A Beginners Guide To Owning A Pomsky: A Mix Of Pomeranian And Siberian Husky
Dog ownership isn’t something to take lightly. Especially when you choose to own a designer dog such as a Pomsky. Sure they are loving, adorable and attract attention, but if you aren’t ready to be committed for over a decade, you need to reconsider. This guide will assist you in becoming a Pomsky parent.
So you want to be a dog parent and have decided that the world of designer dogs is for you. Designer dogs are dogs bred from two different purebred breeds. On the registration papers, they will show as an “F1” or first generation designer. Pomskies are designer dogs because they are bred from a purebred Pomeranian and Siberian Husky.
The ideal F1 will be a smaller to medium sized dog not much larger than a Pomeranian and have the fur, eyes, and markings of a Husky. Before you can bring one of these gorgeous pups home, you need to ensure you are ready for the joys, sorrows, and hardships of dog ownership.
It’s A Commitment
Owning a dog of any kind is a commitment. You need to understand that this isn’t just a toy you can play with for a week and then leave in the bottom of a toy box until the next garage sale. Dogs are a lifetime commitment, they become a part of the family, they have special needs, and much like a newborn, will probably keep you up most nights in the beginning.
Pomskies are full of energy and love to run, jump, play and get overly excited. You will need to be prepared for such an active animal living with you. They don’t require a lot of room or special care, so they are ideal for small families, those that live in multi-family housing, or may or may not have a yard (fenced or otherwise).
Dog parenting is also a money spending venture. You will need to pay for food, housing, toys, treats, veterinarian visits, upkeep, grooming, training, and if you are a busy working person, you may even need to hire a dog sitter from time to time.
If you aren’t financially ready, emotionally ready or otherwise having second thoughts, then you should spend a little more time thinking about it before you act.
What Is A Pomsky?
A Pomsky is a cross breed between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. They are considered a medium sized dog, even though they are on the smaller end of the scale.
A full-grown Pomsky will weigh between 20 and 25 pounds with the males generally weighing a bit more than the females. The only reach a height, at the shoulders, of 10 to 15 inches and have a high energy level.
Pomskies are always artificially inseminated. There are two main reasons for this: first, the small male Pomeranian has an extremely difficult time of getting to and impregnating a female Husky. Secondly, The only way to breed one is to use a male Pomeranian and a female Husky, as the smaller female Pomeranians cannot give birth to the larger Pomskies without serious risks to her health.
Artificial insemination ensures proper pregnancies and healthy babies and mothers.
There are two main breed ratios for the breed. There is a 1:1 ratio, or half Husky half Pomeranian, and there is a 1:2 ratio, or 25 percent Husky and 75 percent Pomeranian. The second ratio results in smaller adults.
Their size is characterized into three groups by the International Pomsky Association. The first is a toy Pomsky, which will only weight five to nine pounds. The next size up is a miniature Pomsky, which will weigh 10 to 18 pounds and the standard Pomsky which weighs in between 18 and 25 pounds.
Because they are a cross breed, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Association. However, the breed is still new, so international associations haven’t picked it up either. The only current breeding standard association was made specifically for the Pomsky: International Pomsky Association.
The breed, interestingly enough, started off as an Internet joke. A small puppy that looked like a wolf was shown and spread on the internet in 2011 for its instant adorable features and was told that it was a cross between a Husky and a Pomeranian. The truth was that it was neither of those breeds and the image caught on like wildfire anyway.
By the end of 2012, breeders were producing the cute puppies to meet the highest demand for a breed in over 50 years (Labrador Retriever).
Before You Bring Your Pomsky Home
There are several things you need to do before you bring your new puppy home. You need to prep the house for the arrival and make sure you have everything the dog will need upon his or her appearance.
You first need to check the house and grounds for anything that could cause harm to a curious new nose. Power cords, toxic plants and anything that is breakable should be moved, hidden or lifted to a higher level than the dog can reach.
You will also want to decide where the dog is and isn’t allowed access to. Keep in mind that Pomskies are curious, active dogs and will try to get into trouble just being curious. Closing bathroom doors will prevent toilet drinks, and the home office may not be the best place for gnawing teeth.
Once you are in the habit of keeping these areas cordoned off, it will be easier to maintain once you bring your new best friend home.
You will also need to decide where the puppy can go, and where his or her personal spot will be located. Your dog should have a quiet place to call his own and where he can go if he is scared, tired or overwhelmed.
The more obvious things will also need to be taken care of before letting the newest member of your family come home. You will need to decide on the right type of food to purchase. It should be smaller, dry kibble that will give the breed everything it needs.
While we won’t specify which particular brand you should use, as there are too many to choose from, you should ensure that all the nutritional needs of the Pomsky are met. If you are in doubt, talk to your veterinarian.
You will also need to make sure you have food and water bowls, a kennel or pillows for the dog to rest in or on, as well as toys, to play with.
A collar and leash should also be ready, and it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about names. However, it is far more likely that you won’t have a fitting name until the dog has been home and a member of the family for a few days.
It is a good idea to get with your vet prior to bringing the dog home and set up a vaccine appointment and check up or follow up appointments set. You can do this after you have the dog home, but with so much going on when that day arrives, it may prove more difficult.
Bringing The Pomsky Home
One of the biggest factors when bringing the new arrival home is the anticipation. Everyone will want to see the puppy, and this can be overwhelming and stressful for the pup. If you have other family members, the dog will need to meet and get used to each of them.
However, walking in the door to a large group of people and many hands trying to get their pets in will confuse and stress the dog. You should try to limit the number of people that interact with the dog the first day or two, and slowly start introducing new members, then friends and extended family as well as neighbors and people in the area you where you will be walking him.
If you have other pets, they should be introduced after the dog is accustomed to being in the home, if at all possible. Each will find one another and get used to each other in their own way, and this isn’t something you should try and force.
The vet visits, walking, feeding and playing will become routine and crucial. Just like any other child, the dog will need your attention and should begin a training sequence to learn right from wrong. You are the parent now, and the dog will look up to you for guidance and lessons.
Eventually, your Pomsky will have a name, a collar with an ID tag and feel like a member of the family. Your commitment starts before you ever bring the puppy home, and it doesn’t ever stop.
Pomsky, a breed derived from Internet desire, is a mix of Pomeranian and Siberian Husky. A smaller, medium-sized dog, the Pomsky has a lot of love and energy to spare.
Taking care of these amazing dogs is a commitment you need to see through, and years of love, compassion and tail wagging will await you when you do.