The Pomsky is a crossbreed between a Pomeranian and Husky and these adorable fluff balls have grown significantly in popularity over the last few years. Many people are interested in this breed due to its adorableness, size, adaptiveness and sturdiness. But before you go out there and buy your own one, here are a couple of things you need to know about this breed.
The Pomsky is crossed between a Pomeranian and Siberian husky and is in most cases bred with the use of artificial insemination. This process involves that the mother will be the husky and the father will be the Pomeranian. This is to prevent health issues associated with a smaller breed having to give birth to large puppies.
What Does The Pomsky Look Like
Typically, these dogs look more like a little Husky, but a few have the Pomeranian face accompanied by a long nose. The adult size varies from 10 to 15 inches in height and a weight of around 17 to 30 pounds. In regard to colors, the Pomskies can either be cream, black, gray, red or anything in between. Their coats are double-layered with a medium length hair.
This breed is usually active and playful, and they need intellectual stimulation, play, and exercise. If you are gone from your house for most of the day you will land up with a destructive, bored and sad dog. A few of the Pomsky owners have reported that a Pomsky is restless will often turn to chewing stuff like your shoes and sofa. These dogs are also diggers, which means this is not the ideal choice for avid gardeners. These dogs are also known to be independent and stubborn. This means that the establishment of a pack-order is vital.
Caring For Your Pomsky
The Pomskies are known for shedding a lot of hair. They shed throughout the year, and a few months of the year they shed heavily. They need constant brushing of at least three to five days each week. This might reduce the shedding, but you may want to consider investing in a strong vacuum cleaner. It is also a good idea to take your Pomsky to professional groomers. Over and above constant brushing, the Pomskies need to be bathed twice a month. You should also clean their ears every 2 weeks and brush their teeth weekly.
The Health Of The Pomskies
Because Pomskies are crossbreeds that are newer, there is not a lot of information on potential health problems, but a potential owner can use the common issues associated with the Husky and Pomeranian. The Pomeranian are known to suffer from knee problems, skin issues and cataracts. The Huskies come with hip problems and eye issues. The life expectancy of a Pomsky is around 12 to 15 years.
The Controversy Of The Pomsky
It is difficult to think that such adorable dogs could result in so much media controversy, but this is exactly what happened. The issues for a few are same problems that have arisen with other types of designer breeds. This is because the Pomsky is regarded as a highly expensive “mutt”. When people use a pet store or breeder, the un-designed mutts are left to suffer in a shelter. You can expect to spend a minimum of $1,000 on this dog. One of the other problems with this breed, is that artificial insemination is always required. Concerns are raised that backyard and inexperienced breeders can avoid this step that is costly, putting the health of the dog at risk. There are also ethical considerations in regard to breeding dogs that are unable to get pregnant in a natural way.
Will The Pomsky Become A Recognized Breed?
It is difficult to know. There are a variety of clubs and each has their own specific requirements. For example, the AKC (American Kennel Club) requires that there needs to be a noticeable interest in this breed from the actual public, there is a geographic distribution of this breed and that breed standards have been approved. Right now, most of the Pomskies are 1st and 2nd generation crossbreeds, and a few breeders now on their 3rd and 4th generation of Pomskies.