The Pomsky is a cross between two different breeds, the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. Opening your heart and home to a crossbreed, also known as a hybrid, is like opening a beautifully wrapped package on your birthday: You never know what’s going to be inside.
It’s often assumed that a crossbreed will combine the best of two or more breeds, but genetics don’t always work that way. The manner in which genes combine and express themselves is not always subject to the breeder’s control — even less so when two different breeds with such disparate sizes and temperaments are crossed.
That’s why you can’t always predict how big that cute puppy will eventually become. It would be difficult, though, for a Pomsky not to be charming.
Because the hybrid is relatively new, there frankly aren’t enough data to predict which aspect of the parents’ temperaments will be dominant. Both of his parent breeds can be affectionate and playful, although the Pomeranian is more likely to be a one-person dog. The Siberian Husky, on the other hand, tends to have a more independent nature. What you get depends on both nature and nurture.
A Pomsky can be a fun-loving playmate for children — preferably kids who are are at least 6 years old. Because some Pomskies can be extremely small, younger children should be supervised carefully any time they are with a pup as small as a Pomsky. If they accidentally fall on or drop the dog, they could hurt him. Adults and children alike must watch their feet when a Pomsky on the small side is around; it’s easy to accidentally step on him.
Pomskies typically require a moderate activity level that can be adaptable to their owner’s lifestyle. They need a short to moderate walk or active playtime each day, like any dog. If the dog’s overall health is good (your veterinarian can help determine that), a Pomsky can often be athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, nose work, obedience and rally.
Pomsky puppies are adorable, and it’s one of the reasons they’re so popular. Cute puppies sell, and that makes the Pomsky a favorite of commercial breeders. There are breeders who are working to make the Pomsky a recognized breed, but as of yet the dogs are few in number and sell for big bucks — think $2,500 to $5,000.
If you do choose to buy one, select a breeder who has done the health testing to help ensure that her puppies won’t carry the genetic diseases common to both Pomeranians and Siberian Huskies. And while there are no guarantees in life, it may help minimize the possibility of certain big veterinary bills in the future.
Other Quick Facts
The size of a Pomsky can vary dramatically, from toy size to medium size. Like their parent breeds, the dogs can come in many different patterns and colors, such as grey/white, brown red, blue merle, blonde and more.
A Pomsky typically has a soft, fluffy, silky coat, prick ears and a furry tail that swishes over the back.
The Pomsky is usually bred from a Siberian Husky female and a Pomeranian male. Breedings are usually done through artificial insemination because of the size difference in the two breeds.