Pomchi: An Owner’s Guide to the Chihuahua Pomeranian Mix

Pomchi Feature

What happens when we mix 50% sass breed with 50% spirit breed? A Pomchi breed is what happens.

The Pomchi is a designer hybrid small dog that’s the result of mating a Pomeranian with a long-haired Chihuahua.

Standing between 6-9” in height, weighing in between 5-12lbs, this tiny package of a Pomeranian Chihuahua mix carries a huge personality!

Pomchis, also known as Chiranians or Chihuahua Pomeranian Mixes, are a courageous, stubborn, and affectionate little dog.

Let’s learn a little more about this mixed breed, their origin, and what it takes to look after a Pomchi on a day-to-day basis.

Pomchi Facts
Breed Type Mixed breed and more
Purpose Companion
Suitable For Adults or families with older children; suited to apartment and city living
Size 6 – 9” in height
Weight 5 – 12 lbs
Lifespan 12 – 15 years
Color Variations Blue & Tan, Black & Tan, Sable, Fawn, Cream and Chocolate
Temperament Stubborn, sassy, intelligent, independent, loving, loyal and inquisitive
Activity Levels Maximum of 30 minutes per day
Daily Food Consumption Approximately 40 calories per lb in body weight per day
Known Health Problems Legg Calve Perthes disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, and Oral health issues

What Is a Pomchi? Breed Overview

Pomchi
Pomchi’s have a personality far exceeding its size with their Chihuahua (left) and Pomeranian (right) parent breeds.

The Pomchi is the result of mating a Chihuahua with a Pomeranian; two purebred dog breeds.

Due to the similar small dog size of the breeds, the dam and the sire are interchangeable.

A First generation Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is 50% Pomeranian and 50% Chihuahua offspring dogs. As the generations move on, dog breeders may breed a full Pomeranian or full Chihuahua with a Pomchi, or they may breed two Pomchis. The idea of breeding two Pomchis is to have a better idea of their potential temperament, as we have done with purebred dogs.

Top-Tip

With a mixed breed you can never be entirely sure of the dog you will end up with. You may end up with a little dog that’s more Pom than Chi or more Chi than Pom.

Origins of the Pomchi

This designer Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is not a purebred dog with a pedigree so they aren’t recognized by any major Kennel Club. They are a designer crossbreed of a Pomeranian and Chihuahua.

Recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Registry as a Chiranian and also by the Designer Canine Registry as a Pomchi this affectionate and independent mix breed has received steady interest over the last decade.

Due to their popularity, a pomchi puppy price tag can be around the $950 mark, but, on average prices range between $350 – $1,200 USD.

As with all dog breeds as their popularity increases, more and more Pomchis are finding themselves in shelters, so a rescue is also an option.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Pomchi Lifespan? Between 12 – 15 years of age.
  • Pomchi Full Grown Size? Classed as a toy breed from 6-9” in height.
  • Pomchi Weight? Once matured between 5-12 lbs – females are generally lighter.
  • Pomchi Prices? $350 – $1,200 USD per puppy.

Pomchi Breed’s Parents: The Pomeranian and Chihuahua

Chihuahua
A Chihuahua Dog Sitting Down

The Chihuahua is a high-spirited, intelligent, and alert little dog. Their small size completely deceives their larger-than-life personality.

Dating back to the Aztecs, it is thought the Techichi was the Toltec’s dog of choice – when the Aztecs conquered the Toltecs, they refined the Techichi to what we now know as the Chihuahua.

They lived on after the Toltec era and a large number of them were found by the Americans in the State of Chihuahua; which is where the dog got its name from.

Described by All Things Dogs as a sassy dog, you needn’t say much more. The Chi is stubborn, charming, and loyal. A huge character in a small body with the small dog feistiness to match any terrier!

Pomeranian
A Pomeranian Running in a Field

Described by the American Kennel Club as inquisitive, bold, and lively the Pomeranian breed is a distant relative of the Arctic Spitz dogs (sled dogs).

The dog breed can thank Queen Victoria, from England, for its popularity as during a visit to Italy, she fell in love with them and swiftly brought them home to Britain. Queen Victoria went on to show her Poms at Crufts, creating a regal bearing.

Poms have been loyal companions of Thomas Edison, Mozart, and Michelangelo.

Alert and intelligent, these feisty small dogs are super watchdogs. Energetic and lively, they enjoy being active, but they don’t need endless miles of walks.

So we cross the bold, alert, and intelligent Pom breed with the sassy, stubborn, and feisty Chi breed and what do we get? A Pomchi with character to boot. The Pomchi breed of small dogs will certainly keep you active and entertained.

Pomchi Temperament and Personality

Characteristic Rating
Friendliness 4 Star Rating for Friendliness
Ease of Care 4 Star Rating for Ease of Care
Trainability 3 Star Rating for Trainability
Exercise Requirements 2 Star Rating for Exercise Requirements
Social Tendencies 4 Star Rating for Social Tendencies

Standoffish is probably the best word to describe this Pomeranian Chihuahua mix with strangers. The Pomchi is alert, inquisitive and will certainly let you know if something is out of place. Some owners struggle with their barking tendencies and describe them as excessive.

Not only does the Pomchi bark at noises, knocks, or the pipe creaking, but Pomchis will also bark if left alone for long periods of time. Due to their affectionate nature, the breed doesn’t cope with being alone:

  • The Pomchi breed is prone to suffering from separation anxiety.
  • Pomchis will chew, scratch, bark, dig, urinate and defaecate when stressed.

Top-Tip

Avoid leaving a Pomchi for long periods by asking friends or family to pop in or seek out a dog walker.

When with their family, Pomchis are a very affectionate dog breed, like their Pomeranian breed parent.

Pomchis tolerate adults much better than children though. This designer toy mixed breed is best suited to adult-only homes or families with older children because of their small toy size. We’ve mentioned their love of curling up on the sofa – to be honest, this is where you will find the Pomchi most of the time.

Despite their lively and inquisitive nature, the Pomchi breed doesn’t need hours of exercise. They are quite happy running around the house or in the yard. Walks of around 30 minutes are ample for such small dogs, however, their stubborn nature can leave their recall less than desirable – keep your Pomchi on a leash when out walking.

If socialized from a young age, the mixed breed Pomchi tends to get on well with other animals, yet due to their feisty nature, it would be advisable to supervise interactions. Watch their body language to predict any potential problems.

How to Care for a Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix

Pomchi breed’s independent nature, which craves attention, throws up some things to be mindful of when caring for this loving little dog.

Like other Chihuahua Mix dogs, this mixed breed is best suited to adult-only homes, or those families with older children.

How to Feed a Pomchi

Both Pomeranians and Chihuahuas are known to be fussy eaters; it is possible that your Pomchi has inherited this quality.

It may take you a while to find a food that suits your Pomchi breed pooch, speak with your veterinarian or find a dietician to help if you are struggling.

Ensure the food you are feeding meets your small dog’s daily nutritional requirements, the Pomchi will need:

  • 1.6 grams of fat per kilo of body weight
  • 2.62 grams of protein per kilo of body weight

Check the labels of your Pomch’s food match these requirements. A Pomchi will eat on average 40 calories per lb of body weight per day, so if your dog weighs in at 8 lbs, he will need:

  • 320 calories per day
  • 5.8 grams of fat per day
  • 9.5 grams of protein per day

It is incredibly easy for any dog breed to put on weight, smaller dogs are no exception. You can use the Pomchi puppy growth chart below to manage their weight:

Weight at 8 weeks old Adult size
11 oz 2lbs
13oz 2.5 lbs
1lb 3 lbs
1.18 lbs 3.5lbs
1.34 lbs 4lbs
1.51lbs 4.5lbs
1.68lbs 5lbs
2.06lbs 6lbs
2.44lbs 7lbs

Try to avoid feeding table scraps as it is more difficult to monitor how much your Pomchi puppy is eating. If you do want to include healthy human foods in their diet, use some healthy fruits, and swap out some of your Pomchi’s daily allowance to accommodate.

Exercising A Dog

As we’ve mentioned, these small dogs fall pretty low on the exercise requirements.

Pomchis are more than happy running around the house or the yard, but, are partial to a walk around the block. 30 minutes would be ample, so, for this reason, the breed is perfectly suited to apartment and city living.

The Pomchi breed’s stubborn nature leads most owners to keep them on their leash; their recall leaves a lot to be desired.

A Pomchi mix is most happy spending time with you, whether this is pottering around the house, sitting in the yard, or catching up with your TV shows!

How to Train a Pomchi

Like all dogs, this breed responds best to reward-based training (i.e. positive reinforcement).

When your Pomchi is behaving as you want him to, praise and reward him. Food and toy treats are perfect. If he responds better to food rewards, swap out some of his daily food allowances to accommodate. You can also try playing and praise as rewards.

Your dog will learn that when he behaves a certain way, something good happens. He’s then more likely to repeat that behavior; this is known as operant behavior it’s how dog breeds learn.

Due to the stubborn nature of the Pomchi’s parent breeds, especially the Chihuahua, the Pomchi breed can be difficult to train difficult; patience is key!

It is well established that aversive training methods can create and exacerbate problematic behaviors in dogs, so avoid using punishments.

As we mentioned earlier, barking can become problematic in this mixed breed. We have some handy tips to manage your Pomchi’s excessive barking:

  • Don’t yell at your dog – it just becomes a contest of who can yell louder usually.
  • Understand what causes the barking. If he’s barking at people walking by, don’t allow your Pomchi outside unsupervised. outside unsupervised. If he barks at a particular window, move your dog to another room or close the blinds/curtains.
  • Ignore the barking and reward him as soon as he stops. This is the behavior you want your Pomchi to repeat.
  • Teach the “go to bed” command. Throw treats on to your Pomchi’s bed with the command “bed” or “go to bed,” if he barks at guests or mailmen, you can use this command to remove your Pomchi from the situation.
  • Keep your Pomchi stimulated – a bored or frustrated dog is more likely to bark.
  • You also stand a better chance at avoiding excessive barking if your dog is socialized from a young age. Keep socialization sessions short and upbeat, only introduce a couple of new experiences at a time.

Known Health Problems

Just like their parents, a Pomchi dog is prone to certain health problems including:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy – this is when there is progressive deterioration in the retina which causes vision loss and ultimately blindness in dogs.
  • Cataracts – a cataract is an opacity in the lens of the dog’s eye which causes loss of vision and can lead to blindness in dogs.
  • Hypothyroidism – here the dog’s thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones. The most common symptoms are loss of hair, excess shedding, reduced activity, weight gain and dull coat. It can often be treated with medication.
  • Epilepsy – common in Chihuahua’s due to their low body weight, this designer dog breed has been known to suffer from seizures.
  • Oral health issues – common in toy breeds, Pomchi puppies don’t always lose their puppy teeth. Their adult teeth still push through and results in dental overcrowding. Due to the extra teeth in the dog’s mouth, they all rub against each other, wearing the enamel away.

If you have any concerns with your dog’s general health and wellbeing, speak with your veterinarian.

Breed Appearance: Coat, Color, and Grooming

Often described as fox-like in appearance, the Pomchi can look more Pomeranian than Chihuahua or more Chihuahua than Pomeranian – you never truly know what you will end up within a mixed breed.

They come in a range of colors including black and tan, sable, fawn, chocolate, and blue and tan; however, we haven’t yet seen a pure black pomchi. The most common colors are fawn and sable.

Small in size, between 5 – 12lbs in weight, and standing up to 9” in height, Pomchi breed males are generally larger than females. They tend to have pointy, erect ears with the very typical fox-like snout.

Coat type varies, a Pomchi can have long, short, dense, thin, double, or single coats, with pomchis shedding isn’t a big issue. However, both of its parent breeds have two seasonal blowouts; so expect this from your designer mixed breed too.

Regular brushing will keep the Pomchi coat knot and matt free. Check their ears and eyes over when grooming as we know that Pomchis do suffer with their eyes.

Summary

Tempted with this alert, intelligent and sassy small dog? This Pomeranian Chihuahua mix will certainly keep you attentive and alert. Not being excessively active, a Pomchi will happily run around the house and yard, with a short walk around the block.

As small dogs, the Pomchi breed is perfectly suited to apartment and city living; in an adult-only home or a family with older children who understand that dogs need their own space too.

An impressive watchdog, Pomchis are known for their barking, especially if left alone. They can be standoffish with strangers, but once a Pomchi has accepted you, this mixed breed will be your lap dog for life.

When socialized from a young age as Pomchi puppies, they cope well with other animals; just remember the Pomchi’s bold and independent nature and watch for any potential disasters when meeting other animals and dogs.

A feisty companion, the Pomchi may be 50% Pom and 50% Chi but this dog breed is 100% loyal and loving! Let us know what you think in the comment area below.

Pomchi FAQ

How much is a Pomchi worth?

The price of a Pomchi is not much less than its purebred parents as it’s such a lovable and desirable pet. In general, a Pomchi puppy can cost anywhere between $150 to $950. The average cost of a Pomchi pup is $500, however, well-bred puppies cost roughly $1,400 to $5,500. 

Do Pomchi dogs bark a lot?

Smaller dogs like Pomchis do tend to become quite vocal when left alone and do often suffer from separation anxiety if those periods are more than just a few hours. Pomchis can be yappy. While they make great watchdogs, it’s important to start training them early to curb unwanted barking behaviors.

Does a Pomchi shed?

The male Pomchi will shed once every year while the female Pomchi will shed when on heat or after delivery. This may be interpreted as the female dog sheds less and is more predictable. If you buy a long-haired Pomchi, you will have to do extra work of grooming.

How long do Pomchis live?

Pomchis can live on average anywhere from 12 to 18 years, which is well above the average 11 to 13 years expected for most dog breeds. Barring accidents and health problems, of which Pomchis see very few, you’re looking forward to more than a decade with your new best friend.

 

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.

26 Comments

  1. I have a 9 week old Pomchi, I got her 3 weeks ago. She is a pure delight. Playful, smart and learning obedience, she understands what I say most of the time, but the lunging at the face I’m working on and the biting or chewing of my hands and flesh.in time I’m sure it will pass. She is bred from an AKC Applehead purebred and Pomeranian. Very cute, her markings are like that of a German Shepard and color, with a slight soft red, mostly cream though.

  2. I’ve got a little male that I was told mom was a Chihuahua and they believe dad was a Pom. He looks like a white artic fox. His issues are when I come home from work, he is in his crate and he starts screaming. As you go to pick him up, and he gets excited, he pee’s all over you. He also likes to do alot of mouthing on your hands or chasing and biting other dogs. Any suggestions on curbing these problems?

    • Hi Lou,

      Thanks for your question.

      It sounds like there are a few separate issues here. So let’s focus on one at a time.

      Do you have your own yard, or do you have to take him out on a lead to go potty? When you return from work, if you have your own yard, it may be worth opening your back door and calmly opening his crate door to let him out to go potty. Only interact with him when he’s actually toileted.

      You are keeping the initial interaction calm and giving him the opportunity to empty his bladder before he loses control in the excitement.

      Regarding the mouthing issue – providing the veterinarian has cleared him of any medical condition that could be causing it, you need to remove your attention the moment he starts to mouth. Distract him with a chew or toy if necessary.

      Stay calm, he doesn’t need a reaction. You are reducing the impact of the unwanted behavior and instead showing him the wanted behavior. If he likes to play and chase it could be worth investing in a flirt pole!

      With the other dogs, this isn’t great social behavior.

      Some dogs like to chase when they play and this is fine – the issue is when it becomes aggressive (hackles up, tense bodies, snarling and lunging etc). Keep him on a leash when out walking. Be around dogs, but at a distance, you are re-teaching him how to behave around other dogs. When he is at a distance, reward him when he shows little interest in other dogs. Slowly, decrease the distance between him and the other dogs. As you get closer, you still want the same reaction (indifference), reward this response.

      When you feel confident being closer to other dogs, again reward positive interactions. The moment there is an inappropriate interaction, remove your dog from the situation. If you are concerned about your dog’s behavior, please seek the advice of a qualified behaviorist.

  3. I might be getting a Pomchi (she’s 16 months). I don’t know how she’ll act around my 14 month old jack-chi and my five year old sister. The owner says that it’s good around dogs and children but I don’t really know.

    • Hi Ben,

      If you are deciding to adopt this dog, then a good idea would be to introduce your Jack-Chi to the dog in a neutral place. You can then see how they get along together. You could also take the dog on a short walk meeting lots of different types of people to see how she behaves with children.

  4. I’m about to adopt a 4 year old pomchi. I’m concerned about barking as I live in an apartment and worry if the dog barks when left alone for a couple of hours. The current owner says they’ve rescued another puppy. The 4 year old isn’t getting attention. We’ve arranged to meet for me to take ownership of the dog. This concerns me without knowing much about the dogs current environment. Please let me know your thoughts.

    • Hi Anne,

      We understand your concern. During the meet, try to find out as much information as possible, but be mindful that you may not get the whole truth. Ask questions about how they socialize with other dogs, people, children and small animals. These dogs can be quite stubborn and independent, so ask about any training they have carried out and which methods they have used.

      Pomchis can be protective so there is a risk of barking, but you can always teach the “quiet,” command to your pup to help keep the noise down. This applies to any unwanted behaviour that your new companion may display, teach them an alternative and wanted behavior.

      Take things slowly when you first bring him home, his whole world has just changed, he may be unsettled, stressed and anxious. Equally, he could just be happy for the new attention.

      If you have any queries about any behavior, please feel free to ask further questions.

  5. Hello! We recently got a Pomchi. She is very active and adorable, she’s 10 weeks old. Our concern is her biting and it escalates to a very aggressive stage and she won’t stop.

  6. We recently got a Pomchi. She’s adorable and awesome! She’s very loving and followes me everywhere. She’s the cutest dog I have ever seen in my life. We have a tween and he is too rough with her. She lets him know when it’s time to leave her alone.

  7. I love my Ziggy! He is 6 years old…sweet, energetic, and sassy. He is my running partner for up to 3 miles! He is good at the dog park with all of his doggie friends…big and small. I adopted a 4/5 year old female Chihuahua (now about the same age, maybe a little older), and he established the alpha male role. He annoys her, but generally he is protective of her and appreciate each other’s company. I am getting a Golden Retriever puppy soon, and hopefully they will become fast friends.

  8. Hi, I’m planing on getting a Pom-chi, but I haven’t been able to find anywhere what the puppy span of Pom-chi is; the age until they mentally mature for how long they will “act” like a puppy?

    • Most puppies are psychologically puppies until they are around 5-6 months old. They then enter adolescence! Most owners will say this is worse than puppyhood! Adolescent dogs are hard work, they are as much work as puppies but in different ways. Whilst you may not have the worry of toilet training, you still need to watch their every move for other reasons. Adolescent dogs want freedom, much like human adolescents, but as their owner we are often reluctant to give it. But it is possible, if we control it. Adolescence is when puppy behaviors start to become problematic. Their chewing didn’t cause much damage when they were small; but now they have a more powerful jaw, the sofa is destroyed! It’s here that owners need to establish what is acceptable behavior as an adult dog and ask for it! Physically, small breeds aren’t deemed fully mature until at least 12 months. How your dog matures psychologically largely depends on their environment, training and socialization.

    • I have a 9 mouth old pomchi who is going to be 10 in a week, I have had him since he was 3 months. He is honestly one of the best puppies I have had, he’s has some accidents – but really he was a baby still is but he loves another dogs. He loves people he loves walks, he has sassy loving personality and he’s amazing dog. He different, but I’m glad this little thing walked into my life and stole everyone in life hearts ❤️

  9. My pomchi is 7 years old. When we got her from my deceased sister in law she was pure white. In the last year she has lost hair around her neck with color change to her legs, tail and front to a pinkish brown. What should we do?

    • Quite often, you’ll notice this with white dogs. Is she licking the areas excessively? This usually causes discolouration. You then need to figure out why she is licking the area. It could be pain or stress related. It could also be indicative of an intolerance (food or environmental). Could you provide some more information?

      How did she cope with losing your sister in law? Is she showing any stress behavior? What is her diet like? If you are unsure whether any of this applies, please pop to see your Veterinarian for a chat.

  10. Thanks for the reply, some licking on the paws but her tail has changed color also. We are seeing a Vet in 2 days. She has adjusted well int he last year. My wife and her sister look alike.

  11. Hi John, very nice article ☺
    I recently got a 12 weeks old black Pomchi girl who is pure joy and who looks very much like my little German spitzdog Charly who died three months ago after 16 delightful years. When I started looking for a puppy I remembered that 15 years ago Charly had fathered 5 gorgeous puppies with a longhaired Chihuahua lady whom he had met on one of our daily walks.

  12. We got our 12 year old son a pup for Christmas and we absolutely adore this baby! We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter pet than him! He is extremely affectionate, loving and so cute and fun!! He definitely loves to be with us at all times so I only recommend this mixed breed to folks that have tons of time to spend with them and lots of love to give them, too! They are a small dog that requires extra care, too, and definitely need to be protected from harm from other dogs and small children.

  13. I have a 4-year-old female from a 4 lb. She is black with white toes & chest blaze, smooth hair with a fine under coat, “feathers” at the back of her hind legs, tiny face & feet & medium length tail hair. She resembles a small Schipperke. She is very well behaved but her timid Chihuahua side occasionally comes out. She was the runt of the litter & weighed 7 lbs. at 1 year. She is now a very solid, energetic 18 lbs! My little girl takes a 3 mile walk with me daily & is not fat. I wouldn’t trade her for the world!

  14. We just adopted an 8 week old pup, told he is a pomchi, which I can see when I look at him. He is cream/white but I believe his coat will change with age just as some poms do. He has light fawn colors around his face , a grey nose and some greyish color patches on his back. They are all light in color but I believe may darken with maturity. I’ve never had a small pupper before but he is currently 2.8lbs of adorable fun. He has typical puppy behaviours we are working with him on but he seems to be a quick learner.

  15. Hi! I have a Pomchi. She is 3 months old. In the last few days I have notices one of the back legs clicks, like someone cracking their knuckles. is that normal? I hear this sound every time she stretches but she doesn’t look like she is in pain. She is definitely picky eater and likes to bite, feet and hands.. still working on her potty training. But beside all this she is so beautiful and we love her so much, she has so much energy.

    • Hi Ana, this is common in small breeds is a condition called luxating patella, where the kneecap doesn’t sit quite right. It’s usually painless, but sometimes surgery is an option. We would advise you seek the advice of your Veterinarian just to double check what’s going on. There can be other reasons for crepitus, so it’s best to double check what you are dealing with.

      • Thank you. Took your advice and had her checked by the vet. Is called OCD” may grow out of it and wont bother her, but if she starts limping she will go for surgery, apparently a lot of dogs have it, she was born that way, but is more noticeable now that she is growing. My only battle at the moment besides that is that she is picky eater, just wondering what dry foods are people feeding their Pomchi’s? My Pomchi is only 4 months old.

  16. I recently adopted a two year old Pomchi who was rescued. He was worried at first but responded immediately to gentle encouraging words. He is now totally devoted to me and will not leave my side. Yes he barks at strange sounds and people but doesn’t every dog? If it gets too much, one very stern warning is used and if he carries on I walk out of the room. He stops immediately, being rewarded with massive praise and love and “good boy” his favorite words! This baby is so eager to please, trains easily and is gaining back his confidence which is so lovely to see. He is now one happy little dog with a very happy owner!

  17. I have a pom chi I got as a puppy and is now 5 yrs old.His name is rusty because of his hair color and he is the most loving dog I’ve ever had,if you look up lapdog in the dictionary you will see rusty. The only problem I’ve had with him are skin allergies and he never wears a collar because I worry about his treachia even though I haven’t had a problem yet.He is the love of my life

  18. I have a 5 yr old pom chi named Rusty,because he is red with cream chest and feet.He is the most lovable dog I’ve ever had,he is a true lap dog that loves everybody and other animals.Never been around children so I Don’t know what he’d do.He’s had some dental issues and allergies at certain times of the year, but mostly he’s a healthy boy.I highly reccomend this loving,loyal little dog.He is family !

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