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Full grown Pomsky: Taking care of an adult dog

Full grown Pomsky: Taking care of an adult dog

The Pomeranian Husky mix, also known as Pomsky, is a relatively new designer dog breed. Just as the name says, this is a cross between a Pomeranian and Siberian Husky. Even though they haven’t been around for a long time, these puppies are already widely popular. So if you too are interested in owning one of these fur babies, we have all the info you need about caring for a full grown Pomsky. 

Because these dogs are so popular, there is a high demand for them on the market. So getting a Pomsky could be a bit difficult, and you also have to keep an eye out for scammers. Pomsky breeders aren’t that common, and you will probably be put on a waiting list. These tiny Husky Pomeranian mix puppies also aren’t cheap, and you will have to pay up to $3000 to call one of them your own. 

Since there is a big difference in size between these two breeds, Pomeranian Huskies are bred by artificial insemination. Also, since there is a pretty big gene pool, you can expect variations in size and color. A good idea would be to take a look at the parents of your puppy, to get a general idea about how your dog is going to turn out.

Thanks to its Pomeranian genes, your Pomksy is going to be an adorable, small and fluffy puppy. But the Siberian genes will have an influence on your dog’s coat and eye colors, so he will basically look like a tiny, wolf stuffed animal. Pretty darn cute, right? 

To find out more about this unique dog breed, keep on reading

Pomeranian Husky mix: Breed Overview

As you probably already know, the Husky is a medium-sized dog, while the Pomeranian is a teacup dog. So the Pomeranian Husky mix is going to be a small to mid-sized dog breed.  However, since the Pomsky is a designer breed there are variations in size, coat color, and other physical characteristics. Like with any other hybrid dog out there, you can never be too sure about what you are going to get. 

Pomeranian Huskies have a soft double thick coat and look a bit like a teddy bear. Also, Pomsky’s coat can come in many different colors. However, the most popular ones are Cream, Red, Brown, Black, and White coat. Another stunning feature about them is that they can have blue eyes, or heterochromia, like their Husky parent

Even though this is a new designer dog breed, they are incredibly popular. That’s why it could be tricky to adopt one of these babies. Chances are that you will have to join a waiting list and that the price won’t be low as well. However, you still shouldn’t be looking for a sale or bargain when buying a dog. Backyard breeders don’t care about the health of their puppies, they just want a quick cash grab. 

Personality & Temperament

Huskies and Pomeranians can be loud and noisy dogs. Therefore, expect your Pomsky to bark, especially when he doesn’t get much attention. Pomsky’s bark tends to be high-pitched and a little bit annoying (in a cute way), so it would be a great idea to prepare yourself for possible issues with neighbors.

Do you want unconditional love? If the answer is yes, then you will hit the jackpot with one of these dogs. Generally, the Pomeranian Husky is a friendly, happy, loving, and loyal companion with a great personality. However, you still need to socialize your dog from an early age and introduce him to other people, dogs, and animals. With early socialization and proper training, you will get an excellent family dog and a great companion, and you will solve potential behavioral problems.

But life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine with the Pomsky. If they didn’t get the training that they need, these dogs can develop separation anxiety and other destructive behaviors. That’s why you have to start to teach your dog what is acceptable and what is not as soon as you bring him or her home. 

Is the Pomsky a good pet?

Pomskies could make amazing pets for many different people. However, these dogs are very clingy and stubborn, so they need an owner who will be completely devoted to them. If you have a busy lifestyle, and can’t spend too much time with your canine, then you should look into a more independent breed.

They aren’t exactly the best choice for first-time dog owners, because their attitude can be a lot. However, if you really want one of these puppies, you can always hire a professional dog trainer to help you out. But, know that there are a lot less demanding breeds out there. 

But if you have experience with dogs, and you are looking for a furry best friend who will form a strong bond with you, and make you laugh hard and often, then this is the breed for you. We have a full article talking all about it and answering the question: Is the Pomsky a good pet for your family?

Are Pomskies aggressive? 

They can be aggressive, especially if one or both of their parents were aggressive or if they are not properly trained. But most Pomskies shouldn’t be aggressive at all. Especially if you give them the socialization that they so desperately need. No dog is born aggressive. It’s how you treat them when they were puppies.

When training a Pomsky dog, you have to make it clear who the alpha out of you two is. And it has to be you. That is the only way that you can make your dog listen to you. If not given enough training, Pomskies can even develop “small dog syndrome”. This basically means that your dog thinks that he is much bigger than he actually is. He could start attacking dogs ten times his size, and both of you could get into a lot of trouble.

Is the Pomsky a smart dog?

Yes, Pomskies are very smart dogs. Their high intelligence can however make them a bit stubborn. They will believe that they are even smarter than you, and you could find it hard to teach them tricks. But most Pomskies have a good temperament and form strong bonds with their owners. So hopefully that shouldn’t be an issue.

However, they can still be prone to some destructive behaviors. For example: barking. If you were wondering “Do Pomskies bark a lot?” know that we can’t give you a precise answer. Some Pomskies will, but most won’t. Howling and barking are destructive behavioral patterns that Pomskies express when they are either feeling bored or developing separation anxiety. 

So while Pomksy is indeed a smart dog, he still requests lots of training. But he also needs socialization and enough mental and physical activity. 

A Pomsky puppy laying on the floor

Source: Instagram (@nikothelilpomsky)

Health and lifespan

Generally, designer breeds tend to be healthier and live longer than pure breeds. Pomskies are no exception, these are healthy and happy dogs. However, they are still genetically predisposed to certain health issues of their parent breeds. 

The most common health problem in these dogs is dog dental problems. While this maybe doesn’t sound too dramatic to you, know that it can actually be a life-threatening condition. Dental infections can easily spread to other parts of the body and cause serious damage. That’s why you have to make sure you regularly brush their teeth. 

The single most important thing you can do to prevent other health issues is to buy your dog from a reputable breeder. Make sure that the breeder has all of the needed papers and health tests that prove that your future puppy is as healthy as possible. Backyard breeders don’t care about the health of their puppies, all they are after is money. 

The most common health issues in Pomskies are:

  • Dental issues
  • Skin problems
  • Eye problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Allergies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Heart disease
  • Luxating patellas
  • Collapsing trachea

How long does a Pomsky live?

One question many dog owners are afraid to ask is how long their pooch will live. So, how long does a full grown Pomsky live? Generally speaking Pomsky lives between 13 and 15 years. Which is considered pretty long in the canine world. But how can we know this?

Well, the average life expectancy of a large Husky is between 12 and 14 years. The average lifespan of a Pomeranian is between 12 and 16 years. So, if we take that into consideration, we get that the Pomsky lives between 13 and 15 years. As this is a newer crossbreed, there basically isn’t any other way to determine what the average lifespan is. But it is believed that’s it somewhere around these numbers. 

Of course, there are many factors that determine a dog’s life expectancy. For example their size, genetic, spaying and neutering, and how well you take care of them. It’s up to you as a dog owner to make sure that your dog is as healthy as possible, eats a healthy diet, and gets enough exercise. But besides that, these factors also play a huge role.

Size

Smaller dogs usually live longer. It’s not fully known why this is the case, however, it’s commonly believed that larger dogs age faster than smaller ones. As the Pomsky is a smaller dog breed, their expected lifespan is a bit longer than the average. 

Genetics

The healthier a dog, the longer they live. There are dogs that are more prone to different health issues. But, mixed breeds are generally healthier than purebred dogs. However, your dog could still inherit some diseases from his parents. Make sure you buy your puppy from a reputable breeder that does all the necessary health tests. 

Spaying and neutering

Spaying or neutering can reduce the risk of many cancers and reproductive health issues. In fact, spaying significantly lowers the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer and pyometra. While neutering eliminates the chance of testicular cancer. So, your dog will be healthier and will live longer. Many experts recommend spaying or neutering your dog early on, at 6 months of age. 

Care

Obviously, you need to take care of your dog. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to make sure your dog is living a healthy lifestyle. This can make a huge difference in how long they live. If you feed them high-quality food and make sure they get their exercise, they should reach old age.

Caring for a Pomsky

Pomskies need at least one long walk per day and occasional play sessions. Also, make sure to mentally stimulate your dog with toys and interesting games. Pomeranian Husky is an intelligent dog and the boredom will quickly kick in. That’s why you have to present them with enough challenges. They also love to chew, so dog chew toys are a must as well.

Pomsky’s thick coat is tricky to maintain since they shed a lot and you will need to brush them daily. However, even with all that brushing, you will still find Pomsky’s hair all around the house. Needless to say, if you are prone to allergies, this isn’t the breed for you. 

A High-quality, healthy, balanced diet is a must if you want to own a happy and healthy dog. Therefore, make sure you buy nutrient-rich, high-quality healthy food that your Pomsky likes and stick with it. Also, portion your dog’s meals and keep a close look at his weight to prevent overeating and obesity.

It can be really tricky to train your Pomeranian Husky. These are intelligent, but stubborn dogs with a mind of their own. However, you will succeed if you have enough patience and persistence. Provide plenty of motivation, treats, and praise. Their exercise needs are not that high, but any small dog has to have enough exercise according to their breed.

A woman holding a full grown Pomsky dog in her arms

Source: Instagram (@sya_pomsky)

Grooming

As we have already hinted at, these dogs won’t be easy to groom. Their fluffy coat sheds a lot, and you will have to brush them on a daily basis. But not just some quick, 5 minutes brushing. You will have to sit there and thoroughly brush your dog for at least 30 minutes. That is the only way to keep the shedding under control. 

Depending on how much your dog loves to roll in the mud, you will have to bathe him once every one to two months. Make sure that you use a special dog shampoo, that isn’t too drying on your pup’s skin. As their coat can grow pretty long, you will also have to take him to the groomer once to twice a year. 

Brushing your dog’s teeth every day is absolutely mandatory when you own a Pomsky. Ideally, you would brush his teeth twice a day, in the morning and at night. These dogs are prone to dental dog problems, so make sure you never slack on their oral hygiene. 

Also, make sure you clean your dog’s ears with cotton balls and a cleaning solution every time you notice excess dirt. And last but not least, make sure you trim their nails. If you are not sure how to do that, you can ask your groomer to do it for you. 

Full grown Pomsky – How big does a Pomsky get?

Everything we’ve said so far is general info about the Pomsky. But how big do these pups get? A full-grown Pomsky can be between 10 and 15 inches tall and can weigh between 20 and 30 pounds. However, this size can vary on a number of different factors.  That’s why we have a full article explaining how big does a Pomsky get.

measurements of pomsky adult dog

measurements of full grown pomsky

The size and weight of a full grown Pomsky

When we talk about the size of a Pomsky or any other mixed breed it’s only an estimate. Your dog can be bigger or smaller than the numbers we give you. We gave a more detailed description of that in the article that we linked above.

Whenever you are adopting a mixed dog breed, know that there is no way to know exactly how big your puppy is going to get. Especially with newer dog breeds, such as the Pomsky, it could be a bit tricky to determine. However, a few inches more or less shouldn’t stand between your love and your puppy. 

Measurements of a Pomsky adult 

You see, we can’t know the exact size of a full grown Pomsky because this depends on the parents’ size. If we take the average size of a Husky (20 to 22 inches) and the average size of a Pomeranian (8 to 11 inches) then we get an estimate that a full frown Pomsky will be between 10 to 15 inches tall.

Size differences of a Pomsky 

So we can’t guarantee your Pomsky will be 15 inches and 20 pounds. But, we can’ tell you that your Pomsky can never be 50 pounds heavy and 25 inches tall. That’s definitely a scam. Some breeders will try to sell you Teacup Pomskies. Be warned that this could be a huge red flag, as these dogs are often very sick. 

Also, don’t trust various breeders that say your Pomsky will be smaller than 10 to 15 inches. That’s not possible either since there is a standard length you can expect for different breeds. There is a very high demand for these dogs out there, so breeders will do what they can in order to scam as much money out of you as they can. That’s why you should always do your research before buying a puppy. 

If you want to get a better idea about the possible size variations of Pomsky dogs, you can always look up pictures of Pomskies on Google. That will give you a general idea on how big these dogs can get. 

Does a Pomsky stay small?

Yes, your Pomsky should stay small. They are the offspring of a small and medium dog breed, and they shouldn’t get too big at all. However, as we already explained, it’s hard to predict how small your dog will be. That will differ from litter to litter, and from dog to dog. 

How much is a Pomsky worth?

The price of a Pomsky can change a lot based on things like its markings, eye color, size, pedigree, and quality. It can be as low as $500 or as high as $5,000. You can expect to pay between $2,000 and $4,000, on average.

Many breeders charge more for Pomsky puppies with classic Siberian Husky markings and for puppies with blue eyes. The higher prices don’t always mean that the quality is better. Instead, there is more demand for certain markings, so breeders feel they have a right to charge more for them. That’s how supply and demand work in the real world.

Most of the time, the price of a puppy goes up with how small it is expected to be as an adult. Pomskies that are small are in high demand. So like those with the best markings and eye color, they usually cost more.

When it comes to how much a Pomsky puppy costs, the quality and reputation of the breeder can be very important too. People who have worked for years to set breed standards and make the healthiest, best-quality puppies can and should charge more than someone who just breeds dogs in their backyard.

Conclusion

As you can tell but everything that we have said above, the Pomsky is a pretty amazing breed. They are loving, gentle, smart, and form strong bonds with their owners. They would make a wonderful pet dog for many different families, but single people as well. 

However, there are also certain problems that come with this breed. First of all, you can’t ever be 100% sure about the Pomsky size that you are going to get. Also, these dogs are incredibly intelligent but equally as stubborn. So training could be tricky.

Another thing that could be a huge problem for some people is that, as a crossbreed, they obviously can’t be registered with the American Kennel Club. So if you want to participate in dog shows with your pup, rather go for one of his purebred parents. However, if you are not into that, you can still register your hybrid dog with the United Kennel Club. 

These dogs also aren’t the best choice for people with small children.  Little kids could easily hurt your little pup, and these dogs also aren’t afraid to fight back. They also don’t do too well around small animals. Because one of their parents is a natural hunter, they could have a high prey drive. Read more about Pomskies on our The Goldens Club website.

But all of that aside, these adorable pups could easily become your best friend. Are you already the proud owner of a Pomsky dog? Make sure you leave us a comment and tell us all about your little furry companion. 

Grant

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

We rescued a pomsky from an older gentleman who passed away. The dog was 10 years old and had a very good personality. We had a lot of fun with her. She made us laugh a lot and loved to play and travel wherever we went. One thing about her was she wasn’t socialized with other dogs when she was young. Unfortunately she developed internal cancer and we had to put her down. We had two wonderful years with her despite us giving her wonderful care with regular vet visits. We miss her very much!

James Kirkland

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

Oh Grant, that is so nice. We are sorry to heat that you had to put her down but we are sure you cherish ever second of her friendship. <3