Touted as the “hottest” pup of 2016, the Pomsky is one of the cutest puppies you can lay your eyes on! Pomskies are a new breed of “designer dogs” that are becoming a rage across Europe and America. Pomskies were bred around the early 2010s and have been around for close to a decade now.
- 1 What Is a Pomsky?
- 2 Parents of the Pomsky
- 3 How are Pomskies Bred?
- 4 Different Types of Pomskies
- 5 Some Pomsky Terminology
- 6 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Pomsky
- 7 Check the Authenticity Before Buying
What Is a Pomsky?
Basically, a Pomsky is a cross between a male Pomeranian and a female Siberian Husky; these gorgeous dogs have become an instant hit with people across the world. The Pomsky is a charming and loving dog that is smaller in size than the Husky but much larger than a Pomeranian.
Since Pomskies are hybrids, their appearance is rather unpredictable and breeders are still fine-tuning to achieve the perfect look. However, a dog that has the look of a Husky but is smaller in size is the look that most people are opting for. Since the Pomsky has the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian as parents, both being spitz-type dogs, sharing common ancestry and both being similar in appearance as well as disposition, these personalities have been passed on to the Pomsky.
Parents of the Pomsky
Let us look take a look at the background and characteristics of the Pomsky’s parents – the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian.
Pomeranians are very friendly, extrovert and playful dogs with boundless energy. They are extremely intelligent and vivacious but can be quite stubborn at times, which makes their training a bit difficult. Pomeranians are very affectionate; however, they do not like to be teased, poked or prodded. They get along quite well with other animals and pets. Pomeranians are very fluffy and are well insulated in winter as they have a double-layered coat.
Pomeranians are available in a wide range of colors that exceeds all other breeds and one is spoilt for choice. They come in varied colors such as black, white, brown, tan, red, orange, cream, blue sable, brown and tan, black and tan, brindle, spotted and hundreds of combinations of these colors. They have a wedge-shaped head, fox-like face and erect ears. They have almond shaped dark eyes that sparkle with curiosity and intelligence. They have a distinctive plumed tail that fans over their behind.
Pomeranians are very cute, feisty, lively and extremely intelligent dogs. They can be quite stubborn and strong-willed. Pomeranians are bold and independent dogs and have minds of their own. They may suffer from the “Small Dog Syndrome” i.e. in their minds they think they are much larger than they are. This may lead them to attack and harass dogs much larger than them and at times they tend to act as pack leaders.
They learn very quickly and can pick up tricks that you teach them. However, Pomeranians are “barking” dogs and if not taught the “no barking” command, they will keep barking all day long.
Pomeranians need plenty of exercise and can be trained to socialize with other dogs. A Pomeranian is a wonderful companion for elderly people, but may not be very good to have around children.
Siberian Huskies are one of the most hard-working and intelligent breed of dogs in existence. Originally, Siberian Huskies were bred as sleigh dogs to pull supplies across the Siberian Tundra region. These dogs are very famous for their exceptional performance, endurance, energy and excellent metabolism.
Siberian Huskies have a fluffy, two-layered coat that protects them from the harsh cold of the Arctic region. Huskies come in varying colors such as white, black, gray, brown and red. They have sickle-shaped tails. Huskies are renowned for their striking blue-colored eyes. They can also have deep brown eyes or both eyes of a different color.
Siberian Husky Characteristics
Essentially, the Husky is a sled dog and since it is a working dog, it is strong-willed. This wolf-like dog has a mind of its own and often wants to get his own way. As an owner, you must match the temperament of the Husky and also be strong-willed or it will quickly take advantage of you. Huskies are quite mischievous in nature.
Siberian Huskies are highly athletic dogs and this can be quite challenging if you are a first-time owner. Being a working dog, it can become quite bored if it is not occupied and has nothing to do. Huskies need to be active most of the time and require plenty of exercise.
Huskies are fairly independent dogs and do not require constant attention. They are friendly dogs and get along very well with both people as well as other dogs. However, they should be trained to socialize at a young age. Huskies are very affectionate and can be your best and most loyal buddy.
Appearance of the Pomsky
Since Pomskies are a beautiful mixed breed, the appearance of the dog varies due to the combined heritage of the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. Some may look more like a Pomeranian, while other may inherit more Husky traits and looks. Pomskies come in various colors, sizes and shapes. Though the personality and looks of the Pomsky are not predictable, they possess spitz-like traits i.e. a curly tail, pointy ears, plush and thick coat and a longish face.
Generally, the appearance of the Pomsky is determined by the percentage of DNA of the parents. If the DNA of the Husky is greater, then the Pomsky will be taller and if the Pomeranian is the bigger contributor to the DNA, then the resulting Pomsky puppy will be smaller. Generally, the objective of most breeders is to get Pomskies that look like a Husky but of small stature like the Pomeranian.
- Height: The height of Pomskies can vary between 25 – 38cms.
- Weight: Most Pomeranians weigh below 7 – 8 pounds and Siberian Huskies usually weigh around 30 – 50 pounds. So their Pomsky pup usually weighs around 20-30 pounds, an average weight of both parents.
- Colors: Most people would like to buy a Pomsky that has Husky markings. Pomskies can be found in varied colors such as black, red, gray, brown and cream. They also have different kinds of markings and can be sable, parti or solid colored.
- Coat: The Pomsky has a double-layered coat with medium length hair and a downy undercoat. It is not surprising that the cute and cuddly Pomsky is also called the “teddy bear dog” due to its fluffy and soft appearance. The coat of the Pomsky is well-suited for frosty and chilly weather. It has a thick double-layered coat that needs good brushing regularly.
- Eyes: Many Pomskies inherit the eye color of the Husky, which are light colored eyes that contrasts with the color of their coats, especially when they are darker. The color of the Pomsky’s eyes vary and can be husky blue, brown, green, amber or hazel and it is quite common for a Pomsky to have two different colored eyes, like its Husky parent.
- Ears: The Pomsky has erect and pointy ears also inherited from its Husky parent.
How are Pomskies Bred?
All Pomskies are usually bred by cross breeding a female Siberian Husky and a male Pomeranian using the process of artificial insemination. Pomskies are hybrid and are not purebreds. This status will remain until this breed can establish its own gene pool from which new Pomskies will be able to reproduce. The appearance will also stabilize at that point of time.
Usually, male Pomeranians are bred with a female Husky as there may be health hazards if the opposite occurs, with a smaller dog carrying the pups of a larger dog. Also, the reason that the Pomsky is valued is because of its smaller stature and size, which is the reason why a male Husky is not used as they are much larger than the females.
Different Types of Pomskies
Pomskies are available in 3 variations of the Pomeranian-Husky mix:
- 50/50: The 50/50 is the most common variety of the Pomsky. This Pomsky is obtained by breeding a pure Pomeranian and a pure Siberian Husky and hence it is 50 percent Pomeranian and 50 percent Husky. In most photographs, it is this variety that is seen. The 50/50 Pomsky has characteristic Husky features along with the small physique of the Pomeranian.
- 25/75: The 25/72 Pomsky is a mix between a 50/50 Pomsky and a pure Pomeranian. This means that it is 25 percent Husky and 75 percent Pomeranian. This variety is usually smaller in stature than the 50/50 Pomsky and has more Pomeranian features.
- 75/25: The 75/25 Pomsky is a cross between a 50/50 Pomsky and a pure Siberian Husky, which means that it is 25 percent Pomeranian and 75 percent Husky. This variety of the Pomsky is slightly smaller than the female Siberian Husky and will look and act like a Husky. This is an uncommon breed that is not easily available for sale. This type of Pomsky is only bred by breeders for the purpose of future breeding.
Some Pomsky Terminology
Some terminology that is good to know:
- F1: A Pomsky with purebred parents, 50 percent Siberian Husky and 50 percent Pomeranian. Generally, F1 Pomskies weigh between 20-30 pounds. Sometimes, they may be smaller or larger.
- F1B: This is a purebred dog that is crossed with a regular F1 Pomsky. So this dog is 25 percent Pomeranian and 75 percent Husky or vice versa. B denotes backcross. F1B Pomskies with a Pomeranian parent tend to be smaller in stature, while those with a Siberian Husky parent tend to be on the larger side.
- F2: This Pomsky has both F1 Pomsky parents, which is 50 percent Pomeranian and 50 percent Siberian Husky.
- Multi-gen: This Pomsky has multiple generations of Siberian Husky or Pomeranian crosses before them. A breeder requires a multi-gen dog if he requires offspring that will look mostly like the parent, in terms of size, appearance and characteristics.
Things You Must Know Before Buying a Pomsky
Pomskies Are Expensive
Pomskies are quite expensive to buy and their maintenance can also be pretty pricey. You must make a comprehensive assessment and find out everything to know about the breed before making an investment.
Not a Purebred Dog
One of the greatest misconceptions is that the Pomsky is a purebred dog. The Pomsky is a crossbreed and hence actually a “mutt”. However, these days crossbred dogs are considered to be “designer dogs”.
As discussed earlier, since the Pomsky is a new breed of dog, the appearance and traits of the dog is not always the same and is quite unpredictable. The look of the Pomsky is never the same, even if they are from the same litter and it’s not just the difference in coloring. One dog may have a very furry coat, while others can have less furry coats. They may resemble the Husky parent or the Pomeranian one more dominantly than the other. Everything depends on the parental heritage and the dominant genes. It also depends on the breeder from where the Pomsky puppy comes and the breeding methods used.
Check the Authenticity Before Buying
It is quite possible that any picture that you might see may not be of a Pomsky at all but of a different breed. There is quite a lot of wrong information about the breed floating around the internet. Most of the excitement about the Pomsky is due to the frenzy on social media attributed to pictures being shared of dogs identified wrongly as Pomskies. So, before buying a Pomsky, make sure you check out all the details and ensure the authenticity of the breed.
Pomskies are relatively new on the “designer dog” scene. They are quite rare and more expensive than any average dog. They are super cute and have become quite a rage. If you plan on bringing home a Pomsky, make sure you get one from a reputable breeder and cross check all the credentials, lest you get cheated. Buying a dog is an expensive proposition and a long-term investment. So, make sure that you consider all factors before bringing home your Pomsky pal.