If you appreciate the sprightly, enthusiastic personality of a Pomeranian but are concerned about the potential serious health issues of this breed, a Pomsky may be a great choice for you!
A Pomsky combines the quirky, playful personality of a Husky with the observant, plucky nature of a Pomeranian to produce a stunning hybrid that keeps the signature look of the Husky and combines it with the smaller stature of the Pomeranian but with far less likelihood of the common health issues they face.
Benefits of a Pomsky:
While at first glance it doesn’t seem like Pomeranians and Huskies have much in common, they are both descended from Spitz-type dogs bred for pulling sleds. Besides their common ancestor, they have quite a few personality traits in common as well.
Huskies and Pomeranians are both high-energy dogs. But where a Husky needs around an hour of vigorous exercise a day, the Pomeranian needs only about 20 minutes of stimulating play to be worn out. Because of a Pomeranian’s size, they also don’t need as much room to run around as a Husky might. Pomeranians can thrive in apartments whereas a Husky might go stir crazy in such a small space.
Huskies and Pomeranians also share an affinity for making noise. Huskies like to howl–sometimes called singing or talking–and Pomeranies tend to be quite yippy. Because they both tend to make their fair share of noise, potential owners should take this into account before choosing a Pom or a Husky.
Both breeds have a thick double coat but a Husky has medium length hair where a Pomeranian has long hair. A Husky won’t really need to have its fur trimmed but a Pomeranian might need a slight trim here and there. And while a Husky doesn’t really have much need for detangling, only for de-shedding, a Pomeranian will require a bit more time spent brushing its coat to prevent knots.
Both breeds need supervision when interacting with small children, Huskies because they might hurt a child in the heat of playing and Poms because a child might get too rough for the tiny breed. They both can also be unpredictable with other dogs, but Huskies tend to get along better with others. That being said, first interactions should always be monitored.
And lastly, while a Husky tends to be friendly with everyone, even strangers, a Pomeranian tends to suspect everyone of ill-intentions and will protect your home from any intruders. A Husky will invite a burglar in before he will even think of chasing a burglar off.