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The Pomsky breed is known as one of the most popular new breeds of designer dogs. These dogs were created by artificially inseminating a male Pomeranian with a female Siberian Husky. Due to its impressive social media virality and continuous sharing of puppy photos on social media platforms by all kinds of people, this breed continues to gain popularity. It’s basically impossible not to fall in love with these interesting pups, with almond-shaped eyes, pricked ears, and very fluffy double coats. Although they are very cute as pups, they will eventually grow up so you might be wondering whether this dog will continue to be a great addition to the family even when reaching adulthood or not. So, can we consider the Pomsky a good family dog breed?
First off, how big can a Pomsky get?
Most reputable breeders will never guarantee the size of a full-grown Pomsky, according to information provided on the Pomsky Club of America (PCA) website. They will usually be categorized as small to medium dogs, with a weight between 15 and 25 pounds. As this is still a new breed and experts continue to perfect its features, new generations of puppies are somewhat smaller.
What about the looks of an adult Pomsky?
YOu should expect a Pomsky to have the fluffy coat of the Pomeranian parent, and the coloring, markings, and general wolfish style of the Husky. The eyes of the Pomskies will be either brown, blue, or a combination of these two colors, while their coats will usually be a combination of gray, brown, white, and black. The International Pomsky Association (IPA) website states in an article that you should expect dogs from this breed to always have a double coat with a varying length. Professional breeders can also tell you that you won’t be able to predict a puppy’s type of coat before a certain age.
The personality of a Pomsky
As with most crossbreeds, the Pomskies will also take some traits from one parent and some traits from the other. This is why I will go over some of the behavioral traits of the parents:
Pomeranians are among the most popular toy breeds and are said to be intelligent and alert. AKC also says that they are great in families with children, although it must be said that children should know the difference between a toy dog and a toy for them to get along with this dog. It will be quite challenging to take these dogs through house training lessons and they will also need to learn to walk on a leash as early as possible. These dogs will also enjoy walks, jobs, runs, and play sessions, although they are at heart amazing lapdogs.
The Siberian Husky, on the other hand, is considered very adaptable, eager to please its master, but also very alert, according to The Siberian Husky Club of America. Although stubborn and independent at times, they are also very intelligent. Huskies are known to get along with other dogs and children and need human companionship all day long. They are impressively active and will need a ton of exercise.
Traits passed along to Pomskies
The personality traits that the breeds of the parents share between them will be passed in full to their Pomsky offspring. Among them are a very loving nature, a lot of confidence, playfulness, and intelligence. Among these dogs, there are some that like to be trained and others that will be completely against it, according to the same experts at IPA. Although housebreaking is possible with Pomskies, this will take more for some dogs and less for others. Pomskies can be very vocal, considering that both their parents are. They actually make a considerable range of sounds to express individual feelings and needs, although they aren’t necessarily the yappy type. The nice thing about this breed is that these dogs won’t be as needy as Pomeranians, although they won’t be as independent as huskies, which means they get attached just enough to be loyal to their human companions.
Known health problems
This breed is still very new, which means that there are no studies showing any genetic health issues this breed is prone to. Even so, we can guess that these dogs will take some of the genetically predisposed health issues from their parents. Among the most common conditions their parents will deal with, are skin problems, heart disease, epilepsy, eye problems, dislocated knees, hip dysplasia, and allergies.
So, are Pomskies good family pets?
It very much depends on your family. If you’re the type of person to provide the necessary training and exercise, then these dogs can become important additions to your family. These creatures are known to be just small enough not to make a lot of mess, while still showing the playfulness and love of the husky. Even though they are known to get along with children, you should still have to supervise your young ones when interacting with these dogs. If Pomskies don’t get enough exercise, they will become bored, which will make them destructive.
Keeping these puppies exhausted from play sessions will also keep them not only happy but also healthy. Be careful when opening any gates, as they are known to escape a lot when getting the chance. When it comes to grooming and taking care of their coat, Pomskies are considered high maintenance, as they shed considerably. If you have family members allergic to dogs, then this breed isn’t for your family.