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How to Care for the Health and Grooming of Pomskies

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.

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.

How to Keep Your Pomsky Entertained

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.

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.

Costs Involved in Buying and Owning a Pomsky Dog

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.

Diet

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.

Grooming

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.

Professional Trainer

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.

Health Care

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.