Pomsky

Pomsky

Intelligent, playful & loyal

Pomskies are hybrids between Pomeranians and Siberian Huskies. The adorable Pomsky puppies have recently attracted a lot of attention and made them one of the most popular breeds of 2017. Because of the size difference between the parent dogs, Pomskies are almost always bred artificially since natural breeding would be unsafe. Breeders may charge higher prices for Pomskies due to this expensive process.

Pomsky

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 10-15 inches

Weight

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  • 7-38 pounds

Lifetime

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  • 12-15 year

Health Risk

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Patellar Luxation

What is it?

When the dog kneecap moves out of place. Also known as a trick-knee, it can cause pain and discomfort.

% Of Dogs affected

18%

Clinical Signs

  • Limping
  • Inability to bend the knee
  • Refusal to Jump
  • Inability to run
  • Hunched Lower back
  • Bowlegged stance in the hindlimbs

Treatment

A luxating patella can be treated medically or surgically, as with many orthopedic conditions in dogs. Some common methods of treatment can include an anti-inflammatory medication and temporary exercise restriction. Medical treatment may not be effective in severe cases, so pet parents may opt for surgery. There can be some risks and complications associated with any surgery.

Average Vet Bill

$5000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $4500

80% = $4000

70% = $3500

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Hip dysplasia

What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a genetically inherited disease that changes hip joint function dramatically, causing pain and discomfort.

% Of Cats/Dogs affected

23%

Clinical Signs

  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs
  • Lameness in the hind end
  • Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait
  • Grating in the joint during movement
  • Loss of thigh muscle mass

Treatment

Dogs with hip dysplasia have a variety of treatment options, including lifestyle modifications and surgery. Other treatment options may include:

  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Supplements for joints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Intelligent, playful, loyal

A Pomsky is a bit of a comedian who knows that their cute antics will be met with plenty of adoration

Playful

They are energetic and playful around family and kids

Affectionate

They share their affectionate relationship with their families

Lifetime Care

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Coat

A Pomsky has a soft, fluffy double coat.

Colors

There are a variety of coat colors available, including gray and white, brown or reddish brown, blue, and pure white.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

It is recommended to trim your Pomskies nails every few weeks and brush their teeth daily as this breed is prone to dental problems.

Training

These dogs are generally easy to train

Breeders are encouraged to produce Pomskies to meet demand, potentially leaving dogs in shelters without homes. Furthermore, many people buy Pomskies because they are cute puppies, but they find themselves unprepared for the responsibility of owning a dog, especially one with the Pomskies specific needs. Consider adopting from a shelter or rescue instead of buying a Pomsky.

Pomskies are technically mixed-breed dogs, so there are no breed standards for appearance or temperament. As a result, predicting which parent breed Pomsky puppies will take after is nearly impossible. It is ideal for Pomskies to look like miniature wolves or small huskies, yet some may resemble larger-than-normal Pomeranians. Pomeranian puppies born to the same litter can differ greatly in appearance from one another, with some appearing more husky-like and others appearing more Pomeranian.

Pomsky: Introduction to the Breed

Families make one of the biggest decisions in their lives when it comes to adopting new pets. You should spend time and effort investigating the variety of puppies available before purchasing another puppy and determining which will be most beneficial to your family. Think carefully about what you want in a dog that you don’t want in a dog, and what you would prefer the dog didn’t have. Here are a few things you should know about Pomsky.

Pomsky are generally:

  • Active
  • Playful
  • Intelligent
  • Affectionate
  • Charming

Pomskies are a protective breed, which can increase their tendency to bark, especially around strangers. However, they are excellent watchdogs. Because of their fierce loyalty, they may stick with one member of the household as their primary person, although they can generally get along with everyone. Families with very young children may not be a good fit for them as they can be skittish around small children. As a result, first-time owners are often unprepared for the fact that they can be quite stubborn and willful, despite their high intelligence. A calm and assertive leader is required, as well as a lot of patience. As a result, Pomskies aren’t a good choice for inexperienced dog owners, who may feel overwhelmed and frustrated by their strong personalities.

Despite getting along with all humans in the household, Pomskies tend to have one favorite family member. The importance of socialization should be emphasized from an early age. Without proper socialization, Pomskies can be nervous around strangers.

What are the Origins of Pomsky?

There is an internet meme that gave rise to Pomskies. According to a 2011 Buzzfeed blog post, Finnish Lapphund puppies were Siberian husky/Pomeranian mixes. In response to the internet’s madness, enterprising breeders moved quickly to meet the demand for Pomsky puppies. The size difference between Pomeranians and Huskies makes natural breeding between these dogs unsafe, necessitating artificial insemination for Pomskies. As a result, Pomskies tend to be quite rare and expensive in the dog world.

To produce more affordable puppies, some breeders rely on parents who aren’t pedigreed and are more likely to pass on genetic predispositions to health problems. Whenever you’re considering purchasing a Pomsky, it’s important to be wary of offers for inexpensive or free puppies. The American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize the Pomsky as a true dog breed, but the International

Pomsky Association allows reputable breeders to register puppies and certify that the parents are pedigreed and meet a high standard.

The excessive barking and willful personalities of Pomskies can sometimes result in their owners surrendering them to shelters and pet rescue organizations. In the event you are interested in owning a husky or a Pomeranian but you are unable to afford the designer price tag, you might be able to locate one in a shelter or rescue group. A Pomsky dog isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you have a lot of patience and experience with dogs, they can be a very rewarding pet.

What are the Risks for the Pomsky Dog Breed?

Pomskies may develop similar health problems as their Husky or Pomeranian parents. They have a genetic predisposition to some conditions such as allergies, hip dysplasia, dislocated knees (luxating patella’s), eye problems, epilepsy, heart disease, collapsing trachea, and skin problems. Additionally, they are more prone to dental problems, so regular teeth cleaning is crucial.

Other common Pomsky health problems may include:

A good walk every day should satisfy the moderate exercise needs of Pomskies. Their energy levels can be high, and they may need some extra play sessions to help them relax. Pomskies have thick coat that makes them suitable for cold weather, so bundle them up and let them go outside all year long. Since Pomskies are intelligent dogs, they may get bored if they aren’t challenged with toys that stimulate their minds. Some Pomskies inherit stubbornness from the Siberian Husky, but if you provide them with food motivation and plenty of praise, they should be able to learn new things.

As far as nutrition goes, Pomskies follow the same diet as most small- to mid-sized dogs, though you should always consult your veterinarian regarding a healthy weight-maintenance diet. Due to their small size, Pomskies are more likely to suffer from dental problems, so owners should brush their teeth daily or weekly, depending on the recommendation of their veterinarian. Give them dental chews to snack on, and use a vet-approved doggy toothpaste and brush.

Unfortunately, your Pomsky can still get sick even if you do everything to keep them healthy. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for the things you can’t control. Spot Pet Insurance is committed to helping you give your dog a long, happy, and healthy life. Learn more about our range of well-rounded Pomsky pet insurance plans by requesting a free quote today.

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