It is well known among husky breeders that blue eyes husky tend to be dominant when crossed with other breeds. This means that the likelihood of having blue eyed pomsky puppies is pretty high if the right blue eye husky is crossed with Pomeranian.
The blue eyes husky is not any more predisposed to eye problems than the brown eyes husky which is a misconception held by some people. Therefore a blue eye pomsky is not predisposed to eye problems compared with pomskies without blue eyes.
The physical appearance of pomskies is unpredictable but determined by the predominant gene of either of the parent breed. Some of the popular coat colors of pomskies include red, black, grey, blue, cream, brown and white. They could either be of a single solid color or a predominant color with markings of different colors.
However a lot of pomsky admirers seem to obsess after pomskies that have the look and feel of the Siberian husky.
Pomskies have soft and fluffy medium coat length with full undercoat with erect ears and curly tail just like the Pomeranian and the Siberian husky. Regular grooming of this dog is very important as pomskies do shed.
Intending owner of a husky Pomeranian mix must be prepared for grooming exercises because they do shed a bit particularly during autumn and spring. Occasional visits to a professional groomer may be needed especially when they blow their coat.
The cost of acquiring a husky Pomeranian mix puppy will vary from breeder to breeder but on the average it ranges from $1,000-$3,500.
Pictures of pomskies
The Finnish Lapphund is a purebred pomsky look alike.
Pictures of finnish lapphund
Temperament of the husky Pomeranian mix
The temperament of cross breeds such as the pomsky is determined by the inherited traits from the parent breeds however there are some traits that are common in both parent breeds that are therefore guaranteed to be seen in all pups from the cross breed.
The guaranteed temperament of the pomsky can be summarized as follows:
- Outgoing and extroverted.
The temperament of the pomsky is further influenced by the traits of the dominant parent breed which will vary from pup to pup. If the husky genes are dominant in the temperament then you should expect to see additional traits such as: stubborn, ongoing, gentle, excessively friendly and a poor watchdog.
While on the other hand if the Pomeranian genes are dominant in the temperament of the pomsky then you can expect these additional traits: a good watchdog, playful.
Identifying the dominant parent breed
Even though the genetic makeup of the pomsky is determined by the combination of the genes of both the husky and the Pomeranian, there is a fundamental fact about life that is applicable in the case of cross breeds which can be help a pomsky owner in knowing which of the parent breed is likely to be more dominant in his/her pup.
“This is a basic fact of life: if an animal looks like a lion then it is a lion, if a creature looks like a human being then he is a human being. The outward appearance is a clear reflection of the internal (genetic) wiring of that being or entity.”
The look of the pomsky gives an indication of the dominant parent breed and it can fall into any of the following possibilities:
- The pomsky looks more like the Siberian husky.
- The pomsky look more like the Pomeranian.
- The pomsky does not have a dominant look of either of the parent breeds i.e. a 50-50 look.
When the pomsky looks more like the Siberian husky
The pomsky that look more like the husky is an indication that the husky genes of the parent husky breed is likely to be more dominant but this is not to suggest that trait of the Pomeranian will not be seen as well.
A pomsky can also look more like the husky if it is a product of a multigenerational cross which means that the one of the parent breed is a pomsky that is crossed with a purebred husky. In this case it is even more certain that the pomsky is leans genetically towards the husky than the Pomeranian.
Since a cross breed like the pomsky is a combination of the different traits and temperament of the parent genes, a sound knowledge of the parent breeds is essential when it comes to the upbringing of the cross breed.
Knowledge of the parent breed can easily be applied for effective result in areas of the pup’s life where that particular parent breed is genetically dominant.
Here are some of the things you can expect to see in a pomsky that look more like the Siberian husky, which is an indication that it leans genetically more towards the husky than the Pomeranian or when it is a multigenerational cross that involves more husky genes than the Pomeranian:
- An intelligent dog that is never willing to please its owner or handler with unmistakable streaks of stubbornness which makes training your pomsky a serious challenge particularly for the inexperienced or first-time dog owner. Certainly this may not be the best dog for a novice dog owner.
- You will need to keep an eye on your pomsky if he has the husky dominance in order to avoid losing him for good. The dominant husky side an escape artist, which means he has a high tendency to run away. This tendency to run away can be a serious problem.
- Depending on the climate in which you live, the degree of shedding will vary. If you live in a cold climate then your pomsky will shed low but if you reside in the warm climate expect some serious shedding.
- If it appears that your pomsky is extra destructive then you have an additional indication of the husky dominance.
- If visitors including strangers walk into your home without your pomsky raising an alarm then there goes your husky dominated cross breed. A poor watch dog!!!
- A dog that is very friendly with everybody including strangers, intruders, children and other dogs.
Pictures of pomskies that look more like the husky
When the pomsky looks more like the Pomeranian
Also if the pomsky looks a whole lot like the Pomeranian, this can be an indication that the Pomeranian genes are dominant in the pomsky. Even more certain is a pomsky that is the product of a multigenerational cross in which a female pomsky is crossed with a purebred male Pomeranian.
Again the pomsky with dominant Pomeranian genes will demand more knowledge of the Pomeranian from its owner for a sound upbringing.
Here are some of the things you can expect to see in a pomsky that look more like the Pomeranian, which is an indication that it leans genetically more towards the Pomeranian breed than the husky or when it is a multigenerational cross that involves more Pomeranian genes than the husky:
- When you see your small sized pomsky that weighs only a few pounds but with a personality the size of a continent and who is not afraid to even challenge dogs of bigger size then you are certainly seeing the Pomeranian genes in its full strides. The big dog attitude is the Pomeranian genes.
- If your pomsky barks a lot which is a trait of a good watch dog then you have another evidence of the Pomeranian genes at work in the pomsky.
- Unlike pomskies with predominant husky genes, the Pomeranian gene makes the pomsky more suspicious of strangers then a genetically husky dominated pomsky.
Pictures of pomskies that look more like the Pomeranian
When the pomsky does not have a dominant look of either of the parent breeds
For pomskies that do not seem to look overwhelming like either of the parent breeds, the owner will require a good understanding and knowledge of both the husky and the Pomeranian breed for the proper upbringing of the pomsky.
Pomskies that have middle ground look between both parent breeds maybe a little more challenging to handle since the owner will have to study the dog and discover which parent genes are dominant in different aspects of the dog’s life.
The table that follows juxtaposes the parent breed info with the German shepherd husky mix
|American kennel club ranking (popularity)||12th most popular||22nd most popular||Not recognized by AKC|
|Family/group||Working||Toy||Will fit into either or both of the groups|
|Intelligence||Ranked NO 45||Ranked NO 23||No ranking but expect the intelligence to rank within this range.|
|Kid friendly||Very good||Less than average||Determined by the dominate parent breed|
|Dog friendly||Very good||Less than average||Determined by the dominate parent breed|
|Stranger friendly||Excellent||Above average||Above average to excellent|
|Size||Medium||Toy||Toy to medium|
|Average size stats||Male- Height: 21-23.5 inches, Weight: 45-60 pounds|
Female- Height: 20-22 inches, Weight: 35-50 pounds
|Height: 5.0–11 inches, Weight: 4.2–7.7 lb||Height: 10-15 inches|
Weight: 15-30 pounds
|Life span||12 to 14 years||12 to 16 years||13 to 15 years|
|Energy level||Very high||Above average||Above average to high|
|Level of exercise needed||Very high||Below average||Average|
|Level of playfulness||Very high||Above average||Average|
|Tolerant of loneliness||Below average||Very poor||Poor|
|Prey drive||Very high||Below average||Average|
|Tendency to bark or howl||Below average (they howl)||Very high||Genes dependent|
|Coat type||Double coated with a thick under coat and long soft outer coat||Double coated with a long, straight outer coat and a soft, short and thick undercoat||A soft, fluffy and wavy double coat|
|Coat colors and patterns||Black and white are most popular; less common colors are white and copper-red, pure white, brown red and white and grey||red, orange, white, cream, blue, brown, black, black and tan, wolf sable, orange sable, brindle and parti-color, which is white with colored markings||cream, black, blue, red, grey, brown and white|
|Health issues||Major health issues: none – a pretty healthy breed|
Minor health issues: Corneal Dystrophy, Cataract and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
|Prone to dislocated patella (kneecap), slipped stifle, heart problems, eye infections, skin irritations and tooth decay||A relatively new breed with no known health issues|
In conclusion a pomsky should only be acquired if one is comfortable with both parent breeds. Knowledge of the parent breeds is equally very important.