The Pomeranian Husky combines the best traits of their parents to produce an amazing apartment-dwelling companion with an easy going temperament.
With their cute appearance, it is hard to not fall in love with them when you first meet them.
However despite the small fluffy appearance, Pomskies are not the dog for everyone.
Their aloof nature means that they are best suited for a home without lots of visitors.
If you think that you have the time and patience to put towards training them, then they might just be the dog for you.
Keep reading to learn more…
Contents and Quick Navigation
- What is a Pomeranian Husky? (Overview)
- Pros and Cons
- Pomeranian Husky Appearance
- 6 Fun Facts About The Pomski
- Pomeranian Husky Personality and Temperament
- Caring for a Pomeranian Husky Mix
- How to Train a Pomeranian Husky
- Quick Breed Summary Table
What is a Pomeranian Husky? (Overview)
The original Pomeranian Husky that took the Internet by storm in 2011 was a in fact Finnish Lapphund puppy.
However it was not long after that until we started to find actual Pomeranian and Husky mixes – they are known as Pomskies.
Due to the big size difference between the two parent breeds, these dogs have to be artificially inseminated. The mother is always the Siberian Husky and the father is always the Pomeranian. The cost of this procedure is part of why these hybrid dogs are so expensive.
The personality of these dogs also can vary but most are aloof with strangers and love going for runs.
Also just like their temperament, their size can vary too.
- Overview: Hybrid (Pomeranian/Husky).
- Purpose: Companion.
- Weight: 20-30 pounds.
- Size: 10-15 inches.
- Temperament: Aloof, energetic and loving.
Pros and Cons
- Can keep up on long hikes.
- Easy to care for (super hardy breed).
- Playful and high energy.
- Highly intelligent and can learn quickly.
- A convenient sized dog.
- Do great with strangers.
- They are loud and love to howl.
- They shed a lot and need lots of grooming.
Pomeranian Husky Appearance
As with all mixes it is hard to say exactly what your Pomeranian Husky will look like.
Sometimes they will have the short muzzle of a Pomeranian and the wide head of a Husky.
Their body often resembles a Husky, except they are just smaller.
However it is import to remember that depending on what exactly their mix is, the Pomeranian Husky can look more like a Pomeranian or a Husky – there is no way to tell for sure!
Height and Weight
You can expect most Pomskies to stand between 10-15 inches tall and weigh between 20-30 pounds.
Colors and Coat
They come in a wide range of colors including black, brown, cream, fawn, gray and white. They can also have different markings with some looking just like a miniature Husky.
You can expect their thick double coat to be soft and fluffy.
Some will have a shorter coat that will shed a lot, while others might have a longer one that needs more brushing and care.
No matter what type of coat they have they will shed a lot, especially when they blow their coat (typically happens twice a year in the spring and in the fall).
The thickness of this double coat does mean that the Pomeranian Husky is better suited for colder climates than for warmer places. If you do live somewhere that it gets hot, make sure they have access to air conditioning to prevent heat stress.
They should never be shaved, as this can cause their fur to grow back wrong and will actually make it harder for them to regulate their body temperature.
6 Fun Facts About The Pomski
- The first Pomeranian Husky picture was actually a picture of a Finnish Lapphund.
- Just like Huskies these dogs can be very stubborn.
- The mother is always the Husky, and the father is the Pomeranian.
- Despite their size, they make excellent guard dogs.
- They love to dig.
- These dogs are prone to small dog syndrome.
Pomeranian Husky Personality and Temperament
Generally these are playful, loving, intelligent and confident dogs.
They are known to make good dogs for almost any household, whether it is an older couple or a young hiker.
One thing to know is that these pups are energetic. Although they do not require as much exercise as their Husky parents, they do still require a fair amount of running. Playing fetch with these dogs is a great way to tire them out, as long as it is fun the Pomeranian Husky mix will enjoy themselves.
Anyone that has ever been around a Husky will know that they are vocal – they make a lot of noise!
This means that if you do not like a talking dog, they are not for you.
As for socialization, they do much better in a pack setting with at least two or three dogs.
With small animals you need to be careful and keep them separated. Huskies have a high prey drive and are known for chasing prey animals – Pomskies are no different.
Like Pomeranians these dogs tend to be overprotective of their owners and will try to protect you with their life (despite their small size). Making sure that they have plenty of good, healthy interactions with strangers when they are young can make this easier to avoid.
Is The Pomeranian Husky A Good Family Dog?
These dogs tend to keep the Pomeranian’s skittishness around young children, so they do best in a family with older kids or teenagers.
Caring for a Pomeranian Husky Mix
Pomskies are best suited for households without young children.
They also need a good deal of physical exercise (usually in the form of hiking) so an active household is best for this dog.
You should know that they are not great with small animals or cats, so they should be in a single pet household.
Your Pomeranian Husky will love going for runs and hikes.
At the very least you should expect to spend 45 minutes to an hour exercising them each day.
Taking them for a walk around the block or to a dog park to run around are some great ideas to exercise them – you could also try swimming.
In addition to this, once a week you should take them for a long walk (2 hours). This will help to keep any destructive behaviors to a minimum.
- Number of Walks Per Day: 1+.
- Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 45+ Minutes.
Grooming and Shedding
With a thick rough double coat, the Pomeranian Husky’s coat needs a fair bit of maintenance.
Brushing them out at least twice a week is important for the health of their fur.
They will need more brushing depending on if they have more Pomeranian or more Husky.
The coat will blow out twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. During this time brushing more frequently will help keep the shedding to a minimum. The Pomeranian Husky comes from two breeds that are heavy shedders so be prepared to deal with fur everywhere.
Feeding and Diet
As a puppy, three meals a day of a high-quality puppy food is best.
Once they reach a year old, you can start switching them over to a high protein adult dog food. Twice a day is the best feeding schedule, although if you cannot do that just once a day will work.
Your vet can help you to figure out what type of food is best for your dog and how much to feed them per day. Depending on their activity level they may need a higher protein feed. Pomskies are not prone to obesity, so do not worry too much about overfeeding.
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Known Health Problems
As this is a fairly recent hybrid it is hard to say what health problems they are prone to.
However we can get an idea by looking at their parents.
- Pomeranians can have dental issues and may need regular dental checkups to ensure that their teeth are healthy. Brushing your dogs teeth at home can also help reduce plaque buildup and might also help reduce how often they need to visit the vet.
- From the Husky side, you need to worry about potential eye problems and hip dysplasia. If you purchase your Pomeranian Husky mix from a reputable breeder, they should have done the necessary testing on the Husky mother to make sure that these issues are not a problem.
Thankfully crossbreeds tend to be healthier than their purebred parents.
How Long Does A Pomeranian Husky Live?
You can expect a Pomski to live for between 13-15 years.
How Much Does A Pomeranian Husky Cost?
Their price will vary based on the breeder and their color. Expect to pay anywhere from $2000 to $5000 for a Pomsky puppy.
How to Train a Pomeranian Husky
The Pomeranian Husky responds best to reward based positive training methods.
Pomeranians are known for being stubborn and Huskies are strong independent dogs, which can cause a unique combination of traits that can make training more difficult.
You will need patience when training these dogs, however they are usually quick learners when correctly engaged.
Working with your dog every day will help them to become the best that they can be.
Start with basic obedience when you first bring your Pomeranian Husky home. These dogs grow fast and they are known for trying to push the limit, so making sure that they understand the rules and enforcing them as they grow is extremely important.
As Pomskies have a high prey drive, teaching them a strong recall is extremely important.
They are highly active and playful dogs. If you want to look into competing, they make an excellent agility companion, although their independent nature can make it difficult to get them to cooperate.
Compared with other breeds they do not need a lot of daily mental stimulation. Pomskies are perfectly fine with just a short training session every day or even every other day. The most important thing with a Pomeranian Husky is making sure that their physical needs are met.
Quick Breed Summary Table
|Coat:||Thick and long double coat.|
|Color:||Black, brown, cream, fawn, gray and white.|
|Do They Shed:||Yes.|
|Temperament:||Energetic and aloof with strangers.|
|Intelligence:||Highly intelligent but can be stubborn.|
|Socialization:||Needed with strangers and small animals.|
|Destructive Behavior:||Howling and digging.|
|People Skills:||Not good with strangers (can be standoffish and aloof).|
|Good with Children:||Skittish with young children.|
|Activity Levels:||Need plenty of exercise and room to run.|
The Pomeranian Husky is best suited for a family with no small children.
These dogs are high energy and need to have plenty of exercise.
They would do best in a family with owners that like to hike or go for long walks, and will take their dog along with them on these walks.
Remember they are not super cuddly and are aloof with strangers. So do not expect to have a couch potato that wants to cuddle all the time!
Despite some of their shortcomings they are an easy to care for breed. If you want a Husky but need something smaller and lower maintenance, then the Pomeranian Husky might just be the dog for you! Let us know in the comments below…