8 Things To Know Before Getting A Pomsky
The Pomsky conquers the world as a new dog breed.
The hybrid between Husky and a Pomeranian is enchanting more and more dog lovers.
We explains which appearance characterizes the Pomeranian Husky and which character he inherits from his ancestors.
What is a Pomsky?
A Pomsky dog is a cross between a Siberian husky and a dwarf spitz, the so-called Pomeranian.
He is therefore also called Pomeranian Husky.
The quite new hybrid breeding has its origin in the USA.
The desire of dog lovers for a small, fluffy family member led breeders to create this “fashion dog”.
Even if the crossing of the popular breeds meets with a lot of criticism, the Pomsky is becoming more and more popular.
Sometimes the Pomsky is also called a dwarf-sharp-husky hybrid or a huskarian. Its temperament and appearance is influenced by its ancestors: they are small, fluffy bundles of energy.
His life expectancy is about 14 years with good care and healthy nutrition.
The high life expectancy is an advantage of hybrids, as they usually inherit the best from their parents, including a good immune system.
In addition, the Pomeranian Husky is so new that no diseases have been caused by overbreeding.
Since the Pomsky is a new breed of dog, there is no breeding standard in the US yet.
The puppies can show very different characteristics in the first generations due to the mixed-breed characteristics.
Both appearance and character are not exactly determinable or even predictable.
In the course of breeding the physical and characteristic features of the Pomsky will become more solid and a future appearance of the puppies will be more predictable.
In the USA the Pomsky is already a bit more established and is defined by the International Pomsky Association with a standard.
More about this on our overview page about Pomsky associations and clubs.
The Pomsky is a small, fuzzy surprise package!
Features of the Pomeranian-Husky-Hybrid
Pomsky breeders strive to create a dog breed that combines the characteristics of Husky and Dwarf Spitz.
How big does the Pomsky get?
For the size of a Pomsky, there is a standard that has been strived for, but not yet established.
The breed is new and is the result of a cross between two very different dog breeds.
The size can therefore vary greatly and is absolutely arbitrary in the first generations.
Some Pomskies reach the size of a full-grown Husky, others hardly ever grow bigger than a dwarf Pomsky.
It is also decisive from which generation of the breeding line the dog comes from.
If Husky or Zwergspitz are freshly crossed, the size varies more.
On average, Pomskies of the first generation (F1) reach a weight of six to 15 kilos.
If it is the second generation (F2), the size settles at about 25 to 38 cm.
The minihusky then reaches a weight of 4.5 to 11.5 kilos.
Appearance of the Pomsky
The characteristics of Husky and Dwarf Spitz are deliberately bred into the Spitz-Husky mix.
Thus the Pomsky becomes a fluffy Mini-Husky or a wiry, big Spitz.
There are no standardized characteristics yet, so the Pomsky puppies are small surprise packages in the first and second generation.
With future generations (F4 and more) a unified trait will be established and a breed standard can be defined.
Physique and coat
The ears of the Pomsky are small, triangular and pointed.
The muzzle is short and the tail curled up.
The coat is fluffy and silky and varies in the colours black, white, brown and grey.
The blue eyes of the Pomsky
The puppies of the Dwarf Spitz-Husky hybrid are born with blue eyes.
The eyes of the dog remain blue in the first weeks of the puppies’ life, but they start to change at the age of about one month.
Pomsky’s breeding goal is bright blue eyes, but the Minihusky can have the full range of possible eye colours: blue eyes, green eyes, hazel eyes or brown eyes.
Odd-eyes are also possible and are very popular with lovers.
Here the eyes of the dog are coloured in different colours.
The eyes can also be two-coloured. The eye colour with the Pomsky is therefore a big wonder bag.
Fur care with the Pomsky
The Pomsky has so-called double skin.
Twice a year the dog changes coat and pushes off its fluffy undercoat.
If you brush the Pomsky a few times a week and blow the coat through, you can stop the hair loss.
The Huskarian can be bathed or taken to the groomer to control the hair loss. Scissors are also possible.
As the coat protects the Pomsky from cold and heat, it must not be shaved.
Character of the Pomsky
The Pomerian Husky ideally combines the character traits of his canine ancestors: intelligent and faithful like the Husky, but active and cheerful like the Dwarf Spitz.
He is generally playful and alert, but at the same time intelligent, active and strong-willed.
Due to his husky genes he has great stamina and is therefore more suitable for active people.
The Pomsky loves long walks and demands most of the day’s activity.
The Pomeranian Pomeranian inherits his distinctive protective instinct, but also his cheekiness.
Therefore the dog is quite impatient. Even though his husky genes can give him a large portion of friendliness and calmness in his character, he is rather not suitable for toddlers.
Since the Pomsky is a new hybrid breed, his character traits are still differently pronounced.
A consolidation of the character will only occur in future generations.
The Pomsky is descended from the Husky, but in comparison to the Husky it can be trained and dressed well.
From the small tips he inherited the desire to please.
The Minihusky is alert, curious and actively interested in everything new.
That means at the same time that he can also learn bad habits quickly.
A Pomsky may be cute, but he’s no ornamental dog.
He needs a strong hand that encourages and challenges him.
Diseases and health
Hybrid breeds generally have the reputation of being more robust than pedigree dogs.
It is a fact that the Pomsky has a high resistance to the genetic diseases of the original breeds Husky and Zwergspitz.
However, their immune system is said to be more susceptible to normal diseases.
The Zwergspitz-Husky-Mix also shows a susceptibility to dental diseases.
With a healthy diet and regular tooth brushing, countermeasures can be taken.
Which peculiarities the dwarf-sharp-husky hybrid can inherit from its ancestors, you can read in our article about the Siberian husky.
Pomsky prices – What does a Pomsky cost?
A Pomsky puppy is sweet and often the money is not so loose.
So a cheap puppy comes just in time. But how much does a good Pomsky cost?
And how cheap is already too cheap?
The Pomsky breeding is still in its infancy.
There are few “pure” Pomskys and therefore even less suitable breeding animals.
To manage a breeding therefore serious and “humane”, breeders must invest a lot of time and money.
Breeding animals are partly bought from abroad, a transfer from the USA or Canada is not rare.
In addition there are costs for medical examinations.
It will still take many generations of Pomsky puppies until the prices have settled in and exact details can be given.
But already now: keep your eyes open when buying a Pomsky!
Because a good offer can quickly turn out to be a trap.
What does a Pomsky cost?
A serious Pomsky breeding makes many demands on itself.
Unfortunately, the Pomsky is not yet a recognized dog breed, so the current breeds are not yet certified.
Nevertheless, there are breeders who care about the welfare of the dogs and already give their puppies all the care that a certified breeding shows.
Quickly high costs are incurred, which let the price of a Pomsky puppy skyrocket.
These include the following factors:
Examination of the parent animals
The parent animals are examined for hereditary diseases. For this purpose joint and bone damage is excluded and genetic tests are also carried out. Only healthy parent animals are used for breeding.
Ultrasound of the pregnant mother
The mother and puppies are examined before birth.
The most beautiful pictures of cute Pomsky puppies can be found in
Papers of the Pomsky
A pedigree is issued, vaccination certificates must be completed.
Of course, the data given must also be true. Please ask a lot of questions, the breeder will give information.
He must also be able to show the papers of the parents on request.
If there are doubts about the correctness of the papers, another breeder is probably the better choice.
Even if the selected puppy is cuddly cute.
Medical care of the puppies
Vaccinations, deworming, standard examinations of puppies and parent animals.
Some breeders even have the puppies tested again via genetic test before they are given away.
Good dog food
A serious breeder does not feed Frolic.
He provides his dogs with the best food, most of them even feed BARF (fresh meat).
Training of Pomsky breeders
Further training in animal psychology, dog training and much more are also among the things that make breeding more serious and thus also more cost-intensive.
Also in the area of animal nutrition a breeder must know how to feed his dogs species-appropriate.
An extensive knowledge of nutrition is also an advantage for dog lovers, so that the darling remains healthy and can lead a fulfilled life.
And what does a Pomsky cost now?
The usual price for a Pomsky is currently at least 2000 Dollar.
Depending on the origin of the animals, prices of up to 4000 Dollar are also possible.
That sounds enormous, but with such a young breed with only a few breeders it will take years until serious bred puppies are available for a lower price.
If you think about how much effort is behind it, it becomes clear that a cheap Pomsky was saved somewhere.
Most of the time it is the medical care and the preparation of the papers where the so-called multipliers sloppy to save costs.
What speaks against a cheap Pomsky puppy?
Cheap dog puppies are often offered by dubious breeders via internet portals or in the daily press.
The pictures are cute and the prices affordable.
However, the conditions in which cheap puppies grow up are often catastrophic.
The puppies partly grow up without their parents and are separated from their mother much too early.
They are not socialized and are not used to a normal dog life, such as going for walks or dealing with conspecifics and humans.
Furthermore you can’t be sure that the provided papers correspond to the facts and that the Pomsky puppy you have chosen is not burdened with a disease.
Cheap puppies often generate enormous costs for medical treatment of diseases later on.
Therefore do not buy puppies on the spur of the moment and without getting to know the breed.
Animals on parking lots, sold from trunks, have mostly not been medically treated.
Food for the Pomsky
Dog food is an issue where minds can clash. Depending on the level of information, personal preferences and yes, even financial situation, opinions differ widely.
We do not want to lecture here, but only to inform you about the different types of food. The contents to
- Dried fodder
- Wet feed
will follow shortly, until then you are welcome to stock up on pet supplies in one of the leading shops.
Food from the table
Most people will say: Food from the table has no place in a dog! But we all know that you can’t always resist the faithful dog’s eyes.
So at this point, a request: If you feed your Pomsky with “human food”, then only in very small quantities.
Because of the spices it does not do good to his stomach.
Think of it as fast food for the dog and observe his physical reaction like something the bowel movement.
Foods that are dangerous or poisonous for dogs
- Chicken bones – they splinter when biting and cause severe injuries in the mouth, throat, stomach, intestines and also during bowel movements. It is not uncommon for dogs to bleed to death internally after eating chicken bones.
- Boiled bones – Raw bones are okay, but boiled bones splinter very easily. The effects are the same as with chicken bones.
- Chocolate and cocoa – Highly toxic for your Pomsky!
- Alcohol – Even in small amounts it can quickly lead to poisoning
- Avocados – contain the active ingredient persine, which can lead to heart failure
- Raisins and grapes – The ingredients can cause kidney failure. Since the Pomsky is a small dog, even small amounts are lethal.
- Garlic & Onions – The sulphides contained in these products lead to anaemia
- Fruit stones – fruit stones are dangerous in several ways. Your pomsky can suffocate, they can clog the bowel and cause injury to the anus during bowel movements. They also contain cyanide, which is converted into prussic acid in the body and is fatal.
- Raw pulses – contain phasin. This clumps the red blood cells and can be fatal.
- Raw pork (including wild boar) – Raw pork may contain Aujeszky’s disease virus, which can cause inflammation of the nerves and brain in dogs
- Nightshade plants such as tomatoes, raw potatoes, aubergines – contain solanine and lead to vomiting and diarrhoea
Husky is originally a sled dog that is native to northern regions.
He is related to the Spitz. The crossing of the Husky with the Spitz to create a hybrid breed is therefore the bringing together of two related dog breeds.
The result, the Pomsky, is visually a smaller version of the Husky.
Huskies are used in sled dog racing.
They can pull the sled faster and more powerful than other dog breeds, which makes them particularly qualified for this task.
In recent years, companies have also begun marketing tourist walks with dog sleds for adventure travelers in snowy regions.
Huskies are now also increasingly being kept as pets, but they require demanding tasks that demand their strength and endurance.
The Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is a medium sized working dog breed, which has its origin in Northeast Asia.
The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. With the right training they are great pets and sled dogs.
It is characterized by its thick, furry double coat, upright triangular ears and distinctive markings.
The original Siberian huskies were bred by the Tschukchi. It is an active, energetic, hardy breed whose ancestors lived in the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic.
William Goosak, a Russian fur trader, brought them to Nome, Alaska during the Nome gold rush.
In the beginning, however, huskies were only sled dogs, as pets they came into fashion only later.
Physical characteristics of the Husky according to breed standard
- The Husky’s fur protects him from -60 degrees Celsius
- The coat of a Siberian Husky is thicker than that of most other dog breeds and consists of two layers: a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short, smooth guard hairs.
The thick coat protects the dogs from harsh arctic winters, but also reflects the heat in summer.
It is able to withstand temperatures of -50 to -60 °C (-58 to -76 °F).
The undercoat is often missing when it comes off. Its thick coat requires weekly grooming.
Siberian Huskies come in a variety of colours and patterns, mostly with white paws and legs, facial features and tip of tail.
The most common coats are black and white, then less frequently copper red and white, grey-white, pure white and the rare “agouti” coat, although many individuals are blond or pied.
Eye-catching masks, glasses and other facial features occur in great variety. Merle coat patterns are not permitted.
Blue, piercing eyes
The eyes of the Siberian Husky are almond-shaped, moderately distributed and slightly slanted.
They can be brown, blue or black. Multicolouring of one eye is accepted in the breed standard.
Also the different colouring of both eyes, so called Odd-Eye, is one of the possible characteristics of the Husky.
Their eyes are typically light blue, although they can also be brown, green, blue, blue, yellow or heterochrome.
Huskies are more susceptible to some form of uveitis than most other breeds.
The unusual partial colour of the eyes does not affect the dog’s vision.
Colourful noses – or would you prefer white?
The breed standard for Huskies is a nose that is neither pointed nor square.
The colour of the nose stands out against the colour of the coat.
Thus the nose is black in grey dogs, brown in black dogs, light brown in copper dogs and white dogs.
Some Siberian Huskies have a so-called “snow nose” or “winter nose”.
Here the nose is bright. This hypopigmentation of the nose is officially accepted as a characteristic.
The tail serves the husky as a heater
Siberian husky tails are very hairy. The husky often uses his tail as a source of heat.
For this purpose he puts his tail over his face and nose and keeps them warm.
Breed standard: The tail should be expressive, held low when the dog is relaxed, and bent upwards in a “sickle” shape when the dog is excited or interested in something.
It should be symmetrical and not curved or angled to the side; the tail may bend to touch the back.
The breed standard determines that the males of the breed are ideally between 53 and 61 cm high and weigh between 20 and 27 kg.
The females are smaller, can reach 51 to 56 cm in height and weigh 16 to 23 kg.
Character and behaviour of the Husky
Huskies are energetic and athletic. The Husky rather howls and does not bark.
He is an escape artist. Huskies dig their way under fences, chew through fences and ropes and jump over high walls.
He is intelligent and almost always finds a way to escape.
Huskies are a very child-friendly breed. However, the Husky has a high energy level, which makes him a bit too impetuous for small children.
He has a high need for movement and without adequate workload he lapses into destructive behaviour.
Siberian Huskies have a strong hunting instinct. In their Siberian homeland they hunted in packs.
They hunted wild cats, birds and squirrels. Even if the husky has a rather calm mind now, the hunting instinct is still evident today.
With the attitude to consider:
A 1.83 m long fence is recommended as a pet for this breed, although some of them are known to surmount fences up to a height of 2.44 m.
Electric pet fences may not be effective.
They love the community and feel very comfortable in the presence of people and dogs.
The health of the husky
The Siberian husky has an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Health problems in the breed are mainly genetic.
These include eye defects (juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, corner glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy) and congenital laryngeal paralysis.
Hip dysplasia is not common in this breed, but may occur as in many medium-sized dogs.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals currently ranks the Siberian Husky 155th out of 160 possible breeds at risk for hip dysplasia, with only two percent of the Siberian Huskies tested showing dysplasia.
Pomsky-FAQ – Questions and answers
What’s a Pomsky?
A Pomsky is a mixed-breed dog, which is the result of the mixture of a purebred Pomeranian male and a purebred Siberian Husky bitch. It is a relatively new breed of dog that is gradually gaining a good reputation worldwide.
Because of the difference in size, insemination takes place in the first generation by artificial means.
How old does a Pomsky get?
The life expectancy of this dog breed is between 13 and 15 years.
However, the most important factors for a long life are good health, good keeping and appropriate food.
Because the Pomeranian Husky is a hybrid of Pomeranian and Siberian Husky, it brings the health of a mixed-breed dog in the early generations.
The parents of the Pomsky, Pomeranian and Siberian Husky, have a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years.
How tall does a full-grown Pomsky grow?
The size of the Pomsky is strongly determined by the genetic inheritance of his ancestors.
If the crossed parent animals (Husky (w) and Pomeranian (m)) are larger or smaller, this is inherited to the Pomsky of the first generations.
Pomskys of the fourth or fifth generation are usually smaller, because breeders emphasize these size characteristics.
The average weight of the adult Pomsky is between 20 and 30 pounds, the average size between 10-15 inches.
Do Pomskies lose much fur?
Compared to other dog breeds, the Pomsky loses relatively much fur.
With the right grooming, however, this can be reasonably controlled.
Regular brushing is necessary for this.
What does a Pomsky cost?
The average price of a crossed Pomeranian Husky puppy is characterized by high breeding costs.
The cheapest puppies are about 2000 Dollar, the normal price at a proper breeder is mostly even higher.
3000$ to 5000$ are no rarity.
With the increasing popularity of the Pomsky, the prices for this dog breed can rise further.
Decisive for the price are various factors such as flying in breeding males and health checks.
In addition there are
Genetic factors of the Pomsky (Pomeranian and Siberian Husky)
- Type and quality of the breeder (quality of breeding, training and experience)
- Coat colours and markings
- Price fluctuations per location
Is the Pomsky hypoallergenic?
No, the Pomeranian-Husky is not hypoallergenic.
These breed dogs have a dense double coat, the undercoat is completely changed every year.
The Pomsky is definitely not suitable for people with severe dog allergies.
With appropriate desensitization, slight allergies can possibly be overcome.
Ask a breeder in your area if you can come for a visit and test it out.
But be careful: The danger of falling in love directly with a Pomsky is very high!
Does the Pomsky really exist?
Yes, the Pomsky is real. However, in the social media, pictures of a mini husky puppy often appear and are passed off as Pomsky.
Because of the typical husky mask, the puppies sometimes look very similar, but the Pomsky is usually fluffier and has a wider colour spectrum.
The Pomsky is a new designer dog from the USA, he is also called a dwarf pointed husky hybrid.
The crossing of a Zwergspitz and a Husky produced the new breed Pomsky, also known as Huskarian.
Externally they resemble a Husky in miniature format.
At first sight they are small, sweet balls of wool for cuddling, but the little ones have a lot of power in them.
Short info about the Pomsky
The Pomsky dog is a planned cross between a dwarf spitz and a husky, in order to unite certain character and physical characteristics in one dog.
The size of a Minihusky ranges from 25.5 cm to 38 cm, these small dogs reach a weight of about 4.5 kg to 11.5 kg.
Each Minihusky has characteristics of a dwarf spitz and a husky in different versions.
An individual dog can also show these characteristics in its build and character.
His coat is silky and luxuriant, similar to that of a small teddy, although his coat colours are white, grey, black and brown.
These vary from dog to dog.
The most popular inherited traits are the bright blue eyes, curled up tail, short muzzle and small triangular standing ears.
With good care, the dwarf-sharp-husky hybrid has a life expectancy of 14 years.
Character of the Pomsky
To understand the character of a mini husky, look at the nature of the husky and the dwarf spitz.
The Miniature Spitz describes itself in its lively and cheerful assertiveness, whereas the Husky expresses itself through its intelligent behaviour and its quiet nature.
The Zwergspitz is also a peaceful, happy nature and a pleasant family dog.
If he is well socialised, he is a patient dog towards larger children.
It is a watchful, faithful companion and seems rather suspicious towards strangers, whereby it shows this also with its voice.
As with any mixed breed, the character cannot be clearly identified, there can always be a little surprise in a Pomsky dog.
The Husky is considered to be an ideal family dog, he has a funny and friendly nature.
Most Huskies are child-friendly and treat small children lovingly, here there are, as with every breed, but of course there are exceptions.
Huskies are just as friendly towards strangers, they are always happy about new contacts.
Since he might even be happy about the visit of a burglar, a Husky is rather unsuitable as a guard dog.
He loves movement and exercise.
The Pomsky is usually a faithful dog, who is loving, strong-willed, intelligent and active, but he is also a small playful and cheerful companion.
However, no dog for couch potatoes, because the Pomsky wants to run and run and this can take several hours a day.
Pomsky dogs show a protective behaviour towards their family, which is characteristic for the Pomeranian Spitz, Huskies rarely or not at all bark.
Pomeranians also take up the fight with bigger opponents.
As these two characteristics are present in a hybrid, he is mostly unsuitable for smaller children, as he might lack patience.
However, this characteristic is also different from dog to dog, depending on the characteristics the Pomsky dog has inherited.
Care and health
Pomsky dogs are usually resistant to diseases that may affect their parents for genetic and health reasons.
However, plaque can often form, and regular brushing is recommended to prevent tooth loss.
Regular vaccinations and checks should also be a matter of course for an animal.
Because of the double coat, regular brushing is very important to prevent the coat from becoming matted.
Due to the nature of its coat, the Pomsky dog tends to “hair”, so it is important to brush out the undercoat frequently.
Also the sleeping places of the dog must be cleaned regularly, these are time-consuming measures, which should be considered when purchasing a new dog.
As described above, Pomsky dogs can suffer from dental problems and risk losing their teeth if not cared for.
But critics are very critical of the designer dogs from the USA.
They are said to have developed a less robust immune system and the breeding should be on a design level and not based on a serious breeding.
Parents should be properly selected in crossbreeding, which critics of the Pomsky designer dogs doubt.
Thus, when the animals grow up, undesirable hereditary traits may be inherited, for this reason, experts refuse to breed the hybrids.
Here the result should be too unpredictable and for this reason the creation of a new breed should not be possible.
The designer dogs are considered in the USA as fashion dogs and because of their cuteness they become a new member of the family, without the guarantee which characteristics they actually have.
In case of a mix, the owner never knows what will finally become of his new pet.
Visually, the owner believes to have a mini husky, but over the years it can turn out that his former “mini” has grown considerably larger and has become a large husky midget mix.
With mongrels there is always no guarantee of a reliable being and therefore mongrels remain a surprise package, even the cute Pomsky.
The Pomsky dog is a human-bred crossbreed, which was bred to meet “customer wishes”. In the process, he became a new designer dog from the USA, a fashion mongrel that was planned and deliberately crossed.
Pictures of these “cute” dwarf husky hybrids are now coming to all states of the USA, and here too the interest of the little balls of wool is aroused.
Often also not recognized breeders cross dogs to “create” this fashion dog.
If the first litter of hybrids is still very similar, it can happen that in the next breeding the Pomsky dogs are already very different in size and character.
However, the new initial breeding does not yet recognize a specific, successful breeding selection.
The Pomsky dogs have to be bred again and again from the original breeds, but this does not result in a new breed, which would be the case if the Pomsky dogs were to become the same Pomsky dogs again and again.
Who is aware of this and wants to get involved in the little adventure of the surprise effect, for those who are aware of this, the Pomsky can become an ideal member of the family.
However, if you want to have a guarantee as to the nature of a dog, you should choose another dog breed.