A Pomeranian Husky (also known as Pomskies!) is a unique cross between a tiny, fluffy Pomeranian and the large, wolf-like Siberian Husky.
This result is a beautiful hybrid that's mid-sized, super-fluffy, yet looks remarkably Husky-like with its piercing eyes and distinctive Spitz features.
While these dogs are particularly well-suited for small homes and apartments where a larger, full-size Siberian Husky just wouldn't fit, they are also notoriously independent, energetic, and absolutely love to howl like wolves!
In this article, we detail what you can expect to see from a Pomeranian Husky mix, so you can see if a Pomsky really is the dog for you. Keep reading, and find out everything you need to know about the Pomeranian Husky.
Pomeranian Husky: an overview
The Pomeranian Husky is easily one of the most popular hybrid-cross breeds in a long and ever-increasing line of 'designer dogs' (other popular designer dogs include Cockapoos, Labradoodles, and the Puggle!).
The Pomeranian Husky, or Pomsky for short, is a designer breed produced by crossing a Pomeranian with a Siberian Husky. The result is a smaller, fluffier version of the Siberian Husky that makes for one of the best apartment dogs.
This breed retains certain characteristics from both the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky. The Pomsky dog is essentially a cross between a working dog (the Siberian Husky) and a companion dog (the tiny Pomeranian), and the results are rather unique.
While they are smaller than a Siberian Husky, they still have those wolf-like facial features, and while they are as fluffy as a Pomeranian, they also have that high energy and need for affection. If you've always wanted a Siberian Husky, but don't have the space to care for a full-grown wolf-dog in your home, then the Pomeranian Husky mix is the solution!
Let's take a look at the stats of an adult Pomsky in more detail:
Height: A Husky Pomeranian mix stands between 10 and 15 inches tall, once fully grown. They are much taller than Pomeranians but much shorter than Siberian Huskies!
Weight: A Pomsky full grown weight is between 20 and 30 pounds (again somewhere between the weight of a Pomeranian and a Husky).
Physical attributes: Mid-sized dog with a thick, double coat and fluffy fur. They are often born with those piercing blue Husky eyes. Coats can come in a range of colors, either Husky-colored (black, white, grey) or Pomeranian-colored (tan, black, brown, etc.). It essentially looks like a small Husky or Husky puppy at first glance!
Lifespan: Pomeranian Husky puppies, once grown, can live between 9 and 13 years.
Known health problems: Very prone to hereditary diseases and conditions and can inherit problems of either the Pomeranian or the Husky (or both). Prone to allergies, eye conditions, dental conditions, heart disease, hip dysplasia, and luxating patellas.
Temperament: Fun-loving, full of energy, craves affection and companionship from humans, loves to howl, intelligent, takes well to training but can be stubborn. Pomskies are best suited to be companion dogs.
A brief history
Pomeranian Huskies are designer dogs, and they really are a very recent 'design' of dog breed. The breed has been artificially created, as Pomeranians and Huskies are unlikely to meet and breed much by themselves!
Pomeranian Huskies have been around for only a few years, and they first took off in 2017, when they became one of the must-have dogs of the year. Cute pics of this small dog on social media led to a staggering boom in demand, and prices skyrocketed for this tiny pup while breeders began breeding more and more of them.
While the initial Pomskie craze has quieted down, they've certainly become accepted as a unique yet practical dog for small homes and apartments. For that reason, the Pomskie looks set to have a long history ahead of it as a companion dog, even if they've only recently entered the world of dogs!
Advantages and disadvantages of a Siberian Husky
Pomskies take both good qualities of their mixed breeding and the bad qualities, too, so potential owners need to weigh up both the pros and cons of raising Pomskies puppies before bringing them home.
Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages:
- Athletic, despite tiny size, and can easily go for long walks, hikes, and runs.
- Rugged breed (they are descended from working dogs!).
- Incredibly intelligent and pick up commands very easily.
- The small size makes them perfect for apartments.
- Very affectionate and loves to play and cuddle.
- Can be quite aloof with strangers and in unusual situations.
- Love to howl!
- Their coats shed frequently.
- Very, very expensive to buy puppies.
- Prone to hereditary diseases.
Let's take a look at the characteristics of a Pomeranian Husky in more detail so you can see if this is the right dog for you.
Pomeranian Husky temperament and personality
This is a seriously fun-loving dog, and while their high energy levels are perfect for high energy owners, if you're after a quiet dog, the Pomsky isn't for you.
Pomskies love to be given affection, and if you're not giving them enough, they'll come after you for it. They take this from their Pomeranian side, a breed of dog that's a companion dog through and through.
Pomskies are remarkably intelligent, however, even if they can be stubborn and independent-minded when they want to be. This makes them fun to train, and you can't start teaching them commands early on. The Siberian Husky was bred to be a working dog, and so the Pomsky takes these qualities from this side of the family (although Pomeranians are also exceptionally intelligent).
Pomeranian Husky care and grooming
Do Pomeranians shed? That's probably one of the most important questions you'll be asking, particularly if you're bringing this pup home to a small house!
Pomskies are known for their thick, furry coats, and unfortunately, they do shed a lot. It's a small price to pay for their luscious fur coat, but it can be annoying when shedding becomes excessive (especially in spring).
Pomskies have a double coat, and this does keep them warm in the winter, but can easily lead them to overheat in the summer, so you will want to keep it clipped back and well-groomed for their comfort (Huskies are bred for Arctic conditions, remember!).
Regular grooming keeps your Pomsky not only well styled but keeps their thick fur free of debris and dangerous parasites such as ticks, fleas, and mites. Regular washing and brushing also help your Pomsky to avoid any unwanted skin conditions too.
Pomeranian Husky health concerns
Pomeranian Huskies are prone to several hereditary diseases and congenital conditions, a result of their being crossed between two purebred breeds of dog that are already prone to hereditary diseases themselves.
Common conditions that the Pomsky is susceptible to include the following:
- Eye conditions
- Dental issues
- Heart disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Luxating patellas
One of the most common problems is a luxating patella, which occurs when the kneecap pops in and out of the socket. You can help your pup to reduce the load on their joints, though, by setting up a bed ramp for dogs around the home, thereby making mobility easier for them.
Pomskies need at least one walk a day to be happy and healthy, but despite their small size, they'll happily keep up for mile after mile in the backwoods. They love to run, and you need to ensure they have access to outdoor space to do so.
That being said, the Siberian Husky is one of the strongest, most robust dogs on the planet, and your Pomeranian Husky will generally be healthy for its life without too much effort on your part. And how long do Pomeranians live? That depends, of course, but the average lifespan of a Pomsky is between 9 and 13 years, an average lifespan for most breeds of dog.
Pomeranian Husky: the last howl
Pomskies can be a handful, given their high-energy outlook on life and their craving for human attention, but if you're looking for a colorful companion with buckets of personality, this is the small dog for you!
Part Pomeranian, part Siberian Husky, this truly is a unique breed. Prepare yourself for lots of howling and a little stubbornness, and you'll soon become best friends. If you're searching for the perfect companion dog, then why not bookmark our guide to the Pomeranian Husky?