Pomsky Scams – 10 Must Know Facts Before Purchasing Your New Dog

Written By Jason Gest On June 14, 2014, Last Updated On August 1, 2017

If you are like most people you have come across an adorable picture of a Pomsky. This glorious picture likely caused you to search the internet to try and find one of these puppies for your very own or at least try to learn more about them.

If you did a little bit of research after seeing one of the popular memes, you may have come across the fact that the popular picture is not actually of a Pomsky, but is either a Finnish Lapphund or an actual Siberian husky puppy. When considering the purchase of a Pomsky you will need to be careful as this breed is highly misrepresented.

At the end of the post I will go through what you absolutely must take into account when buying a Pomsky puppy.

 

 

What is the Pomsky?

The Pomeranian Husky Mix, which is also spelled Pomski, is a new “designer” breed of dog that was created by breeding the Pomeranian and the Siberian husky. There are some circles that cause this breed the Huskeranian.

The Pomsky puppies that come from a reputable breeder will have the husky serve as the dam and the Pomeranian as the sire.

The main reason for this is because of the health and physical complications that will occur and could endanger both the mother and the puppies should the smaller Pomeranian female try to carry puppies that are sired by a larger male Husky.

Since the Pomsky is priced over their small size and smaller dogs tend to command higher prices, it would not make much sense to breed male Huskies that tend to be much larger than the female Husky.

Pomsky Size and Appearance

The pomsky tends to have traits, qualities, and characteristics with differing degrees of appearance that is based on the contribution genetically from each of the parents. The expectation is for the dog to weigh about half of the combined weight of each of its parents. The average is between 20 and 30 pounds.

If you are just starting to familiarize yourself with the breed it is important to remember that these dogs are relatively new. This means that there is not a breed standard as of yet. The pomsky is not going to win a best in show award at the annual Westminster dog show any time soon.

When it comes to getting a Pomeranian Husky, it is still somewhat of a crapshoot as to what the puppy is going to look like or weigh when it matures. This means that you will need to be flexible if you are choosing this type of dog.

Purchasing a Pomsky Puppy

When it comes to buying a pomsky puppy you are going to find that there are many schemes. These puppies are trending right now and people are trying to exploit the lack of knowledge about this breed.

If you truly want to purchase a Pomsky it is important to make sure that you are armed with knowledge and information. This will help you make sure that you are not victimized by an unscrupulous individual. Here are a few things that you should watch out for when you are trying to purchase  from a breeder.

 

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  1. Is the price too low? Because of complicated breeding process, Pomskies typically cost between $2000 – $3000. Why would anyone sell them below that?
  2. Make sure that the advertised puppies actually exist. Will they send pictures of the parents and/or puppies or do they simply verbalize descriptions?
  3. After you have gotten pictures, check that the photos that they have provided are not someone else’s footage that can be found online. You can do that by reverse image search engine. Taking a picture of the parents should not take long as everyone has a camera these days.
  4. You can verify the picture by asking the breeder also to add a post-it note in the picture stating the date, so you can make sure the picture was taken just for you. If the breeder will not snap a picture and send it to you through an email or in a text, it is likely that they are not running a legitimate breeding operation.
  5. Ask the breeder’s address. You can then check it on Google Street View and see that it really has some sort of kennel. But take this tip with a grain of salt, sometimes you cannot verify it just by looking the Street View as it’s not available everywhere.
  6. Is the breeder receptive to each of your questions? Do they seem vague or hostile when giving you answers? This is subtle warning sign that they may be running a scam.
  7. Can the breeder provide you with a list of previous customers? If the list is provided make sure that you call some of the past customers and ask them about working with the breeder.
  8. If the breeder asks for a large down payment before providing pictures, this is a sign that you should take your business someplace else.
  9. If the breeder wants a payment in cash or by cashier’s check, or money order, you will likely want to find another breeder. When you are purchasing a large ticket item you want to make sure that there is a paper trail for the transaction.
  10. Registrations and licenses are extremely important. Make sure that you ask about the parents of the puppies. The parents should be registered and papered through one of the kennel clubs. Make sure to ask if the breeder is licensed to perform business in their area. You also want to ask about a DNA test for your puppy. There are some breeders that will pass off a fake Pomsky to a person that does not know better.

The best advice when attempting to buy a true Pomsky is to do your research. Remember, this is your money and if you do not like the answers that are being provided by a potential breeder, make sure that you look somewhere else.





24 comments

  1. Adriana

    I found an ad on pennysaver of pomskies for adoption at only $350. I messaged the owner in which they said they moved and can’t keep the puppies so they are not selling but putting them up for adoption and that they would pay to have him shipped to me. Wondering if its too good to be true! Any thoughts?

    • Jason Gest
      Author

      Hi Adriana,

      Well I cannot say what you should do, but I do agree with you. That seems too good to be true. There is a reason why pomskies are so expensive. Be careful!

      Jason

    • HarleyQuinzel

      I would seriously advise you not to do this. I came across many similar ads when I was looking for a puppy a while ago and was always left disappointed. The ads to avoid are ones that say they will send the puppy to you.they’ll often say it’s on its way then later say it’s stuck in quarantine or customs or something like that and need you to “urgently” send money to get it out otherwise the dog will be put down!They play on your emotions and push you into making a quick decision and once they have the money you never hear from them again. Also thinking about it from the other side, if you were a breeder,would you be happy to ship a puppy to someone you’ve never met before?One tip is to check what else they are selling as they often have several ads for different puppies that are popular at that time. Another thing you could do is reverse google image search the picture in the ad as they often steal someone else’s photos. Sorry for the essay! But I’d hate for you to be disapointed or scammed out of money by these scum bags.tl;dr I’d bet my bottom dollar it’s a scam

    • Francisco Burgos

      Hello Adrianna
      To me it does sound like scam, I recently purchased a Pompski puppy for my daughter Xmas present through Lollipop Pompski’s in Vernal, Utah and she was not cheap (opposite of minor dent in my wallet) the deposit was small and all payment transfers done through PayPal, pretty hard to scam if wanted to. But honestly now that she is here with family, I can see future wise that every dollar spent will be well worth it. We to pet store and saw Siberian puppy about same age as mine a d major difference was recognized right away.
      So Yea be careful out there who Purchasing Pompski’s.

  2. Iliana Chino

    I found my pomsky on lancasterpuppys.com.. the breeders was “king” somthing. When I called him I asked who were the parents and if any bad health problems. Needless to say it was all by phone. The puppy went from $1500 to $700 at 3 months. So I took the offer finally and decided to drive there and get it. It was in Lancaster PA. I asked to see the mother -she was a pomsky. She was pretty big .about 30-35 lbs. The father wasn’t there since it was someone else’s but I was told he was a husky. I was skeptical about the mother size but fell inlove with the puppy. At 6 months .now she is 25.5 lbs. Am hoping she doest grow more but am not too sure!😣.. but I love her so much . Her personality is beautiful, such a sweetheart. I don’t regret her at all , although I always imagined having a pomsky of 15 lbs atleast. If your interested in being updated on her size and all , I created a instagram for her !. Follow if you’d like 😁 username @spoiledpomsky

    • James

      I also got my puppy pomsky from Lancasterpuppies we paid 3500 she’s beautiful and looks exactly like a husky, travel 3 hours to get her and her mother was a husky and dad was a Pomeranian, only saw pictures of the two, but she’s 8 weeks and we had her for 4 days now and we love her so much, so much fun she’s only 6lbs she was the runt of the litter so hopefully she stays small and cute forever

  3. Brenda Gutstadt

    I am struggling with trying to find an appropriate pomsky breeder should I beware of an owner that won’t send me a video?? And wants payment upfront before any paperwork on dogs health and care is sent?? The breeder is also not PCA but claims they “work” with them. Also they want payment via western union only as a non business transaction. Sounds suspect right???

    • Jason Gest
      Author

      Hey Brenda,

      That sounds really shady. If I were you, I would find another breeder asap.

      Good luck!

      Jason

    • Brenda Gutstadt

      Thanks Jason, The picture was sooo cute it sucked my 12 year old right in. (me too) but we did find another breeder Sun Valley Pomskies in Idaho. Both International Pomsky Association Members and Pomsky Association of America. She sent videos and breeding info right away even sent a pic of an older sib with same parents!! But we have to go to Boise to get him because she doesn’t believe in shipping pups. Your info online is EXTREMELY helpful.. Thanks!!! Brenda

    • Jason Gest
      Author

      I’m glad you find the site helpful!

      Sun Valley is a legit breeder, so I think you’re getting a beautiful puppy. 🙂

      It’s a bit difficult that they don’t ship puppies, but I can agree it can be stressful for the puppy.

      Enjoy!

      Jason

  4. Katy

    Hi I was curious if anyone has purchased or heard anything about pomsky parade farm or their website http://pomskypups4all.com/
    I plan to buy a puppy from them for $880 and they said I could either pick him up or have him shipped. They sent videos of him and the other puppies and I tried to google the pictures they sent but there were no matches (meaning they didn’t steal from another site) they said they won’t hold up a picture of the puppy with the date on it though

    • Jason Gest
      Author

      Hey Katy,

      I don’t know why would anybody sell puppies well below market price, so that raises some concerns. Also there isn’t any contact details other than phone number and gmail address.

      The pictures might be modified so that Google can’t find any copies, but you can double check authenticity by viewing the location data from http://metapicz.com. If all pictures all from the same place, they are probably legit. Their site doesn’t say where they are located, so you should ask that too and see if it matches the location data on pictures.

      But it sounds bit too good to be true, so I would probably stay away anyways, if I were you.

      I would appreciate if you could let everybody know how it turned out.

      Nice detective work by the way! 🙂

      Jason

    • Kristin

      Hi Kathy,

      I’m planning on buying a pomsky puppy from them. What ever happened with the puppy you were going to buy from them? Can you please tell me if they are legit? They have been very Thourough with everything but I just don’t want to make a big mistake! Please let me know thank you!

  5. Deb

    I purchased a male 50/50 pomsky in March 2017 from Tressa @ Apex Pomskies, formerly located outside of Nashville, Tn. She is a legitimate breeder who recently relocated to Prescott, Arizona. Her puppies are gorgeous and top notch. She is a doll to work with and genuinely loves her dogs. I would recommend her babies to anyone. She will fly your puppy to you (she accompanies her puppies in the cabin) but would rather you fly in to pick them up. I only lived 70 miles from Nashville so we met at a restaurant so I could pick up my baby.

    Rose Peek Pomskies are also located in Prescott, Az. They are also an excellent pomsky breeder.

    Be very careful when looking for a breeder. These pups are not cheap. Be prepared to pay up to $5,000.00 to get the exact best match for your family. If a breeder is asking $2,000.00 or below it’s a scam.

    • Brenda Gutstadt

      Hi, We flew to Boise from SF on Friday to pickup our 8 week old Pomsky (Asher) from Sun Valley Pomskys. Natalia Ferris the breeder (along with her parents) was FANTASTIC. She gave us so much info all along the way (we adopted Asher before he was 8 weeks so we needed to wait a few weeks). She sent pics and info and provided us supplies when we picked him up. She was very upfront and honest about our puppies personality and needs. I would definitely recommend her as a breeder. Asher is beautiful and at this point she only does one litter a year. She also a member of all the official Pomsky associations. The other great thing she did was offer to have the carrier sent directly to her so she could get Asher used to it and give it some smells of his siblings and home. It worked!!! he was great on the plane. Best Brenda

    • Jason Gest
      Author

      Hey Brenda,

      Thanks for the update! I’m sure you and your child will have wonderful time with Asher!

      Jason

  6. Casey

    I also would like to know about pomskypups4all.com. It sounds to good to be true. There has been a couple times people have commented about them, but I cannot see any follow ups.

    • Jason Gest
      Author

      Hi Casey,

      Well it certainly raises some concerns that there are no contact persons or addresses listed on the site. Offering free shipping also sounds too good, as it’s typically very expensive. But I wouldn’t judge them based only on these facts, maybe they just haven’t thought about those things and are legitimate breeders. Follow the tips on the article and I’m sure you’ll be safe.

      Hopefully we get a comment on someone who has done business with them.

      Jason

    • Kristin

      Hi Casey,
      Please let me know if you found out anything about them! I’m considering buying a pup from them I don’t want To be scammed

      Thank you

    • Casey

      Kristen, I tried to take precautions so that I would not be scammed as well. I asked them for a few things that I didn’t think were out of order. The individuals name and address, a photo of the puppy with something in it saying the date, and information on how they take payment. (That was the big one for me cause I’m not gonna send money through like western union or something.) Evidently, that was too much to ask of them. They immediately stopped all contact with me. Maybe I’m wrong, Maybe the puppy we wanted was sold, maybe something else was up, but it seems kinda sketchy to me. My daughter had her heart set on this puppy and she was let down. If you go with them, I wish you luck.

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