Pomskies are 10–15 inches tall and weigh between 10 and 35 pounds. These dogs are active, mischievous, and easygoing. The breed lives for up to 15 years.
The mixed breed is ideally suited to families with children and other pets. Experienced dog owners should easily train this intelligent and occasionally stubborn crossbreed. Pomskies are playful and nippy, so they’re not good pets for families with toddlers or young children.
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Pomsky Quick Summary
|Common names:||Husky Pomeranian mix, pomsky, husky pom, pom husky|
|Parent breeds:||Siberian husky and Pomeranian|
|Colors:||Black, brown, blue, gray, red, white|
|Coat:||Double coat, medium length|
|Life expectancy:||13–15 years|
|Temperament:||Playful, energetic, easygoing, intelligent, loyal, stubborn|
The pomsky is a medium-sized dog with medium-length fur in black, brown, gray, or red, with white patches. Pomskies look like small huskies, with erect triangular ears and a thick, curled tail.
Size and Weight
The average height of a pomsky is 10–15 inches at the withers. These dogs weigh 10–35 pounds on average. The exact size and weight of the dog depend on the size of its parents and which of its parents it resembles the most. For instance, a dog that closely resembles its husky parent is larger than a dog that closely resembles its Pomeranian parent.
Pomskies have a medium-length double coat that consists of a dense, fluffy undercoat and a smooth, straight top coat. The fur markings are typically black, gray, brown, and white, resembling a husky’s coat. Some of these dogs have red or blue patches on their coats.
Head and Face Shape
The pomsky has a head shape that’s similar to a husky’s, but with a shorter, fuller muzzle and shorter ears. The dog’s eyes are almond-shaped and are found in blue, brown, yellow, and gray colors. The ears are erect and triangular-shaped.
The pomsky is thought to have originated in the United States in 2009. Most likely, the breed came into existence to combine the intelligence and loyalty of the husky with the cute, lively nature of the Pomeranian.
To understand the pomsky breed’s mix, it’s helpful to know about the parent breeds: the husky and the Pomeranian.
The Pomeranian is a toy dog breed originating from the Pomerania region in central Europe. This breed weighs up to 7 pounds and grows up to 12 inches tall. Pomeranians have long, thick, fluffy fur, with a ruff of fur around the neck, feathered hair on the backs of the legs, and a highly-plumed tail.
Pomeranians are known for their friendly, lively behavior, which is inherited by the pomsky.
The Siberian husky is a medium-sized working dog that originated in Northeast Asia. This dog weighs between 46 and 60 pounds, and grows up to 23 inches tall. Siberian huskies have thick double coats in gray, black, blue, and red, often with white patches on their faces and chests. The colors and markings of this breed are usually passed onto pomskies.
Siberian huskies are intelligent, loyal, energetic dogs, and these behaviors are inherited by pomskies.
Pomsky Personality and Temperament
The pomsky has the combined personality traits of both its parents: the loyalty, intelligence, and stubborn streak of the husky, and the playful, lively behavior of the Pomeranian. These dogs are fiercely loyal and attention-seeking, so they make good family watchdogs and need plenty of daily stimulation to feel important.
Pomskies are known to latch onto one member of the family and can be distrustful of strangers. For this reason, these dogs should be socialized properly from a young age. Due to their stubborn streak, pomskies are best suited for experienced dog owners or people who have the time and patience to train a willful dog.
Taking Care of a Pomsky
Pomskies are easy to take care of as long as you have enough time to keep on top of grooming and give the dogs a lot of attention. These mixes are medium-sized dogs that don’t need a lot of food, but they have higher grooming needs and require more mental stimulation than other dog breeds.
The pomsky needs about 800 calories, or two cups of kibble, per day. Provide high-quality, protein-rich dog food that is specially designed for small-to-medium dog breeds. Split your pomsky’s meals into two to three portions per day.
Pomskies have a thick double coat that needs daily brushing to stay soft and tangle-free. Use a pin brush to remove dead fur from the coat, and a slicker brush to detangle the knots. Bathe your dog once monthly or when the coat becomes dirty. Consider getting your dog professionally groomed if you don’t have the time to keep on top of grooming.
Pomskies shed moderately throughout the year, with a heavy seasonal blow-out in the spring and fall. The dogs aren’t hypoallergenic.
The pomsky needs at least 45 minutes of exercise per day, ideally divided into two separate walks and play sessions. Walking, hiking, jogging, and supervised swimming are good exercises for pomskies. Due to their high exercise requirements, these dogs aren’t suitable for apartment living or for inactive owners.
Pomkies are intelligent and enjoy sessions that combine exercise with brain training, such as agility and hide-and-seek. The dogs require at least 30 minutes of mental stimulation per day in the form of playtime and training. Tug-of-war, obstacle courses, and interactive toys (like treat release toys) are all good ways to entertain a pomsky.
Common Health Concerns
Pomskies are considered moderately healthy dogs, but they’re known to have several health issues. Many of these issues can be avoided by buying a dog from a reputable breeder who has screened the parent dogs for common health conditions.
Patellar luxation is a common condition in small dogs that causes the knee joint to form incorrectly. As a result, the kneecap moves out of place, causing pain and lameness, and predisposing other conditions, like torn ligaments. Patellar luxation is corrected by exercise therapy and, as a last resort, surgery.
Dermatitis is a condition affecting a dog’s skin, causing inflammation and itching. Dermatitis is typically caused by allergies (to environmental factors or foods), parasites (like fleas), or infections. Dogs with dermatitis may itch frequently, especially around the ears, paws, armpits, and tummy, and appear restless. The treatment for dermatitis depends on the cause, but may involve the use of shampoos and medications to control itching.
A collapsed trachea is commonly seen in toy breeds like Pomeranians and may be genetically passed on to pomskies. This condition causes the dog’s tracheal cartridges to lose their rigidity, resulting in difficulty breathing. Dogs with a collapsed trachea breathe noisily and cough frequently. Weight loss and the use of bronchodilators can manage this condition.
Training a Pomsky
Pomskies are intelligent dogs, but they’re known to have a stubborn, mischievous streak. The best way to train a pomsky is with short, consistent rewards-based training sessions, such as clicker training.
Begin training when the dog is eight weeks old. Start with basic training, like toilet training and leash training, then move on to more challenging commands. Socialize your pomsky in a variety of environments to get the dog used to different people and surroundings.
First-time dog owners may struggle to train a pomsky. Professional training classes can help you to manage your dog’s playful behavior and teach your dog to obey commands.
Pomskies are a mix of two of the most sought-after, expensive dogs, so the price tag for this breed is high.
How Much is a Pomsky?
A pomsky is $2,500 to $5,000. The price may vary depending on certain circumstances, including:
- Whether you buy or adopt a pomsky: Adopting a pomsky is much cheaper than buying the dog, but pomskies are rarely up for adoption
- Whether the dog is a puppy or an adult: Puppies are at least $500 more expensive than adults
- Whether or not the parents are show dogs. Puppies of show dogs are expensive
How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Pomsky?
After the initial cost of toys, bedding, and grooming supplies, the monthly cost of raising a pomsky is $70. This includes the cost of food, healthcare, grooming, and toys. Additional costs to consider are professional training and grooming, and dog sitting or boarding.
Should You Get a Pomsky?
Pomskies are energetic, entertaining dogs, but they’re not suitable for some people or lifestyles.
Pomskies are Suitable for:
Pomkies are medium-sized dogs with lots of energy, so they’re good pets for active people who have plenty of time to walk and play with their dogs. These dogs are playful, mischievous, and sometimes stubborn, so they’re best suited to experienced dog owners who have the time and patience to train their pets. Pomskies form strong attachments to single members of the family, so they’re ideal for single people looking for a companion dog.
Pomskies are NOT Suitable for:
Pomskies get along well with adults, but they’re known to be playful, jealous, and nippy, so they’re not best suited for families with young children. Like their husky parents, pomskies are prone to separation anxiety and are known to howl when left alone, so they’re not suitable for people who spend a lot of time away from home. These dogs exhibit destructive behavior when they’re bored, so they’re not good pets for people who don’t have the time to play with their dogs. Due to their energetic nature, pomkies aren’t suitable for apartment living.
Other Husky and Pomeranian Mixes
If you’re interested in learning about other Siberian Husky mixes or Pomeranian mixes, check out the hybrid dog breeds below.