Before Purchasing a Pomeranian Husky

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The Pomeranian Husky is often referred to as a pomsky, and it’s a relatively new – and very popular – designer dog. This is a relatively small dog that is created by breeding two different dog breeds in a very specific manner. Many people want to purchase a dog like this, but these are very expensive dogs.

That means you want to know everything about this dog before you make the investment. Here is a comprehensive overview to every question you need to ask, every consideration you need to make and every piece of information you might need prior to adopting or purchasing one of these exceptionally expensive designer puppies; you won’t get your money back, after all.

It’s Not a Purebred

One of the biggest misconceptions many people have about the Pomeranian Husky is that it’s a purebred dog. It’s unknown precisely why so many people think this is true, but we expect that it’s due to the fact that the dog has a name. It seems that dogs called anything other than a “mutt” are considered purebred dogs.

The Pomeranian husky is actually a “mutt,” but the term is now considered outdated. Now dogs that are not purebred are considered “designer” dogs because mutts are now designer dogs. Breeders are now working to intentionally breed dogs that are not of the same heritage so that they can create one-of-a-kind breeds that will sell for high prices to those who want a dog created just for them.

The Pomeranian husky is the cross between a Pomeranian and a husky, and it’s a fairly small dog. In fact, it’s a very cute dog, and it’s often referred to as a Pomsky. They don’t get very large, and they’re not all the same. In fact, this new ‘breed’ of dog is so new that it’s not one that can be classified in many different manners. For example, the dogs cannot be given exact personality traits, because many of these dogs don’t actually have the same personality traits as other dogs. Some have personality traits that are far different than others, and it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what to expect from this designer dog.

Pomeranian Husky Appearance

The Pomsky does not always look the same. One puppy can look completely different from another even if they are from the same litter, and we are not talking about just in coloring. These dogs can be very furry, or they can have a coat that’s a little less furry. They can resemble a husky dominantly, or they can resemble a Pomeranian dominantly.

It all just depends on the heritage of the parents and the dominant genes. It also depends on the reputation of the breeder from which a puppy comes. Some breeders are a bit irresponsible in terms of their breeding practices and have been known to breed puppies that are not exactly as well-bred as they should be.

Pomsky Price

This is what’s going to get you; the average price for one of these puppies is anywhere upward of $1000. Pomsky’s are a designer dog, which means you’re not going to find one at the local animal shelter to adopt for a nominal fee. This is a dog that is bred specifically, and breeders ask a lot for these animals.

Depending on the heritage of the parents that bear a Pomsky litter, you might even pay as much as $3000 for one of these adorable pups. Unfortunately, they’re so cute that you often won’t be able to find it in your heart to say no to purchasing an animal of this nature.

It’s also a bit difficult to breed these dogs since the size of the parents is so vast. The average Pomeranian weighs around 7 or 8 pounds while the average husky is more like 30 to 50 pounds. It’s difficult to successfully breed dogs with this much of a size difference, which is another reason breeders ask so much money for these dogs.

Pomsky Size

Because these puppies are often a mixture of both parents, they can be virtually any size. Some end up being small around 15 pounds while others are much large somewhere over 30. The average weight is between 20 and 30 pounds, however.

When breeders create these designer dogs, they often have the husky carry the babies and sire them with a male Pomeranian since it’s much easier for a larger dog to have an easier pregnancy with puppies that could be too large for a Pomeranian to carry and give birth to.

What you will get in terms of size with a puppy like this could vary greatly, so it’s not the kind of dog you want to get if you are looking for a very specific size. You’d be better off looking for a hybrid that’s created between two like-sized dogs.

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Pomsky Personality

We discussed earlier that it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact personality trait in these hybrid puppies and that it all depends on the parentage of each pup. However, there are several very distinct personality traits the Pomeranian and the husky share, which makes it much easier to decide how these dogs are going to turn out. It is safe to say that most of these puppies are very playful and friendly given the fact that both sets of parents are typically the same way.

They are also very friendly dogs that get along well with people, including children. It’s not often you find a small dog that loves kids too much being that they are a little nervous about the way kids behave, but these are dogs that aren’t so small a child could easily hurt them by accident.

In fact, these are dogs that are very calm around kids and will not provoke them into behavior that’s considered over-the-top. However, they can be considered very playful when they are happy and excited. Their type of playful behavior is going to be more loving than crazy. They will play fetch, run around outside and they love to be taken on a walk or a jog.

These dogs love attention. They are very friendly and they want to be pet, played with and interacted with, which is why so many people love them. It’s just another part of the reason that you have so many people looking to purchase these designer dogs, and it’s part of the reason so many of these designer dogs are so expensive.

They’re Family Dogs

One of the biggest considerations to make when purchasing a dog such as the Pomsky is the household in which you live. These are very active dogs that do not care to be ignored or left alone for long periods of time. When they are bored, which they are if no one interacts with them throughout the day, they will chew on your belongings.

No amount of discipline is going to stop a dog of this nature from becoming too bored and chewing because they want to let you know that they are upset and in need of some interaction.

These are dogs that do much better in homes with kids and in homes in which someone is home more often than not. If you work long hours or travel a lot for work or play, this is not the dog for you. If you are home with your kids or you work from your home office and are home several hours throughout the day, this might be a much better option as far as a great family dog.

They love to have a companion, and they’re known to befriend the children of the house so that they always have someone to play with to prevent them from becoming bored. They will need to be taken outside regularly throughout the day, and they do require exercise to keep them active and to prevent excess boredom. The Pomsky loves walks, runs and even time outside just running around the yard. A child to run with is even better for a dog of this nature, and it’s easy to see why they are such great family dogs in this situation.

They Do Shed

These are dogs that will require a bit of maintenance if you want to have one in your house. They are known to shed frequently, and this is often a problem for people who want to have a dog that doesn’t shed.

They have hair that just doesn’t want to stay put, and it’s common in both breeds, so it’s only natural that it’s common in the hybrid version of this particular dog. What you can do to minimize shedding a bit is brush the dog daily.

Not only will a Pomsky puppy love to be brushed on a daily basis, the act of brushing the dog will help to loosen a great deal of the loose fur into your brush rather than on your carpet.

Furthermore, there is some medical proof that these dogs shed more when they are in the sun, so they are more prone to shedding during the summer months when days are longer and the sun is out for several more hours during the day.

If You have Small Babies

Something to consider when adopting or purchasing a Pomsky is your children. If you have small babies that are often on the floor learning to crawl or walk, and who are in the process of learning to pick up toys and place them in their mouths, you might want to consider a different breed of dog.

You don’t want all this dog hair on the floor when you are raising a small baby. The fact is that it will get on everything if you’re not careful, and it’s not good for your small baby. Of course, if you do not let the dog into the child’s play area or room, you can minimize the amount of hair found in those places, which can be a good thing.

Finding a Reputable Breeder

This is a very expensive dog, which means you must do your due diligence when it comes to finding a reputable breeder for your animal. Do not purchase a pomsky from a breeder not willing to share medical information about a pup or its parents. In fact, it’s a good idea to ask to see the paperwork up front and if it is a request that is denied, walk away before you lose your money to a breeder that clearly does not do business in the correct manner. You’ll want to see all licenses and registration, or you will walk away.

You can even ask for referrals. It’s a good idea to call and speak with a Pomsky owner who purchased their pup from the same breeder. This can give you a bit of information regarding how well the breeder does business, raises dogs and deals with customers. Red flags will appear in this conversation if there are any, which makes it simple to walk away.

There are a few red flags you should look out for when choosing a breeder for your Pomsky. Does the breeder use real photos online? Or does the breeder use stock photos found easily on the internet? Does the breeder even use photos?

Keep all your bases covered

Additionally, you will want to see photos of the babies with their parents to ensure that you’re getting a dog that has the parentage of both a husky and a Pomeranian. You’ll also want to avoid any breeders who do not allow you to write a check or use your credit card for payment. It’s a very big red flag when a breeder wants you to use a form of payment that is not easily traceable, as it implies they do not want a paper trail lying around when something goes wrong.

This is an expensive purchase, and you want to be sure there is a paper trail that has information regarding the breeder, the dog, the purchase and everything in between. If a breeder says they accept only payments made with cash or a cashier’s check, do not do business with that breeder.

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17 Comments

  1. $1000+ for a MUTT and you’ll have no idea what size it will be when it grows up because it can take on the characteristics of either breed, and that goes for the health problems of BOTH breeds as well. No reputable breeder would purposely breed a mutt because reputable breeders are trying to improve upon the health and temperament of the breed they love, not ADD the health problems of a whole nother breed to the mix!

  2. Kathy Huish, thats where you are wrong. If this dog doesn’t appeal to you then dont buy it but don’t you dare bad mouth an animal because you think you’re an expert. You may think you’re entitled to you opinion but an opinion is only effective if someone buys into it.

    1. Actually when you look at the facts Kathy is correct. I don’t know much about the health issues for Huskys or Pomeranians so I’ll explain with an example of Breed A and Breed B.

      Breed A is known to have problems with hip, eye, and thyroid. Breed B is known to have problems with seizures, joint degeneration, and eyes. Each bred has nearly no history of generic health issues which the other has; aside from the eyes as indicated. By breeding the two breeds the “designer” Breed C will now have a good chance of picking up many or all of the genetic issues present in Breed A and Breed B. How could intentionally creating an offspring knowing it will carry more genetic issues be considered reputable or even ethical for that matter.

      I would have you look at nature and what happens when crossbreeding takes place. How about the breeding of a jack and a mare to create a mule or when walleye or sauger eggs become fertilized by the opposite of these two species? How does nature prevent these hybrids from passing on the mix of genetics they were created from? They are sterile, that’s how. Mother nature has been breeding countless species for millions of years, I’ll have to assume she has better judgement from grander experience than we as humans have (from very limited breeding experience, over a few thousands or tens of thousands of years).

      1. Hi Karl, this statement is actually incorrect. Yes you are right in saying that the two different breeds carry different health issues, huskys with hips and eyes, poms with patellas among others, but being bred together will not result in a dog with both sets of conditions. For bad hips in a husky you need matching defective genes from both parents for the condition to present itself in the pup, as there is no chance of matching genes from the 2 different breeds the chance of the offspring developing any of these conditions is greatly reduced.

        1. I was speaking in general terms, as an informed breeder I’m sure you’re aware certain traits (favourable or unfavorable) are only passed along via maternal genes and others paternal.

          My real issue here is that often times the breedings don’t take because of the huge difference in genetic make up between these two breeds. Nature is trying to say something…listen. Are the puppies often infertile? That would be another sign…

          I am not completely against the mixing of breeds, because I understand that nearly all breeds come from the intentional mixing of differing breeds at some point in time. However, I am against mixing of breeds if nature is signaling that it shouldn’t be done.

  3. so sad that the reference pics are of two other breeds. Two Siberian husky pups and a the last one is of Tequila, a Finnish Lapphund that is now fully grown. If you can’t get this right I have to wonder how much else wrong.

    Plus I love how the term “MUTT” is out of favor, when that’s what they are mutts not worth more than $100. The term DESIGNER was coined so those who get them would feel special. Do your own homework and see what they REALLY are.

  4. The answer to the question I came here looking to find wasn’t included in the article. Our family had a Pomeranian once, and she was a lovely dog except (and I was the only one in the family that found this troubling) she was an incessant barker. I’ve also had an Alaskan Husky before and he didn’t bark at all. So there’s the question, does this breed bark a lot? If not, I’d cheerfully drop 4 figures on one.

    1. I just read an article that described the traits of each breed, Pomeranian and Husky. It stated that Pomeranians exhibit excessive barking, while Huskies are quiet. Because it’s not a true 50% of each breed, you really don’t know if it will have dominant Pomeranian or Husky traits. It recommended meeting the pup’s parents, grandparents, etc. for determining what your puppy could be like. For any breed combos, it recommended looking at the traits of each breed involved for determining what kind of personality and traits it could possess. I hope this was helpful.

  5. I have to argue about the credit card/cheque part of this. For one thing, credit cards demand a percentage of the cost from the seller. This is even assuming that the seller has a way of accepting credit cards. And a seller might take a cheque and find, after the pup has been taken, that it bounced or something. Again, this costs the seller more money, along with the possible loss of the pup. So it is entirely logical for them to demand cash only. If the buyer is worried about not getting their money’s worth, they should request a return policy (Responsible breeders of any dog should provide this anyway, because sometimes things don’t work out) and a receipt. If the seller refuses to offer those, then the buyer has a right to be concerned.

  6. Kathy Huish: You are exactly correct. I am a professional breeder with babies all over the United States, in Europe, and Norway. My breeding experience spans 20 years and have been featured on Animal Planet, and on the cover of Cat Fancy. Breeding should ONLY be done to improve the breed. Gen 2 should be better than Gen 1; Gen 3 should be better than Gen 2. However, if the ‘Pomsky’ is being bred responsibly, such as taking health considerations of both breeds into account, and using only the healthiest of each line, as a professional breeder, I do not take exception to this adorable designer breed. That said, however, if no attention is paid to critical details, and potentially sick, or diseased pups are being produced, then those ‘breeders’ should be immediately shut down.
    Keith Dickerson: Calm the heck down! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so you really shouldn’t stomp on someone because they exercise freedom of speech. Which, to date, I don’t think Obama has taken that freedom away from us…yet. You do make a valid point, which the first part of my email touched upon, but geeze, boy, let others have the same right you took when you wrote your opinion. Geesh, already!

  7. Oh, FYI Kathy Huish: Do you know that the Alaskan Husky began life as a mutt…a mixture of Nordic breeds selected for stamina, intelligence, and so forth? It is a recognized ‘breed’ today because it now has written Standards detailing size, weight, temperament, and so forth. Most ‘breeds’ today, Kathy, trace their original beginnings to a mix of this and a mix of that to get the end result. Just like baked goods contain different ingredient, so too do the recognized and beloved breeds of today.

  8. This is a very interesting article and as a pomsky owner I completely agree with information provided. That being said both photos you have are not of pomskys which is very misleading to the innocent buyer who is reading this information. The first photo is of two husky pups and the second is a Finnish lappund puppy called Tequila. I would suggest adding some photos of pomskys to improve the article. I would be more than happy to share some from different breeders around the world if you would like?

  9. I say get all the info you can on the so called ‘Breed’ and do a Pros and Cons list. Make your own decisions based on your family situation or personal situation. Bickering back & forth over who knows best isn’t giving anyone good information. It is only showing pettiness, no matter how polite your words may be to each other. If you want the dog and like what you find out, then buy it, give it a loving home for it’s life. If you aren’t sure, then DON’T BUY IT , it’s not like Wal-Mart and you can return it.

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