Every few years a new breed becomes popular among dog lovers. This year is the year of the Pomsky. The dogs are cute, cuddly, smart and fun. Families enjoy their playful nature and temperament. There are quality breeders who offer well-bread Pomskies. There are also disreputable puppy-mills that are offering dogs that are not truly Pomskies that every prospective dog lover should know about before purchasing their dog.
What is a Pomsky?
Breaking down the word Pomsky, you will get a mixture of a Pomeranian and a Husky. Breeders use various types of huskies, which are generally defined as working dogs or sled dogs. Most people are familiar with Siberian Huskies, which are one of the larger breeds of huskies. The size, coloration, fur type, personality and temperament will vary according to the types of animals bred, the size and colors of the parents, and the personality and temperament of the parents. Quality breeders will be careful about the animals they work with to ensure that dog lovers who are looking for good traits in their Pomskies will be pleased.
How big are Pomskies?
The size of Pomskies will vary from dog to dog depending on the size of the parents. For instance, if the breeder chose to breed a medium size Pomeranian with a Siberian husky, the likelihood is that the puppy will grow to be a larger pomsky weighing in at roughly 25 pounds. If a smaller Pomeranian is bred with a smaller husky, the chances are good that the dog will be smaller weight in around 15 pounds. The same is true for coloration and fur type. The puppy from various combination will reflect its parentage.
What is the personality and temperament of a Pomsky?
The personality and temperament of the pomsky will be similar to its parents. If you are fortunate enough to meet the breeder and the parents of your puppy you may be able to gauge the personality you can expect from you puppy. Generally speaking, Pomskies are said to have a playful disposition, but like Pomeranians that bark a lot when excited. And like huskies they tend to be very loyal and protective of their families. With proper training the barking can be managed.
Can you register a Pomsky?
Dogs that are purchased from a reputable breeder, have been vet checked and DNA tested may be registered with the PCA (Pomsky Club of America). Dogs that cannot show linage or do not satisfy via DNA that they are bread from Pomeranian and Husky breeds cannot be registered. Please keep in mind that these are not pure-bread dogs and are considered by many to be “designer dogs.”
How much is a pomsky?
One should expect to pay as much as $1500 for a Pomsky from a reputable breeder. If you cannot physically meet with your breeder, you should check their credentials and reputation with the PCA. Currently, the PCA has only two breeders on its list that satisfy its criteria located in Arizona and Kansas. If you cannot meet with a breeder follow the creed of “buyer beware.”
If you elect to buy from an unregistered breeder that you trust, you should still have the dog check at the vet and have it DNA tested before completing the purchase. There are a few ways you can protect yourself from potential scams:
- Check with the Pomeranian Club of America. Even if a breeder is not listed on their registry, they may have information regarding other breeders that chose not to register or they may have information on breeders who are not reputable, who may run puppy- mills that you should steer clear of in your search for a pomsky.
- If you are asked to pay with a money-order or cashier’s check that may be a sign the seller cannot be trusted because their identity is not required for these types of payments.
- Pay for your pet via Pay Pal or Bank Transfer. If they refuse such a payment, you should find another breeders.
- Interview the breeder either in person or over the phone. You should be able to ask questions and get clear answers. Any hemming and hawing should be taken as a sign on your part to avoid the sale.
- Only buy a dog that is credentialed and DNA tested. If the seller won’t provide such information take that as a sign, too.
- Pay close attention to the claims the breeder makes. One such claim is regarding the color of the dog’s eyes. Huskies are well-known for having bright blue eyes, which many dog lovers prefer. If the breeder claims the eye color is blue very early on in the puppy’s life that should cast doubt on the breeder as most puppies are born with light colored eyes that darken as they age. If you can see the puppy’s eyes are very, very blue, that may increase the chance the dog will indeed have blue eyes.
- The same can be said regarding fur type, coloration, and size. The more you know about the parentage the more you can know regarding what do expect from your purchase.
- Check your state for Puppy-mill laws to protect yourself from potential heartbreak. In some states you can get the cost of your purchase refunded to you or you can sue the breeder for the cost of medical treatments for your dog if it’s a so-called “lemon-pet.”
Bring a dog into the family is a very big decision. Everyone know what they like when it comes to dogs personality and behavior. Some dogs appeal to people more than others. This year it’s the year of the Pomsky and many breeders are well-aware of it. Ask questions and get the answers you expect before you pay for a dog that may not be what you expect when it grows up. Contact the Pomeranian Club of America or visit their website for concise information you need to be a knowledgeable Pomsky owner.