Pomsky is a shortening of the more mouthful Pomeranian Husky. This is a relatively new breed of designer dogs who have caught the popular imagination and become an iconic viral image on the internet. So, while it’s possible to discuss what a full grown Pomsky will look like.
People who had never wanted to own either a Pomeranian or a Husky are seeking out Pomsky breeders to own a small sized Husky mix with a Pomeranian’s personality traits. Or at least, that is what a lot of people imagine Pomsky looks like.
The truth is that a Full Grown Pomsky can look like a Pomeranian, a Husky, or a little bit of both. Their size can range from toy breed to middling. Their personality can be as contentious as a Pomeranian or as friendly as a Husky.
The only way to know for sure is to wait and watch while they grow. The breed is too new for any accurate predictions of size and looks.
While markings in early puppyhood can tell you which of the two parents a Pomsky puppy with favour more, there is no guarantee that the features won’t change with age.
How Big are Full Grown Pomsky?
There are certain things an educated breeder must study to ensure the health and solidity of the litters under his care. He must have a good knowledge of genetics and breed history to know which bloodlines to avoid, which cross-breeding to avoid, and which genetic markers are dominant in the puppies of two different breeds.
This knowledge comes from centuries of breeding dogs and learning from the process. Unfortunately, cross-breeding is a lot less studied these days than in previous times. While there are extensive studies in cattle breeding where mixing different types are common, the value placed on pure-breed dogs makes it less likely that breeders will explore cross-breeding and study the effects of it.
So far, the breeders who are proponents of cross-breeding are people who prize functionality over esthetics. They are breeders of working dogs and racing dogs. They don’t breed to chase a fad in the dog world, but because they value the skills and strengths of the dogs who are the result of these mixes.
Dogs like the Euro hound are only bred in limited numbers every year and sold to people who love sled racing. From the work of these breeders, we have a notion of what a cross-breeding between two types of dogs may produce.
Certain genes like the one dictating size usually favours the smaller parent breed. While a Full Grown Pomsky might not always be as tiny as its Pomeranian father, it will hardly ever reach the size of a Husky. They are usually mid-sized with all the energy and exuberance of a much larger dog. Occasionally, a Full Grown Pomsky grows up to be just as small as a Pom.
Since the smaller size is what attracts most buyers to this mix, breeders try to push the idea that all Pomsky are almost as small as toy breeds. With an entire litter full of different sized dogs, it’s the public imagination that dictates which of them will go on to have more Pomsky pups in the future and which will be set aside to be neutered or spayed, and therefore removed from the blood line. Of course, “culling” is not always so merciful and a lot of backyard breeders and pet mill owners simply put the puppies down.
In Victorian England, the Queen popularized the Pomeranian. She owned a very smaller dog of that breed, so most of the public wanted a dog just that small. It is said that in her lifetime, the size of the Pom breed fell by about 50%. Demand and the opportunity to make a profit will convince breeders to do anything to make their litter of puppies stand out.
This makes it very important for buyers to understand that asking for the smallest dog is contributing to breeders working towards achieving the smallest possible size so they can raise their prices. See Pomsky Price. They use unethical means to do this with little to no consequences. There are no governing bodies to ensure the health and right to live of the puppies who don’t meet the standards these breeders are trying to popularise.
There is a reason why there are more Pomsky breeders in U.S.A. than any other country in the world. The American Kennel Club has some of the most lax ideals regarding the breeding and care of animals. So long as the resultant animals meet the standard of appearance set by their committee, they won’t ask about the breeder’s practices regarding their efforts to give their animals a good life.
What Does a Full Grown Pomsky Look Like?
Much like size, a Pomsky’s looks are also determined by public opinion and perception. Currently, the rage is for a miniature Husky. No matter the truth of what Pomskies will look like, breeders focus exclusively on achieving a look as close to the Siberian Husky breed as possible. So long as the puppy looks convincingly like a Husky, the breeders will not investigate more into the health and genetic failings of the parent dogs.
The blue-eyed Pomsky is perhaps the most sought after a dog for those interested in this mixed breed. The gene for blue eyes can be inherited in Siberian Huskies, although usually only one of the eyes are blue, giving them ‘walleyes.’ In most other breeds, blue eyes are caused by a dilution of pigments in the iris, as a side effect of the merle gene in dogs. All of which makes it very difficult for even purebred Siberian Husky breeders to ensure that their dogs have the coveted blue eyes. While there have been occasional Pomskies with eyes of this striking colour, it’s not a predictable gene. When the Husky breed is mixed with the Pomeranian, certain genes dominate others. The colour of the eyes, which is large brown in Poms, is one such. In most cases, a Pomsky will have brown eyes and in extremely rare cases they may have one blue eye. Pomskies with two eyes of that colour are almost never heard of. The pictures floating around the internet are usually of Siberian Husky puppies and should not be taken as proof that this feature is easily available amongst Pomsky mixes.
Most full grown Pomsky is found to be rounder in face and features than the more streamlined Husky, but bigger and more hardy than a Pom. As the offspring of two heavily coated breeds, a full grown Pomsky will have two layers of fur and the propensity to shed quite a lot. While Pomeranians adjust well to apartment living, even they need regular exercise. So, when you put in some Husky in the mix, the adult dogs of this cross-breed will need to be kept well exercised and occupied throughout the day to prevent them from getting bored. Their athletic build bears this out.
In the absence of Kennel Club approved breed standards, Pomskies come in all kinds of marking and their colouring can span quite a range. Since both the Pomeranian and Siberian Husky breeds descend from the German Spitz, there is a certain cohesiveness to the whole of their scion. A full-grown Pomeranian-Husky will have a soft texture in their coat and be naturally comfortable in cold weathers.
How does Full Grown Pomskies Behave?
The personality of a Husky is that of an over friendly dog who trusts people easily. This trait makes them very easy to have around children and other animals, but it also makes people feel like the Siberian sled dog breed lacks a certain sense of loyalty. It cannot be further from the truth, but it’s a commonly held misperception. Owners of Pomeranians will tell you that their dogs are exceptionally protective and possessive. Poms are held to be dogs with an over inflated sense of self. They don’t always get along with other pets and are very tolerant of the antics of children. This might be slightly closer to the truth since Pomeranians tend to have short tempers and a decided sense of territorial ownership.
Owners of Pomeranians will tell you that their dogs are exceptionally protective and possessive. Poms are held to be dogs with an over inflated sense of self. They don’t always get along with other pets and are very tolerant of the antics of children. This might be slightly closer to the truth since Pomeranians tend to have short tempers and a decided sense of territorial ownership.
When people look for a Pomsky, they want a dog who will have the charming sweetness of a Husky, with the lap dog mentality of a Pom. As explained before, these are not traits that can be bred into a new cross breed in such a short span of time. When looking for a certain kind of temperament and attitude, breeders need years of study, a large pool of good quality dogs to choose from, and careful mixing of bloodlines. Since most breeders prioritise appearance over nature and health, the process takes a lot longer than it otherwise should. Over time, when the offspring of adult Pomskies are bred with more Pomeranians and Huskies, certain unique characteristics and traits begin to develop. Breeders then try to eliminate the unpleasant ones, while selectively breeding for the traits that match the popular perception of Pomskies. Once a cross breed begins to display set characteristics, unique to the breed and a phenotype is established, they are recognised as a pure-blooded breed of their own. The Pomsky as it is now is years from that stature. This is the development phase and therefore this designer breed has no set standards to adhere to. Each puppy is an individual, and therefore, each full grown Pomsky will be a product of the nurture he receives from his humans.
Over time, when the offspring of adult Pomskies are bred with more Pomeranians and Huskies, certain unique characteristics and traits begin to develop. Breeders then try to eliminate the unpleasant ones, while selectively breeding for the traits that match the popular perception of Pomskies. Once a cross breed begins to display set characteristics, unique to the breed and a phenotype is established, they are recognised as a pure-blooded breed of their own. The Pomsky as it is now is years from that stature. This is the development phase and therefore this designer breed has no set standards to adhere to. Each puppy is an individual, and therefore, each full grown Pomsky will be a product of the nurture he receives from his humans.
Pomsky as a breed is a subject of controversy. There have been hundreds of designer dogs over centuries. Many lasted only a few seasons before another dog breed caught the popular imagination. In their short-lived stints as sought after mixed breeds, they never had to chance to fully develop into a healthy breed of their own. The results of those fanciful mixes of breeds would often leave behind dogs who suffered from hereditary diseases and developed bone and joint issues. Over time these problems could be eliminated by leaving out the weaker puppies from the next batch of breeding dogs. But the fad usually moved on before this could be done.
If Pomskies are to be established as a breed of their own, their popularity has to last more than a few years. The current affection for this mix makes it seem like this is a genuine possibility.
So, looking forward to the future of the breed, breeders are likely to continue favouring all physical traits that make them look more like a Siberian Husky. Given time and dedication, this breed can turn into exactly what most enthusiasts are hoping for. A dog suitable for apartment living, which is loyal but not as clingy as a Pomeranian. A dog which looks like his Siberian parent but doesn’t require the yard space to run around, as long as he’s walked regularly. The Pomsky might become the ideal dog to have in a home with children and other pets. Unlike his Pomeranian parent, a Pomsky will probably get along with unfamiliar humans and not show signs of anxiety at the approach of strange people and dogs on walks.
See full grown Pomsky in action:
It’s to be hoped that in that future where the Pomeranian Husky mix is awarded its own breed standards and recognised as an independent and unique dog breed, the breeders will feel less pressure to advance esthetics over health and soundness of genetic heritage. It is also to be hoped that by then the governing bodies that take such pleasure in encouraging superficial traits in dogs will have seen the light and become more invested in protecting the right of animals to a healthy, disease-free life with adopters who are legally bound not to abandon dogs who don’t conform to their idea of what a pet should be.
Pomskies are adorable and by all reports a delight to have in your home. As responsible owners and enthusiasts, you can help this cross-breed develop into the perfect house dog by encouraging ethical breeding practices. In turn, this will give Pomskies the best chance to become the beautiful, healthy, good-natured dog we all hope it is.
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