Several dog breeds may catch your eye. The Siberian Husky, for one, is striking and known by many. The only problem is that it doesn’t come in a smaller size. But what if you mixed a Siberian Husky with a smaller breed, like the Pomeranian? Well, this designer dog already exits — The Pomsky.pomsky

With all that the Pomsky has to offer, this Siberian Husky and Pomeranian mixed breed has risen in popularity. It’s adaptability to living in the apartment while maintaining attributes from its parents makes it a worthy candidate for small dog owners. This designer breed comes in a small package but holds onto that sturdy large dog persona. Read this article to learn more about this rare dog and what makes it such a great fur friend.

In this article, we will look at the Pomsky, a Siberian Husky mixed with the compact Pomeranian. Before you consider owning one of your own, you know about their history, general information, personality and which dog to choose out of the litter. If you truly think that this mixed breed is the perfect compromise, then read on.

Before you can know a breed, especially one as new as the Pomsky, you should brush up on its history.

The History of the Pomsky

The Pomsky is considered to be a “designer dog breed”. The media itself coined this term. Being a designer dog speaks to its popularity more than anything. The Pomsky, by definition, is a mixture of two very popular pure breeds, the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky.

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You may have not heard about this mixed breed since it’s relatively new. The first time I saw a Ponsky walking down the street, I had no idea what it was. My first thought was that it was a miniature Husky, but I knew that that couldn’t be the case. The first ever-recorded United States’ Pomsky litter was dated in 2012, though some believe that it was around since 2009.

As for the parents, Siberian Husky started in Siberia. Alaskans then favored it in 1909, where it became a highly coveted sled dog. The petite Pomeranian has a somewhat unknown origin.

It’s believed to be originally bred near Poland and Germany. Did you know that these dogs weren’t quite as little once upon a time? They were used as sled dogs around the 16th century. Although they became much smaller in stature, they still held onto their “big dog” personality

How Do You Breed for a Pomsky?

The average Husky weighs between about 40 to 60 pounds while Pomeranians are a mere 4 to 7 pounds. With such a large difference in body mass, there has been quite the process of reproduction.

If you were to breed a male Pomeranian with a female Husky, then it would be easier, true. But even with the right genders, there are a considerable number of risks involved. This is what has led to artificial insemination, or where the male dog is only involved partially. In a nutshell, the semen is stored in a frozen compartment before being inserted into a female dog at the right moment. This method requires plenty of planning and experience, yet it yields the best results. For many reputable breeders, the cost far outweighs the potential problems they can experience their prized pooches.

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An important note is that the breeding of certain pairings yields different results. In other words, you can mate a purebred Siberian Husky with a Pomeranian, or you could choose to breed the later generations of Pomskies. Both give you a different attribute. Let’s break this down further.

  • F1 Generation
  • F1B Generation
  • F2 Generation

The breeding of two purebred dogs is the P generation. Think of the “P” as “Parental”. Once the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky are bred, they have puppies that have 50 percent of their genes. These dogs are referred to as the F1 Generation

An F1B Generation Pomsky is where the 50/50 Pomsky is bred with either a purebred Pomeranian or a purebred Siberian Husky. If a breeder were to breed one of the F1 and F1B Generations together, they would make an F2 Generation puppy.

You can take the different generations of Pomskies to have your more desired type. For instance:

  • 50/50: Pomskies tend to look more like a Pomeranian with the personality of a Siberian Husky. 
  • 25/75: Puppies born with only 25 percent Husky and 75 percent Pomeranian, that is, a mix between a 50/50 Pomsky and a pure Pomeranian, will have a more Pomeranian feel. 
  • In contrast, 75/25,  is a cross between a 50/50 Pomsky and a pure Siberian Husky, those with 75 percent Husky and 25 percent Pomeranian will take on more of the Husky appeal.
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Pomsky Puppies

If you had trouble keeping up with all of that, you can watch a video provided through Goldendoodles by Smeraglia. Goldendoodles are the breeding of purebred Golden Retrievers and Poodles. They started gaining popularity in the 1990s. Just as with the Pomsky, this breed started with a P Generation and eventually grew to F2 individuals who took on a different variety.

With such an elaborate and expensive breeding, the Pomsky is still a rare breed to acquire. They’ve increased in popularity due to the beloved traits of their P Generation. Now that you are informed of the process in which it takes to breed these little puffballs, let’s look at their general information. This includes their size at adulthood, lifespan, common health problems and more.

General Pomsky Information​

Before jumping in feet first, you may want to know some information about the physical pooch. The Pomsky is a loved choice by many for more than just its looks. These dogs come in a small package with quite a large personality. All in all, they completely encapsulate the characteristics of a Pomeranian and Siberian Husky.

The following are a few guidelines to help decide if this designer dog is right for you and your lifestyle.

Physical Characteristics​​

The Pomsky is a small dog with a course, double coat. Double coats have two layers where the undercoat has short hairs while the outermost fur is lined with longer hairs. This top layer consists of guard hairs. The coat itself is generally straight, though this can vary. Some individuals may have wooly or plush fur while others sport a more iconic husky coat.

The coloration of the coat can also vary among various creams, grays, whites, browns, blacks and a mixture of the two. 

Pomskies can also have separately colored eyes, just as a Siberian Husky. This can either be blue, brown, amber or hazel.

They typically resemble more of the Siberian Husky with erect ears and a “masked” appearance. The tail generally is set over their back just as on a Husky.

Pomsky Weight

The weight of a dog can usually differ depending on a few factors such as gender and the size of the parents. With such a distinct difference in body size, where does the Pomsky sit? This depends on the variation of Pomsky that one would own.

The typical Pomsky usually weighs in the middle of the parents. For males, this would generally be at around 30 pounds while females average about 22 pounds.

A Toy Pomsky can be weighed up to 9 pounds in total.

For Miniature Pomskies, an individual usually sits at around 9 to 18 pounds.

Overall, the Pomsky has a weight anywhere between 9 and 30 pounds.

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Pomsky Full-grown Size​​​

By looking at the body structure of a Pomsky, it isn’t difficult to see that they are longer than they are tall. Lots of dog breeds have increased in popularity due to their lengthened backs. The Dachshund and Corgi are loved mostly for their “wiener dog” appearance. Looking at the typical Pomsky, males generally have a total body length of around 37 to 40 centimeters. Females can range from 35 to 37 centimeters. Height is measured starting at the top of the shoulder and down to where the paws touch the ground.

Body length, on the other hand, is the total unit from the dog’s chest back to the rear end. This does not include the added length of the tail. The Pomsky’s body length typically is about 43 centimeters, which is longer than its height.

Pomsky Lifespan​

Have you ever heard that larger dogs tend to live shorter lives? Well, fortunately, the Siberian Husky is a relatively healthy breed. The Pomsky has taken after both of its parents in longevity.

On average, a Pomsky will live anywhere from 13 to 15 years. This is mostly due to its compact size.

As with any dog, life expectancy can be related to genetics, exercise, nutrition, and several other factors. Although these dogs can live for over a decade, do your research and provide them with a lengthy and fulfilling life.

Common Health Issues of Pomsky​

Even though both the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky are known for their healthy genes, it is still important to be aware of the potential risks.

Pomskies are susceptible to a few health concerns that may arise later in life without proper care. Dental disease is among the most common, some dogs even developing this condition before they reach age 3. Other common health issues include hip dysplasia and skin diseases.

Pomsky Grooming Needs

The coat of a Pomsky is double-coated and quite course meaning that it does require a bit of care. Dogs who are not provided with the proper coat maintenance can develop skin issues. This is why knowing how to take care of your dog’s coat is pivotal.

The Pomsky tends to shed quite a bit. To remove all dead hair and keep your dog’s coat healthy, this breed requires daily grooming. Using a combination of a wire pin and slicker brush can accomplish this.

Grooming also includes the act of bathing your dog. Some breeds can keep clean for longer while others will develop skin problems is bathed too frequently. Pomskies should be given the occasional bath, approximately once every month.

Pomsky Barking Level​

This may not be a top priority, but some apartment managers will not condone a noisy neighbor. Depending on where you live, the Pomsky may not be in your cards.

Both of their purebred parents are quite the talkers, as they tend to be wonderful watchdogs. The Pomsky does not fall far from the tree. This designer breed is keen on letting everyone in the house know if something is going on.

Barking may not be the most beloved trait, but this behavior can be reined in with consistent training.

The Personality and Temperament of a Pomsky

Knowing a little more about the Pomsky may help you with your final decision. Those who seek out this rare breed promote the Pomsky for their personality and temperament. Let’s break these down into individual categories for a closer look.

A dog with a mild temperament is one that can be calm under certain circumstances. These dogs are quite gentle and tend to not overreact when placed in an uncomfortable situation.

The intelligence of a Pomsky is considered to be quite high. They are also easy to train. These dogs pick up on new tricks or behavior quickly. With a loyal nature, the Pomsky wants nothing more than to please. As with any brainy pup, look up fun ways to provide your Pomsky with mental stimulation.

These dogs are labeled as medium level energy. This is mostly from the Siberian Husky, which can run for miles and miles. It is recommended that Pomskies walk a total of 10 miles per week with 45 minutes a day devoted to physical stimulation.

Being the little watchdogs that they are, this breed is highly sensitive. They look out for their owners, even reacting if they feel that their loved ones are being threatened. This also goes back to how frequent they will bark. This little ball of fluff may be mild, but there will be barking if something needs to be said.

Pomeranians and Siberian Huskies are known for their hardiness. They are extremely tolerant of living in colder climates. They still can manage in a hot area, but require a bit more sheltering. As for being left alone, this breed will be okay with the proper stimulation. Because of their intelligence, they may become bored if left without a game. They do adapt well to an apartment-style lifestyle, making them quite tolerant for small dog owners.

The Pomsky does have a high prey drive, but if trained properly, they will get along with just about anyone. This can include your neighbor’s dog or your house cat. This is because of the Siberian Husky’s friendly disposition.

In short, Pomsky’s do make good family pets. They have a loving personality and are extremely loyal to their owners. Do keep in mind that their high prey drive combined with a possessive nature can make them somewhat unpredictable around children. This can easily be addressed with the right training. Overall, they will enjoy some attention from the kids. Just make sure to supervise if you have family members are toddlers or younger.

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What To Consider Before Buying a Pomsky

Doing your research before adding a new family member is key to making the right decision. The Pomsky, although quite cute and compact, requires a fair amount of work to keep everyone safe and happy. Listed below are a few things to consider when looking for your future friend.

Cost​

The act of breeding a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian can be costly, therefore making it expensive for potential buyers. The average cost of a Pomsky puppy ranges from around 1000 to 3000 dollars. Some breeders even up their prices to 5000 dollars due to the careful technique.

Proper Breeding

The act of breeding a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian can be costly, therefore making it expensive for potential buyers. The average cost of a Pomsky puppy ranges from around 1000 to 3000 dollars. Some breeders even up their prices to 5000 dollars due to the careful technique.

Grooming and Exercise​

The Pomsky is not a low maintenance dog. They require a fair amount of daily exercise with daily brushings. If you do not have the time to take your Pomsky out on a 45-minute activity session each day, then perhaps this is not the dog for you.

Intelligence​

Having a smart dog sounds like a good idea for most. Depending on the time you can devote to your Pomsky, this may not be the wisest decision. This breed is highly intelligent, making them easily bored. Without being given a job or the proper stimulation, they can become destructive.

Last

After looking at this guide, we hope that you have been able to come closer to a final decision. This loveable mixture of a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian is a great dog to own. They are active, intelligent, loyal and playful. 

If you have any questions about this breed, we encourage you to comment down below. Or perhaps you have an interesting story about a Pomsky you’ve interacted with. The Pomsky, though rare, is popular for good reasons. How could you not with a small dog that has a big personality!

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