- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 13-15 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: very alert
- Registered?: other
Pomsky Breed Profile
The Pomsky is a Designer Breed recognized by the Dog Registry of America. The Pomsky is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. Reputable Breeders will use a Siberian Husky Female between 35 and 50 pounds and a Pomeranian Sire between 3 and 10 pounds. Using a Pomeranian female could result in harm to the small dog or her puppies because of her petite size. Many people think of the Pomsky as a Toy Breed, but this is inaccurate, at least at the 1st generation level. The expected size of a full-grown Pomsky should be between 17 and 30 pounds, standing at a height between 10 to 15 inches tall.
Before adopting a Pomsky, you should compare the lineage breeds and see if their personalities will match your own. While the Siberian Husky is a fantastic family pet, it is also heavily prey-driven and will need extra limitations to stay on track. The Pomeranian, however, would much rather take a nap on the couch or enjoy a night in with a movie. With Pomskies, you will often get a mixture of the two, so finding out what suits you will be important while making this decision.
This pup loves being around their family – but is uncomfortable around strangers. To avoid anxiety or nervousness, you should socialize your pup early and often. Expose him to plenty of different people and dogs. Then, he will know he is not threatened by strangers when you are not around.
Don’t try to overwhelm your pup with training or socializing when he is adapting to his new environment. He will need plenty of time, and you will need plenty of patience, because Pomskies are sensitive like their Pomeranian sires. So take time, keep calm, and give them plenty of space. Your Pomsky will warm up eventually.
This dog is generally healthy if kept up-to-date on vaccinations and checkups. As they age, you will need to watch out for eye issues like cataracts or Corneal Dystrophy – an eye disorder that creates abnormal material in the transparent part of the eye. This can cause visual impairment over time if not fixed.
These dogs are also often susceptible to allergies. If you find your Pomsky scratching himself constantly, or sneezing in succession upon entering or leaving the home, he may have allergies. If this occurs, you should discuss possible treatments with your vet.
The best way to keep your Pomsky healthy is with regular exercise and a good diet. He will need plenty of protein as well as keratin and vitamin D. With their kibble, try to mix in loose spinach and a few carrots; they will love the surprise treat and you will love the results.
These dogs are somewhat difficult to train. Pomskies are not meant for first-time pet owners. If you decide to adopt a Pomsky, you will need to have prior training experience and may want to hire a professional trainer. That way, you and your pooch will know exactly what is expected.
You should also only use positive training. Pomeranians (and by extension Pomskies) are very sensitive and can be saddened easily if scolded over long periods of time. You will need to have plenty of patience with this pup so be sure you are prepared.
Pomskies will need a lot of grooming throughout the year. Since their parents are heavy shedders, you will want to brush them every day to keep some of the dog hair at bay. You will also want to bathe your dog at least once a month to keep him comfortable. Then every season, you should have him groomed so he will not become overheated in the warmer months.
Pomskies come from polar opposites when it comes to activity levels. The Husky loves running around and getting a good workout, while the Pomeranian would rather nap the day away. For your new Pomsky, you will want to take him on daily walks, trips to the dog park, hikes, or lengthy games of fetch. Combining these may tucker the dog out – and doing one activity a day will keep him relaxed and happy.
Height: 10 to 15 inches tall. Weight: 17 to 30 lbs
13 to 15 years