I decided to start doing a series about mixed breed dogs. There are so many popular mixes that are sought out or that people end up with through adoption and rescue that I figured it could be fun to take a closer look at some of them. First up is the Pomsky, which is Pomeranian and Husky mix.
Husky meets Pomeranian, Viola! A Pomsky!
The Pomsky is a rather cute dog that results from the mating of a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian. They tend to inherit the intelligence of the Husky which keeping the playful nature of the Pomeranian. Seems like a good mix right? The puppies are adorable and fluffy!
Photo Credit: Todd Radenbaugh, Flickr Creative Commons.
The appearance of the Pomsky can vary depending genetic factors.They can be small like a Pomeranian, taller based on the Husky DNA, and they can have the Husky trait of have mismatched eye colors. Among Pomsky breeders, the goal is often generally to produce a dog that looks like a Husky but has the smaller size and rounder ears of a Pomeranian. An ideal dog will often be 20 to 30 pounds and 10 to 15 inches tall. Both breeds have double coats, so expect your Pomsky to have a beautiful coat, but also expect a lot of grooming.
Breeding temperament of the Husky Pomeranian mix is variable. Often the Pomsky will inherit the working breed characteristics of the Husky, which makes them hardy dogs with plenty of energy. Meanwhile the Pomeranian is a playful breed that is also known for its higher levels of energy. Thus, you should not be surprised if your Pomeranian Husky mix is rather rambunctious! Like Huskies, Pomeranians are also intelligent. But they can be stubborn too, so be prepared for lots of training sessions.
The Pomsky will require a good amount of exercise and is best suited for homes with large fenced-in yards or where the dog can be taken on frequent walks. A Husky Pomeranian mix can also be a good exercise partner and good at agility or other canine sports. However, with the thick coat, the dog can be sensitive to heat, so be sure to keep that in mind when taking part in warm weather activities.
Overall, the Pomeranian Husky is considered to be a fairly new “designer dog.” It is less likely to come across one that was accidentally bred. Thus, they normally come from Pomsky breeders who are focusing specifically on the mixed breed. The cost of a Pomsky can vary wildly, and Pomskys for sale can range from $800 to $5000. As with any situation involving acquiring a dog, consider adopting and, if you choose to buy from a breeder, do your homework to make sure the breeder is reputable. Please don’t buy from a pet store, which often fosters puppy mill dogs!
What do you think of the Pomsky breed?