What is a Pomsky?
A Pomsky is a cross-bred dog, half Siberian Husky and half Pomeranian. Sometimes this mix is referred to as a designer dog, or designer breed. This terminology has become more common as mixing dog breeds to create smaller versions of large breeds and poodle mixes of dogs that will have less shedding.
A Pomsky will typically fall between 15 and 25 pounds. There will always be some pups that will take more after the Husky parent and be larger. As the Pomsky is bred more and more from Pomsky parents, the size can be better managed by breeders and dogs can be selected for breeding based on size, personality, and coat.
They have a very soft and long coat that is pleasing to the touch. They will very likely shed but hopefully not as much as the husky in their lineage. Pomeranians don’t shed nearly as much as the Husky does. The mix of these two breeds may take the genes of either of the breeds. Both do shed, however, and this should be taken into consideration if you are allergic to pet hair or just don’t want to have to constantly clean.
The Pomsky will typically have the markings of a Siberian Husky and may have blue or brown eyes. As a small dog, they do well in apartments or for those who live in a small home. They are typically good with children and all other members of the household, both human and furry.
They do tend to take after the Husky and will get easily bored. Exercise is recommended daily to keep the Pomsky out of trouble. They will get uniquely creative in the things that they chew and get into if you don’t give them enough exercise.
They are striking in appearance. Your Pomsky may have blue eyes, brown eyes, or one of each. They are robust in appearance, with a good bone structure. At first glance, you’ll think this is a Husky puppy. They seem caught in time, always looking like a pup but they do mature into wonderful, little dogs.
As they are sturdy, they can be fairly active and athletic and will get along famously with small children who are old enough to respect a dog and old enough to run around a yard. Parents should always supervise children with dogs.
As a smaller dog, their exercise requirements are not nearly as high as the adult Husky, but the Pomsky does need a little running and play each day. Going on a long walk is good but don’t forget to throw a ball and have them chase for at least twenty minutes as well.
They will far better behave if you take the time to do this each day. Remember that a bored Pomsky is a naughty Pomsky. Wear them out so that they don’t have the energy to get into trouble.
Are They Smart?
Pomsky dogs definitely have two great breeds to call on for genetic intelligence. They are wonderfully intelligent, bright, and alert dogs. They will problem solve to the level that a 3 to a 5-year-old child can. This means that they can learn to open things and sometimes climb to get to things that they want. This little dog is good at getting their way and they often train their owner before the owner trains them.
Are They Vocal?
The Pomeranian is a relatively quiet breed compared to others. The Husky is quite the opposite, leaning more toward the howling and barking behavior that they’ve become YouTube famous for. This means that your Pomsky has the potential to be either way. If they take more after the Husky, they could potentially be a yappy little dog without intervention.
Work with a trainer and socialize your Pomsky from a very early age. Take them out to meet other people, dogs, and experience new things. This will help them be less reactive to new things and more relaxed in chaotic environments. No one enjoys a little dog that won’t stop barking and dancing at your feet.
It can also be dangerous. Hundreds of people trip and fall because of their dog each year. Of these, many will suffer a broken hip or severe injury of some sort. Sprains and torn muscles and ligaments don’t heal well as we age. Teach your dog to respect boundaries and encourage them to sit patiently.
Should I Get Them Groomed?
Regular trips to a groomer will definitely keep your Pomsky smelling nice and shedding less. While they don’t need to visit the groomer for clips every five weeks like a poodle will, the Pomsky can enjoy visits to the grooming salon every two to three months. This also counts towards socialization activities.
A groomer will trim the nails of your dog and ensure that their ears are kept clean and free of mites or infections. They will thoroughly inspect between the toes and pads of the feet to make sure that no foreign bodies are present which could hurt your dog.
They will brush your dog’s teeth and help keep the shedding to a bare minimum in your home. A good groomer is worth their weight in gold. These things are also lessons to your dog to be okay with having their feet and mouth looked at. This helps with vet visits and if you should ever have to take a splinter from their foot.
Do These Make Good Companions?
The Pomsky is a fantastic companion for anyone, regardless of age. These are known to be happy little dogs that enjoy snuggling with you in a chair, sleeping near you, and also willing to jump up and run around the yard with you at a moment’s notice.
Being filled with happy energy is one of the traits of this small breed. While they are small, the athleticism of the Husky makes them very hearty and ready to get wet or dirty at any time. They make great dogs for the person who has a small yard and can only toss a ball as well as for the person who hikes down to the lake.
The Pomsky is lovable and loyal, intelligent and full of life. You’ll find yourself chuckling at the antics of the Pomsky for many years. They have a fairly long life expectancy, so you can expect to have your companion with you, barring illness or accident, for as long as 16 years.
Make sure to use preventative care, such as wormings, shots, flea and tick control, as well as heartworm treatment for your Pomsky. This will help to ensure that they are with you and healthy for many years to come.
Dawn Greer is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.