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The Pomsky is one the cutest designer dog breeds. It is a cross between the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky. This adorable Pomsky can inherit either of its parents' temperament, but most of the time, it exhibits the "small dog syndrome" of its Pomeranian parent. Pomskies weigh around 20 to 38 pounds and stand 25 to 38 centimetres. These dogs are certified lapdogs and were bred precisely for that purpose despite its working dog bloodline.
Are you thinking of getting a Pomsky? Here is a brief background of this adorable and attention-seeking designer dog breed.
The Pomsky is a relatively new breed and has only been around for two decades. It is a spitz-type dog breed and is a cross between the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky. The Pomsky was bred to create the ultimate lapdog. Although new, America and Canada have established breed clubs. In fact, the Pomsky Club of America is one of the most active groups pushing for the breed to be officially recognised. However, due to lack of specific and consistent traits, the Pomsky has yet to be recognised by major kennel clubs including The Kennel Club.
As expected with most crossbreeds, the Pomskies have attained popularity as every day more people seek out dogs that are different from the usual Yorkie and Poodle. Also, the majority of people believe that crossbreeds are hypoallergenic and suffer from fewer health issues and as such are ideal for people with allergies. Pomskies are still rare and often expensive to procure.
The Pomsky most often take on the physical features of its Siberian Husky parent with its soft and silky coat. On the other hand, its size is closer to its Pomeranian parent with an average weight of 20 to 38 pounds and an average height of 25 to 38 centimetres. With that said, most people often describe the Pomsky as a mini husky. However, the Pomsky's physical appearance is not completely predictable as it can take after any of the parent breeds. Regardless, it is indeed a cute dog breed.
As previously mentioned, most Pomskies take after the physical appearance of its Siberian Husky parent especially the coat – soft, fluffy and silky. When it comes to its coat, it can sport various colours depending on which parent breed is more dominant. Pomskies may appear in colours or colour combinations of brown, cream, tan and grey.
Regardless of which parent breed they take after, the Pomsky requires proper dog grooming. Since Pomskies sport a double coat, they will require daily brushing to remove mats and tangles. They also shed a lot, especially during spring and autumn. Other grooming needs include brushing the Pomsky's teeth regularly (daily if possible), cleaning its ears and trimming the nails every few weeks or once a month.
Like its physical appearance, the temperament of a Pomsky can be hard to predict and largely depends on its genetic makeup. However, most Pomskies often inherit the desirable traits of both its parents – intelligent, affectionate, lively and confident. Pomskies are also highly protective and fearless, a trait which they inherited from the Pomeranian. Most Pomskies are moderately active and highly adaptable to change, so they are suitable apartment dwellers.
These dogs are often vocal especially coming from two parent breeds with barking / howling tendencies, which makes them great watchdogs but awful neighbours. Also, unlike most breeds, Pomskies tend to cling to one favourite family member though they get along with the rest of the human household. Socialisation at an early age is crucial so they won't become either nervous or aggressive around strangers. The Pomsky inherited both of its parents' intelligence and unfortunately their stubborn streaks as well. With this said, Pomskies are a bit of a challenge to train especially when owners start out spoiling them because of their cuteness.
Pomskies thrive in a family environment and gets on well with children. However, they often become too protective and territorial and may not like having the neighbours' children or dogs to come over and play. In any case, any interaction between the Pomsky, the children and other dogs must be strictly supervised. Do not worry, it is generally sociable and gets on well with other dogs or cats they meet especially when they have grown up together. On the other hand, care should be taken when it is around smaller animals.
A typical serving for an adult Pomsky is 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups of quality dry dog food per day. Since it is moderately active and playful, it should be provided with food that can supplement its nutritional needs. It is best to ask your veterinarian for advice concerning your dog's diet. Typical calorie needs of adult Pomsky per day:
Only buy commercial dog food suitable for small to mid-size dogs like the Pomsky. Make sure it is high in protein and meets its nutritional requirement based on its age, size, build, metabolism, activity level, and health.
Although relatively new, the Pomsky can live up to 15 years. However, it can inherit the common health disorders of both the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. Both of the parent breeds are genetically prone to disorders such as Hip Dysplasia, Luxating Patellas, Epilepsy, Collapsing Trachea, Eye Problems, Allergies and other skin issues.
Pomskies are active and intelligent dogs, just like their parent breeds, and as such must be given plenty of daily physical exercises (at least 40 minutes) and mentally stimulating activities. Keeping them busy will also prevent them from getting bored and developing unwanted behaviours at home. These dogs also like to roam around an open space, so if possible let them walk or run freely in a securely fenced back garden.
If you are interested in caring for a Pomsky, you would need to go on a waiting list as this breed is rare in the UK. The price for a well-bred pedigree puppy is at least £1000. To ensure it stays healthy at whatever age, you will need to feed your dog high quality dog food and treats, which can set you back £20-£30 a month. You would also need to spend on dog accessories such as leads, collars, eating bowls, crates, beds, and toys. The combined initial cost for these things is estimated at £200.
Moreover, you need to consider paying for pet insurance to offset veterinary bills in case your dog suddenly falls ill or gets into an accident. Depending on where you live and your dog’s health and age, a time-limited cover can cost £18 a month while a lifetime one can cost up to £43 a month. Generally, insurance companies do not cover routine veterinary consultations, initial vaccinations, boosters, and neutering or spaying, so you may also have to spend an additional £800 annually for these services.
On average, the minimum cost to care for a Pomsky is £50-£80 per month depending on your pet insurance premium. This estimate does not include the rates for other services such as walking and grooming.
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