The newest designer breed of dogs is the Pomsky. Sure, these dogs are incredibly cute and are often the most energetic and lovable hybrid dogs, but they are not always what they are cracked up to be. In fact, this fairly new cross breed between female Siberian Husky and male Pomeranian dogs can produce some unpredictable results. Below are some reasons why you should think twice about purchasing a Pomsky
1. They Require A LOT of Attention
These dogs require a lot of careful attention due to the fact that they are packed full of playfulness and energy. Leaving them idle can lead to horrific results. On the other hand, they may also take your kindness as a weakness, so you have to be sure not to baby them.
Small Dog Syndrome is the name used to describe this scenario. This is when the dog thinks it is superior to its human companions. Cute small dogs tend to be treated like royalty: getting anything they want from toys to food. Pomskies are susceptible to this, and it can lead to acting out.
2. Pomskies Are not a Recognized Breed
Though the mixing of Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians gives you a living, breathing dog, they are not considered or recognized as an actual breed of dogs. A Pomsky must be a descendant of three different breeds of dogs to be recognized as a new breed according to world authorities. Unfortunately, the Pomsky is a hybrid.
3. Sizes Vary
The sizes of Huskies and Pomeranians are quite a bit different. For many dog owners, the size of their dog is important. However, when you mix the two breeds, there really is no telling what you will get. For the most part, fully grown Pomskies range in weight from 17 to 30 pounds and are between 10 and 15 inches.
The physical features of the Pomsky seem to resemble those of the Husky parent. The coat is usually a mix of colors, typically black, gray, and white, and is soft, silky, and nicely polished. Their ears are always triangular and erect and their head resembles that of a fox.
4. They May Experience Health Problems
There are typically faults when you cross breed dogs. Pomskies are no exception. There are plenty of issues with Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians, and these problems are likely to be passed on to the Pomsky though this is not always the case.
They may be susceptible to cataracts and other eye issues, hip dysplasia, skin problems, and ectopy on the Husky side. Pomskies may be prone to skin irritations, heart problems, dislocated patella, tooth loss and decay, eye infections, and slipped stifle from their Pomeranian lineage.
When considering possible health problems, you also need to be aware of whether the breeder was doing Pomsky to Pomsky breeding. The Pomsky’s generation will matter in this instance. Due to the potential of a throwback puppy, Pomsky to Pomsky breeding should only happen after multiple generations in.
5. Pomskies Shed a Lot of Hair
Twice a year for about three months each, Pomskies shed a lot of hair. You do not have to worry about them looking patchy or going completely bald since they naturally have a lot of hair to begin with. It may seem like too much is coming out in their shedding period, but this is not cause for alarm. You will just need to clean around the house more and perform extra brushing and grooming
6. You Cannot Be Sure of What Characteristics You Are Getting
When Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians are combined to create the Pomsky, there are a lot of similar characteristics between the two that create a good synergy. However, there are instances of Pomskies constantly getting into trouble more often than their owners would have liked. This is especially true when they are left idle at home during the day when you are at work.
For the most part, though, Pomskies are naturally affectionate and docile and are a good choice for families with kids. They are easy to train and groom and are eager to learn. You just need to be able to give them the attention they need and watch out for problems.