Though it may seem at first to be a strange cross between two wildly different dog breeds, the two are not as far apart as people may think. Both the Husky and the Pomeranian are lively and intelligent dogs, with fairly high exercise requirement and make excellent companions for active people and families. They both tend to be friendly and loyal, especially with their own families. They also have a stubborn streak that requires special consideration and patience while training. There are differences in the breeds, as well. Aside from the obvious differences, Huskies tend to bark less (or not at all) and Poms can be quite vocal. Huskies are also generally friendlier with strangers. If you're looking for the perfect combination of two charming breeds, the Pomsky may be for you!
Key Breed Stats
Alternative names: The Pomsky breed is also commonly known by the names Pomski, Pomeranian Husky, Husky Pomeranian.
Popularity: Very popular
Life expectancy: 11 - 15 years
Breed group: Designer Breed
|Height||10 - 16 in||10 - 16 in|
|Weight||18 - 33 lbs||18 - 33 lbs|
Key Breed Facts
Shedding: Heavy shedder
Grooming requirements: Medium
Good with children: No
Good with other pets: Not really
Intelligence / Trainability: Average
Exercise needs: Average
Tolerates being alone: Not really
Hunting drive: Low
Suited as Guard dog: Average
Sensitivity: Not really
Good for novice owners: Not really
Hypoallergenic breed: No
General health: Average
Cost to keep: High
Pomskies are a very new breed with a short history. The histories of their parent breeds, the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian don't necessarily overlap, but both types of dogs originate from arctic regions. While Huskies are descended from Eskimo dogs and have a long history as sled dogs, Pomeranians are thought to be descended from early spitz-type working dogs. At one time in their history, Pomeranians were much larger, potentially similar in size to the Husky.
Pomskies are considered to be "designer dogs", which are often hybrid crosses of two popular breeds. When crossing separate breeds this way, it is hoped that the dog will gain the most desirable characteristics of either breed. In the case of the Pomsky, it has the potential to be a smaller version of the Husky, though traits, including the size of the dog, can be mixed. When choosing a designer dog, it is important to find a reputable breeder or rescue and to be sure you are selecting a dog of the size and temperament that will best fit with your family and lifestyle.
Pomskies are not an official "breed" and there is no established breed registry or records.
The Pomsky is a charming, animated, energetic, and intelligent cross between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky.
Typical characteristics are:
- Well-balanced head and muzzle with erect ears.
- Compact body with a short back.
- A high-set tail carried over the back.
- A long, soft, coat.
- A variety of Pomeranian colors including: black, black and tan, blue, blue and tan, chocolate, chocolate and tan, cream, cream sable, orange, orange sable, red, red sable, sable (black-tipped hairs on a background of silver, gold, gray, fawn, or brown), brindle (a base color of gold, red, or orange with strong black cross stripes), and white, and all common colors of the Husky, from black to pure white.
Pomskies are generally intelligent, and can quickly grasp basic commands. However, they are moderately difficult to train. They tend to have a stubborn streak and require a kind, consistent hand when training. Positive reinforcement is particularly helpful. They can be difficult to house train, and crate training will help the process.
As intelligent dogs, Pomskies will need an outlet for their intelligence and energy. Playtime and walks will help prevent your dog from acting out in undesirable ways like chewing, barking, etc.
Pomskies are excellent companions, but they are also fairly active. They do require daily exercise in the form of walks and play time.
Provide daily play sessions, as these intelligent dogs need some kind of mental stimulation to be really happy. Learning small tricks or performing in agility or obedience will help keep these little attention seekers happy and content.
Special attention should be given to puppies. Avoid jumping up and down furniture and running up and down the stairs, as their bones and joints are still growing and too much exercise can induce problems later on.
Pomskies were bred as companion animals and they require attention from their owners. They are happiest if they can spend all of their time alongside their family. They will not thrive in situations where they must spend long periods of time on their own.
Because both parent breeds are sensitive to heat, Pomskies are also prone to heat stroke and will need special attention in hot weather.
Some Pomskies can be suspicious of strangers and are excellent "alert dogs". They are too small to protect, but will certainly bark. Others may take after their Husky side and will be incredibly friendly.
Because of their small size, Pomskies are fairly well-suited to apartment living but are just as happy in a large home with a yard to play in. If you live in an apartment, be sure that you are willing to take your little pal for a walk and exercise every day, even in hot weather.
Huskies are notorious wanderers, so if your Pomsky has inherited this trait, a secure fence is a must and your pup should be leash-walked when outside a fenced area.
Pomskies can be prone to heat stroke and need a cool, air-conditioned place during hot weather.
Children and Other Pets
Pomskies are generally friendly and can be good family dogs. However, if your Pomsky is on the smaller side, care should be taken so that a child does not accidentally injure the dog. Children should never carry the dog, as they could accidentally drop it. They could also fall or step on a tiny dog. Like many small-sized companion dogs, Pomskies can become spoiled which can lead to jealousy with pets and other people. Proper training, boundaries, and socialization are important to prevent this.That said, extra care should be taken, especially with young children (under the age of 6).
- Young children may unintentionally invade the personal space of your dog and are unable to interpret the warning signals of your dog.
- Dogs consider the family as a pack, and may consider the younger children as subordinates and may try to correct them.
- Young children are very time-consuming. They may take away from the time you have to spend with your dog and he may become bored or frustrated.
No dog, regardless of breed, should be left unattended with young children.
Pomskies can get along well with other dogs, but proper socialization is extremely important. They are bold dogs, not aware of their small size, and may challenge a much larger dog which can lead to disaster.
HealthThe average life expectancy of a Pomsky is between 11 - 15 years. Like all breeds, the Pomsky is prone to certain hereditary health conditions. A responsible breeder will only breed with dogs that have been cleared for these conditions. A Pomsky is prone to these diseases:
Pomskies do require a fair amount of grooming, but they are small dogs, so it's not a huge time commitment. Their double coats should be brushed at least once per week to prevent mats and remove excess hair, though more regular brushing may be necessary during shedding months. They can be heavy shedders and regular grooming will help to remove dead hair. An occasional trim to keep the coat neat and bathing with a pH balanced dog shampoo may also be necessary.
Ears should be checked regularly for dirt, redness or a bad smell that could indicate an infection. Clean your dog's ears when needed with an ear cleaner made specifically for dogs. Long nails will require regular clipping and all puppies should be introduced to nail clipping early on so that it will be easier when they are older.
Like many small breeds, Pomeranians are prone to dental problems. They tend to form a lot of plaque on their teeth. If you don’t brush their teeth regularly, the plaque becomes tartar which can lead to tooth problems, at a very young age. Consider brushing their teeth with a soft toothbrush and adapted dog toothpaste two or three times a week. Daily is even better. All puppies should become accustomed to having their mouths and teeth checked regularly.
All puppies and dogs should be groomed regularly (preferably weekly) and have their paws, ears, and mouth handled and examined frequently so that they become comfortable with the process. This way, you will quickly become aware of any problems that arise and your dog will be easy to handle for the vet, groomer, and any treatments that are required throughout its lifetime.
Because Pomsky size can vary widely, it will have an effect on how much your dog eats. 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of high-quality, dry dog food fed in two daily meals is a good starting point, but other factors need to be taken into consideration. Higher quality dog foods may require less food, as more of the food is digested properly. In addition, higher energy dogs will require more food, while more sedentary dogs may require less.
Special attention is needed when feeding puppies. Puppies need to be fed 3 to 4 times a day. This might seem like a burden but it will help when it comes to housebreaking. A puppy’s digestive system works very fast. Five to 30 minutes after his meal, he will need to go out to do his business.
Just like any other breed, they need to have free access to fresh, clean water at all times.
Older dogs, like puppies, might need a diet adapted to their needs. In some cases, it is advisable to feed them smaller portions 3 to 4 times a day.
When changing your dog’s diet, it’s recommended to do it gradually over a period of a few days to avoid stomach problems.