Interested in opening your heart and home to the trendy pomsky? This year, this dog seems to be quite high in demand. If you are considering a pomsky, you might want to learn as much as you can about the size, temperament and other relevant information about this stunning looking dog. First of all, what exactly are pomskies? Many people erroneously refer to them as a breed, but in reality they are a cross between two breeds which ultimately makes them a hybrid dog. In this case, the pomsky, or as some people call it, the “Huskarian,” is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Siberian husky.
Understanding Hybrid Dogs
Because hybrid dogs are the offspring of two different breeds, their genetic makeup can be quite varied. This means that unlike purebred dog breeds, they will not have predictable traits passed down from their parents. For this reason, you won’t see a pomsky compete for any “best in show” prizes as there is yet no standard to adhere to when it comes to physical traits and temperament. However, estimated guesses can be made by looking at the breeds Pomskies are composed by and their main characteristics. Most likely, a combination of characteristics will be present in these dogs.
In this case, we will be looking at some characteristics of the Pomeranian breed and some of the Siberian husky breed. Perspective owners who feel that any breed characteristics of these two breeds are not suitable for their lifestyle, should not consider a pomsky. While a pomsky appears quite strikingly appealing, it’s important to never consider a dog based on looks alone.
Because this is a fairly new hybrid, physical characteristics are still quite unpredictable and breeders are still working on perfecting the looks of these dogs. One thing though seems to be consistent: most breeders seem to be mostly gravitating towards a dog that looks like a husky, but is much smaller in size. The average size of an adult pomsky is expected to be anywhere in between 17 and 30 pounds according to Greenfield Puppies. The height is generally between 10 and 15 inches at the withers.
Most coat colors in the pomsky reflect those seen in the husky. You will therefore frequently see mixed colors of white, black and grey. The soft, furry and silky coats seem to beg for cuddles. On top of that, many will have the beautiful blue eyes of huskies and their faces will have the fox-like resemblance of the Pomeranian with erect ears. However, as mentioned, there may be great genetic variances from litter to litter causing pomskies to have different coat colors, coat characteristics, eye colors, facial features and sizes .
As a pomeranian husky mix, the pomsky should result in a dog with an intriguing personality. The husky is known for being a good-natured, high-energy breed that is curious, playful and friendly with just about anybody. On the other hand, the Pomeranian is known for being feisty, alert and often suspicious of strangers. A pomsky may result in a mix of these personalities.
When it comes to energy levels, with a pomsky, you should end up with a dog with medium energy levels, considering that the husky was selectively bred as sled dog, and as such. has loads of endurance and stamina; whereas, the Pomeranian is a non-working dog with a much more laid-back personality and the potential for making a good apartment dweller.
When it comes to trainability, consider that the husky is quite an independent breed, so this may bring some challenges. At the same time consider though that many Poms love to learn new things and are well-versed in mastering tricks. With the right training, a pomsky has the potential to make a good companion. As with any other dogs, early socialization is a must. The pomsky is considered to be a dog that has the potential to get along with children.
A Pomeranian and a husky may at a first glance look like quite different breeds, but they ultimately both belong to the spitz family. These Nordic breeds share the fact that they are blessed with thick, furry coats composed by a rougher top coat and an insulating undercoat. They will tend to heavily shed their undercoat especially the few weeks before summer, but you can greatly reduce the amount of stray hair in your home by regularly brushing their coats.
Finding a Reputable Breeder
It’s important to find a good pomsky breeder. A reputable one will be careful to breed a healthy male Pomeranian between 3 and 10 pounds with an equally healthy female Siberian husky between 35 and 50 pounds. Crossing the other way around, may cause complications to the Pomeranian since she may give birth to puppies who are too large with the end result of putting her in peril and requiring a C-section. Because this breed is still quite rare, a pomsky may not be easy to find. This makes them quite on the pricey side and there may be waiting lists on litters. How much does a pomsky cost on average? Interested buyers should expect to pay a minimum of $1,500 for a well-bred specimen.
A Word of Caution
As with other designer breeds with high market values, there are always chances for scammers looking for a quick way to make money. Puppy mills are notorious for breeding dogs in high demand without any concern on health or temperament and then selling them to puppies to stores. There are then con-artists, scammers and unethical back yard breeders who are passing off fake pomskies claiming them to be real.
There is no such thing as pomskies coming in teacup sizes, and breeders emphasizing the fact that their pomskies are really small, are most likely engaging in the unethical practice of breeding unhealthy runts. To prevent from falling into these traps, it’s very important to look for a reputable pomsky breeder who offers health guarantees and adheres to the highest standards and code of ethics set by the Pomsky Club of America.