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  • Activity Level: moderate
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  • Shedding Level: moderate
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  • Grooming Level: high
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  • Trainability: high
  • Good for Novice Owners: high
  • Adaptability: high
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
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  • Prey Drive: moderate
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  • Watchdog: very alert
  • Average Size: Small
  • Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Registered?: other

Pomimo Dog Breed Information





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Did You Know?

A Pomimo is a cross between an American Eskimo Dog and a Pomeranian. They are lively, playful, and energetic dogs that love their families and are affectionate with them.

This designer breed is not established enough for AKC recognition, but they are recognized and can be registered with other canine organizations. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more all recognize the Pomimo.

Pomimos are affectionate little dogs with playful, vibrant personalities. They thrive on attention and affection from their favorite humans. They often get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets.

They are initially wary of strangers and tend to bark at them at first, but usually warm up once introduced and are happy to receive attention from their new friends. Because of their alert barking, they do make good watchdogs. But, if you don’t train your dog to stop barking early on, it can become a nuisance behavior.

Pomimos are highly adaptable dogs. They do well in apartments and in larger homes. They are sensitive to heat, but tend to handle cold a little better than other small dog breeds. They may still need some winter dog products to stay warm on walks when temperatures drop too much.

They also do not like to spend a lot of time alone. Because they bond so closely to their families, a Pomimo can develop separation anxiety if you do not work with them on it early on.

Potential health concerns to be aware of in a Pomimo include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, cataracts, epilepsy, Addison’s disease, Legg-Calve Perthes disease, entropion, and retinal dysplasia.

Reputable breeding makes a difference and good breeders will screen their dogs to make sure they are not passing issues to puppies. So, make sure you ask about the health and genetic history of both of the parents and about any health tests that have been done.

A Pomimo is a highly trainable dog that tends to be a good fit for owners of all experience levels. They are intelligent, eager to please, and sensitive, which means they pick up on things quickly and respond best to positive rewards and praise. Just make sure you have a lot of patience and keep your tone calm; harsh or irritated tones can often bring out a stubborn streak in a Pomimo.

A Pomimo can inherit a coat more like a Pomeranian, like an American Eskimo, or some combination of both. Regardless, they will shed moderately year-round with heavier shedding sessions as the seasons change. If they have a longer coat, they will need daily brushing. With a shorter coat, brushing a few times a week is usually sufficient. You will also need to plan for grooming every 4-6 weeks.

In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Pomimo’s nails, ears, and teeth. The dog groomer may be able to help with some of this, but you will still need to do some care at home between visits. Cutting your dog’s nails once or twice a month keeps them from growing too long.

Weekly ear checks with careful ear cleanings as needed can help prevent ear infections. As a small dog breed, a Pomimo is at a higher risk for developing dental diseases later in life. This makes starting good dental care for dogs early and maintaining it throughout their life even more important. Daily brushing or use of an enzyme toothpaste, in addition to cleanings the vet, as needed is a good start.

Although these dogs are small, they are not couch potatoes! A Pomimo is not a high-energy dog that will run you ragged, but they will be energetic. These dogs sit in a more moderate activity range and need daily walks, playtime, and some extra activity to stay happy and healthy. After they’ve tuckered themselves out, they’ll be more than ready to relax and cuddle with you.

A fully-grown Pomimo usually stands 6-12 inches tall and weighs 9-17 pounds.

A Pomimo generally lives for 10-12 years.

This dog may be commonly referred to as a Pomimo, but they are also sometimes called a Pom Eskimo, an Eskipom, and an Eskiranian.