The Pomsky has been causing a bit of a stir on the Internet in the past couple of years. A cross between a Siberian husky and a Pomeranian, this “little wolf” appears to be an ideal breed for dog owners who want the charm of a large dog with the convenience of a small dog. But the breed is very new – only a few years old! – and there is a lot of misinformation that can get thrown around about these adorable little pups. So are Pomsky’s really everything they are cracked up to be? Well the Pomsky Club of America certainly thinks so. And they have all the information you need to set the record straight. Here are six things you should know before you consider purchasing this designer breed.
- There are two different types
Pomskies can actually be purchased in one of two varieties: the 50/50 variety or the 25/75 variety. The 50/50 variety of Pomsky is pretty straight forward. Puppies that are born 50/50 have a purebred Siberian husky parent and a purebred Pomeranian parent. This is the variety most people think of when they think of a Pomsky.
The trouble with a 50/50 Pomsky is that their characteristics cannot be fully guaranteed. Certain traits such as height, weight, coloring, and temperament can show up differently in different puppies – even within the same litter! It’s important to consider this when purchasing a 50/50 Pomsky. Be open to fun surprises!
The other variety of Pomsky is a 25/75. These puppies are bred using one 50/50 parent and one purebred Pomeranian parent. A litter born from these parents will display Pomeranian traits more dominantly, while still exhibiting the desirable traits found in a husky. Breeders have a bit more control over what the puppies will grow up to look like and behave like.
- There is No Way to Guarantee Their Size
That perfectly petite Pomsky photo you saw isn’t always what your dog will grow up to be. Because the breed is so new, breeders are still working diligently to create that ideal Pomsky look. But as stated before, puppies can express the traits of parents very differently.
50/50 Pomskies tend to vary much more than the 25/75 variety. A 50/50 Pomsky will grow up to be between 15 and 25 pounds, though some can be bigger or smaller than that. A 25/75 Pomsky will grow up to be between 10 and 15 pounds. Even with these typical weight ranges, puppies can still grow up to be bigger or smaller than the given range. These variables are typical when perfecting a new dog breed. It’s important to understand the size differences before purchasing a Pomsky. Choose the variety that will best suit your lifestyle and capabilities.
- Their Temperament Can Also Vary
As with size, the personality traits of a Siberian husky and a Pomeranian can be expressed differently in their offspring. A Siberian husky is traditionally very independent and full of high energy. These qualities are a lot of fun for the active and experienced dog owner. On the other hand, a Pomeranian is very much a lap dog. They are family oriented and don’t need much exercise.
An ideal Pomsky will express these traits equally, displaying a moderate amount of energy and independence, while still being loving and devoted to their family. When the traits express themselves in this way, Pomskies make great family dogs, being ideal for older children and their families.
Since they are still perfecting the breed, sometimes the Pomsky personality can really vary. A Pomsky may behave very similarly to a Siberian husky, acting very independently and needing lots of training and exercise. Or they may swing the other way, and be very attached to their family like a Pomeranian. It’s important to invest in a good training program for your Pomsky right from the beginning. This will ensure you develop a good relationship with your dog, helping you get to know you Pomsky’s personal quirks.
- They are expensive
With all this work going into the creation of a perfect Pomsky, the price tag is very high. While the price can vary depending on lineage and other factors, most Pomskies cost at least $1,000, and typically fall in the $2,000-$4,000 range.
While this may seem pretty steep, it’s important to remember that when perfecting a new dog breed there are a lot of safety concerns a breeder must stay aware of. A lot of money goes into safely and healthfully breeding puppies – from vet bills, to feeding and beyond. As more is learned about proper breeding of a Pomsky, the price tag may very well go down.
- All Pomsky’s have a Pomeranian Father and a Husky Mother
When breeding two very different dogs, it’s always important to consider the safety of the parents. If a female Pomeranian was used to carry the puppies, the potential size of the babies could endanger her life. This is why breeders only use Siberian husky mothers. Their large stature ensures that they can safely carry the puppies through to term.
More discerning dog lovers may be wondering how two very different dogs breed together at all! Well the answer is artificial insemination.
For the safety of both dogs, artificial insemination should be the only way the mother gets pregnant with her puppies. This method is also the only way to ensure the mother actually does get pregnant.
- Finding a Reputable Breeder is Extremely Important
It’s clear that a lot of thought and effort goes into properly breeding Pomskies. This is why it is extremely important to only choose the most reputable breeder when considering buying a new puppy.
See our list of pomsky breeders that are trusted and respected. Any Pomsky breeder you consider purchasing from should never be a first time breeder. Pomskies are such a new breed, that only the experienced breeder should be selling them. Any breeder that has little or no experience and is not registered with the Pomsky Club of America could potentially be doing harm to the dogs in their care. For the safety and health of the dogs, always choose a trusted breeder.
It’s always very exciting to plan for a new dog. If a Pomsky is high on your list, be sure to consider all these factors before purchasing. Good luck!