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The Pomsky is a mixed breed the result of crossing the Siberian Husky with a Pomeranian. She is a medium sized dog with a life span of 13 to 15 years. She is bred using artificial insemination as natural breeding would be dangerous due to the size difference between the parents. She is a fun and watchful dog who is great for families with older kids, couples or singles or seniors as long as she can be given the exercise she needs.

The Pomsky is a dog best suited for a household that does not have children or other pets unless she is going to be raised with them. Early socialization and training are important for her. If you love the look of the Husky but do not have the room or the energy for a purebred the Pomsky is a great though expensive substitute.

Here is the Pomsky at a Glance
Average height 10 to 15 inches
Average weight 15 to 30 pounds
Coat type Fluffy, soft, wavy, double
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Very good to excellent
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization, better with older ones
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Can be
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good but needs a fair amount of exercsise
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Easy to train but can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Fairly active have lots of energy
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Epilepsy, eye problems, Legg-Perthe's, patellar luxation, collapsed trachea
Other Health Concerns Allergies, hip dysplasia, dental problems
Life Span 13 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $1200 to $5500
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $375 to $500
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Where does the Pomsky come from?

The Pomsky is a hugely popular designer dog right now and that is still growing. She is a recently bred designer dog and is not a cheap one either with puppy prices being the highest range for any mixed breed, partly because she is new and so harder to find still and partly because breeding uses artificial insemination, an expensive process. Being so new she is still being tweaked but for the most part breeders are aiming for her to look more like a husky but small. However as with all designer dogs that cannot be guaranteed and there can be variations even in the same litter with looks and temperament. Be careful if you are looking for a Pomsky as there are a lot of poor breeders jumping on this latest popular dog just trying to scam you out of your money.

The Pomeranian

In the northern countries there were Spitz breeds and it is thought the Pomeranian was bred from these dogs in Pomerania. Back then Pomeranians could weigh up to 30 pounds. They were a popular dog breed, you can find many famous people throughout history who were fans. They came to England in 1761 and at that time were over 20 pounds. While popular in the royal family and with nobility they were not so with the public. In the Victorian era things changed though, Queen Victoria loved them after she saw one weighing 12 pounds. It is believed this inspired the breeding of small Pomeranians amongst English breeders. During the early 20th century the breed was stabilized at the present normal weight of 7 to 15 pounds.

The Pomeranian today is a very extroverted dog who is smart, lively and outgoing. He loves social get togethers, meeting people, family events and expects to be central to it all. He does have that small dog tendency of challenging bigger dogs so does need watching around them. He is alert, curious and a great watchdog. He does tend to bark a lot so early socialization and training are key to controlling this.

The Siberian Husky

While the history of this Russian dog is mostly unclear we known from DNA tests that this is one of the oldest dog breeds around today. It is thought he comes from a dog the Siberian nomads had called the Chukchi. These dogs were used as sled dogs and as family dogs. Children usually slept with them to get warmth and comfort. The Siberian Husky came to Alaska in 19098 where he was used as a sled dog and entered into dogsled races. While no more Siberians can come from Siberia now with the Borders closed they continue to do well in North America though they are now a little different to the Chukchi dog.

Today the Siberian Husky is still a pack animal and so needs an owner who can establish himself as pack leader very clearly. If you do this successfully it will make training easier. But be prepared he does like to test the rules. He is a lot of energy and needs to be exercised and stimulated enough otherwise he can become destructive. He has a mischievous nature and loves to play and show off their abilities. He is not a barker but he does howl so you will need understanding neighbors! Because they are friendly and gentle in nature they are not good as watchdogs.

Temperament

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The Pomsky is a fun, energetic, mischievous and playful dog who is also very intelligent and confident. She is affectionate and loving with her family but is protective so may be less welcoming to strangers until they are deemed 'safe'. She would act to protect you and the family should it be in danger. If she is more like the Pomeranian she may be wary around young children too. She loves to chew so make she has rotating chew toys or she may turn to furniture! She can be independent but not as much as a purebred Husky.

What does the Pomsky look like

She is a medium sized dog weighing 15 to 30 pounds and measures 10 to 15 inches tall. She has a curved tail, a medium sized head that is in proportion to the body, a medium length muzzle, almond shaped eyes and rose or pointy small ears. She has a double coat that is soft, fluffy, silky and wavy. Common colors are brown, white, black, red, orange, tan, blue, cream or a mix.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Pomsky need to be?

She does have a lot of energy so despite being just medium sized she does need a fair amount of exercise. She will love playing, access to a yard is a bonus for her to use. She should also be taken for a couple of long walks each day or a run or jog alongside you. She would enjoy visits to a dog park too. If she is not exercised enough she will become destructive, may bark or howl, chew and dig. She can adjust to apartment living as long as she still gets out each day. She should be given opportunities for mental stimulation too as she is smart and needs to keep her brain active also.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent and is usually easy to train responding best to positive reward based methods. She can sometimes be stubborn though so you need to make sure you are clearly established as leader and use firm tones with her. Be consistent too and stay calm. If she thinks at any point that she is the one in charge it can lead to that small dog syndrome. Early socialization and training are important for developing a more well rounded dog.

Living with a Pomsky

How much grooming is needed?

She is a moderate shedding dog, she sheds regularly and can shed more when it is seasonal too. You will need to vacuum up after her often and be prepared for some hair on clothes and sofas! Brush her daily to try and keep ahead of it. Those with shorter coats will shed more often but the amount they shed is less. Bath her when she needs it, there is no need to bathe her too often as it can affect the oils in her skin. Use a dog shampoo. She also needs teeth brushing two to three times a week and her ears cleaned by wiping once a week. If her nails get too long they should be clipped but dog nails have live vessels and nerves in them so take care not to cut too low or ask a groomer to do it for you.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With early socialization and training she is good with children but best with older children not younger ones. It also helps when she has been raised with them and any other pets. Teach the children how to play with dogs and what is safe and what is not.

General information

She makes a good watchdog and will bark to let you know of any intruders. She is an occasional barker and can sometimes have the Husky howl too. She will need 1 1/2 to 2 cups of high quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals. She has a good tolerance to cold climates and does okay in warm ones, but should not be kept where it is very hot.

Health Concerns

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To get a healthy dog expect to see health clearances not just for the puppy but for the parents too, and also visit the kennels to get a feel for how well the dogs are kept. She can be prone to the same issues her parents are including Epilepsy, eye problems, Legg-Perthe's, patellar luxation, collapsed trachea, allergies, hip dysplasia and dental problems.

Costs involved in owning a Pomsky

As mentioned she is a very new designer dog, very desirable and artificial insemination is involved so prices are high. There are not many breeders around that are doing it right so if you do find lower prices be suspicious. Signs of a puppy mill are ones who want to deal online and then ship the puppy rather than you visiting. Not letting you meet the parents, not having parent health clearances. Prices can also be made higher by desirable traits like blue eyes. Prices range from $1200 to $5500.

If not included with the price you will need to pay extra for essentials like blood tests, deworming, shots, a crate, carrier, collar and leash, chipping and spaying. These will cost between $455 to $500. Yearly costs for food, treats, license, toys and training come to between $375 to $500. Yearly basic medical costs for pet insurance, check ups, flea prevention and vaccinations come to between $460 to $500.

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