are they aren’t really giving you a true, healthy Pomsky.
Ethical breeders that are willing to supply you with a true Pomsky that’s in very good health and that has been bred via ethical practices are hard to come by nowadays, and even if you manage to find one of these breeders, you can expect to pay a fairly large sum of money, averaging 1000$+, and sometimes even much more than that.
We always call for people to adopt dogs whenever they can instead of buying them from a breeder, as that goes a tremendous way in lending a helping hand to shelters that are already doing a lot of honorable work with (often times) very few resources available to them, but unfortunately adopting a Pomeranian Husky dog doesn’t seem to be a very viable option nowadays, as there simply aren’t many of them in shelters.
These dogs are really some of the most difficult ones to come by!
A Note About Pomskies And Ethical Dog Breeders
A high quality, ethical dog breeder that has a Pomeranian Husky to offer you and isn’t in this business to cheat you out of your money will most often mix a Pomeranian father that weighs anywhere from 3-10 lbs with a Siberian Husky mother that weighs anywhere from 35-50 lbs.
Since Pomeranians weigh so little, high-quality dog breeders will prefer to use a Siberian Husky dog as a mother instead, as they weigh significantly higher than Pomeranians and have less risks of pregnancy complications.