10 Facts You Should Know About The Pomsky (with Pictures)

Taylor A Ritz If you want a cute and silly canine suited for apartment life that resembles a miniature husky, look no further than the Pomsky. What is a Pomsky? A Pomsky, also known as a Huskeranian, is the product of a mix between a purebred Pomeranian and a purebred Siberian Husky.  Such a 50-50 cross of two different pure breeds is called a designer dog. Designer dogs are created with the intention to combine the best attributes of both parent breeds. Both Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians are popular breeds with almost cult-like followings; combining the genetics of the two breeds mixes the best of both worlds.

1. Where Does the Pomsky Come From?

Before we identify the origin of the Pomsky, let’s first discuss where each parent breed originated. Pomeranians were originally much larger dogs; they belong to a family of dogs called spitzes that originated in Europe and Asia. Dogs from the spitz family have small, erect, triangular ears, tails that curl over the back, and a thick double coat. These dogs were bred for guarding homes, pulling sleds, and protecting livestock. The dogs did not gain the name Pomeranian until the 18th century when they were further developed into a breed in the German territory of Pomerania. These much smaller versions were imported into England by Queen Charlotte. There, the breed became lapdogs and companion animals.  Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chukchi, an indigenous people in Asia, to haul supplies on sleds over long distances, such as between settlements, in Arctic landscapes.  No one is sure just where the Pomeranian-Husky cross first originated, but sources indicate the breed actually began as an Internet myth! In 2011, pictures of a fluffy miniature-husky lookalike (that was actually a Finnish Lapphund puppy) went viral. Breeders took note of the mythical breed’s popularity and eventually brought the mixed-breed from the virtual world into reality.

2. How Do You Breed a Husky With a Pomeranian?

Pomeranians cannot conceive a litter with a Husky on their own; they need a little help from humans in order to establish a healthy pregnancy. Due to their significant difference in size, Pomsky crosses are always created using artificial insemination from a Pomeranian sire and Husky mother. 

3. What Does a Pomsky Look Like?

The appearance of a Husky-Pomeranian cross can be very unpredictable. They can look much like either parent or can resemble a mixture of the two. As the Pomsky is a relatively new designer breed, breeders are still tweaking the mix. This causes even more variation in the appearance of the offspring. Most enthusiasts of this mix favor the “Huskeranian” appearance, where the dog strongly resembles a Husky in miniature form. Their coats can be short or medium in length with a variety of colors and patterns. Siberian Huskies alone can sport one of 17 possible fur patterns. These include combinations of black, white, red, sable, brown, grey, copper, and tan.  If Pomsky puppies take after their Pomeranian parent more, they may sport a tail curled over the back. A Pomsky mix may inherit striking blue eyes from their husky parent as well. Due to differences in the appearance of the parents, it is nearly impossible to determine what a Pomsky puppy might look like before it’s born.

4. How Big Is a Pomsky?

Like their variety in appearance, the Pomsky comes in a variety of sizes as well. Offspring of a Husky-Pomeranian cross can stand 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They can weigh anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds.

5. What Is the Temperament of a Pomsky?

Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians were bred for wildly different purposes and that is reflected in their personalities as well.  The athletic Husky is a sled dog and has the intelligence and independent nature to match. They are hard workers, loyal to their humans, and great at working together as a team with other dogs. Huskies have boundless energy. In addition, when you do not properly exercise their bodies and minds, they have a tendency to get into mischief. Pomeranians are quite different. Bred as lap-dogs for queens and other nobility, their sole job was to be a companion animal. These dogs crave human interaction and vast amounts of attention. They will often seek attention with their playful and goofy behavior. Pomskies are incredibly affectionate and devoted to their human families. Both breeds, however, do share a few characteristics that a Pomsky is likely to inherit; they are intelligent, loving, playful, and confident. In addition to these positive characteristics, Pomskies can inherit the “talkative” nature of their parents. This includes the various whines and howls of Huskies as well as the rapid barking of the Pomeranian. Pomskies can be very protective of their owners and make excellent watchdogs. 

6. What Are the Exercise Requirements For a Pomsky?

Both Huskies and Pomeranians love to play, so any Pomsky will require adequate exercise and engagement. Huskies are elite athletes in the dog world. By comparison, Pomeranians are playful and goofy but tire relatively quickly. Where your Pomsky puppy may fall in between these two is a roll of the dice. Only as time progresses will you be able to determine just how much exercise your Pomsky needs.

7. How Do You Train a Pomsky?

Training and socialization are vital for any dog. Both Huskies and Pomeranians are notoriously stubborn and challenging to train, so training a Pomsky will take a lot of patience and dedication. Handle your Pomsky with consistency and calm, assertive leadership.

8. How Healthy is a Pomsky?

The Pomsky is such a new breed that it is difficult to identify any genetic health issues in the breed. To attempt to determine the health of a Pomsky, we can examine the health of the parent breeds. Siberian Huskies are a fairly healthy breed. The main health issues they face usually involve their eyes. Juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, and glaucoma are all issues Huskies sometimes face. Pomeranians, like many small dog breeds, often suffer from dental issues. The Pomsky has a long life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years.

9. How Often Do You Groom a Pomsky?

Pomskies have a fluffy, soft double coat that requires regular brushing. The thick coat keeps them warm but sheds a lot. Plan to brush your Pomsky twice a week or more to prevent mats and tangles and to cut down on shedding.

10. Does a Pomsky Make A Good Pet For a Family?

Due to their variance in personality, judging a Pomsky’s suitability for family life can be difficult. A Pomsky that combines the companionship of the Pomeranian with the intelligence and loyalty of the Husky could make a great addition to any family.

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Taylor Ritz

Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She is a former zookeeper and animal trainer. She has her own dog, Dobby, with whom she has bicycled across the U.S. and thru-hiked the Long Trail.

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