Touted as the “hottest” pup of 2017, 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.
Pomskies are undoubtedly the cutest dogs you can lay your eyes on. They are the hottest trend right now and there is great demand for these “designer dogs”. And to meet this unprecedented demand, there are many frauds looking to cheat you.
Since Pomskies are hybrid, designer dogs, they come with a hefty price tag. You must do your due diligence before making a purchase. There are many instances of people becoming victims of scams. They were told that the puppy they were buying is a Pomsky, only to discover later that they have been cheated.
Also, most importantly, before you decide on bringing home a Pomsky, it is vital that you completely understand what a Pomsky really is, if your expectations are in sync with reality and this dog is the best fit for your lifestyle and family.
You must find a credible and genuine breeder to buy your Pomsky from. If the breeder is not reputable, you face the following risks:
- You end up buying a fake Pomsky
- The Pomsky you buy is a sick one or suffers from health defects
- You get scammed and robbed of your money
- 1 Some Warning Signs to Look out For
- 2 Pomsky Breeder Checklist
- 3 Tips to Avoid Pomsky Scams
Some Warning Signs to Look out For
Here is a list that you can make use of to determine if the breeder you are planning to buy your Pomsky from is genuine or not.
The Breeder Won’t Allow You to Visit Their Breeding Facilities
This is not a very good sign. If the breeder does not allow you to tour their facility, it is probably that they are afraid to show you the facility as there are large volumes of puppies being churned out in an unhealthy environment. For example, keeping dogs confined in tiny cages or crates.
The other reason may be because the entire breeding process may not be professional and just an amateur “backyard” operation. It is very easy for any person to get a Pomeranian and Husky, breed them and the litter of puppies will make them a quick buck. Amateur breeders are driven only by the profits from the sale of the Pomsky puppies and are unlikely to invest in the healthy rearing of the puppies.
The Breeder Does Not Meet and Interview You to Find Out If You Will Provide a Good Home for Your Puppy
Raising a Pomsky puppy requires time, money and energy. You need to provide your puppy with healthy food, good facilities, healthcare and proper grooming for him to develop properly and be healthy.
Authentic and ethical breeders are more concerned about the well-being and health of their animals rather than profits. They are concerned about how responsible you will be as pet owners and how responsible you are towards the puppy that you are taking home.
The Breeder Insists Only on Cash or Cash Equivalent Payments
If the breeder insists only on cash payments, then you should be concerned. If you pay in cash, do you have any documentation or safeguards for future reference? If your Pomsky puppy becomes sick and dies as soon as you bring him from the breeder, do you have any way out? Always, buy a pup from a breeder who gives you a receipt and a contract stating your rights as a buyer and their obligations as a breeder.
Pomsky Breeder Checklist
Here is a detailed list of the things you should look for to check if the Pomsky breeder is reputable or not. It is not necessary for all the boxes to be ticked; having most of them is good enough to make you feel comfortable about the authenticity of the breeder.
- Does the breeder check your credentials and ask questions about you, your family, children, your home and its facilities, etc.?
- Does the breeder allow you to tour their facility?
- Is the breeder’s facility or kennel clean, sanitary and organized?
- Does the breeder allow you to interact with the puppies’ parents?
- Does the breeder get the animals checked up regularly by a vet? Does the breeder have records of the medical care received by the animals?
- Does the breeder provide documentation to certify if the parents of the Pomsky pup are or aren’t purebreds? It is a good idea to check the breeder’s AKC or any other national kennel organization affiliation papers.
- Does the breeder give a written guarantee of the health of the animals they sell?
- Can the breeder explain the genetic issues and defects of the animals used in the crossbreeding process?
- Does the breeder provide health records of the Pomsky’s parents?
- Does the breeder provide the DNA testing of the Pomsky pup? Will they allow you to conduct your own DNA testing and give you a money-back guarantee?
- Is the breeder part of any association or fraternity of breeders? Do they keep track of all the latest news and developments with the breed?
- Will the breeder sterilize the dog before giving it to you?
- Does the breeder provide referrals and references from earlier customers?
- Does the breeder have an online presence like a Facebook page or a website?
- Is the breeder willing to give you a guarantee that your Pomsky pup will have a specific appearance, grow to a certain size and have a certain temperament? If yes, then don’t believe them. You are definitely being duped!
- Does the breeder provide a sales contract with the rights and responsibilities of both parties and will they take back the dog in case you are unable to care for it at some point in time in the future?
- Are the Pomsky pups implanted with microchips for identification before you take them home?
Tips to Avoid Pomsky Scams
Ask the Breeder Plenty of Questions
You must contact the breeder in person or over the phone and ask lots of questions before buying a Pomsky. Ask questions about the Pomsky’s parents, breeding procedures, puppies, health checks, etc.
A good breeder will answer all your questions and help you feel assured about their puppies and your purchase. If the breeder dodges your questions and is eager to push the sale, then you must be cautious. Beware of breeders who will not take phone calls, will not meet you and communicates only via text messages or emails. Have a one-on-one conversation before you decide to buy a Pomsky from a particular breeder.
Ask for Photos and Videos of the Pomsky
Ask the breeder for lots of photographs and videos of the various stages of the Pomsky’s life to monitor the growth and health of the dog. Reputable breeders will provide you pictures of the Pomsky at various stages, photos of their siblings and their parents. A scamming breeder will not be able to provide you with sequential photos and videos of the Pomsky, as most probably the pictures he provides of the dog are stolen from the internet.
Visit the Breeder
Try and visit the breeder in person. If the breeder is not willing to allow you to visit their premises or see the Pomsky’s parents, it is most likely that the breeder is a fraud or the dogs are being bred in bad conditions. When visiting the breeder, look at how clean the living conditions and the dogs are. Ask to see the parents in order to check how healthy and clean they are.
Ask for References
A reputable Pomsky breeder will usually be prepared to provide you with references of the vet and previous buyers. This is the best way to eliminate scams. Asking for a previous buyer for reviews will strengthen the reputation of the breeder and will provide you with unedited views from an earlier buyer thereby establishing the credibility of the breeder.
Beware of the Pricing
On average, a Pomsky puppy costs anywhere between $1,500-$4,000 depending on the quality of the breeder and the puppy. The price of the Pomsky pup will depend on the quality, size and markings of the dog. Puppies that have the distinct coloring and markings of a Siberian Husky are likely to be more expensive.
If the breeder is quoting a price more than $4,000 or less than $1,500, then this is most likely to be a scam. The price of a Pomsky is quite high today and if you are getting one very cheap, then it is probably because the Pomsky is a fake.
Buy from a Registered Breeder with a Sales Contract
There are many breeders that don’t follow rules and regulations and resort to unethical breeding practices. Buy only from a registered breeder who is a member of the IPA (International Pomsky Association) or PCA (Pomsky Club of America). These clubs require registered breeders to follow ethical breeding practices and provide proper health guarantees, sales contracts, etc. to the buyer. Each pup sold will be accompanied by the association paperwork and registration.
You will be spending quite a big sum on your Pomsky pup and getting a Pomsky home is a decision that you will have to live with for the next 13-15 years. The cost of maintenance of the dog is not cheap and comes at a price too. The decision to bring home a Pomsky and selecting a genuine breeder is the most crucial step. Do a complete and meticulous research and make sure to protect yourself and your investment.
- 1 What to Feed Your Pomsky
- 2 Some Diet Tips for Your Pomsky
- 3 Diet for Your Pomsky Puppy
- 4 Diet for Your Older Pomsky
- 5 Weight Reduction for Obese Pomskies
- 6 Managing Your Underweight Pomsky
- 7 Choosing Your Pomsky’s Bowl
What to Feed Your Pomsky
Pomskies are highly energetic and have a playful nature. They require a diet that is energy-packed and rich in proteins and vitamins. A nutritious and healthy diet is the key requirement for the long life of your Pomsky. Along with a nutritious diet, you must also ensure that your Pomsky maintains a healthy weight for which a healthy exercise routine is a must.
The three essential elements in your Pomsky’s diet that provide the dog the proteins, vitamins, fiber and energy it requires are:
- Whole grains
Some Diet Tips for Your Pomsky
- Pomskies are very active and energetic; they need a nutrition-dense, energy-packed diet.
- Feed your Pomsky nutrient-dense kibble that supplements his nutritional requirements.
- Have your Pomsky inspected for any food allergies.
- Ask your vet to recommend the kind of food to give your Pomsky for good health and one that will not make your dog ill.
- Following a healthy diet will keep your Pomsky fit, agile, prevent illnesses and problems like obesity.
- Establish a regular feeding schedule and feed your dog 3-4 times in a day.
- Follow an exercise routine so that your Pomsky can burn off the excess calories. Otherwise, he will gain weight that can lead to many health issues including obesity, which can reduce his lifespan.
- You can feed your Pomsky home-made food. This is healthier and will also save you lots of money as market-bought dog food can be quite pricey.
Diet for Your Pomsky Puppy
When buying a Pomsky puppy, you will get a feeding schedule from the breeder. Ensure that you stick to the same feeding routine to prevent any stomach upsets. You can make changes to the Pomsky puppy’s diet, but you should do this gradually and make sure that he doesn’t have any tummy upsets when you make the changes. In case he develops any stomach troubles, revert to the original diet and then consult your vet before making any further changes.
If you take a look at the canned foods that you feed your Pomsky, you will find that they have plenty of additives that may not necessarily be good for your puppy’s health. You may decide to move to a more natural diet for your precious Pomsky puppy. Moving to natural foods may take some time and planning. However, with some research, this may not be such a formidable task. Think raw and organic! Foods such as raw eggs, raw meat, turkey necks, other poultry, vegetable pulp, etc. make wonderful ingredients for a natural diet for your puppy.
You will see the results of a natural, healthy diet in the long run. Your Pomsky will look healthier with lush and healthy fur, have more energy, stronger teeth and an increased lifespan.
You can plan your Pomsky’s natural diet in consultation with your vet.
Diet for Your Older Pomsky
Aging of your Pomsky is an inevitable process and just as human beings need to adjust their eating habits in the advancing years, it is a good idea for you to do so for your Pomsky too. Making some adjustments in the diet can benefit the older Pomsky and help him lead a healthy life.
As your Pomsky gets older, you should monitor his health as well as his diet closely. You should consult your vet and decide on the best nutrition for your senior Pomsky. If your Pomsky is suffering from any illnesses that are related to the diet, then you should consider tweaking his diet accordingly.
The diet for your senior Pomsky should be much lower in calories as he may not be getting as much exercise to burn the calories. You should also include essential nutrients and vitamins in the Pomsky’s diet to keep him as healthy and active as possible.
Weight Reduction for Obese Pomskies
Like in human beings, obesity is a rising epidemic in Pomskies too. Obesity is caused due to an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. Dogs are usually considered as part of the family in any home, so people believe that they should give their pets special treats. So they give their dogs additional treats, meals and table scraps apart from their regular meals. In reality, these additional servings of food can endanger the Pomsky’s diet and can be very harmful to his health. You should stick to the rule that treats must not be more than 10 percent of the Pomsky’s diet.
Weight gain in a Pomsky can happen due to various reasons and not just overeating. The dog may just be overeating, but may not be suffering from any health problems. In this case, you must reduce the Pomsky’s food intake and get him to exercise more.
Reduce Food Intake
You should evaluate the dog’s overall health in order to prevent weight gain. If you notice that your Pomsky has gained weight excessively, you should consult your vet who may tell you to reduce the dog’s food intake or give him food that is lesser in calories. You should be careful when reducing the Pomsky’s food intake as this can also lead to a reduction in minerals and vitamins. You may have to give your Pomsky some vitamin and mineral supplements.
The next best way to reduce your Pomsky’s weight is exercise. Making your Pomsky follow an exercise routine of 30 minutes to an hour will not only strengthen his body and help him lose weight but also give him something to do and keep him busy.
Exercising also provides many other benefits such as toning the Pomsky’s joints and muscles, improving his respiratory and circulatory systems, improving digestion and enhancing the Pomsky’s energy levels.
The Pomsky’s Social Environment
The social environment of the Pomsky also affects his health. If there are many people who take care of the Pomsky, they must be taught not to feed the dog and give him treats unnecessarily. They must realize that rewarding the dog does not necessarily need to involve food; it can be in other forms.
Other Health Conditions
Younger Pomskies are more active and are growing dogs, so they need more nutrients and calories, whereas, for older dogs, you may have to reduce the food intake as they are not very active and do not exercise as much.
A Pomsky that has been spayed or neutered will need lesser calories as they have a lower metabolic rate. You can use a “slow feeder” that slows down your dog’s eating and also helps to reduce bloating.
Take your Pomsky’s health condition into account when exercising. If he suffers from any health condition such as arthritis, then he must not have excessive physical activity.
If your Pomsky is obese, then you should create a comprehensive weight loss program for him that has been carefully planned so that your pet will not have further health complications and his body does not go into shock.
Another important aspect of the program is that you should monitor your Pomsky’s weight every day on the same scale at the same time. Achieving the right balance between the three factors – food, exercise and social environment is the key to your Pomsky’s health, well-being and long life.
Managing Your Underweight Pomsky
Just as your Pomsky can suffer from being overweight or obese, he can suffer from being underweight too. If you find that your Pomsky is all skin and bones, this is not a healthy condition. It is very important that you bring your Pomsky’s weight on track and achieve a healthy weight quickly.
Reasons Why Your Pomsky Could Be Underweight
One of the prime reasons for the Pomsky being underweight is that he could be having parasitic worms. Pomskies commonly get worms because they drink unfiltered water from still water bodies around the house. These worms grow quite big in the stomach of the Pomsky and feed on the nutrients meant for the Pomsky. The result is that your dog starts losing weight. Worms are very common in puppies, so they are usually de-wormed regularly when they are very young. De-worming medications can be bought over-the-counter, but it is a good idea to consult your vet before administering any medication to your Pomsky.
If you find that your Pomsky is clean and is not suffering from worms, but is still underweight, then you must focus on the Pomsky’s diet and ensure that he gets proper nutrition and has a diet that can help him bulk up and reach a healthy weight.
Choosing Your Pomsky’s Bowl
Dog owners provide their pet treats, special food, toys, beds, etc. An important part of the supplies is a dog bowl, which is often forgotten. Dogs must not be fed in any dish from the kitchen. The dog’s bowl is a very important accessory and your Pomsky should have a bowl of his own. It is a good idea to feed your Pomsky at the same time that the family eats. This will make the Pomsky feel that he is also part of your family.
Selecting the Bowl Carefully
Your Pomsky’s feeding bowl should be selected carefully. You can buy one that has rubber knobs or a rim on the bottom to prevent the bowl from spilling, tipping over or sliding across the floor when your Pomsky is eating. This will help him to enjoy his meal better and you will have less to clean up. Make sure that your Pomsky’s bowl is kept clean at all times.
Selecting the Right Sized Bowl
There are plenty of varieties of dog bowls available in the market to choose from. Choosing a bowl of the right size is very important. Select a bowl that is not over-sized and will hold a full meal for your Pomsky. If you use a feeding bowl that is too big, it is very easy to overfeed the Pomsky which can result in your dog becoming overweight.
The diameter of the feeding bowl must be in proportion to the Pomsky’s face and nose, and he should be able to reach his food without too much of an effort. You must select a shallow bowl for your dog if his face is too small and his nose too short. For dogs with long floppy ears, choose a bowl that allows the dog’s mouth and nose to reach the food but does not allow the ears to get into the food.
You could buy an elevated dog bowl for your Pomsky that is a bit raised so that your dog is more comfortable while eating and your Pomsky does not have to bend his neck too much to reach his food.
Feeding Your Pomsky When You Are Away
If you are away for long periods of time and not available during your pet’s feeding times, it is a good idea to buy a “self-feeder system”. This is essentially a bowl attached to a reservoir that contains the Pomsky’s food. As the food in the bowl is eaten by the dog, more food is dropped by the feeder to keep the bowl full. You also have water bowls that are available with this feature.
Your Pomsky is your prized possession and as careful as you are about the various aspects of raising your furry friend, his diet is a very important part of his growing up too. Giving your Pomsky high-quality and nutritious foods at regular intervals will ensure that he is healthy and has a long lifespan. A healthy and nutritious diet will make sure that your Pomsky will not suffer from weight-related issues. Along with a healthy, protein-rich diet, you should make certain that your Pomsky has a regular exercise routine that will keep him athletic, fit and happy.
Akin to the parent breeds, Pomskies are intelligent and highly energetic dogs. These bundles of energy need an outlet for the oodles of energy that they have packed in them. Pomskies love to frolic and play. For the Pomskies to be happy, well-rounded and well-adjusted dogs, they should be given as much of exercise and mental stimulation as possible.
- 1 Exercise
- 2 Importance of Exercise for Your Pomsky
- 3 Training
- 4 Importance of Training Your Pomsky
- 5 Steps to Train Your Pomsky Puppy
- 6 Other Training Issues
- 7 Toys to Keep Your Pomsky Busy
- 8 Pomsky Training Tips
- 9 Benefits of Training Your Pomsky
Pomskies must have at least 30 – 40 minutes of exercise in a day so that they have an outlet for their energy and do not become bored and develop behavioral issues.
A short walk in the morning would be a great start to the Pomsky’s routine followed by a longer one in the afternoon, allowing them more time to explore things. An open garden or backyard for them to roam around would be great. However, these spaces should have fences and adequate protection so that these energetic dogs do not escape and get themselves into trouble. If not stimulated enough, they will end up chewing all your furniture and things around the house and terrorizing your home.
However, you must take care not to over-exercise Pomsky puppies as they have growing joints and bones that can get damaged. For example, you should not allow the puppy to go up and down the stairs or jump up and down from the furniture. Too much exercise can lead to pressure on the bones and joints that may result in the dog developing problems later in life.
Importance of Exercise for Your Pomsky
By playing fun games with your Pomsky, not only will he get adequate exercise, but he will also be able to build a great bond with your pet. If you do not play with your dog, he will get very lazy and not move; and if your pet does not get adequate exercise, he can develop many illnesses and problems like arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint and muscle pains, etc. Also, good exercise can help your Pomsky to get good sleep. Good and adequate sleep is very important for the development of the body and mind of your Pomsky. The most important part of getting good exercise is that it will keep your dog fit and athletic, thereby ensuring that it will not gain weight. Today, obesity is one of the growing causes of concern in dogs which is resulting in reduced lifespans.
An active puppy is a happy puppy, one which is not idle and bored. Pomsky puppies need to run around and let off steam otherwise they tend to become irritable, anxious and aggressive. Chewing at things, barking, biting and nipping are all signs of a puppy that is bored or ill at ease. Exercise allows the dog to be happy, free and also increases their lifespan.
Keeping Away from Trouble
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”, a very popular saying is applicable to your Pomsky too. Pomskies have plenty of energy and if not put to constructive use like playing and exercising, they will use all their energy to chewing things around the house, making a mess, barking and chasing other animals and people. After a good workout, they need plenty of rest too. This will keep your Pomsky active, healthy and also help him stay out of trouble.
Both parents of the Pomsky are highly intelligent breeds, which means that the Pomsky is quite an intelligent dog itself. This does not mean that Pomskies are easy to train. Siberian Huskies are strong-willed and independent dogs and Pomeranians are known to possess a stubborn streak. So an offspring of these two breeds can be quite a handful and a challenge for the owner to handle.
As an owner, you should be calm and assume the role of the leader. You must learn to handle the situation or your Pomsky will sense your frustration, take advantage of you and try to gain the upper hand.
Pomskies love to learn and please, so they can be trained very quickly. They are very smart dogs and obey commands and can learn new tricks and play games quite quickly. A basic obedience course to learn basic commands would also be very beneficial. However, if you do not spend enough time on training your Pomsky, it will become very difficult to teach them to obey you later on. Regular, consistent and firm training along with positive reinforcement works best for Pomskies. You should begin training your Pomsky as a puppy because it gets difficult to train them as they become older.
You should train your Pomsky puppy for around 15 minutes per session and have many such training sessions throughout the day. Generally, puppies have a very short span of attention and they can get very bored with any session that exceeds 15 minutes and the results may be quite counter-productive.
Importance of Training Your Pomsky
Having a cute little Pomsky at home can be great fun. They are ideal companions and great to be around children. Moreover, if your dog can perform tricks and amuse you, would that not be a great plus? However, having a wild, untrained dog tearing around the house chewing and destroying things is not a great companion to have at home.
Dogs need to be taught a few basic things about how to behave, how to climb stairs and couch among other things. Dogs are basically born hunters and they have a tendency to chase small animals and children particularly. This can be very dangerous both for the dog as well as the children. Training can help to control your Pomsky’s instincts to chase children by listening to and obeying commands so that they are able to adjust and settle down in your home with your family very quickly.
The training sessions should be short and fun-filled with a variety of fun activities to sustain the interest of your puppy and keep him alert.
Steps to Train Your Pomsky Puppy
- Begin the training early.
- Start with important commands such as come, stay, heel, sit, etc.
- When your puppy has done well give him plenty of praise, rewards and treats.
- Use positive reinforcement when training your Pomsky.
- Once they have learned the basic, key commands, you can move on to obedience commands such as “no” and “stop” as by now your puppy will have learned to respect you.
- Once your Pomsky has learned basic commands, you can get him to perform advanced activities like fetching the ball, stick or newspaper.
- During training, try and offer an alternative for your dog. For example, if you want him to stop chewing on your shoes, give him a chew toy as a replacement and then praise and reward him for making the correct choice.
Steps to Potty Train Your Pomsky
- Potty training is very important and your Pomsky puppy should be taught not to make a mess inside the house.
- Potty training must begin when your puppy is around 6 – 8 weeks old.
- Potty training needs plenty of patience and effort from your side compared to any other training.
- You can use the crate technique for the potty training of your Pomsky.
- Use a crate that is of a comfortable size and keep it away from heat or cold.
- Keep the Pomsky in the crate when it’s time to eat or sleep.
- The dog will begin to whine and fidget. Take the dog out of the crate to the place where you want him to relieve himself and when he does the job properly praise him and give him positive reinforcement.
- In a few months, you will have a completely house-trained pup.
Other Training Issues
- To get attention, hybrid dogs usually tend to bark loudly, cry or whine. The owner usually rushes to the puppy and comforts him. However, you should refrain from doing so every time your puppy barks or cries as this action only reinforces to the dog that his behavior will bring you to his side.
- When your Pomsky is vocal and wants attention, take your time to react by letting him fuss a bit so that he learns that it is not the right way to seek attention.
- Spend adequate time with your Pomsky when he is not calling for your attention, as his calls for attention means that he is not comfortable with the environment in your home yet.
- As your puppy gets accustomed to the surroundings of your home and he understands that you will not come running when he cries out, you will have a happy and well-adjusted Pomsky on your hands.
Nipping and Biting
- Like any other dog, Pomskies love to play, frolic, romp and often with the play comes plenty of nipping and biting.
- You can teach your Pomsky limits by allowing him to play with other small-sized, intelligent dogs.
- Sometimes the play can get rough and they may bite each other while playing.
- However, once your Pomsky puppy has been nipped or bitten, he will quickly learn the consequences of biting others and will learn that he should not nip and bite.
Toys to Keep Your Pomsky Busy
- If your Pomsky is bored, he will end up chewing all the things he can find around your home. So stock up on plenty of chew toys to keep your Pomsky puppy happy and entertained! You should provide plenty of toys for the puppy to chew, especially when they are teething.
- Pomskies are very smart and intelligent. They love figuring out dog puzzles and how to get treats out of them. So providing them with a variety of dog puzzles is a great idea.
Pomsky Training Tips
The training sessions must be for short durations and kept very simple so that your Pomsky can learn the commands and tricks without much effort. This will help both the puppy as well as the trainer to practice the tasks conveniently. The dog’s attention should be monitored and the tasks given must engage the dog so that he doesn’t lose interest in the training. Once the trainer gets the dog’s attention and respect, the trainer can then teach the dog the commands very easily.
Keeping It Simple
In the beginning, you should teach your Pomsky puppy to follow very simple and easy commands. You should repeat the process so that he retains the habit by repeating them in consecutive training sessions. Once the puppy is familiar with the simpler commands, you can move on to more complex ones. When the puppy responds to the commands correctly, reward your pet with his favorite treats or food. This positively reinforces his actions and he begins to learn what he is doing is right.
Hiring a Trainer
For a dog to be trained properly and for the training to be successful, hiring a good dog trainer is a very good idea. However, before you hire a trainer for your Pomsky, you should evaluate your dog’s temperament, training requirements and your requirements as well. You should select a trainer who has sufficient experience in training dogs and can handle your puppy efficiently. The trainer’s experience should match your training objectives. Before you hire a trainer for your Pomsky, ensure that you do proper research, ask the right questions and find a trainer who will bring out the best in your puppy.
Paying Attention to Nutrition
Your Pomsky should get a proper and healthy diet. Getting a protein-rich diet along with regular exercise and training will keep your pet active and healthy. Foods such as wheat, corn and meat will help your puppy grow faster. Choose high-quality foods for your Pomsky that are fortified with rich nutrients. This is very important for the good health and growth of your puppy.
Benefits of Training Your Pomsky
- Training will help your Pomsky puppy to learn basic commands and make your puppy more disciplined.
- Training will help avoid habits like growling, barking unnecessarily, nipping and biting.
- Training the dog will make you more responsible and help you forge a strong relationship with your pet.
- The better the quality of training, the better the qualities your Pomsky will acquire and more the well-behaved and easy to manage will he become.
- Continually training your Pomsky will result in a constant improvement in your Pomsky’s learning.
A dog is the most lovable and loyal pet in the world. However, training your dog is as important as owning it. Training will make your Pomsky obedient, disciplined, will help him to adjust well in your home as well as his surroundings and be happy.
Any soon-to-be dog owner would like to know what kind of traits, personality and temperament their future dog will possess. This a very important question to address because bringing home a dog is a commitment for the next 10-15 years at least. It is very crucial to make the right decision.
Pomskies have become quite a popular breed of dogs and the main reason for the popularity of this “hybrid” dog is its disposition. Pomskies are smart, friendly, loving and kind dogs with a gentle disposition but can be quite mischievous too. It is no wonder that these cute dogs have found a way into the hearts and homes of people around the world. Pomskies are family dogs and are very good to have around children.
- 1 Intelligence
- 2 Understanding the Temperament of Dogs
- 3 Temperament of Siberian Huskies
- 4 Attitude and Characteristics of a Pomsky
- 5 Pomsky Characteristics
- 6 Pomskies and Your Family
- 7 Pomskies and Children
- 8 Tips to Raise Your Pomsky Around Kids
- 8.1 Keeping Your Child Safe Around Your Pomsky
- 8.2 Pomskies and Other Pets
- 9 Conclusion
Pomeranians are considered one of the most intelligent dogs and the Husky is a very intelligent breed too. It is no wonder that with parents who are so intelligent, the Pomsky is bound to be a very intelligent breed too. Nevertheless, like hybrids and crossbreeds, some Pomskies are smarter than others. These cute dogs are eager to please and are quick at learning new things.
As much as Pomskies have inherited their parents’ intelligence, they can also inherit their parents’ stubborn trait too. Pomsky puppies need to be socialized very early and trained too. If left untrained or without socialization for too long, it will be very difficult to get them to learn these skills later on.
Pomsky puppies should be taught basic things right from the start and their training must be started as soon as they have been completely vaccinated. It is a great idea to enroll your Pomsky into classes for puppies where they will learn how to interact with other dogs and people, how to behave and also learn social skills that will help them become happy and well-adjusted dogs.
Understanding the Temperament of Dogs
Pure Breeds vs Designer Dog Breeds
The American Kennel Club (AKC) and other reputed bodies have a certain set of standards for every breed of dog that must be met by breeders for it to be deemed as a pure breed.
With decades of breeding in each dog breed, you can distinguish and typify the traits and personality that a certain kind of breed of dog will possess during its lifespan. The main reason why you know how a certain dog will look or behave when he grows up fully is because there have been generations of breeding over the years and plenty of history and data to depend on.
However, in the case of the Pomsky, which is a designer or hybrid breed, there is no typical look or personality that can be attributed to it.
Temperament of Siberian Huskies
Siberian Huskies are renown for their beauty as well as their wonderful traits and temperament. Though they are fierce looking, surprisingly they are very sweet-tempered and gentle dogs. They are exceptionally intelligent, energetic and playful dogs. Huskies can be trained easily and are easy to handle. They are patient and calm dogs and interact well with everyone in the house including adults, children and other pets.
Since Siberian Huskies are pack dogs, they are strong-willed and need a dominant and equally strong-willed owner to handle them. They have boundless energy and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
Temperament of Pomeranians
Pomeranians are very energetic and active dogs and are very similar to Siberian Huskies. These small dogs are inquisitive and aware of the people around them and their surroundings. Pomeranians often suffer from the “Small Dog Syndrome” and think they are the leader in the house. So Pomeranians need dominant owners who can handle these dogs and show them who the boss in the house is.
Pomeranians are “barking” dogs and can sometimes bark non-stop which can be quite annoying. They are ferociously protective and can be good guard dogs despite their small size. Pomeranians are fiercely loyal and enjoy plenty of attention.
Temperament of Pomskies
The temperament of the Pomsky can vary the same way as their appearance and has a lot to do with the temperament and traits that its parents the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky possess. The temperament of the Pomsky is very difficult to predict and depends on the dog’s genetic makeup.
Pomskies are generally friendly, energetic and playful dogs. They are extroverts and are confident. They have plenty of energy and need a fair amount of exercise. Without enough exercise and mental stimulation, Pomskies can become neurotic and destructive. A combination of training and exercise keeps them happy and healthy. However, some puppies can be very shy as compared to others and a socialization process would be wonderful to bring out the best in your Pomsky puppy.
Like its Pomeranian parent, some Pomskies may inherit guarding and protective instincts and it is a good idea to curb this behaviour at a younger age to prevent having problems later on. If left without the right upbringing, it may be difficult to curb the dog’s possessive nature and he will not let you get near his toys, feeding bowls and even the children in the house. However, having said this, Pomskies can make wonderful guard dogs despite their small size because of this protective nature.
Huskies generally do not bark a lot, while Pomeranians bark quite a lot, so it is but natural that a Pomsky being an offspring of the two will fall somewhere in between. Pomskies are not quite suited for apartment living as they can be barkers and quite vocal. However, with adequate training, this barking can be controlled.
Attitude and Characteristics of a Pomsky
The attitude of the Pomsky varies greatly and depends on the individual puppy.
- Energetic and playful
- Easy to train
- Love to be petted and cuddled
- Love people in general
- Great with family and kids
Some common characteristics and features of Pomskies are:
- Soft, silky and fluffy coat
- Bushy curved tail
- Fast runners and high jumpers
Pomskies and Your Family
Pomskies are family dogs and love being around people. They love to be petted and played with. They are very active dogs and do not like to be left alone as they feel ignored and get bored. Bored Pomskies can be quite destructive when left alone for a long time; they can chew up things around the house. So if you travel a lot or you work for long hours where the Pomsky will be alone at home, then this dog is not for you.
Pomskies are shedding dogs and may not be suitable for people suffering from allergies. Also, they may not be a suitable dog for elderly people as Pomskies have plenty of energy that needs an outlet by playing, walking or running with them, which elder people may not be able to keep up with.
Pomskies and Children
Pomskies are family dogs and are great to have at home and can be wonderful companions for your children too. These dogs love to play and all the attention they can get, so homes with children are the best for Pomskies. However, you must ensure that you introduce the Pomsky slowly and gently to your home with children, as the Pomsky can be a little nervous and skittish till it gets acclimatized and settles into its new environment, like its Pomeranian parent.
Pomskies are better suited for homes with adults or with older children. These dogs are not really good around toddlers. The chances of injury of the toddler or dog are high because of the Pomsky’s high energy levels, smaller size and prey drive.
Pomskies can become a bit possessive and overprotective about the kids in the house, so you must take care when the dogs are playing with the children. It is a good idea for an adult to be around to supervise any interaction between dogs and children lest the play becomes very boisterous.
If you have children at home and you wish to bring home a Pomsky, then a good idea would be to visit the breeder. You can meet the parents of the Pomsky puppy to get a better idea of how your puppy will turn out to be when it grows up and the general traits and characteristics of the breeder’s dogs and their feedback. This will help you decide whether the Pomsky is suitable for your family. In short, you should check the compatibility of the Pomsky, your family and children, as bringing home a dog is a very crucial decision.
Tips to Introduce Your New Pomsky Puppy to Your Children
Pomsky puppies and children have plenty of things in common. Both are impatient, curious and highly excitable. It is very important to supervise the interactions between the new puppy and your children.
Some Steps for a Long and Happy Friendship
- Always be around until you know that the Pomsky and your child know how to interact and behave with each other. Remain in the background and observe the interaction and be alert and ready to intervene if there is trouble.
- Let the Pomsky puppy approach the kids and not the other way around. Kids usually get so excited on seeing a puppy that they want to immediately start petting it. This may alarm the dog.
- Educate your child to respect the dog’s space and that they should not step into the Pomsky’s intimate space until the dog allows them to do so.
- Teach your child to decipher the Pomsky’s body language. When your child sees the dog showing hints of dominance, he should stop playing.
- A new Pomsky puppy is in a “fearful period” when he explores his surroundings between 8-10 weeks. If the child shows too much of excitement during this time, it can make the Pomsky defensive. Encourage your child to be patient and interact with your Pomsky slowly. This will allow the new puppy to feel safe and secure in his new environment.
- Allow your kids to take care of the Pomsky puppy – feed the puppy, clean him up and walk him. This is a wonderful way to teach your kids responsibility for the puppy. These activities will strengthen the relationship between your child and the puppy.
- Let your kids teach the Pomsky puppy games such as fetch, etc.
Tips to Raise Your Pomsky Around Kids
Giving Your Pomsky Respect, Love and Loads of Attention
Kids love to play with dogs and there is nothing better that your energy-filled Pomsky would love. Lots of fun-filled, interactive games and plenty of running around with your child will help the Pomsky and your child bond. Allow your child to take the Pomsky for long walks and spend some quality time with the dog. Teach your child to love and respect the dog. This will forge a great friendship between your dog and your child.
Allow Your Child to Feed Your Pomsky
Feeding your Pomsky and giving it water will make a great difference in bringing your child and the dog closer. Pomskies are very loyal and this closeness will bring your dog’s loyalty to the fore.
Allow Your Child to Reward the Pomsky for Good Behavior
If your Pomsky behaves well or obeys any command given by your child, have your child reward the dog. Allow your child to be engaged in your Pomsky’s training actively instead of just handing out the treats. This will help the Pomsky get comfortable with your child and not be threatened by the child.
Play an Active Role
Parents who claim to buy a dog for their kids and expect the kids to raise the dogs by themselves are quite wrong in their expectations. As a parent, you need to play an active role in the Pomsky’s upbringing and training as much as your kids. It is your responsibility to nurture and take care of all the dog’s requirements.
Keeping Your Child Safe Around Your Pomsky
Having a pet around the house can be very rewarding for adults as well as children. For children, it is a wonderful way to learn how to be responsible at an early age. However, a child should be safe and have a positive experience when interacting with the animal and must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Generally, Pomskies are safe to have around children. However, not receiving enough mental stimulation and physical activity can make the dog destructive and due to their higher prey drive can make them dangerous around kids too.
If the Pomskies are not trained properly or there is too much of shouting and raised voices to control the dog’s behavior, this will result in creating a very aggressive dog. Children usually have no fear of pets; even an aggressive one and they may be at a risk of getting bitten. An adult should be present with the child always to curb any disaster.
Understanding the Pomsky’s Background
Knowing how the Pomsky was bred and the temperaments of the Pomsky’s parents are very essential. This will give you an idea of the Pomsky’s nature, traits and temperament and help you decide if he is suitable to have around your kids. The Pomsky puppy should be socialized early or else he will develop behavioural problems later in life. If the Pomsky is not secure and comfortable in the environment of your home, he may become aggressive.
Pomskies and Children
When very young children and toddlers are left together with Pomskies, there may be a clash in their behaviors. In fact, even the best natured and docile dogs can get stressed out around kids. Large dogs can knock over small kids by accident that leads to a negative impact on the child.
Most dog bites are facial injuries which may be because of the child’s height and because they have direct eye contact with the dog. The dog will perceive this as threatening and will retaliate. Children should not be allowed to play on the floor with the Pomsky. They may be at a risk of getting bitten by the dog, especially if they are playing with a toy.
Children Move Very Fast
Children move very fast and this can be quite unsettling for the Pomsky and the dog may find it hard to cope with this. The high pitch screams of kids can be very alarming for the dog too, which may result in the Pomsky growling, snapping or nipping the child.
Children Teasing the Pomsky
Children may start teasing the Pomsky without realising it and the dog may become quite frustrated. The child may be too young to recognize the warning signs and may be at a big risk of being nipped at or bitten badly. This is usually the way dogs try stopping people from teasing them.
Children May Hurt the Pomsky
As the kids are very young, they may hurt the Pomsky by mistake by hugging the dog too tightly or pulling its tail. The Pomsky may bite or nip the child, which may scare the child away from the dog for life.
It is very crucial to educate toddlers and young kids how to behave around the Pomsky. They should not be left alone and unsupervised with the dog, however gentle or good tempered the dog may be and must be taught how to treat the Pomsky gently. You should not allow the Pomsky to sleep in the child’s bed along with them. All these precautions will ensure that your children remain safe and will go a long way in building a strong bond of friendship between your Pomsky and your children.
Pomskies and Other Pets
Generally, Pomskies are social by nature and get along very well with other animals. So if you have other pets in your house, you need not worry about your Pomsky getting along with them. However, it is a good idea to keep an eye on your Pomsky if there are smaller pets and animals around.
A well-socialized Pomsky that has undergone training early on is a well-adjusted and happy dog that is a great joy and fun to have around your home. It is no wonder that in the past few years the Pomsky has become among one of the most popular dog breeds that people love to bring home.
Since the Pomsky breed is relatively new, there is no clear standard of how the dog will look, how big it will grow and what temperament it will possess. Typically, the Pomsky will grow to be half of the combined weights of the parents i.e. the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian.
A full grown Pomsky’s size will depend on its parents size and the kind of cross breed it is. For example, if a medium-sized Pomeranian is bred with a big Husky, then the resultant Pomsky will probably be big in stature and weigh around 25 pounds.
However, if a small-sized Pomeranian is bred with a small Husky, then the chances are that the Pomsky will be smaller in size and weigh around 15 pounds. The fur and coloration of the Pomsky puppy will also depend on the parentage.
Even the breeder will not be able to tell you the size that the Pomsky will grow to finally, but will be able to give you a guesstimate on basis of the weight and height of the parents of the litter. In six months’ time your Pomsky will be more than half grown and in a year it will reach its fully grown size.
- 1 Height of the Pomsky
- 2 Length of the Pomsky
- 3 Weight of the Pomsky
- 4 Differences in the Size of the Pomsky
- 5 Some Pomsky Myths Clarified
- 6 Breeding a Pomsky Is Not Science
Height of the Pomsky
- As an adult, the Pomsky usually grows to a height of 10 – 15 inches (the height of the dog is measured from the floor level to the shoulder, where the neck and spine meet).
- It is very difficult to predict the accurate height of the Pomsky as its height is dependent on its parents’ height. If the height of the Pomeranian is between 8 – 11 inches and the Siberian Husky is around 20 – 22 inches, then a fully grown Pomsky will be around 10 – 15 inches.
Length of the Pomsky
- An adult Pomsky is usually a bit longer than its stature.
- The length of the Pomsky is around 12 – 17 inches approximately (measured from its chest to its rear).
Weight of the Pomsky
- An adult Pomsky usually weighs around 20 – 30 pounds.
- The weight of the Pomsky is also dependent on the weight of the parents. Assuming that the weight of the male Pomeranian is around 3 – 7 pounds and the the female Siberian Husky weighs around 35 – 50 pounds, then the resultant Pomsky will weigh between 20 – 30 pounds.
Differences in the Size of the Pomsky
As discussed earlier, there is no guarantee that the Pomsky will be of a specific height or weight. The size is dependent on the height and weight of the parents and kind of breed. The Pomsky can be below or above the average size.
Some Pomsky Myths Clarified
Pomskies Are Not Teacup Dogs
If you always thought that your Pomsky puppy is a teacup dog and you can carry your cute little Pomsky in your handbag, then you need to banish the thought immediately. Pomskies are not teacup dogs. When you breed a Pomeranian with a Siberian Husky, it is impossible to get a “teacup Pomsky”.
Pomskies Are Not Mini-Huskies
It is very wrong to simply believe that a Pomsky is a mini-Husky. As in humans, dogs too possess and display traits belonging to both parents. Some of the mother’s or father’s traits may be more dominant and hence noticeable. So how can one expect a Pomsky to be a mini version of a Siberian Husky?
Not All Pomskies Will Have the Husky Coloring and Markings
Siberian Huskies have distinct black and white colored fur and markings that make them unique. Most people buying a Pomsky expect a dog that will look exactly like the Husky. In fact, most Pomskies do not have the typical Husky black and white coloring. Like the variation in sizes of Pomskies, they also come in a range of fur colors such as tan, brownish, black, white or a mixture of many colors.
Don’t Get Cheated
Since the Pomsky came onto the dog scene, there have been plenty of pictures of cute and cuddly puppies floating around the internet. Most of them are fakes, pictures of dogs of other breeds. You must be very careful when buying a Pomsky. If the breeder tells you that your Pomsky will be a miniature teacup dog or a mini-Husky and have the same appearance as a Siberian Husky in the future, do not believe them. The breeder is trying to cheat you and make a quick buck from you.
Breeding a Pomsky Is Not Science
Since Pomskies are comparatively a new breed of designer dogs, there is no exact science behind their breeding process. In fact, Pomsky breeders have no idea what they are creating and what will be the final outcome.
Even if a Pomsky breeder is a professional with plenty of experience and positive reviews, he will not be able to give you any guarantee regarding the appearance, temperament and traits of the puppies he breeds. There is no way to predict the outcome as there is no major history or many generations of the breed to rely on and have an accurate idea of the result. There is also no way to predict the long-term health effects and lifespan of the Pomskies.
However, with the passage of time, hopefully, breeders will become more experienced and skilled, and the outcome will be ethical breeding practices and healthier Pomskies with predictable characteristics.
Getting home a cuddly Pomsky is an exciting proposition. However, you must be very sure of what you are getting into before making your decision. Make sure that you clarify all the misnomers you have about a Pomsky and how it will finally look and behave when it grows up before bringing one home lest you get disappointed later on. You may want to wait a bit and let the puppy display its temperament, traits and appearance before you actually bring the dog home so that you are able to evaluate how the dog will adjust to your home, your family and children.
As we know, Pomskies inherit their behavior and temperament from their parents the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. Pomeranians are known to be big barkers, a quality that is commonly inherited by the Pomsky.
Excessive, non-stop barking can become quite annoying to everyone around and many times, as an owner you may feel quite helpless without knowing what to do and how to stop your dog from barking.
- 1 Why Do Pomskies Bark?
- 2 How to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking
- 3 Wrong Ways to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking
- 4 Correct Ways to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking
Why Do Pomskies Bark?
All dogs bark for some specific reason. Your Pomsky may bark because he is scared of something or someone and becomes defensive, while another dog may bark because he is simply happy and is expressing it.
Some common reasons why Pomskies bark are:
- When someone enters the area that Pomskies considers their territory, they may get aggressive and defensive and start barking.
- When Pomskies perceive some kind of danger that may affect them or you.
- Anything that may scare or startle your Pomsky.
- Pomskies are generally very active dogs and love attention and company. When left alone for long periods of time, they can get very bored. If Pomskies are left alone for long without any interaction with other dogs or people, they will bark excessively to let you know that they are unhappy.
- Your Pomsky could be barking a lot when he is trying to attract your attention.
- Sometimes, Pomskies bark as they feel that it’s a great way to greet other animals and people. You can make out that your Pomsky is happy and is trying to greet someone in a friendly manner if he barks, wags his tail and jumps up and down. When a Pomsky is happy, the pitch of his barking will also be very high.
- Your Pomsky could be barking excessively because he may be suffering from certain medical issues, such as separation anxiety, brain disease or barking disorder. You should take your pet to a vet for regular medical check-ups to ensure that he is fine and there is no medical cause for his excessive barking.
How to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking
Your dog’s barking may be quite annoying at times. However, you must understand that barking is an inherent quality for a dog and you don’t really want him to stop barking completely.
Your Pomsky maybe trying to communicate with you via his barking or he must be trying to warn you about some danger he can sense. So, you don’t really want to lose out on these things by stopping your dog from barking altogether. The problem is really when your dog barks excessively.
To solve the problem of excessive barking, the first step would be to figure out the exact cause why your Pomsky is barking so much. Once you are able to identify the cause, then you can start the training process to control the barking.
There are basically two goals that you must try and achieve when you are trying to get your Pomsky to stop barking:
- He should stop barking when you ask him to do so.
- You should be able to train your Pomsky to bark for the right reasons i.e. situations when your Pomsky must bark and when he should not.
You must also understand that there is no “quick fix” solution by which you can stop your Pomsky from barking suddenly. You need plenty of patience and time to set things right. With the right techniques and over time, your dog’s behavior will definitely improve.
However, it is very important that when your Pomsky responds to your command and stops barking, you should reinforce the good habit with praise and rewards and also maintain constant training or your pet will revert to his old annoying habits.
Wrong Ways to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking
Screaming at Them
Don’t scream at your Pomsky or show him that you are angry. This will never stop him from barking; in fact it will only make things worse. He may think that you are barking along with him, as human screaming is akin to a dog’s barking. He will also realize that you are frustrated and will try and imitate your actions and this may also lead him to attack you. When asking your Pomsky to stop barking, be calm and cool. Speak to him patiently but firmly.
Being Too Nice
When you want your Pomsky to obey you and stop barking, be assertive and firm. Don’t be too feeble and sweet with your pet, or he will mistakenly take your affection for approval of his barking.
Don’t confuse your Pomsky about when he should bark and when not to. Everyone in the family and all the people interacting with your pet should follow the same techniques that you do when your Pomsky barks inappropriately. If you punish your pet one time when he barks and let him go the next time he repeats it, then you are giving him mixed signals and this will confuse your pet.
Giving Your Pomsky Food
Never try to quieten your Pomsky by giving him food or a treat to make his mouth full to stop him from barking. This will only teach him that when he barks, he will get a treat and he will keep barking.
Correct Ways to Stop Your Pomsky from Barking
This is a simple yet effective method to stop your Pomsky from barking. Find out the stimulus that is making your Pomsky bark. Get him used to this stimulus, so that he does not feel threatened and bark. This technique works especially well if the stimulus that causes your Pomsky to bark is a person or an object.
- Begin by exposing your Pomsky to the stimulus which is far away. When exposed to the trigger, if your Pomsky does not bark, then give him a treat as a reward. However, remember to keep a significant distance between the dog and the stimulus, otherwise, if the stimulus is too close, he will begin to bark.
- Gradually move the trigger closer to the Pomsky and keep rewarding your pet for not barking.
- If your Pomsky begins to bark, then stop giving him any treats. When he stops barking, resume giving him the reward.
- This teaches your Pomsky that not barking at the stimulus gets him rewards and so when exposed to the stimulus again, he will not bark.
- Slowly increase the time that your need your Pomsky to stay quiet when exposed to the stimulus so that he will get a treat.
Remove the Rewards
- Most of the time your Pomsky barks as he associates some kind of treat or reward along with the barking.
- You must determine what exactly your Pomsky associates with his barking and if he barks inappropriately, stop giving him that reward.
- One kind of reward that you can deny your Pomsky when he barks inappropriately is not to pay any attention to him or ignore him as long as he is barking. By giving him attention, you are encouraging him to think that by barking, he can get your attention anytime. Don’t touch him, speak to him or make any eye contact with him as long as he is barking.
- When he stops barking, give him a reward i.e. praise, attention, his favorite treat, etc. so that your Pomsky understands that as long as he barks, he will not get anything and he should stop doing that. And that he will receive a treat from you if he stops barking for no reason.
- For this technique to succeed, you need to be consistent, patient and continuously keep up the training process.
- You must ignore your Pomsky’s barking for however long it takes and reward him only when he gets the message clearly and stops barking.
- Don’t lose your cool and scream at the dog or you will lose your battle!
Teach Your Pomsky to Bark Only When Told To
This basically involves 2 steps:
- Teaching your Pomsky to bark or “speak” at a certain event
- Commanding him to stop whenever you want your Pomsky to stop barking
Training your Pomsky to bark for a specific reason
- Command him to “speak”.
- When your dog barks a few times when you ask him to do so, get a piece of his favorite treat and let him sniff it.
- If he sniffs at the treat and continues to bark, then don’t let him have the treat.
- If he sniffs and stops barking, let him eat his treat.
- This will help to create an association in your Pomsky’s mind that if he barks a few times when you ask him to “speak”, he will get a reward.
Training Your Pomsky to Stop Barking
If you want your Pomsky to stop barking when you give a command, you must help him understand what the command means. Only once your Pomsky has understood and learned barking when you tell him to “speak”, you can teach him to stop barking when you command him. Choose one term such as quiet, hush etc. and keep using this term till your Pomsky learns what it means.
- Tell your Pomsky to “speak”.
- When your Pomsky begins barking, then say quiet or any other term you choose in a firm, calm and assertive tone.
- Wait till your pet stops barking and give him a treat and praise him for doing a good job.
- This will create an association in your Pomsky’s mind that if he stops barking when you say quiet, then he will receive a treat.
- Never reward your Pomsky while he is still barking, as this will be counter-productive.
- Gradually, increase the time that you want your dog to remain silent when you command him to be quiet before he gets a reward.
- After sufficient training, your Pomsky will understand the “quiet” command and will no longer need any treats from you to respond to the commands.
- You should expose your Pomsky to the commands in various places, environments and scenarios so that he gets used to responding to you irrespective of where both of you are.
- Sometimes, your Pomsky may react to a certain trigger by barking continuously no matter what you say or do.
- In such a situation, try and distract him from the trigger that made him start barking by using some other method.
- You can make use of a high-frequency whistle or some other item that produces an unpleasant, high-frequency sound.
- When your Pomsky barks and he hears the high-frequency sound, he will slowly associate the barking for no reason with the unpleasant sound.
- For this technique to succeed, you must ensure that your Pomsky does not associate the high-frequency sound or any other method of distraction with you and allow him to think that the unpleasant sound is caused because of his unwanted barking.
- This is a very popular method to stop dogs from barking excessively.
- Whenever your Pomsky barks, the “bark collar” emits something to stop your dog from barking.
- Some bark collars emit a high-frequency noise, while other may emit a tiny electric stimulation. Others may use other different methods.
- One key thing to note when making use of shock collars is that delivering electric shocks can be very painful for your pet and may result in physical as well psychological trauma. It may also make your Pomsky very aggressive.
- You must use these kinds of bark collars with discretion and care.
Physical and Mental Activity
As we know, Pomskies are extremely active dogs with plenty of energy. Often, if there is no outlet for all the Pomsky’s built-up energy, it may result in excessive and unwanted barking. So, you must find ways to release all the pent-up energy by providing him plenty of physical and mental exercise and activity on a daily basis.
When your Pomsky gets plenty of physical and mental exercise, he will be very tired. Not only will he be healthy, but very happy and well-behaved and will not bark unnecessarily. Unecessary barking happens when your dog is very bored, angry or seeking attention. A tired dog will not even think of barking if there is no reason to do so.
How to Exercise Your Pomsky?
- One hour of mental and physical exercise daily is sufficient for your Pomsky.
- Take your Pomsky for daily walks.
- If you feel that a walk is not sufficient, make the activity more challenging. Make your Pomsky walk on an incline, run with him, play ball or fetch with him. Take him to the dog park, where he can roam and play freely with other dogs for a bit.
- Use interactive toys and mental games to get your pomsky’s mental juices flowing and you will see that overall your dog will be better behaved and happier.
With the above tips and tricks, you can stop your pomsky from barking excessively that not only disturbs you but also the peace of the neighbors. With sufficient and patient handling, you can ensure that your treasured pet is not only well-behaved and well-adjusted but a happy one too.
Since Pomskies are a relatively new breed, there are no known health or medical issues that affect them. However, this does not mean that the Pomsky has perfect health without any illnesses or problems. It just means that it is too soon to know precisely which health conditions exist. It is a known fact that hybrid breeds commonly inherit the health conditions of their parent breeds and so it is a good idea to monitor the health of your Pomsky closely.
- 1 Health Issues of Pomskies
- 2 Vaccinations for Your Pomsky Puppy
- 3 De-Worming Your Pomsky Puppy
- 4 Teething in Pomsky Puppies
- 5 Caring for Your Pomsky
- 6 Living Conditions for your Pomsky
Health Issues of Pomskies
Pomskies are prone to health concerns like any other dog breed. Usually, these health problems are ones that are passed on from both parents – the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian.
From the Husky:
- Eye problems e.g. cataract
- Hip Dysplasia
- Skin problems e.g. dermatitis, allergies, etc.
From the Pomeranian:
- Skin Irritations
- Eye Infections
- Tooth Decay
- Dislocated kneecap
- Plaque build-up
To make sure that your Pomsky is healthy, buy your Pomsky from a reputed breeder who can provide you with the appropriate health clearances such as vaccination schedules, regular vet check-up reports, health guarantees, etc. of the Pomsky as well as his parents.
The diet of the Pomsky and other external factors also has a bearing on the dog’s health. Pomskies are expensive dogs and it is very vital that you conduct a proper research before bringing the Pomsky home.
Vaccinations for Your Pomsky Puppy
Vaccinations are a very important aspect of maintaining your Pomsky puppy’s health. Do not take your Pomsky puppy to places with many dogs until they have completed all their puppy booster shots as they are susceptible to illnesses. However, you must take care not to vaccinate your Pomsky more than necessary as it can be quite dangerous to over-vaccinate your dog. All vaccines can have adverse reactions.
De-Worming Your Pomsky Puppy
Pomskies are prone to getting worms. The most common worms that may infect your Pomsky are roundworms and hookworms. Roundworms live on the food that the Pomsky eats and if not treated in time, your dog can suffer from malnutrition. Hookworms feed on the blood of the Pomsky which can cause anemia. Hence, you must ensure that your Pomsky is de-wormed regularly.
De-worming must begin for Pomskies when they are 2 weeks old and continue at 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Pomskies should be de-wormed when they are adults too and steps must be taken to prevent heartworms also.
Teething in Pomsky Puppies
Just like in human babies, you will face teething troubles with your Pomsky puppy. The puppy’s teeth start growing when they are 2-4 weeks old and by the time your puppy is around 5-6 weeks old he will have around 28 baby teeth. When the puppy is around 8-10 weeks old, his baby teeth begin to shed and will be replaced by permanent adult teeth.
As a parent, you would have probably experienced the uncomfortable process of your baby’s teething process. The same holds true for a Pomsky puppy too. The process of teething can be quite painful. The puppy may become very irritable, fussy and begin chewing all the things in your home like your furniture, shoes, etc. You can help your puppy by comforting him and giving him some toys to chew on that will distract him and help to soothe his gums.
Best Teething Toys for Your Pomsky
- Rubber toys
- Hard nylon toys
- Thick rope toys
- Fill-able toys that can be filled with water and frozen, the cool toy will help to calm the puppy’s sore gums
Worst Teething Toys for Your Pomsky
- Long strings or ribbon strips
- Items with sharp metal parts such as batteries, springs, pins, etc.
- Plastic film sheets
- Large chewies or chewies made of rawhide
- Thin, squeaky rubber toys
- Soft toys
It is important that you select your Pomsky’s toys very carefully and ensure that they are safe for him to play with. Monitor your dog when he is playing with his toys to make sure that he hasn’t bitten off chunks of the toy or there are no fibers or parts coming loose that he can swallow and harm himself.
Caring for Your Pomsky
Like any other dog breed, Pomskies also need to be groomed regularly to keep their coats in a clean and healthy condition. They should also get regular exercise so that they are healthy, agile and fit. You must ensure that your Pomsky gets a high-quality and nutrition-packed diet.
Grooming Your Pomsky
Brushing Your Pomsky’s Coat
It is very likely that your Pomsky will have a fluffy and soft coat like its Pomeranian parent or he may inherit the sleek, smooth look from the Siberian Husky. A daily use of the coat brush helps to stimulate the blood flow, removes all the loose and dead hair and keeps the Pomsky’s coat healthy, shiny and tangle-free. For brushing your Pomsky’s coat daily, you can make use of a bristle brush.
Pomskies shed quite a lot, especially in Spring and again in Autumn. They can be quite high-maintenance when it comes to grooming. You need to spend a considerable amount of time brushing out their coat, particularly when they shed. You can invest in a de-shedding brush for when the Pomsky begins to shed.
A visit to a grooming parlor once in a while is a must. Having your Pomsky professionally groomed can make things easier for you.
Bathing Your Pomsky
Bathing your Pomsky is not tough and can actually be fun both for the dog as well as you. Bathing your Pomsky depends on many factors such as his coat type and how much of time your Pomsky spends outdoors. Most dogs need a bath every 2-3 weeks and some dogs can remain without a bath for up to 6 weeks.
You should not bathe your Pomsky too often. Excessive bathing can strip away the natural essential oils from the Pomsky’s fur causing the coat to look dry and flaky. A bath once in a month is ideal in summers and in winters you can bathe your Pomsky less often. In between baths, you can use doggie wipes or waterless baths which involve a spray solution that cleans the top coat and paws, to keep your Pomsky clean.
Bathe your Pomsky in lukewarm water using a mild dog shampoo without any chemicals. Use a cotton ball to scrub his fur gently. Be careful when cleaning your Pomsky’s face; ensure that no soap gets into his eyes. Be sure to remove even the tiniest trace of soap from your Pomsky’s skin. You can make use of a conditioner to keep your Pomsky’s fur silky and soft.
If your Pomsky suffers from any allergies, then it is best to consult your vet before using any bathing or grooming products.
Cleaning Your Pomsky’s Ears and Eyes
You must check your Pomsky’s ears and clean them regularly to prevent hearing problems and infections. You can make use of a warm cotton ball dipped in ear cleaning solution to clean your Pomsky’s ears. Wipe away any dirt or wax present in the Pomsky’s inner ear. If there is too much of wax build-up in the ears, it can lead to infection, which can take a long time to clear up. However, take care not to rub too hard as it may cause sores. Also, ensure that you don’t push the cotton ball too much into the dog’s ear.
Remove any debris and tear stains from the corners of the eyes using a moist cotton ball. If there is too much of hair around the eyes, you can use scissors or a trimmer to remove the extra hair.
Brushing Your Pomsky’s Teeth
By the time your Pomsky puppy is 6 months old, all his puppy teeth would have fallen out and replaced by 42 adult teeth. You need to ensure that your Pomsky’s teeth are cleaned regularly to remove all the food lodged in the teeth. The residual food along with plaque can lead to smelly breath and periodontal disease.
You can use your fingers to massage and scrub your Pomsky’s teeth gently. Later you can move on to using a toothbrush and toothpaste for canines. Use a very soft toothbrush and toothpaste that is formulated for dogs that work both chemically and mechanically to remove plaque. Do not use toothpaste used by humans as it can upset your Pomsky’s stomach if he swallows it.
To get him used to the taste of pet toothpaste, first apply it on his lips so that he becomes familiar with the taste of the toothpaste. Once your Pomsky is familiar with the taste of the toothpaste, you can use it to brush his teeth with the toothbrush.You can also use baking soda and water to clean your Pomsky’s teeth.
Regular brushing of teeth is important, the lack of which can lead to gum disease and bacterial infections.
Nail Care for Your Pomsky
Caring for your Pomsky’s nails is a very important part of the dog’s grooming. Theirs nails can curl under its paws if left untrimmed. This causes discomfort and may cause joint damage in the long run. When the Pomsky walks, if you hear his nails clicking or screeching on the floor, it means that his nails require trimming.
If your Pomsky is not very active, then his nails will require trimming once a week. If you walk your Pomsky on sidewalks, his nails will naturally be worn down and he will not require trimming that often.
Use a proper nail clipper that is of the appropriate size for your Pomsky and be careful not to cut the quick (or the bundle of blood vessels).
When cutting your Pomsky’s nails, accidents may happen. Be prepared and keep some bandages, styptic powder and corn starch when trimming your pet’s nails. The corn starch helps to reduce bleeding and the styptic powder is a disinfectant.
Trimming Your Pomsky’s Hair
Trimming your Pomsky’s hair from time to time will make him look neat and tidy and also reduce the risk of skin infections. You can also prevent the fur from getting matted, tangled and check fleas by clipping it regularly. When clipping your Pomsky’s hair, make sure that the blades of the trimmer are well-lubricated and sharp and do not pull the hair and cause pain. Instead of taking your dog to the vet every time he needs a trim, you can invest in good quality clippers and do the clipping at home.
Do not use scissors to clip your Pomsky’s hair as they are not easy to control and the coat may become uneven. The scissors can also hurt the dog if he moves suddenly while you are cutting.
Additional Grooming Tips
- Keep all the Pomsky’s grooming supplies at hand before you start the grooming session.
- Line the bath tub with a non-slip mat when giving your Pomsky a bath to prevent any slipping and injury.
- Take care not to get water into your Pomsky’s ear; it may cause an ear infection.
- Your Pomsky may be uncomfortable and may make a fuss during the grooming session. Be patient, praise him and comfort him during the entire process.
- Don’t forget to give your Pomsky his favorite treat for behaving well and allowing you to groom him.
Regular grooming not only helps to keep your Pomsky clean and healthy but also helps you have a healthy interaction with your pet and develop a bond as you spend considerable time with your furry pal.
Living Conditions for your Pomsky
Pomskies are very adaptable and are good indoor as well as outdoor dogs. They are comfortable in homes with large spaces and even large apartments, as long as they have enough space to run around and get sufficient exercise. Having a backyard or a garden for your Pomsky to run about is ideal.
Pomskies can withstand the cold because of their double-layered coat that even provides insulation in arctic temperatures. However, Pomskies feel very hot, so you can have your air conditioning turned on or have an area in your home that is cool for the Pomsky to cool off and rest.
The average life expectancy of Pomskies is around 13-15 years and if they are properly cared for with a healthy diet, good health care and careful grooming, you can expect them to live a long, trouble-free and happy life.
Pomskies are very active dogs and have plenty of energy. If they are unoccupied or left alone for long periods of time, they become very bored and if they have no outlet for their pent up energy, they can become destructive, badly behaved or even aggressive.
Taking them for long walks may not be possible at all times due to bad weather or due to your busy schedules and buying new toys all the time can be quite expensive. In such a scenario, you need to come up with various innovative activities and stimulation to keep your Pomsky entertained so that he is happy and well-behaved. Here are some alternative ways in which you can keep your Pomsky entertained.
- 1 Provide Your Pomsky with a Variety of Toys
- 2 Allow Your Pomsky to Burn Energy and Have Fun
- 3 Play Games That Help to Stretch Your Pomsky’s Mind
- 4 Teach Your Pomsky New Skills
- 5 Allow Your Pomsky to Socialize
- 6 Practice Obedience Training with Your Pomsky
- 7 Allow Your Pomsky to Experience New Things
- 8 Relax with Your Pomsky
- 9 Groom Your Pomsky Regularly
- 10 Take Your Pomsky with You When Running Errands
Provide Your Pomsky with a Variety of Toys
Pomskies love toys and they are quite happy when they have toys they can play with. You don’t have to really buy expensive toys for your pet. You can create your own toys with things around the house. You can bundle up an old T-shirt or any other old cloth and make a ball. You can give your Pomsky an old teddy bear or some other toy that you no longer need for him to safely chew.
You can give your Pomsky a tough chew or a dog bone that can keep him occupied for quite a bit of time if you want to leave him alone at home and the food will also help to divert him from the idea that you have left him behind.
There is a wide range of toys available for your dog with different features. You can buy him puzzles or interactive games that will help to improve your pet’s problem-solving skills and also keep him busy. By giving your Pomsky a wide variety of toys, you can prevent him from becoming bored with them. Replace your Pomsky’s toys or rotate them regularly by giving him new ones every other week to keep up his interest.
Allow Your Pomsky to Burn Energy and Have Fun
Since your Pomsky has oodles of energy, it is guaranteed that he will enjoy classic games such as tug or fetch. Not only will these games help your Pomsky get a good understanding of basic commands such as “drop it”, “wait”, etc., they will help to burn off your pet’s excess energy and provide plenty of fun.
Like children, dogs are fascinated by bubbles and love trying to catch them. Doggy bubbles are safe for your pet and are a very simple and exciting way to keep your Pomsky entertained.
Play Games That Help to Stretch Your Pomsky’s Mind
Play games that encourage your Pomsky to use his senses and think. This will help to tire out his brains.
You can play “treasure hunt” with your Pomsky by placing treats around the house and then urging him to find them. Start by hiding the treats in simple places until your dog understands and then begin hiding them in more difficult to find places.
You can also play this game by hiding your Pomsky’s favorite toy and giving him plenty of praise if he finds the toy and brings it back to you.
Teach Your Pomsky New Skills
You can help your pet to learn and develop many new skills by choosing the right games to play with him. Mental stimulation can help your Pomsky to keep busy and also learn new tricks and skills.
You can play the “what hand” game with your Pomsky, where you hide a treat in one fist and ask the dog to identify and pick the correct hand the treat is in. This will help to develop your Pomsky’s scent recognition skills. This helps your Pomsky to learn to depend on his sense of smell to solve the problem. You can vary this game by using the “three cup game”, where you hide a treat under one of the cups and mix it up and then allow your Pomsky to choose the correct one that has the treat under it.
To improve your Pomsky’s word recognition skills and his ability to respond to your commands correctly, you can teach him the names of his toys. Start with one toy. Tell your pet the name of the toy and place it away from you and ask him to go and bring it back to you. Every time your Pomsky brings back the correct toy you named, give him his favorite treat and plenty of praise as a reward.
Once your pet has learned the names of the toys and is able to identify it, then you can hide it in some easy place and ask him to retrieve it for you. Once he learns to do this, start hiding the toys in difficult to locate places and introduce more objects into the game.
You can teach your Pomsky to perform simple tasks for you like collecting the post, fetching your slippers or the newspaper, etc. This helps to make your dog feel worthwhile and also improves obedience and helps in building a strong relationship between your pet and you.
Allow Your Pomsky to Socialize
Pomskies are quite sociable in nature and love running around and playing with other dogs and animals. By allowing your dog to have plenty of interaction with other dogs, he will be able to cope better with new situations and also become less wary around strange, unknown dogs.
A great way for your Pomsky to spend time and bond with other dogs is by arranging a “doggy play date” at home. You can also get your Pomsky to visit other dogs in their home or meet up at a park or some other place. This is a great way to provide social interaction for your Pomsky.
You can also have a walking buddy that walks with their dog regularly so that your dogs can socialize or you can attend groups where people meet and allow their dogs to play together.
Practice Obedience Training with Your Pomsky
A basic foundation of having a well-behaved dog is one that is able to follow basic commands and comes, sits or waits when commanded to do so.
Practice basic commands with your Pomsky so that he is able to respond to the commands properly and also remember them. You can incorporate basic commands into fun games such as fetch, etc. to make learning more fun for your pet.
Allow Your Pomsky to Experience New Things
Pomskies are very inquisitive and love things that they have not seen before. Allow your dog to have plenty of new experiences. This way he will never be bored and will have a wonderful chance to learn.
Take your Pomsky to a variety of places and let him meet new people and pets. This will help him get attuned to new surroundings and gain confidence.
Allow your Pomsky to try various foods and treats and allow him to experience different things such as jumping over things, getting wet, different kinds of weather, etc. These experiences will help your Pomsky to be fit and also help him to adapt to different situations and environments.
Relax with Your Pomsky
Just sit with your pet, stroke him and pay plenty of attention to him. These actions will help your Pomsky to feel loved and secure and allow you to forge a stronger bond of friendship with your pet.
You can give your Pomsky a soothing massage. This will help your pet to relax, especially if he is anxious or stressed. A massage will also help to relieve your dog of aches and pains if he is suffering from medical ailments such as joint pains, arthritis, etc.
Groom Your Pomsky Regularly
Regular grooming and maintenance of your Pomsky is a very important part of his health and well-being, though your Pomsky may not really appreciate the process. However, plenty of praise and some treats can help to make your Pomsky more tolerant towards the grooming process. Also, it is a great way to get your pet to respond to and obey your commands for a short period of time.
The grooming process will not only help you establish a close bond with your pet, it will also help to tire out your Pomsky that he will want a good rest after a grooming session.
Take Your Pomsky with You When Running Errands
Pomskies need to be active and need exercise every day. So if you don’t really have the time to take your pet for a walk or there is no suitable place for him to run about, you can take him out with you when you are running errands. Even a short drive in the car will do your pet good.
Pomskies are energetic and active dogs and need plenty of activity and exercise to keep them fit and out of mischief. They are also extremely intelligent, can pick up things very quickly and can be trained very easily too. It is these qualities that make Pomskies ideal dogs to bring home to your family. And with a little bit of effort and care, you can keep your precious pet entertained, happy and well-behaved.
Pomskies have become quite popular in recent years and that’s not surprising since these “designer”, hybrid dogs are indeed adorable. Pomskies are in great demand and this is reflected in the high price tag that accompanies these pooches.
While buying a Pomsky pup, you should keep in mind that you are buying a dog that is neither a teacup dog nor a miniature Husky. A Pomsky puppy will grow to be a mid-sized dog, probably smaller than a Husky and easily weigh around 20-30 pounds. Also, when buying a hybrid breed, it is really difficult to predict the appearance and the temperament of the puppy. So before buying a Pomsky, it is better that you do your homework and find out more about the parents of the puppy so that you are better prepared for what to expect in the future.
Cost of the Pomsky
Pomskies are generally more expensive than your average breed of dogs. Typically, the cost of a Pomsky from a reputed breeder ranges in between $1,000-$3,000, which is pretty pricey. And depending on the heritage of the parents, the price may go up to even $5,000 for a Pomsky pup that is small in size, that has Husky-like looks and icy blue eyes. Apart from just the cost of the Pomsky puppy, you may incur shipping charges to get your Pomsky puppy shipped to your doorstep, which may cost an additional $300-$500.
The reason why a Pomsky is so expensive is that there are not many Pomsky breeders around and the breeding process between the large Siberian Husky and the small Pomeranian is difficult as well as expensive. Also, if you are particular about the coat color, eye color, health guarantees, etc. of the Pomsky, these factors raise the price of the puppy further.
Also, reputed and experienced breeders tend to charge more, since the process of Pomsky breeding comes with plenty of knowledge and experience. Also, the process of breeding itself is expensive – health examinations, vaccinations, hormones, artificial insemination, etc., increase the price of the Pomsky.
You may get the Pomsky for a lower price; however, you must take care to check the authenticity of the breeder and the quality of the dog. You must ensure that proper breeding procedure has been followed. Be careful to check all the details of the Pomsky before you buy from online or unregistered sources.
The initial cost of the Pomsky puppy is not the only cost that you will incur. Raising a dog means incurring several other expenses.
Accessories and Toys
You need several accessories for your Pomsky such as a carrier, collar, dog bed, dog strap, leash, toys, etc. that are expenses you would have to consider. Since the Pomsky is a hybrid, its traits and temperament can vary greatly depending on its parents.
Pomskies get bored very easily and need to be kept busy with toys and games, otherwise, they will make all the things around your home like shoes, socks and furniture as toys to play with. So, you will need to spend a considerable amount of money buying toys to keep your active Pomsky entertained.
Your Pomsky needs a nutritious, protein-rich and low-fat diet comprising meat, veggies and fiber. A nutritious diet helps to keep your Pomsky healthy, active and his coat luxurious. Sometimes you may need to supplement the diet with special kind of kibble. These foods can be quite expensive. The doggie-treats you would like to give your Pomsky once in a while can also escalate your food bills.
The coat of your Pomsky can become very dirty, tangled and matted and you may not be able to groom your Pomsky on your own and may require hiring the services of a professional groomer or taking your Pomsky to a grooming parlor. This is a cost you will incur to have your dog cleaned and groomed professionally.
You may need to hire a professional trainer to teach your Pomsky some basic things or you may need to send your dog to a training school. Training your Pomsky comes at a price. Since Pomskies are energetic dogs and need plenty of exercise and activity, and do not like to be alone, you may have to hire a dog walker or a dog sitter to keep your pet engaged and happy if you work long hours or don’t have too much time to play with your pet or walk him.
Though there are no specific health issues that trouble the Pomsky breed, your dog requires going to the vet for regular medical check-ups, deworming, vaccinations, etc. You may require frequent visits to the dentist as Pomskies are prone to dental problems inherited from their Pomeranian parent. Apart from the medical costs, you may incur additional expenses for spaying or neutering your Pomsky puppy.
Cost of Fencing the Yard
If you have a yard or a garden where your Pomsky can run around, then it is a good idea to invest money in building a high fence before buying your Pomsky, as Pomskies are “escape artists” and can easily slip out and get themselves into trouble.
Some Things to Remember When Buying a Pomsky
- If you are buying a Pomsky puppy from a trusted but unregistered breeder, get the dog checked by a vet and get the DNA testing of the dog done before the purchase.
- Check the registration details and reputation of the breeder. This can help you to avoid fake breeders.
- Since the Pomsky is a hybrid and a rare breed, the Pomsky puppy should possess particular characteristics for it to be qualified as a Pomsky.
- Check all the information and details about the Pomsky breed so that you are aware of what to expect when the dog grows up.
There is no doubt that buying a Pomsky and maintaining one is high-cost. However, a Pomsky puppy is undoubtedly the cutest creature you would have set your eyes on and is surely worth all the money and effort.