Looking for Pomsky breeders? Humans have a long history of coaxing nature to produce creatures who embody the traits and esthetics that please us most. The first Pomeranian-Husky mix was created when people realised that it was possible to have the lovable, majestic, goofiness of a Siberian Husky in a much smaller body, with an added dose of fierce loyalty and protectiveness from the Pomeranian line. Breeders quickly realised that this idea was popular. With experience, they also knew that just because a new designer breed has received public approval doesn’t mean that they would be profitable to breed.
There are many things to consider before investing in breeding a certain cross. The Pomsky is still too new to have more than a handful of reputable breeders and many less scrupulous ones in the business. Slowly, as the demand for Pomsky puppies keeps growing, more breeders are entering the field, giving people more choices in healthy blood lines in the puppy they choose to buy. To understand why a breeder might hesitate to commit to cross breeding a Husky with a Pomeranian, we must discuss the process.
How to Breed a Pomsky Puppy?
There are relatively few Pomsky breeders in the market today. Given the demand for these puppies, this may sound surprising. However, given the risks involved in this kind of cross-breeding, not too many reputable breeders choose to enter this line. Breeders are dog lovers too. As such, their business sense is often crossed by their concern for the consequences of certain types of cross-breeding. A lot of breeders stay away from any mixing of two breeds of disparate sizes. Their objections are often valid and borne out when less scrupulous people get into this business.
The first Pomeranian-Husky mix was surely an accident. If the result of that union had been an adorable mini Husky, you can imagine how delighted the owners were. Accidental cross-breeding happens between pets all the time. The offspring of these dogs are usually called a Breed mix, using the name of the more popular parent breed. The Pomsky would have simply been called a Pomeranian mix if the other parent had been a hardly known entity. If the mix looks particularly beautiful, they are sometimes prized by certain dog lovers, and a cross-breeding pattern is set. The Husky-Pomeranian mix had a similar story.
But the difference between an accidental mating and planned breeding is that the humans can study size, lineage, health, the temperament of the parent breeds and decide which particular dogs would create the best possible litter of puppies.
One of the biggest dangers of mating a large dog like the Siberian Husky with a tiny toy breed like the Pomeranian is the injury such a process can cause the Pom. Breeders cannot use a Pom female to carry the litter, since the breeding can’t happen naturally. The size of the puppies would make it impossible for a Pomeranian bitch to carry the litter to term. The dog’s body invest a lot of its resources looking after the fetuses, and when such a pregnancy fails, it can be fatal for the female. Pomeranians are usually used as studs in the mating process, while the Husky carries the litter. There are a lot of pairings that fail due to size or other factors when the male of one breed tries to mate with the female with the other, but works when the genders are switched around.
The Pomeranian male used as a stud in these pairings is still endangered during the process given a Husky’s relative size. A mating can be stressful and often takes days to be successful. Breeders either use their own dogs or sign a contract with the owner of an appropriate stud for specific numbers of matings. When the male doesn’t belong to the breeder there is an added financial stake in keeping the dog unharmed. During the mating, the female Husky can get aggressive towards the male Pomeranian. Since the Pom breed is a confident, forceful kind, these situations can often spiral out of hand. Breeders do their best to try and avoid a dog fight. They introduce the dogs gently, provide a calm, quiet place for them to inspect and consider each other. They give them up to several days to mate, so they can take their time and not feel stressed or anxious. People in the breeding business try and keep things as natural for the mating pair as possible, so no accidents can happen.
Once the Husky bitch is pregnant with the Pomsky litter, the breeder now has to ensure that the litter is not miscarried. A single miscarriage can set them back by a lot of money and ruin future expectations. During this period, there are several expenses to consider. The veterinary check-ups, the high-grade dog food add up to a good bit of investment that the breeder doesn’t know will result in a profit.
When the litter is born, they have to stay with their mother – with minimum human interference – until they are seven weeks old. The puppies then have to be weaned and put on a new diet. At this points, the features and colouring of the Pomsky puppies begin to gain distinction. They are set apart from either of their parents by some features and look exactly like a Pomeranian or Husky by others. See: Full Grown Pomsky.
The big gamble that the breeders take in these cross-breed pairings is that the offspring may not look like the popular perception of a Pomsky. It’s not enough for them to be a Pomeranian and Husky mix, they must be the size of a Pomeranian and have the looks of a Husky, preferably with blue eyes.
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This is an unrealistic expectation that unethical breeders promote and makes things difficult for those breeders who care about the puppies they breed. The pups with the Husky features will be priced high, while the rest will be culled. See: Pomsky Price.
The word “cull” has two meanings. The literal meaning is to remove, which is exactly what breeders did for centuries while attempting to perfect the look and function of the dogs they bred. The newer meaning is to neuter or spay and removes from the breeding program. While good breeders follow the latter path, working hard to find adopters for the puppies that who have no material value in the business side of the dog world, the bad ones simply put down the puppies and cut their losses.
There is also a chance that none of the puppies will have the look that the breeder was hoping for, making the entire venture essentially worthless. From the perspective of business, this makes breeding Pomskies for profit a fool’s errand.
Let us not forget the aspect of health and temperament. While breeders try their best to find unrelated, healthy bloodlines to mix, they can’t always predict which combination of genes will result in poor stock. Two perfectly healthy dogs can give birth to one with a genetic defect or some serious illness. With cross-breeds, this chance is higher since there is no way to tell which traits will be dominant in the litter. Pomsky puppies can sometimes suffer an illness that neither parent breed is vulnerable to.
In the case of cross-breed puppies, breeders hope for good temperament and personality. This early in establishing a phenotype, they don’t have much control over either. Most abandoned dogs in shelters result from owners being unable to cope with behavioural problems in their puppies. Since any good breeder will sign a control with their customer guaranteeing health and behaviour, plenty of them risk having the puppy returned within a short period of time for a refund.
As you can see, this makes breeding Pomskies a very risky business idea. The best breeders are often people who do it for the love of dogs and not profit. They have time and resources in their hands to perfect the look of the dog while caring for their health and finding each a good home.
How to Spot an Unethical Breeder?
Unethical breeders are a dime a dozen. Unfortunately, there is no real regulation of breeders in U.S.A. Some countries in Europe have many stricter guidelines to ensure the quality and care of dogs sold by breeders, but in America, the A.K.C. only concern themselves with the physical attributes of a dog. Their guidelines are stringent about the height, shape, and colouring of a dog, but they fall sadly short at specifying the attention and care every dog should be getting from their handlers. Kennel Clubs in the country are mostly concerned with show dogs who are judged on esthetics. Every breed has some standards that specify character hallmarks that the ideal dog of any breed should have. Unfortunately, these “breed standards” are extremely generic and abstract. They want some breeds to have “dignity” while others have “sweetness” or “authority.” Since the characteristics are so subjective, breeders hardly ever have to worry about the nature of the dog. There are no rules that ask breeders to sell dogs with good behaviour or even temperament. This is why they don’t even bother to socialise or train the puppies before selling them. See: Pomsky for Sale.
If you approach a breeder about buying a Pomsky puppy, here are the things you should check:
What are their living conditions? Ask to look around their premises. A good breeder will be ready for this question and agree easily. They will have a clean, comfortable kennel for their dogs, or they might even have them inside their house. Look at the living condition of the parent dog if possible to gauge the kind of owner this breeder is.
How well are the puppies socialised? Ask to see the puppies together and not individually. If this is not possible, ask if they can have the puppy interact with another dog in your presence. This is important because a well-socialized puppy will already know the basics of his manners. He will not nip your hands or misbehave. He’ll be confident around humans as well as other animals. This short viewing is not enough to be sure, but many breeders can’t even pass this small test.
What are the lineage and medical history of the parent breeds? While looking for a good bloodline has its merits, you should also ask to see the parents’ health certificates, written by a veterinarian. Whether they owned both parents dog or not, every breeder has to have the two dogs checked by a vet before letting them mate. They will have a copy of the certificate, and you have the right to ask to see it.
Will the breeder guarantee the health of the puppy? Since the breeder sets his price according to the demand of a puppy and not for any reasons of actual quality, you have to remember that you can negotiate about this just like any other transaction. Asking a breeder for a guarantee of health is quite common. They usually sign for a year, in which time, you can return the puppy or ask for his help if any problem crops up.
Until the groups monitoring the people of the dog world step up to ensure good treatment and high quality of the dogs under a breeder’s care, each owner will have to do their own research and go into adoptions with their eyes open to the reality of breeding a Pomsky.
List of Pomsky Breeders Around The World
The following is a list of Pomsky breeders around the world:
Be warned that these are simply a collection of breeders in one list and not an endorsement. As a potential adopter, you have to investigate the veracity of the breeders and ensure that you purchase your puppy only from reputable and honest professionals in the field.
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