October 23, 2017

What Exactly is a Pomsky?

The Pomsky is a cross between a purebred Pomeranian and a purebred Siberian Husky.

In most cases, the crossing involves a male Pomeranian and a female Siberian Husky – this helps to prevent complications resulting from the small Pomeranian carrying larger puppies.

Though Pomskies are technically mutts (a dog of mixed breed), they are often sold as a designer breed.

The term “designer dog” is a fairly new development that is generally applied to intentional crossing of two purebred breeds.

Designer dogs are often marketed as possessing the best of both parent breeds but the truth is that it is nearly impossible to predict the appearance, size, or personality of a puppy that comes from such a crossing.

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Siberian Husky

Characteristics of a Husky

The name Husky is not actually a specific breed but a type of dog that is used to pull sleds. The Siberian Husky is a specific breed of Husky known for its thick,
double coat and its energy. Siberian Huskies are a medium-sized breed, typically standing between 20 and 24 inches tall, weighing between 35 and 60 pounds at maturity. The Siberian Husky is a Spitz-type breed and its origins can be traced back to the Eskimo dog, or Qimmiq. This breed shares its history with other sled breeds like the Samoyed and the Alaskan Malamute. The Siberian Husky is particularly known for its ability to pull heavy loads over great distances and through difficult conditions, all while maintaining great speed.

The Siberian Husky is a very easy breed to identify because it has a distinctive wolf-like appearance. These dogs have thick, double coats that are designed to protect the dog from the harsh Arctic environment. The Husky’s coat is much thicker than most double-coated breeds and it enables the dog to withstand temperatures as low as 76°F below freezing. The undercoat is very dense and soft while the topcoat is short and straight. Like most double-coated breeds, the Siberian Husky sheds its undercoat once a year and its thick coat requires regular brushing all year long.

Siberian Huskies usually display a combination of black and white coloration, though various shades of red, brown, and grey are common as well. Most Huskies exhibit patterning on the face, paws, legs, and tail with some of the most common patterns being masks or spectacles. It is possible for a Siberian Husky to have an agouti coloration, though blonde or piebald spotting is more common. The merle coat pattern is not allowed in this breed but the AKC accepts all other colors and patterns ranging from all black to pure white. The Husky has almond-shaped eyes that may be blue or brown – heterochromia (two different-colored eyes) is also common in this breed.

The Siberian Husky is a very energetic breed and it is very intelligent as well. For these reasons, Huskies have a high tendency to become bored and that often leads to escape attempts or destructive behavior. Firm and consistent training plus plenty of daily exercise is a must for this breed. Siberian Huskies are also a fairly social breed that tends to do well with other dogs. This breed is very friendly by nature and while it may bark at strangers, it is quick to make friends. Huskies do very well with children, though they have a fairly high prey drive and might chase small animals. Siberian Huskies tend to howl more than they bark and they have been known to go to great lengths to escape a yard or kennel so they need to be monitored very closely.

Characteristics of a Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a Spitz-type breed that is classified as a toy dog. These little dogs generally weigh no more than seven pounds and they stand under 11 inches tall. Pomeranians are known for their thick, double coats and plumed tails that they carry high over their back. The origins of this breed can be traced back to large working breeds from the Arctic regions of the world that were known as Wolfspitz or simply Spitz type dogs. The modern Pomeranian was bred down to its current small size and was popularized in Europe during the 18th century. The breed was developed as a companion pet and it remains one of the top 20 most popular dog breeds in the United States according to annual AKC registration statistics.

The Pomeranian is known for its small size and big personality – these dogs are often described as being large dogs in a small body. Pomeranians come in a wide variety of different colors, though early specimens of the breed were largely white, black or brown. Today, Pomeranians come in every color conceivable including white, black, brown, cream, red, orange, blue, sable, and tan as well as various patterns such as spotted, brindle, and parti-color. In more recent years, Pomeranian breeders have developed a merle Pomeranian which has a solid-colored base coat with patches of light blue or grey which gives it a mottled appearance.

Pomeranians have thick, double coats that stand out from the body, making the dog look bigger than it is. The outer coat is generally long and straight with a harsh texture while the undercoat is short, thick, and soft. Due to the length and fullness of the Pomeranian’s coat, this breed requires frequent brushing – this will also help to keep shedding under control. Pomeranian owners typically have their dogs groomed and trimmed once every month or two. The Pomeranian sheds its undercoat once a year – more frequent brushing may be required at this time.

In terms of temperament, the Pomeranian is friendly and playful. These lively little dogs make great companion pets because they are fiercely loyal to their human counterparts. Unfortunately, this loyalty sometimes results in aggression toward other dogs. The Pomeranian may be small but it makes a great watch dog because it is always aware of its surroundings and it never hesitates to sound the alarm to intruders or foreign noises. Pomeranians are very extroverted and they love to be the center of attention. Without proper socialization and training, this characteristic often develops into what dog owners call, “Small Dog Syndrome”. If the down owner doesn’t maintain an air of authority over the dog, the Pomeranian has a tendency to become dominant and ill-mannered. With early training, however, the Pomeranian can make a great pet.

Pomsky Characteristics and Temperament

Because the Pomsky is the result of a cross between two different breeds, it is difficult to predict exactly what the puppy will look like or act like. Genetics is very complex – a Pomsky puppy will not necessarily be a 50/50 split of the physical and personality characteristics of the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky. The size, appearance, and personality of each parent breed will be different from one specimen to another so each litter of Pomsky puppies is unique as well. There are, however, certain assumptions or predictions to be made about the Pomsky in consideration of the characteristics associated with the parent breeds.

The Pomeranian is a toy breed and the Husky is a medium-sized breed, so you can expect a Pomsky to fall somewhere within that size range. Both parent breeds have double coats, so a Pomsky is likely to exhibit a fairly thick double coat somewhere between the short length of the Siberian Husky’s coat and the long length of the Pomeranian’s. Because the Pomsky has a medium to long coat, regular brushing and grooming is necessary to control shedding. Depending how much of the Pomsky’s genetics come from the Pomeranian side, you may also have to have your Pomsky’s coat trimmed a few times per year. You can also expect the Pomsky to shed its undercoat once a year.

In terms of temperament and personality, both parent breeds are friendly and energetic so you can expect the Pomsky to display some degree of these characteristics as well. Both parent breeds are very active and intelligent, plus they require a great deal of attention. If you do not train your Pomsky from an early age, or if you fail to present an air of authority, your dog might develop dominant tendencies and other behavioral problems. Even if your Pomsky is small, he is still likely to be a handful when it comes to his energy level and need for attention. You will need to keep a close eye on your Pomsky when he is outside to foil any escape attempts.

The Pomeranian is sometimes described as a yappy breed while the Siberian Husky tends to howl more than bark. The Pomsky, then, will fall somewhere along the line between these two tendencies. Most Pomskies will bark at strangers but they warm up very quickly and they are eager to make friends. You do need to be careful with your Pomsky around children, however, because it is difficult to predict how this breed will behave. The Siberian Husky is very good with children but the Pomeranian is less tolerant – you will need to supervise interactions until you get a feel for your Pomsky’s attitude toward children. You should also keep an eye on your Pomsky around small pets because it may have inherited part of the Siberian Husky’s prey drive.

When it comes to the health and wellness of your Pomsky you will need to provide him with a healthy diet and keep up with routine vet visits. The Pomsky generally falls somewhere between a toy breed and a medium-sized breed, so choose a high-quality commercial dog feed formulated for dogs of its size. You might also want to consider an active breed formula, especially if you plan to train your Pomsky for dog sports. In terms of health, the Pomsky may be affected by a variety of health conditions inherited from its parents. The Siberian Husky is prone to seizure disorders, eye problems, gastric disease, and congenital laryngeal paralysis. Pomeranians are prone to dental problems, patellar luxation, tracheal collapse, and skin problems. Depending on breeding, your Pomsky could be at risk for developing any of these problems.

How Much Do Pomskies Cost?

If you perform an Internet search for Pomsky puppies you will find a wide range of prices. The cost for a Pomsky puppy will vary depending on several key factors. For example, certain physical traits like blue eyes and specific coat colors may fetch a premium price. Size is another important factor – Pomsky puppes that are at the lower end of the size spectrum tend to cost more than larger specimens. Of course, it is impossible to tell the adult size of a Pomsky until it is full-grown so be wary of shopping for Pomsky puppies by size.

If you purchase your Pomsky puppy from a breeder you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000, though prices can reach as high as $3,000. It is important to remember that the Pomsky is a crossbreed so you should not pay more than the price for either a purebred Husky or Pomeranian puppy. Pomeranian puppies from AKC breeders generally sell for $500 to $1,200 while Siberian Husky puppies go for $800 to $1,500. The average cost for Pomsky puppies is about $1,200.

What is a Pomsky’s Lifespan?

The Pomsky is a cross between two different breeds, each of which has a different lifespan. The average lifespan for the Pomeranian is very high, as most small-breed dogs are, around 15 years or longer. The average lifespan for the Siberian Husky is still fairly high, around 12 to 14 years. Individual genetics will play a role in determining your Pomsky’s lifespan, but you can expect your Pomsky to live somewhere between 12 and 15 years if he remains in good health.

How Big is a Full-Grown Pomsky?

There is no exact answer to the question regarding the size of a full-grown Pomsky. Because the Pomsky is a cross between two breeds of vastly different sizes its full size could fall anywhere along the range of weights for the parent breeds. An adult Pomeranian generally weighs between 4 and 7 lbs. while an adult Siberian Husky weighs between 35 and 60 pounds. When you account for 50% of the genetics from each parent breed you can expect a Pomsky to weigh somewhere between 18 and 30 pounds at maturity. The only way you will know the exact size of your Pomsky is to wait for him to grow up.

Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta Cooper is a freelance writer and a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine, Dog News. She is the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, the Dog Writers Association of America Adoptashelter.com award-winner for 2013. Additionally, Carlotta is the author of Canine Cuisine: 101 Natural Dog Food & Treat Recipes to Make Your Dog Health and Happy, as well as other books about pets. She is a guest writer for numerous website and blogs and a frequent pet food reviewer.

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