Curiosity took over when adorable pictures of this unique dog took the internet by storm. Soon, everyone was raving about the gorgeousness of a Pomsky.
More than its unique appearance, it is also uncanny that this breed was a product of small and medium parents! With this, many often wonder what a full grown Pomsky will look like.
Looks intriguing, right? Let us check if we can “size up” a full grown and very cute Pomsky.
Pomsky: A Combination of Pomeranian and Siberian Husky
So how exactly is the parent Pomeranian different from Siberian Husky in terms of size?
Pomeranian is American Kennel Club’s 26th most popular breed out of its list of 197 dogs. This toy dog descended from the Spitz family of dogs along with Samoyed and Alaskan Malamute, is described as inquisitive, lively and bold.
It is indeed a small dog as it only weighs from 3 to 7 pounds and can only be from 6 to 7 inches tall. Small dogs have a longer life expectancy and for a Pom, it is from 12 to 16 years.
AKC recognized this teacup dog in 1888.
Siberian Husky Size
Compared to the cutesy and pampered appearance of a Pom, Siberian Huskies are wolfish, strong and are known as a working dog. In AKC’s popularity ranking, Siberian Huskies rank at the 14th spot. This hard-working dog is described as loyal, mischievous and outgoing.
The standard weight of a male Siberian Husky is 45 to 60 pounds while 35 to 50 pounds for females.
In terms of height, males are 21 to 23.5 inches tall and 20 to 22 inches for females.
Life expectancy of a Husky is from 12 to 14 years according to AKC. They were also recognized by this group in 1930.
Hello Pomsky: History And Other Names
Looking at the size of both parents, mating is impossible. It is practically impossible for the small size of a Pom to reach the female Husky! That is why Pomsky is bred through artificial insemination. To also minimize complications, the mother and the bearer of the child is the Siberian Husky, the bigger of the two; while the father is a Pomeranian.
Pomsky graced the world with its cuteness in the United States in 2009 and the first litter born was in 2012. Because they are hard to breed, a puppy will cost from USD 1,000 to 3,000.
Apart from the adorable Pomsky name, it also goes by other monikers such as Husky Pom and Pom Husky.
How Big Is A Full Grown Pomsky?
The Pomsky breed is still relatively new and specialty breeders are still perfecting standards of this adorable cross. A Pomsky can either be a small to medium-sized dog, depending on whom among is the prevalent gene. Generation also comes to play if it is F1, F2 or F3.
Pomsky typically comes in three sizes:
- Toy Pomsky- 5 to 9 pounds
- Mini Pomsky- 9 to 18 pounds
- Standard Pomsky- 18 to 25 pounds. With the standard size, the length can be from 13 to 18 inches tall.
Generally speaking, the more Siberian Husky is dominant in the generation tree, the larger the dog; but if it is the Pomeranian, it will be on the small side. A good rule of thumb to get a fair idea on how large the Pomsky will grow is to add the weight of both parents and divide it by half.
This way, surprise can be eliminated especially if the size of the dog is of importance.
At What Age Does A Pomsky Become Full-Grown?
On their first birthday or their first twelve months, Pomskies will be finished with their skeletal growth. This means that their bones have reached their full length and the dog is at its maximum height already.
Until its 18 months, while the frame is fixed already, they may add up some fat and muscle to bulk up or gain some weight. In terms of sexual maturity of Pomskies, it comes earlier at their 6 to 9 months of age.
In its 18 months, Pomskies are done with their physical, mental and sexual maturity. Although in terms of mental maturity, Pomskies will be ready to act maturely at two years old.
What Does a Full Grown Pomsky Look Like?
Popular photos of cute Pomskies on the internet are exactly like the color of a Siberian Husky, black and white, only that it is extra fluffier!
But as a cross-breed, do not forget that the Pomeranian genes also come into play.
Just like its unpredictable size, expect also its eyes not only to be blue. Pomskies can also have hazel, brown and amber with black or brown nose. Some Pomskies even have two colors for their eyes.
Coat colors can not only be Siberian Husky exclusive because it can range from fawn, pied, gray, black, brown, cream and white.
With both parents having large, open ears, expect the Pomsky to have an alert and fluffy ears; while the tail usually takes a curve shape.
Again, just like with its size, be open for many possibilities with its look!
Caring for a Pomsky
Here are some tips to take care of the overly cute Pomsky.
The Right Diet for a Pomsky
Since Pomsky’s size may differ, it is important to note that its food must be appropriate for its size, age, activity level, metabolism and a lot more. However, no matter the size of age, dogs must be given protein-rich meats whether it is wet or dry.
Apart from the right fuel for these energetic and playful pooches, low-calorie and healthy treats are also recommended only at 10% of their total diet.
Vitamins and supplements are also welcome for as long as with the go-ahead of the vet.
Exercise Needs of a Pomsky
Apart from proper nutrition, exercise is also important for the health of Pomeranians. A 30-minute walk or play at the park to work off its energy is vital. Since this breed is intelligent, mind-stimulating games must also be incorporated. A well-exercised Pomsky is a well-behaved and happy one.
The health of a Pomsky
Purebreds are often cross-bred to eliminate health issues plaguing them. Thus, crossbreds often are said to have hybrid vigor. Even so, it does not mean that a cross-bred will never encounter any health issues.
For a Pomsky, some of the common health problems are:
- Eye diseases coming from both sides of the gene pool
- Patella Luxation or a dislocated knee cap. This is a painful condition for dogs and may require surgery to correct
- Hip Dysplasia, usually inherited, is the abnormal formation of the hip socket
- Heart diseases
- Dental issues
Other Care Tips for a Pomsky
Both the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky are not suited in hot countries and even high-temperature rooms due to their thick and double furs. Midday sun is also not ideal for a Pomsky.
Apart from these, a regular visit to the vet to ensure that they are healthy is recommended.
What Is The Average Lifespan of a Pomsky?
With proper nutrition, regular vet check-up, exercise, Pomskies can live a ripe age of 13 to 15 years.
Conclusion: What to Expect In a Full Grown Pomsky
Again, since it is a crossbreed between parents with large gaps in size, how big a Pomsky will grow is a puzzle. Although, a good trick is to sum up the total weight of its parents and divide it by half to estimate the Pomsky’s size.
If the size of the Pomsky is important to determine if it fits an apartment setting or not, better but adopt a full-grown one.
However, if the size is not an issue, open up to the many possibilities of the puppy Pomsky.
Either way, any home will be filled with extra energy with this adorable pooch!