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
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.