Whether your dog is a purebred Pomsky or a Pomsky mix, learning about the breed can explain a lot about your pet's personality, habits and overall health. Or maybe you're looking to adopt a Pomsky and you want to do a bit of research first — we can help with that.
This breed is a mix of Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians — and because they're relatively new members of the canine world, many of their characteristics have yet to be well recognized. But here's what we do know.
While Pomskies’ fur color might lean more toward a Siberian Husky, their size is definitely similar to a Pomeranian.
On average, these pups weigh between 20 to 30 pounds and are 10 to 15 inches tall, Dr. Aliya McCullough, Fetch by The Dodo’s on-staff veterinarian, explains.
The breed's appearance largely depends on which parent’s genes are more dominant, but it’s common for Pomksies to have fur markings and striking, bright eyes similar to Siberian Huskies. Their fur grows in solid black, tan or white or a mix of white with black, gray, brown, red or blue, Dr. McCullough explains.
Don’t be surprised if your Pomsky enjoys sitting in cooler, snowy climates, as their thick, double coats makes these conditions more comfortable. Pomskies need regular grooming to keep their coats clean and neat, and daily brushing can help with shedding, Dr. McCullough notes.
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Huskies and Pomeranians are both high-energy dogs, which shows in the Pomsky breed, as they need ample exercise and space to wear them out.
Stubbornness and strong personalities are also common in Pomskies. They like to be the boss and are more than happy to take on a protective role in the home (but keep an eye on this trait to prevent negative situations). So plan on walking your Pomsky regularly and socialize them early on to help show them that you are in charge.
“Pomskies are loyal and may bond with one person in the household over others,” Dr. McCullough says. However, because of this individual bonding, they may not be suited for life with a large family, often thriving with one or two beloved pet parents.
Since Pomskies are considered a mixed breed, it’s not always clear what health challenges they're privy to.
“Pomskies are a relatively new mix, and their predisposition to disease has not been well established,” Dr. McCullough shares. “However, they likely share the same predispositions as Huskies and Pomeranians.”
Common ailments Husky and Pomeranian breeds face include allergies, patellar luxation (abnormal kneecap movement), hip dysplasia, collapsing trachea, epilepsy and heart and dental disease. Schedule regular vet visits to stay on top of your Pomsky’s health.
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