Forgive us for being too upfront, but the Pomsky is simply the cutest, most adorable, and most famous canine hybrid on the surface of the Earth. There are two ways by which you can look at the Pomsky. You can look at it as an oversized Pomeranian or a miniaturized Siberian Husky. Either way, you’d still be treated to the same adorable cuteness of a pooch that has clearly taken the dog world by storm.
But don’t be fooled by its charming looks and heart-warming personality as this little fur ball can be more challenging than a Siberian Husky to train and more extroverted than a pompous Pomeranian. It’s cute, yes; but it can also be annoyingly silly. Unfortunately, many individuals are drawn to the lovable features of the Pomsky that they go straight to the next available breeder hoping to bring home a little bundle of joy. Little do they know that this four-legged angel can be more than what they could possibly handle. The poor little fellas will end up in rescue groups or even in animal shelters.
So, before you rush in for that Pomsky you saw in an online ad, make sure you know, understand, and are prepared to meet the prerequisites to becoming the pet parent of the most adorable yet challenging hybrid dog on Earth.
History of the Pomsky
If you’re thinking that the Pomsky has been around for at least 2 decades, after all almost all of the designer dogs we’ve seen so far in the market started appearing in the 1990s, you’d be dead wrong. The Siberian Husky Pomeranian Mix is a relatively new breed, not even a decade old. Having been introduced in 2012 in the US (sadly nobody knows who created the Pomsky or why; not that we really care), it is quite stunning to know that this hybrid has steadily outclassed other designer dogs that came many years before it.
It’s understandable why the Pomsky has such a strong appeal. It’s a fox that can’t handle the stress; a wily fox that knows how to charm its way into the hearts of men, women, and children while hiding the mischief of a jackal.
The creation of the Pomsky is quite controversial. Why? Well, imagine mating a dog that can grow as tall as 24 inches with another dog that can grow no taller than 11 inches. That’s more than a full 12-inch ruler in height difference. And we haven’t even touched their weights. One dog can weigh as much as 60 pounds while the other can barely hit the 8-pound mark. Physically it will be very impossible to mate a female Husky with a male Pomeranian or vice versa. Even if you were to assist in the mating process, it simply cannot be done.
So how did they create the Pomsky?
The International Pomsky Association says that it can be done in only one way – artificially inseminating a female Siberian Husky with the sperm cells of a male Pomeranian. The sperm cells are collected from the male Pomeranian and meticulously inserted into the uterus or the cranial vagina of the female Siberian Husky at a time when the husky is at its most fertile.
You can never have it the other way around, although it’s technically possible. If it is a female Pomeranian, the size of its uterus may not be able to accommodate the potential size of the individual puppies. Since the Siberian Husky has a larger uterus, it should be able to accommodate and nourish the growing puppies.
The issue is that artificial insemination is not natural and, as such, is frowned upon by purists. Even if the process of artificial insemination is performed by a veterinarian or an experienced breeder, it is still ‘tampering’ with nature because we are doing something that Mother Nature herself hasn’t allowed since the beginning of time.
However, we do recognize the fact that man has always been fascinated by advances in scientific understanding that we’re now more than fully capable of pushing beyond what can be considered natural.
We don’t mean to be the badgering moralists here, so we’ll let you decide whether you think artificial insemination is okay or not. For now, the world is gifted with a pompous hound that can surely enhance the life of those who can truly understand the uniqueness of the Pomsky.
Who are the Parents?
We already mentioned that the Pomsky is the product of the artificial or assisted union between a female Siberian Husky and a male Pomeranian. So it would be wise to have a closer look at these purebreds before we dig deeper into the world of the Pomsky.
Who would’ve thought that this foxy-faced fur ball is a descendant of some of the largest working dogs of the Arctic region? The Pomeranian is a type of Spitz dog that is considered a miniaturization of the German Spitz. It is a very close relative of the Norwegian Elkhound, the Samoyed, the Schipperke, and the American Eskimo Dog, as well as other members of the Nordic Spitz dogs.
The Pomeranian got its name from a region called ‘Pomerania’ which is a part of Germany and Poland. Pomerania is not the origin of the breed; however, it is largely credited as the place where the Pomeranian was developed. Unfortunately, there is no way to establish this with absolute certainty since there are no credible records or documentation that will either prove or disprove such claims. What we know is that the Pomeranian got its big break when it finally got into the shores of the United Kingdom.
Queen Charlotte is generally credited with the introduction of Pomeranians in England when, in 1767, she brought two to the royal court. She named the Pomeranians Phoebe and Mercury. These Pomeranians were depicted in many of the paintings and artwork by Sir Thomas Gainsborough.
However, it was Queen Charlotte’s granddaughter, Queen Victoria, who fervently established a large Pomeranian breeding kennel. One of the Queen’s most favorite Pomeranians was Windsor’s Marco, a red sable that tipped the scale at only 12 pounds. Through the years, Queen Victoria strived to make the size of the Pomeranian a lot smaller. By the last decade of the 19th century almost all royal families in Europe already had their own Pomeranians.
It is perhaps because of its association with European monarchies that the Pomeranian got its extroverted and pompous personality. It thinks highly of itself that it will challenge even bigger dogs. It is smart and vivacious and is especially alert and inquisitive. And despite their miniscule size Pomeranians can make for outstanding watch dogs because of their alertness and yappiness. It is intelligent, but don’t expect this little fur ball to follow your lead every time. It has a mind of its own and it never looks at its small size as a weakness.
Bred in the harshest environments on the planet and revered by the semi-nomadic peoples of the Chukchi Peninsula, the Siberian Husky is another Spitz type of dog that entered the American consciousness in spectacular fashion. The Chukchi people loved the Husky so much that they made it an important part of their lives. As a matter of fact, the Siberian Husky proved indispensable that they are also used in taking care of Chukchi children. It’s quite understandable since the Husky has this thick double coat that doubles as a heating blanket for the little bodies of young Chukchi children.
The Huskies helped the Chukchi people in many aspects of their semi-nomadic way of life, moving light cargo over perilous terrain, and helping them in their hunt for food for the whole community. These dogs are favored for their speed and endurance, characteristics that will introduce them to the rest of the world.
The Siberian Husky was a relatively unknown breed in the modern world until their remarkable characteristics were put in the spotlight when teams of Siberian Huskies and their human masters accomplished the anti-diphtheria serum run of 1925. If you have watched the 1995 Amblin Entertainment film “Balto” you already know the story.
So what are we saying? Well, the Siberian Husky is bred for work. While it loves nothing more than work all day long, it sure can appreciate playtime as well. In fact, Siberian Huskies have this reputation of being especially good with children, although their playfulness can be quite risky for the little ones. Their prey drive is also high so smaller pets are not really comfy with a Husky around.
Its wolf-like looks are what naturally attracts people to own a Siberian Husky. Sadly, this intelligent and smart Arctic dog can be very difficult to train as it has a mind of its own. It only answers to the pack leader, the Alpha. And if you happen to be not the Alpha kind of person, the Siberian Husky will definitely show you.
Honestly, it is still quite difficult to establish any discernible ‘standards’ for the Pomsky because it is a relatively new designer breed. The facts that we’re going to share with you are from an F1 crossbreed or a Pomsky that has purebred parents.
There are also F1B hybrids which are the result of mating a purebred with an F1 crossbreed. An F1B hybrid will always have 25% of the alleles of the F1 crossbreed and 75% of the purebred parent. So, if you cross an F1 Pomsky with a Siberian Husky purebred, then you’d come up with a 75% Siberian Husky and 25% Pomeranian. You can, thus, expect this Pomsky to have more Siberian Husky features than a Pomeranian. Now, if you cross two F1 Pomskies – a hybrid called F2 – you might think you will still get a 50-50 split. Sadly, the genetic variation is way greater than an F1 Pomsky.
Here’s what we know about F1 Pomskies so far.
- Pomskies can be rightfully classified as belonging to the Spitz type of dogs – pointed ears and muzzles, lots of hair, strong personalities, and an infectious sense of humor.
- An F1 Pomsky can grow anywhere between 10 inches and 15 inches while tipping the scale at 15 to 30 pounds.
- It can have a lifespan of about 12 to 15 years, although this is more of a presumptive guess since the hybrid was developed only in 2012.
- The eyes of an F1 Pomsky can be brown or blue, but you can also see a combination of both colors.
- Pomskies feature a wide variety of patterns and colors in their coat which is always double. The undercoat is usually soft and downy while the outer coat is harsh yet slick.
- The coat can vary in length. Despite this variation, all Pomskies will shed. Some can shed profusely while others more moderately.
- They are excellent for apartment dwellers because they are highly adaptable and don’t require that much of a space.
- Pomskies can be very yappy, unless trained.
- These hybrids are trainable, but the Siberian Husky’s stubbornness is often too great to be handled by a novice dog owner.
Things You Should Know
We really couldn’t blame you if you want to get a Pomsky straightaway. But before you do, for your sake and the dog’s, try to read and understand the following things first.
The Pomsky is smart so it should be fairly easy to train, right? Wrong! Most people think that just because a dog is smart it already means that training will be like a walk in the park. Unfortunately, the Pomsky is also very independent-minded, a trait that it got from both its parents. If you are charmed by its looks, you will definitely be annoyed by its stubbornness. The Pomsky is never for a newbie dog owner especially one who is utterly clueless about the basics of dog training.
Of course, you can always hire the services of a professional dog trainer to help train your Pomsky. But, what’s the point of being the pet parent of these rambunctious four-legged punks if you do not also strive to learn how to train dogs? As such, while your Pomsky is being trained by a professional, you should also see to it that you get the correct instruction on how you can continue its training right in your home. Otherwise, the Pomsky will only listen to its trainer, but not to you.
We mentioned that the F1 Pomsky can be anywhere between 15 to 30 pounds. We strongly recommend computing for its resting calorie requirement and then work your way from there. For example, let’s say you’ve got a 20-pound Pomsky that has a moderate activity level. First let’s convert 20 pounds to kilograms. This will lead to 9 kilograms. We’ll then raise 9 to the ¾ power to obtain 5.2. We will multiply 5.2 by 70 to get 364. This 364 is the amount of calories that your 20-pound Pomsky needs when resting. But since it has a moderate activity level, we’ll multiply 364 by a factor of 3.0 to get 1,092 calories. Now divide this into two to three meals per day and you’re done.
If you noticed, we had to consider the activity level of the Pomsky, for obvious reasons. Highly active Pomskies require more calories than those that are simply lap dogs. Intact or unneutered Pomskies will also require more calories than those that are already neutered. The same is true with pregnant and nursing Pomskies; they require more calories. Simply put, we cannot say that you should give this certain amount of dog food to your Pomsky because there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. If you fail to understand this, then you’re bound to fail as a pet parent of a Pomsky.
Pomskies are a very active lot. Their nimble feet and small bodies are like pure balls of energy that they need to expend. Without exercise you’ll find that the way in which Pomskies will use their excess energies is through destructive behaviors such as nuisance barking, scratching, digging, chewing, ripping almost everything they can latch their teeth on, and tearing your house apart. They will do this until they have spent all of that excess energy in their small bodies.
As such, if you’re the kind of person who would rather lie down on the couch or sofa for the rest of day watching TV rather than going out, take a walk, or even ride your bike for at least an hour or so, then the Pomsky is definitely not for you. This is unless you don’t mind having to renovate and remodel your house every now and then.
The Pomsky is quite difficult to spell when it comes to its socialization. It can be very yappy and can be quite aggressive even to larger dogs and other pets. It’s not a heeler, but it has this very strong tendency to use its teeth to latch onto something. Training and early socialization can help address these concerns. Additionally, children should be taught on how to properly pet and play with a Pomsky.
If you hate brushing a dog’s coat every single day, then the Pomsky is obviously not for you. This hybrid has a knack for shedding its fur almost on a year-round basis, although there are those that shed only seasonally. Lucky are you if you have the latter Pomsky. Regardless, daily brushing is still mandatory if you don’t want its coat to turn into a dirt rag.
Cleaning the ears, trimming the nails, and brushing the teeth are all part of a Pomsky’s regular grooming regimen. And if you cannot find it in yourself to do these things, then you’d better bring your Pomsky to a dog groomer for a regular monthly session. However, the brushing of the Pomsky’s teeth should be done at least twice a week.
Some of the health issues that a Pomsky may be afflicted with can include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, patellar luxation, food allergies, eye problems, and skin problems as well as a host of other health concerns.
Many of these are inherited from the Pomsky’s parents and it would be highly erroneous to think that a crossbreed is a lot sturdier than a purebred when it comes to illnesses. Come to think of it, you’re inheriting the health conditions of both parents.
You should definitely bring home a Pomsky if you…
- Have been a dog owner for a long time andares knowledgeable of positive reinforcement training techniques
- Have access to a dog park or can provide for early socialization of your Pomsky puppy
- Live in a small space like an apartment or a house without backyards
- Can take your Pomsky out for a daily walk that should last about 30 minutes or so
- Can play and interact with your Pomsky for a minimum of 30 minutes per day
- Don’t mind having to brush the Pomsky’s coat everyday
- Don’t have allergies or live with someone who does
- Need a small watchdog and won’t mind incessant barking
Maybe you need to think many times about getting a Pomsky into your life if you…
- Are a first-time dog owner
- Don’t have a clue as to what dog training and socialization means and entails
- Are a self-confessed couch potato who can never commit to exercising a dog
- Don’t have anyone at home to be with the Pomsky if you leave it alone for a long time
- Have allergies or have a family member or someone in the household who does
- Don’t like barking dogs
- Don’t like brushing the coat everyday
Sweet and funny, Pomskies have that air of self-confidence firmly believing that they are the cutest little things with four legs. Their comic antics never fail to draw adoration from onlookers in the human population. They are very adaptable to change, so long as you ease them into it gradually. Pomskies have inherited many of their purebred parents’ characteristics including stubbornness despite being intelligent and their increased vocalization – the Pomeranian’s yappiness and the Siberian Husky’s whining and howling tendencies.
Pomskies can be wonderful pets, but only for the right family. It’s not for everyone; this should be fairly obvious by now. But if you’re more than prepared to make the necessary changes in your life to accommodate the unique needs of this clown of a hybrid dog, the Pomsky just might be perfect for you.