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Pomsky: a complete guide on the husky Pomeranian mix

In the modern dog breeding world of designer dogs the pomsky stands out as one of the cutest examples of designer dogs. Pomsky is the product of the conscious cross breeding of the Siberian husky with the Pomeranian in what is known as a designer dog.

Like all designer dogs, pomskies are bred from known purebreds which is the Siberian husky and the Pomeranian compared with mutt that is also a cross breed but of unknown parent breeds (they may not even be purebreds).

Because designer dogs like Pomeranian husky mix are of known parent breeds they are still easily to handle since they can only bear traits of the parent breed in any combination. They are however not anywhere close to purebred.

Purebreds such as the Siberian husky and Pomeranian are highly desirable because they have been bred over a very long time during which specific traits and characteristics have been infused into them.

This mean that when someone purchases a purebred he/she can easily access a documentation of traits and characteristics of the purebred, what to expect of the breed, how to handle the breed and much more.

In fact one can end up owing a purebred by just listing the traits that is desired and then searching for a breed that either matches these traits or come very close to it.

This however is impossible with designer dogs because each pup within a litter can have traits that are completely different from any other pup in the litter since their traits are determined by a combination of the traits of the parent breeds. Some will have traits that tend more towards a particular parent breed while some may have fairly balanced traits from both parent breeds.

So a particular Pomeranian husky mix which a cross of the Pomeranian and the Siberian husky will bear traits that is one of 3 possibilities: more husky, or more Pomeranian or simply fairly balanced traits of both the husky and the Pomeranian.

Pomsky is a portmanteau word formed from the merging of the first 3 letter from the Pomeranian and the last 3 letter of the husky. It is also sometimes referred to as the Pomeranian husky mix or the husky Pomeranian mix.

Now that you know that a pomsky is a mix of the Pomeranian breed and the Siberian husky and that the temperament, traits, physical looks etc. will not only vary from one pomsky to the other but they are determined by the parent breed.

It therefore goes that Pomeranian husky mix would only be ideal for those who are admirers of both the Pomeranian and the husky.  In order to also bring up the Pomeranian husky mix a good understanding of both breed is essential.

Pictures of parent breeds of the pomsky

The Pomeranian is one of the parent breeds of the pomsky.
The Siberian husky is the other parent breed of the pomsky.

Foundational facts about the pomsky

Designer dogs have generally been on the rise in the dog world and a lot more interest appears to be developing. But what really is responsible for the surge in interest in designer dogs?

The answer to this question is two-fold: the breeder’s side and the buyer’s side. On the breeder’s side the monetary gains is one of the major drive behind the increase in the breeding and aggressive marketing (sometime deliberately misleading) of designer dogs.  For the buyers, it’s usually the exotic looks and better health than the pure bred parent breeds.

On the issue of exotic looks, the husky Pomeranian mix sure looks cute and the better health associated with designer dogs is supported by the hybrid vigor (when the traits of a hybrid offspring is enhanced due to the genetic contributions of its parent breeds) concept.

In order to have a good understanding of the better health issues associated with designer dogs one must also have a general understanding of the breeding method employed in order to produce purebreds.

Genetics of cross breeding the husky Pomeranian mix

As already stated purebreds are breeds that have been bred over many decades to the point that well known traits, characteristics, temperaments, look etc has been fused into them. This mean that purebreds like the Siberian husky and the Pomeranian will always have a consistent look, traits, characteristics and temperament.

In the same vein purebreds will only be capable of the functions or purposes for which they were bred for such as the German shepherd’s shepherding skills or the golden retriever ability to retriever games undamaged.

The breeding approach (selective breeding) employed in the breeding of purebreds that is responsible for producing breeds that meet the intended look and feel have also resulted in a number of health problems affecting both the body and behavior of these breeds.

Because the health issues that plague different breeds usually have their root in the genes, selective breeding ensures that these problems stay in the bloodline of purebreds since they are bred to maintain a closed genetic lineage.

Health problems in dogs are either the result of recessive genes or dominant genes. Genes naturally occur in pairs with one of the pairs donated by each of the parent breed.

In order for a pup to suffer from health problems caused by recessive genes, the pup must receive a pair each from both parents of the same breed but if the recessive genes are from different parent breed then the pup cannot suffer from that particular health problem since the health issue in the recessive genes are not likely to match.

The means that health issues caused by recessive genes are largely wiped out in designer dogs like the Pomeranian husky mix. This means that designer dogs would be healthier than both of their parent breeds that may be plagued from any form of health problem that is rooted in recessive genes.

However health problems can also be caused by dominant genes and a pup needs just a pair of a dominant gene (not both pairs) in order to be plagued by the same health issues. This therefore implies that designer dogs, like pomskies are not immune from health problems that are caused by dominant genes.

In spite of all that has been said, if the pup is bred from parent breeds that have not thoroughly tested for genetic disease, fed on minimal nutrition and generally not well catered for but used as breeding instruments, the probability that the pup will be as healthy as could have been will drop significantly.

The pomsky breed

Now that we have a general understanding of cross breeds of which pomskies are, it’s time to delve deep into the husky Pomeranian mix breed. Because pomsky is not a purebred it is therefore not recognized by the major kennel club however they are recognized by some other breed club such as the dog registry of America and thekennelclub.org.uk.

Pomsky came on the scene in recent years but grew in popularity in even more recent years. Ideally a husky Pomeranian mix is bred from a female Siberian husky and a male Pomeranian primarily because the Pomeranian is smaller in size to the husky and a female Pomeranian may have problems carrying a pregnancy that may be bigger than her size and even greater problems during delivery.

The female husky should be between 35-50 pounds and the Pomeranian sire between 3-10 pounds.

When a 50-50 female pomsky (half husky and half Pomeranian) instead of purebred husky (100% husky) is bred with purebred Pomeranian (100%), the resulting pomsky would be 25/75 i.e. 25% husky and 75% Pomeranian.

This cuts down the husky influence in half resulting in a pomsky that is smaller than the typical husky Pomeranian mix that is bred from both purebred parents. This will be ideal for those who want their pomsky to be smaller in size than the average size of pomskies bred from pure bred parents.

The reverse is also true if a bigger sized pomsky compared to the average size is desired. A purebred female husky bred with a 50-50 pomsky will do the job.

There is no guarantee of how big a husky Pomeranian mix may be however a typical pomsky (50-50) bred from purebred parents will weigh between 15-30 pounds while a 25% husky and 75% Pomeranian pomsky will weigh between 10-15 pounds.

Most husky Pomeranian mix breeders employ artificial insemination in the breeding of the pomsky which is considered to be more effective and safer than natural breeding that would involve a tie between the Pomeranian and the husky.

German shepherd husky mix information, pictures and videos

German shepherd husky mix is not a purebred dog which is a fact about all cross breeds or designer dogs. The German shepherd husky mix is a cross of the German shepherd and the Siberian husky and it is generally referred to by the portmanteau name: Gerberian Shepsky which is a simple merging of German/Siberian and Shepherd/husky.

The German shepherd husky mix is a good example of the modern day cross breeding practice that involves the use of two or more purebreds to produce a cross breed that is fancifully referred to as designer dog.

In order to be able to effectively handle any designer dog it is essential that one have some basic understanding of the outcome of cross breeding and the difference between purebreds and designer dogs.

The German shepherd and the Siberian husky are purebred dogs and by definition a purebred is a breed that has been bred over a sufficient length of time during which all of the traits and characteristic (both physical and non physical) of the breed has been fused in.

This means that just by merely looking at a dog you can tell what breed that it belongs to, for example the coat color and coat patterns of the German shepherd and the looks simply identifies the dog as a German shepherd.

While the blue eyes, the looks, coat color and curly tail of the Siberian husky are the very obvious physical appearance of the breed.

So if you see a dog that falls short of the physical traits and characteristics of a particular breed then that dog is either not of the breed it appears to look like or it is not a purebred.

The overwhelming importance of purebred is that you already know exactly how that breed looks like but more importantly its behavior, it strength and weaknesses. Therefore when you need a dog to serve a particular purpose such as pet, herding, sporting, hunting, companion etc you know the range of breeds to research into.

This is the primary reason why purebreds are very important, celebrated and protected by the kennel clubs around the world to ensure that they are not compromised by poor breeding.

Designer dogs on the other hand are not purebreds but are similar to mutts. The fundamental difference between the two is that designer dogs are cross breeds that involve two or more known purebreds while mutts are a product of unknown parent breeds.

This means that it is far easier to get the best out of designer dogs as opposed to mutts because every product of cross breeding is a combination of the parent breed i.e. you only need to apply the knowledge required for handling any of the parent breed in the cross to the offspring in the area where that parent breed is dominant.

However in the case of the mutt, you are flying blind since mutts are of unknown pedigree.

What all of this clearly mean is that before acquiring a designer dog like the German shepherd husky mix you must have a good understanding of the parent breeds involve in the cross breeding and you should only go ahead to acquire the cross breed if you are comfortable with everything about the parent breeds.

This is because with a designer dog you will end up with any combination of the characteristics and/or traits of the parent breeds. So if you are not 100% comfortable with everything about the German shepherd and the Siberian husky then you should avoid acquiring a Gerberian Shepsky.

In order to effectively handle a Gerberian Shepsky the owner must have a decent knowledge of both parent breed and because it is not a purebred it is almost impossible to predict accurately how the offspring will turn out to be. The only certainty is that a Gerberian Shepsky will have traits of the German shepherd and the Siberian husky.

As a result of this fact, even the pups from the same litter can differ greatly in looks, characteristics, traits, behavior and temperament. So you cannot even use the outcome of a pup from a litter to predict how another pup from the same litter will turn out to be.

Pictures of German shepherd husky mix pups and adult

Why cross these breeds?

One of the fundamental questions that ought to be asked about designer dogs is: why the cross breeding of purebreds? In the case of mutts, it is understandable that mutts are usually not the conscious effort of breeders but the outcome of different dog breeds getting themselves involved in random mating in street corners and open places or wherever the urge catches them.

But why are breeders cross breeding and why is there an increasing interest in designer dogs around the world?

There are a number of reasons for the increasing interest in designer dogs both on the side of the breeders and dog owners. On the side of the breeders, the pecuniary gains are ever present but on the side of dog owners two things stand out: better health and exotic looks.

Designer dogs have been found to be much healthier than their parent breeds and this fact is supported by genetic which we will get into shortly. Also designer dogs like the German shepherd husky mix are some of the most beautiful dogs you can find anywhere in the world.

The underlying genetics of cross breeding

The involvement of man in dog breeding and the drive to produce the hundreds of purebreds has produced one significant downside: a large number of health problems that has serious impact on both the body and behavior of these purebreds.

The breeding method (selective breeding) that is at the heart of producing purebreds also means that some unwanted traits and genes will be passed down the bloodline. This also means that even rare and unwanted genes like those that cause health problems will not only stay in the bloodline but their frequency will increase resulting in more dogs within the breed suffering from those health problems.

Health problems in dogs could be caused by recessive genes or dominant genes and because genes occur in pairs a pup can only suffer from a health problem caused by recessive genes if it inherits a recessive gene from both parents to form a pair.

On the other hand, pups only need to inherit a single dominant gene from either parent in order to suffer from a genetic health problem.

Golden Retriever Husky Mix Information,Images and Video

The golden retriever husky mix is obviously not a purebred dog and like most hybrid or designer dogs it is generally referred to by the portmanteau name of Goberian. It is a cross of the golden retriever and the Siberian husky.

To have a better understanding of designer dogs, it is essential that you have some basic knowledge of purebred dogs and also what you get when two or more purebred dogs are crossed to produce the hybrid or designer dog like the goberian.

A purebred dog is one that has been bred over a long period of time to the point where the offspring of these dogs are predictable in terms of look, character, temperament, size etc. and these known facts may even be documented thereby providing guidelines (or standard) which breeders must adhere to for that particular breed. This means that a dog that does not meet the standard for that particular breed should not be bred.

Purebred dogs come with a boatload of advantages such as knowing exactly what the breed is capable of doing, may be its good for herding, hunting, sporting, a companion dog, guarding etc. And beyond that you will also know the sort of care, training, exercise, health and much more that is right for that breed. In essence you know what you are acquiring and it is easy to get the required knowledge to care for it.

Designer dogs have seen an explosion in interest from dog lovers over the past many years and this is partly because of their exotic look and also because people believe that they are genetically healthier than purebred dogs.

Before we take a closer look at designer dogs it is helpful to state the difference between a designer dog and a mutt. Mutts are cross breed dogs with unknown pedigree and are usually the result of an accident i.e. two different breeds mate to produce a mutt whereas a designer dog is a conscious effort that involves two or more purebred dogs i.e. dogs with known ancestry.

In simply words, a mutt is a cross breed with unknown parent breeds which may make it more challenging to truly care for a mutt since the knowledge of the parent breeds makes it easier to understand cross breed.

So the big question is: are designer dogs healthier? Designer dogs can still have the same genetic health problems of any of its breed parents; however the percentage of designer dogs with genetic health disorder is far lower than purebred dogs because the gene pool has become widened. The widened gene pool increases the probability that a recessive gene will only be inherited from a single parent breed and therefore will not manifest in the puppy.

When two purebred dogs are crossed their offspring is the first generation and in order for the first generation pup to inherit the health problem that is caused by a recessive gene, the pup must inherit the recessive gene from both parent breeds.

Since recessive genes will only manifest when it occurs in pairs i.e both parent breeds have the recessive gene which they passed down to the pup but a dominant gene will always manifest either singly or in pair. So even if the first generation pup is a carrier (has only one recessive gene) it will not suffer from the health problem.

However designer dogs are not immune from genetic health disorder in subsequent generation of that hybrid e.g. if two goberian dogs that are carrier of the recessive diseased gene mate then the genetic health problems of the original breed may show up or if a dominant gene is responsible for the disease. Therefore in terms of health issues, the first generation designer dog may be the best option.

When two or more different purebred dogs are crossed to produce a hybrid, you will end up with any combination of any of the characteristics and/or temperament of the parent breeds. You do not have the luxury of knowing for certain what you will get in terms of the temperament, character, size etc. The best way to care for your designer dog goes beyond have an understanding of the hybrid itself but you must have at least basic knowledge of the parent breeds.

If you are satisfy with the general makeup of the parent breeds then the hybrid will be perfect for you and also keep in mind that you may not get only the good characteristics of both parents in the cross.

In order to have a thorough understanding of the golden retriever husky mix, this article will take a detailed look at that  breed in the context of its parent breeds: the golden retriever and the Siberian husky.

Besides being primarily referred to as Goberian, the golden retriever husky mix is sometimes referred to as the Golden retriever husky or Golden husky. Like other cross breeds, the golden retriever husky mix is not recognized by the American kennel club.

The golden retriever husky mix will usually have the blue eyes of the Siberian husky and the golden coat of the golden retriever along with floppy ears and narrow muzzle. But as earlier stated there is no guarantee that every golden retriever husky mix will have this look.

The table that follow shows the generally breed info of the parent breeds along with some known breed info of the goberian. By knowing the breed info of the parent breeds you will have a better understanding of how the golden retriever husky mix may turn out. It is either a mix of both parent or one parent is dominant in a particular area like the blue eyes of the Siberian husky or the golden coat of the retriever.

Golden retriever is one of the parent breeds of the goberian.
Siberian husky with the legendary blue eyes is the other parent breed of the goberian.

Breed info of the parent breeds (Golden retriever and the Siberian husky) and the Goberian

 Golden retrieverSiberian huskyGolden retriever husky mix - Goberian
American kennel club ranking (popularity)3rd most popular
13th most popular

Not recognized by AKC
Family/group

Sporting, gundog, retriever

Working

Will fit into the sporting and/or working group
Intelligence

Ranked No 4 of the world’s brightest dogs

Ranked NO 45Not yet in the ranking but goberian is an intelligent cross breed just like the parent breed

Kid friendly

Excellent

Above averageGood with kids
Stranger friendly

Very good

ExcellentVery good
Dog friendly

Very good

Very good

Very good

Temperament

Friendly, gentle, intelligent, devoted and loyal

Independent, intelligent, affectionate, good natured, gentle, friendly, alert, dignified and not aggressive.Loyal, affectionate and friendly, active, affectionate and are generally friendly with everyone.

Size

Large

MediumMedium
Average size stats

Male- Height: 23-24 inches, Weight: 65-75 pounds
Female- Height: 21.5-22.5 inches, Weight: 55-65 pounds

Male- Height: 21-23.5 inches, Weight: 45-60 pounds
Female- Height: 20-22 inches, Weight: 35-50 pounds

Males- Height: 21-24 inches, Weight: 45-90 pounds
Females- Height: 20-22 inches, Weight: 35-80 pounds

Pictures of golden retriever husky mix with the golden retriever coat