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Pomsky: The Best of Husky and Pomeranian

Pomsky standing
John Walton
Written by John Walton

Toy and designer dogs can be awfully cute, but they have their problems too. If anything, too many of these breeds are being viewed as kind of “clichés” even though this isn’t the dogs’ fault in any way, shape, or form. But if you are looking for something different and unique, the Pomsky is a breed that’s so new that despite its rising popularity, still has that “special” feel.

Pomskies offer the best of several different worlds; the adorableness of small designer dogs, and the personality of their big Husky relatives. With this quite energetic and playful dog, you can live with a proper canine that still comes in a small, manageable, and apartment-friendly package.

In this article, we’ll go over all the characteristics of this interesting breed. We’ll take a look at their short and recent history, as well as their unique personality. We’ll see what their main health concerns are, but we’ll also take a look at how to best prevent them by taking good care of our Pomsky pup.

Breed Characteristics

pomsky breed characteristics

  • Adaptability: Good; but not suited for hot climates

  • Trainability: Moderate; can be quite stubborn

  • Health and Grooming: Moderate; significant grooming needs

  • All Around Friendliness: Good

  • Exercise Needs: Average Needs

Dog Breed GroupCompanion Dogs
Height10 – 15 inches (25.4 – 38 cm)
Weight7 – 38 pounds (3.2 – 17.2 kg)
Lifespan12 – 15 years

Pomskies are a new and unique breed. A cross between Huskies and Pomeranians, Pomsky dogs are so new that there is virtually no breed standard. As a result, they are not considered or recognized as a pure breed, but if you are simply looking for a cool, cute, and active pup, there’s no reason to care about that.

It may take the breeders and clubs several more years to come up with a standard for this breed, but in the meantime, you can have a ton of fun with a Pomsky pup. These dogs are highly social and very active.

They are also very vocal, which is great for people that love to communicate with their animals and less great for people with easily-annoyed neighbors.

Main Highlights

Pomsky lying on the floor

  • Pomsky dogs are bred artificially, since physically breeding Huskies and Pomeranians poses health risks for the smaller Pomeranian breed.

  • Pomskies are quite vocal dogs, since they’ve inherited both the typical Pomeranian yapping, and the classic Husky howls and whines.

  • These dogs are such a new breed that there is still no recognized standard for their physical appearance. As a result, they can vary a lot in size, coat and color, as well as temperament, even when they come from the same litter.

  • Pomsky pups have been so popular in the last couple of years that designer dog breeders are breeding them in huge quantities and are selling them for very high prices.

  • If you are looking for a Pomsky dog, look around in shelters and rescues first, since a lot of new Pomsky owners are throwing them away after they find out that looking after a dog is harder than they imagined.

Breed History

breed history of Pomsky

Pomskies are such a new breed that they have basically no “history” to speak of. This designer mix of Huskies and Pomeranians are created through artificial insemination, since actual physical intercourse between the two breeds can be dangerous for the Pomeranian.

Because the Pomsky breed is so new, there is virtually no breed standard. No list of preferred traits, size, or physical attributes has been established, and the breed is not yet established or recognized as “pure.”

The result of this is that you can pretty much get whatever Pomsky pup you like and not care whether it’s “pure” or not. At best, it will take the breeders, canine organizations, and registries at least several more years until they settle on an official standard for the breed.

One of the groups that that is working intensely for the recognition and standardization of the Pomsky breed is the Pomsky Club of America. Currently, even they don’t have a specific set of attributes that is to be solidified as “standard.”

For you, the dog owner, looking for a Pomsky pup, this means that puppies that are even from the same litter can still vary greatly in their physique and temperament.

Another result of the lack of breeding standards is that you don’t need to get a Pomsky puppy from a breeder of designer dogs. Such breeders are currently breeding Pomskies in large quantities because of the significant demand for the breed.

As of 2017, Pomskies were officially one of the most popular and looked-for breeds in the U.S. This prompted not just their excessive overbreeding, but their high prices as well. But because of how many puppies the breeders are “making,” a lot of them end up in shelters or rescue groups, abandoned by ill-prepared owners.

So, if you are interested in getting a Pomsky puppy, before going to a designer dog breeder, you might as well look online or in your nearby shelters and rescues.

See Also: How to Adopt a Dog

Size

two Pomsky walking on a leash

Because of the lack of a solid standard for the breed, Pomskies can vary quite a lot in size, with some being closer to their Pomeranian parents, while others, much closer to Huskies.

Generally, you can find Pomskies that range from 10 to 15 inches in height (25 to 38 cm) and anywhere between 7 and 38 pounds in weight (3.2 to 17 kilos). That sounds like a big difference and it definitely is, but that’s the nature of mixed breeds.

The good side of it is that you can get a bigger or a much smaller Pomsky—whatever you prefer and whatever you feel will be best suited for life in your home and family.

In terms of their overall physical appearance, that can vary as well. Generally speaking, Pomskies can be described as “miniature fluffy wolves.” Their fur can range from light or white, to mostly brown and black, with a lot of grey shades in between.

They usually have the typical Husky ears and patterns on their face. Once again, this variation allows you to choose whatever color and “style” of puppy you desire.

Personality and Character

Pomsky lying on the floor with a toy

As expected, Pomskies have adopted most of the personality characteristics of their parent breeds. Since both Huskies and Pomeranians are very social animals, you can expect to have a lot of interactions with your Pomsky puppy.

Literal four-legged comedians, Pomskies love to perform cute antics to grab your attention and to have their athleticism appreciated.

Aside from that, Pomskies have little interest in where they live; they can do well both in houses and in apartments, as long as the climate and temperature are suitable for their thick coats.

Pomskies don’t require too much exercise, but they are definitely not slobs either; one extensive walk each day is a must, but it’s also enough to satisfy their needs.

As far as their intellect is concerned, Pomskies have definitely inherited the brains of their parent breeds. This makes the little fellas very intelligent and great for various puzzle toys, tricks, playing games, and so on.

On the other hand, as with other intelligent dog breeds, Pomskies get bored very easily and can develop destructive tendencies when they are left home alone for too long. Several hours are obviously not a big problem, but expect your couch to suffer if you’re away all day.

To avoid that, you can either find someone to take care of your Pomsky pup or to make sure that you’ve exhausted them with walk, play, and exercise to the point where they will surely be napping while you’re gone. Organizing scavenging hunts around the house or leaving puzzle toys for your pup while you’re away is also a good idea.

In terms of training, despite their high intelligence, Pomskies have also inherited the stubbornness of their Husky relatives. This doesn’t mean that they can’t learn—they certainly can—but you have to be mindful and well-prepared when you train them.

A Pomsky can learn anything any other breed can, but will require some delicious treats and an assertive hand to do so.

See Also: How to Cook Chicken Livers for Dogs

Not just social, Pomskies are also very talkative. Huskies have very specific chatty howls and whines that most Pomskies inherit, plus, they’ve also inherited the classical Pomeranian yapping.

This means two things: 1) you can have a lot of fun if you like talking with your animals, and 2) your neighbors may not be happy with you getting a Pomsky. If you anticipate trouble with your neighbors, you will do well to either train your Pomsky not to bark and yapp (particularly when you leave them home alone), or simply not get a Pomsky pup in the first place.

See Also: How to Train a Dog Not to Bark

Despite being very social animals, Pomskies tend to latch on to one particular family member. This doesn’t mean that they ignore or dislike the rest of their families—just that one family member (typically, the alpha, but not necessarily) is going to be their favorite.

As far as strangers are concerned, Pomskies can be fearful of people they don’t know too well, just like Pomeranians. If you want to avoid that, make sure you socialize them well from the earliest age. Both in the park and at home, your Pomsky pup should learn that most strangers are actually nice.

Health and Potential Problems

Pomsky lying on the floor sad

Pomskies are not the sickliest dogs out there, but they are not the healthiest either. Typically, Pomskies can develop pretty much all the common health issues that Huskies and Pomeranians can have.

Things such as allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia, dislocated knees (luxating patellas), epilepsy, various eye problems, heart diseases, collapsing trachea, dental issues, and skin problems, all need to be looked for.

None of those things are highly likely, but they are all not unlikely either. A lot of them also are easily preventable through good care, such as dental, skin, eye problems, and others.

All in all, there are a lot of dog breeds that are more prone to health issues, but you still need to be careful and mindful with a Pomsky. If you buy your Pomsky from a reputable breeder, you can ask for health certificates for the pup and its parents, but with the big diversity in the breed, this is less relevant than it is for other purebred dogs.

Care Features

Pomsky sitting in man's hands

There are several key things that need to be done to take care of your Pomsky puppy properly. Satisfying their exercise needs is chief among them. Pomskies are not the most exercise-demanding breeds out there, but they do have their needs.

One extensive walk per day, plus a bunch of playtime at home should suffice, usually one after the other. If you’re not giving your Pomsky pup enough exercise, you can expect them to get overweight pretty quickly.

See Also: Overweight Dogs: Signs and Solutions

Keeping your Pomsky dog from overheating is also important. Like Huskies, these dogs are adapted for colder climates, which means that you should never leave them in a car alone, as well as that you should have the AC in your home working quite reliably.

The opposite side of this is that Pomskies love the winter, so you should prepare for walks in the snow during the winter months. This makes the breed great for people that love the winter but prefer to stay home during the hot summer months.

Mental stimulation is also important for a Pomsky. Leaving their brainpower underutilized can easily lead to boredom, destructive behavior, escape attempts, and even apathy or depression. Being quite intelligent, Pomskies need to put their intelligence to good use. Puzzle toys and food puzzles are great tools for these little fellows.

When it comes to shedding, you should be prepared for a lot of hair. Pomskies shed more hair than some dog breeds that are twice or three times their size. Their thick coats also mean that you should clean and bathe them regularly after walks.

To do this, you need to make sure that you train your Pomsky to love baths. Otherwise you can be in a bit of a hassle every time you need to bathe your pooch. This is done quite easily; all you need to do is utilize treats and a soft, careful approach when you bathe your Pomsky pup. Once the dog gets used to the frequent baths, everything will be all right.

Dental, eye, and ear hygiene is also very important with this breed. Check up and clean their eyes and ears frequently. Use a damp cloth for the cleaning and not just your fingers and nails. This is important in order to prevent ear or eye infections.

Dental hygiene is important for all dogs, but especially so for Pomskies as they are more prone to dental problems. Daily brushing of their teeth is recommended, but at least weekly brushing is mandatory.

If you are afraid that your pup won’t like having their teeth brushed, make sure that you train him to like it. Just as with the bathing, use treats and a soft, calm approach until the dog gets used to the activity.

See Also: Dog Teeth Cleaning Products

Feeding Schedule

Pomsky sitting on grass

Feeding a Pomsky doesn’t include anything too specific. Consult with your veterinarian about the exact daily dosage of food for your pup; due to the difference in size between different Pomsky dogs, as well as the different levels of exercise they can get, the food intake will also be different.

If you are doing the right thing and supplying your Pomsky pup with plenty of exercises, then make sure you use dog food for physically active dogs. Obviously, you also need to choose high-quality dog foods, preferably both wet and dry food to ensure that your pup will be in good health.

As for the schedule, most dog owners feed their dogs once or twice a day. We strongly recommend that you feed your pup 3 or 4 times per day. This is important as it allows you to feed your dog with smaller portions and avoid overeating. Additionally, since your dog will eat more often, they won’t be that hungry and won’t eat too fast.

If you are worried that your work schedule doesn’t allow you to feed your dog once every 6 or 8 hours, remember that the schedule doesn’t need to be on equal intervals.

Instead of an 8/8/8-hour schedule, you can feed your pup on a 10/7/7-hour schedule or even on an 11/7/6-hour schedule to accommodate for your time away from home. It’s still going to be much better for your dog than a 12/12-hour schedule.

Coat, Color, and Grooming

Pomsky lying on the floor

Pomskies have the same type of long, dense coats that their Husky and Pomeranian parents do. This makes them suitable for a colder climate, but it also makes sure that you are in for a lot of shedding at home.

Daily brushing is pretty much mandatory, as well as good overall care for your pup’s coat. Feeding your dog with a high-quality dog food will also have a drastic effect on the health and beauty of their coat.

As far as the color is concerned, due to the lack of a strict standard for the breed, Pomskies can come in all the colors of their parent breeds—from white and grey to black and brown, with all possible combinations. Don’t worry if your Pomsky pup doesn’t have a very traditional color or scheme; it’s still a classical Pomsky.

Children and Other Pets Compatibility

two Pomsky dogs with blue eyes

Pomskies are social, but they are also wary of being physically hurt. This makes them often afraid of hyperactive small children. If a Pomsky feels physically threatened by a child, it’s not impossible for the dog to nip in response.

This isn’t an unfixable problem; most of all, you’ll just need to properly teach the child how to handle and play with the dog. This mostly applies to other dog breeds as well. If the child is respectable with the dog and doesn’t pull their tail or ears and doesn’t try to squeeze or throw the dog around, they should get along just fine.

See Also: Dog Facts for Kids: Teach the Little Ones to be Friendly

In terms of other pets, Pomskies can get along with dogs quite well. Proper socialization is required, however, since any anti-social dog doesn’t do well with other dogs.

As for non-canine pets, the hunting drive of Pomskies can pose some difficulties, especially with small cats or other small pets. Again, proper socialization and introduction of the different animals are required for them to do well together.

Wrap Up

brown pomsky running on grass

Pomskies are a very unique breed. Not only are they adorable physically, but they also have a very nice, friendly, and playful temperament. They love to play, they love to go for a walk, and they love to grab your attention and win your admiration.

Quite adaptable, these dogs are well-suited for apartment life, provided that you give them enough exercise and the climate isn’t too hot. As far as children or strangers are concerned, these otherwise social dogs can be wary of kids and unknown people, so good socialization is required.

These dogs aren’t as easy to take care of as they may seem. Do you think you have what it takes to live happily ever after with a Pomsky? Or perhaps you already live with a Pomsky? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Also, check out our list of funny dog names for your cute, excitable Pomsky!

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

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