Often times our customers will travel in a vehicle to us here in Utah to pickup their new Pomsky Puppy. I wanted to write an article to make traveling home with your new Pomsky Puppy much easier for you and your new fur-baby. We will send a leash and collar with your new puppy when they leave our home. I highly recommend you bring a friend to hold the puppy during the drive. Plan on making stops along the way.
Supplies I recommend while traveling home safely with your new Pomsky puppy
I put puppies in a seatbelt harness. I have also used the Car Seat and I like them both.
I don't like to put a new Pomsky puppy in a kennel during the drive because I don't want it to become afraid of the kennel or the car. I do bring a kennel to put in the back of the car for when you have to stop and you can't bring your new Pomsky in the store, you can put the Pomsky puppy in the kennel. I like this kennel because it has the divider you can adjust as your Pomsky puppy grows. If you can bring the puppy inside the store this carrier is awesome. It has lots of pockets and you can use it as a carry on if you ever fly in cabin with your Pomsky puppy.
Some Pomskies get car sick. We use Children's Dramamine for our Posmky Puppies. Ask your vet what is the correct dosage for your Pomsky puppy before giving it.
It's important to remember its not safe to bring your new Pomsky puppy on public ground until it is fully vaccinated (3 sets of vaccines). You don't want your dog getting any sicknesses from other dogs.
What is a Pomsky?
A Pomsky, known for their small wolf-like appearance, soft coat, and curled tail, is a designer breed of dog and is a mix between a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian. Their small size and playful demeanor make them the perfect apartment and family dog. Unheard of before 2011 this adorable breed has now exploded in popularity and doesn’t show signs of slowing down.
History of Pomskies
Pomskies are a very new designer breed and although there may have been accidental pomsky litters, they were first intentionally bred in 2012. Before they were purposely bred, the term “pomsky” was coined when someone posted a question to the website justanswer.com asking about the mental stability of the cross breed which they were considering adopting from their local Humane Society. In his answer the veterinarian Dr. Scott suggested that the mix was "very, very unlikely” and that the Humane Society was probably just guessing on the breeds of the parents but also mentioned that anything is possible when a dog is in heat.
Pomsky was a catchy name and soon there were many more instances of people labeling their pups as a pomsky, but none of them were verified to have pomeranian or husky parents. While the term pomsky had been coined and the idea was growing there was a specific catalyst which launched the idea into massive popularity. Buzzfeed editor Peggy Wang wrote an article on the mix labeling them “the cutest designer breed ever”. With the publishing of her article on such a well known site, Peggy all but guaranteed that the adorable pomsky breed was here to stay.
As the popularity of pomskies continued to grow, a breeder named Teressa Peterson became interested in the breed and began to research how to breed the mix. Her interest only grew and she spent a year researching the genetics and possibilities of a pomsky. In time she was able to connect with Tabetha Ruhstorfer who owned a female Siberian Husky and wanted to breed her. The litter was bred through artificial insemination and in no time the first recorded litter of Pomskies was born. With the success of their litter and interest only growing, Teressa and Joline both began focusing on breeding Pomskies.
Every year pomskies have gotten more popular and we doubt that will change any time soon. Here at Brookside Pomskies we, like many others fell in love with the breed and wanted to make them a bigger part of our life. Like Teressa we did a lot of research on how to safely breed pomskies and we refuse to work with anyone with practices that don’t keep the health of the dogs as their highest priority. We plan on providing ethically bred Pomskies for loving families as long as there are caring people looking for them.
Pomskies are considered to be a medium/small dog and are usually between the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian breed sizes. Because the breed isn’t fully established there aren’t set standards for this mix, but they usually range from 10-15 inches in height.
The weight of a Pomsky is also in the medium/small range and generally ranges between 20-30 pounds.
Pomskies are a very healthy breed with a general life expectancy of 14-15 years. Because Siberian Huskies are at risk for hip dysplasia and Pomeranians may develop skin problems Pomskies may inherit these from traits.
Because they come from 2 breeds that are considered very smart you can also expect your Pomsky to be intelligent. You may notice watchdog tendencies that are from the Pomeranian side and patience from the Husky side. They are very energetic and will need lots of attention from their owners.
You will need to brush your Pomsky between 3-5 times per week to keep it’s double-coat looking sleek and clean.
Luckily Pomskies tend to be one of the easier breeds to train due to both Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians being very intelligent breeds. It is important to be consistent when training a Pomsky.
If your Pomsky is continually scratching itself to the point that it is causing scratches and/or bleeding, you should consult with a doctor. However, if your Pomsky is scratching a lot, but there doesn't seem to be any severe side effects, there could be some of the reasons.
Why does my Pomsky keep scratching?
If you’ve just adopted a Pomsky you may be curious as to why it is continuing to scratch itself because of the annoying noises it makes at night trying to scratch its ears or even when it is rubbing its back and face against your carpet to try to rid itself of the itch. You might be surprised to hear that compulsive scratching, licking, and even biting in some cases are very common for all types of dogs. However, sometimes even these can be a problem. The main thing you should look for in your Pomsky if you notice compulsive scratching is whether or not it has obtained a "hot spot." A hot spot is when a wet red spot appears on your dog's skin. This can be formed with too much licking or scratching on your dog's skin. If your dog continues to bite or scratch in the same areas, their skin will become irritated and may cause pain to your pet.
The most common reasons your Pomsky is scratching
As we've stated before, it is pervasive for dogs to scratch themselves. But, you must be aware of any issues that your dog may be having, so besides the fact that it is natural for a dog to scratch, here are some reasons your Pomsky might be scratching.
If you notice your dog's scratching getting out of hand, it might be due to an allergy or illness. Start observing how your Pomsky reacts to certain foods you are giving them. Be sure to have a list of foods that are not safe for dogs to eat. Some include grapes and onions.
You might also notice an allergy if there is mold or pollen in the air. Make sure to wipe down your home and rid it of any built-up degrees or mold.
I don't mean to scare you, and I highly hope that this isn't the case for your dog. But, some dogs obtain parasites, which might explain the dreadful scratching. It is very common to see this in dogs of all breeds, but it is also very unwanted. Parasites may include ticks, fleas, or mites. If your dog has a tick, you'll most likely see it; however, if your dog has fleas, they are unusually hard to find and can't be seen by the naked eye. It's always safe to have your dog checked by a vet if you assume this to be the case.
Just like humans, Pomskies suffer from dry skin all the time, which is a massive factor for the itching. Dry skin is very uncomfortable for dogs and is often irritating. If you notice this on your dog, get some shampoo or soaps dedicated to treating dry skin. As painful as it is to see your dog itching, it's ten times worse for your dog to deal with this irritation daily.
How can I get my Pomsky to stop scratching?
Depending on which of these reasons, your dog may be suffering will help you know how to help your dog best. But, one of the best ways to help your dog scratch less is by keeping them regularly groomed and taken care of. You can even search for shampoos to help with the persistent scratching but check the reviews before buying a product. There are many fakes out there. You can also take your dog to the veterinarian to see if there is anything serious that may be causing the continued scratching. Otherwise, you might have to get used to the persistent scratching.
This article was intended to help you get a better understanding why your pomsky is scratching. If you are interested in adding a Brookside Pomsky to your family, you can check out our Pomsky Puppies for sale or fill out an application. Congratulations on your journey of becoming a fantastic dog owner.
House training your Pomsky gets very frustrating and seems like a long time. Which is why there are so many people searching for the answer to training their dog. When you first get your Pomsky you're likely to be experiencing a lot of stress and emotions especially at night time. Every new dog has a hard time in their new home during the nights and it’s very common for your dog to whine or bark while you are trying to sleep. Now let’s get one thing straight, some dog owners like to sleep with their dog to calm them during the night. But there is only one problem to that. If you let your Pomsky stay in your bed with you at night or even just in your room it is going to be very hard to get through crate training. Which is a big step for house training. So I’m going to try to relieve some of your stress with a couple of tips.
Potty Training Your Pomsky
When you first begin to potty train your Pomsky you will notice that they tend to go when you aren’t watching them. When you turn around or start paying attention to other things around the home your Pomsky will try to be sneaky and get away with doing their business. Which is why it is very important to keep them on a leash at your side for the first month or so.
At first they will resist being on a leash but that’s normal. In order to help them overcome this, you will want to let them wander around while dragging their leash behind them. This will get them used to having something around their collar. Be aware of their surroundings while you are doing this and don’t let them be alone otherwise they will find a spot in the house to do their business rather than outside.
I like to tie my dog's leash around my belt loop so that I’m not always holding it in my hand. Once your Pomsky starts acting weird or tugging on the leash immediately take them outside and let them off their leash to find a spot to do their business. You may need to wait at least 10 minutes before they use the bathroom but once they do pet them and give them tons and tons of praise. You will also want to give them treats as well.
Continue this process for the next couple of days and if your dog happens to have an accident inside pick them up, take them outside, and praise them outside where they should have used the bathroom. I know it sounds weird to praise them when they made a mess but it helps if they know where they are getting the praise from. If you use a harsh tone or you’re mean to your Pomsky it will make this process take longer than it needs to.
Crate Training Your Pomsky
This is probably the most frustrating to dog owners. Considering the only thing you really can do is be patient and wait for Pomsky to stop barking. It will usually take anywhere from 3-7 days to crate train your Pomsky. But they will get the hang of it soon enough. However, If you do let your dog stay in your bed the process could take up to 2 weeks.
When you are crate training your Pomsky you will want to let them warm up to the crate before you force them inside. One of the ways I like to do this for my dog is by putting a small amount of Peanut Butter on the inside of the crate, that way your Pomsky will smell the peanut butter and enter the crate on it’s own. I do this during the day so that she gets comfortable with her kennel before night time comes along.
Keep your Pomsky in its kennel each night for the first couple of days. It’s going to be stressful and loud but it will get better over time. Some dog owners suggest keeping the dogs kennel at your bedside so that your dog can feel safe. Others put their dog in the other room or a closet to detract from the barking. Choose the one that works best for you. You may want to invest in a good set of earplugs if you want to get sleep the first couple of nights.
During the first couple of weeks your dog will need to use the bathroom every two to three hours during the night. Set a timer or some kind of alert to wake you up when you need to take your dog out. After they get older they will only need to use the bathroom 0 to 2 hours throughout the night.
If you want to crate train your Pomsky during the day in case you have guests or need to do some cleaning around the house, you can do this by putting your Pomsky in their crate while you wander the house.
At first they will bark or whine for a while but you need to ignore them and turn your back away so that they know that barking doesn’t phase you. Once they stop barking for about 5 minutes you want to immediately let them out and praise them so that they know that good behavior makes a bigger difference more than barking does.
I hope this helped you in house training your Pomsky. If you or someone you know is interested
In adopting a Pomsky, Brookside Pomsky has Pomskies ready to adopt. To add a Brookside Pomsky to your family, you can check out our Pomsky Puppies for sale or fill out an application. Congratulations on your journey of becoming a fantastic dog owner.
Many people ask, "What is a blue Pomsky?" Well, the proper term is blue dilute, which is one of the rarest coat colors genetically. Their coat looks like a charcoal blueish gray color. The Genetics report show dd as the coat color. It's hard to capture the actual color in pictures. You need to have good lighting to really see the beautiful blue coat color in pictures. A blue Pomsky takes years to create. Genetically blue comes from the Pomeranian Side; however, a handful of huskies do carry the blue gene Dd. In Pomskies, most F1 Pomskies can not be blue (dd), but they can be Dd (carry blue), which means if they were bred to another Dd Pomsky, they could possibly get F2 blue (dd) puppies. Even with the right genetics, you don't always get blue dd puppies. The Pomsky puppy rarely receives both copies of dd from both parents. Blue Pomskies are so unique it's a big deal in the breeder world. Breeders get really excited because there are just a few blue Pomskies out there! With the right genetics and good breeding lines, you can get some amazing colors. Of course. my favorite coat color is blue dd.
If you are interested in getting a blue Pomsky, fill out our Adoption Application and get your name on the list. Our rare Blue Pomsky puppies go very quickly and are rarely available to the public.
When your dog comes running up to you and almost jumps on you with a happy smile on its face, what do you do? Your dog is hyper and over-excited. Any uninformed person would smile back, pet its coat, and praise the Pomsky. But would you want your dog to do this to another person? Say, for example, your cute little Pomsky runs up to your grandma and jumps on her out of excitement? Although it might seem a bit weird, don’t encourage that kind of excitement. There’s a big difference between encouraging happy behavior and hyper behavior. If you praise your hyper Pomsky, she will sense that you like it when she’s hyper and will find it rewarding. The next time your Pomsky puppy tries to jump on you, turn the other way or push her back down. When you do this, you shouldn’t do it playfully, or it will have no good effect. One thing to note when calming your dog is that you should also watch your own energy. Whatever energy you put out, you will get back. If you are angry, your Pomsky will also act similarly. This is why you should always do it calmly and confidently. That way, your Pomsky puppy will know that you don’t like it when she jumps on anyone including you and will eventually stop doing it.
Give Your Pomsky an Activity To Do. However, if your dog is very persistent and still jumps on people, you can give her an activity to do. When your dog continuously jumps on you, then she keeps asking for something to do. When ignoring her doesn’t work, then keep your dog busy by setting up an obstacle course in your backyard for her or have the dog go through a training program. If you do this on your own, make sure you have all the supplies you need before jumping into it. You can even set your Pomsky up in some dog sports, like agility or lure coursing. Taking your hyper Pomsky to a dog park will help burn its energy out while having fun and engaging with her peers.
Praise Calm Behavior
Calming your dog will be much easier if you praise her when she is already calm. If your Pomsky puppies are motivated by treats, you can give them a treat when they are relaxed and encourage it even more.
Wear it Out
A dog’s hyperness and overexcitement most often come from boredom. One of the ways to avoid a Pomsky being hyper is to burn its energy out by getting enough exercise and sufficient high-quality dog food. The easiest way to make sure your dog gets enough exercise every day is to build a routine. Pomskies needs to have at least one 30 minute walk every day and a little playtime to satisfy its energy level. You can have your routine consist of a morning walk, breakfast, and an afternoon game of fetch. Many times when dogs jump on people, it is because they have excessive energy gathered up inside of them. One way to burn their energy out is by playing focused games in the backyard, like tug of war or fetch. Although, when your Pomsky gets too excited and overly hyper, you should stop the game and give her a treat when she’s calm. This way, your Pomsky will know that when she is quiet, she gets a treat.
If your Pomsky is naturally overly excited and hyper, it might take a while to see results when you do these things. The important thing is to stay consistent. If you have done all of these things and still don’t see results after a few weeks, be sure to talk with your veterinarian.
Are you interested in owning a Pomsky puppy? Brookside Pomsky has Pomskies ready to adopt. To add a Brookside Pomsky to your family, you can check out our Pomsky Puppies for sale or fill out an application. Congratulations on your journey of becoming a fantastic dog owner.
Many people have asked what does Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) mean on your Pomskies embark DNA report? Embark recently changed the way they display their test results & added ALT. If blood work is taken, ALT is a clinical tool that can be used by veterinarians to better monitor your dogs liver health. ALT is one of several values veterinarians measure on routine blood work to evaluate the liver. It is a naturally occurring enzyme located in liver cells that helps break down protein. My vet told me ALT isn’t a health condition. It makes their liver values READ differently on paper. For example, she used the analogy of a person having low blood pressure versus normal blood pressure. People with 90/60 function just as good as those with 110/70, it doesn't affect their health in any way. This result is not associated with liver disease. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, ALT is released into the blood stream. The liver may show low normal or normal counts, that is okay. If the Alt says high count, that is a problem. It is important to let your vet know what the your Pomskies ALT levels are, in case they ever have to do a liver test.
Did you ever have that experience late in the night around eleven or twelve just before bed when you go to check on your dog and you find out that your beautiful Pomsky has been sprayed by a skunk? If you just got a new Pomsky or this is your first dog, you might be really worried in this situation. You may not want to deal with the smell, and it might seem like too much to handle. You’ll most likely become frantic and wonder what you should put on the dog to get the substance off. At this moment, you know you need to act fast.
Getting the skunk smell off your Pomsky can seem like an overwhelming job and yet still very time-consuming. But by using a home remedy with just a few simple steps, cleaning your Pomsky can be much easier. You can do the job right and get the smell off faster than you would have thought.
The worst thing you can do to clean your Pomsky after a skunk has sprayed it is to wash it off with your hose or give your dog a bath. This may be very tempting at first, but because of the chemicals in the skunks spray, doing either of these will make it worse.
The Science Behind Skunk Spray
Skunks carry a group of chemicals in their spray called thiols. Thiol is the same chemical that is found in garlic and sulfur. A thiol compound is composed of one hydrogen atom and one sulfur atom. There is also another chemical that’s located in the skunk’s spray called thioacetates. This chemical is only activated when water is applied to the chemical, which is why washing your dog immediately with a hose is a bad idea. The thioacetate chemical then rearranges itself into a more potent substance and increases the disgusting skunk smell.
The easiest way to get rid of the smell is to use a formula that will change the composition of the thiol compound. Getting the smell off your Pomsky can be done with common items almost everybody has in their home.
Easiest way to get rid of the skunk smell:
You will need
Keep in mind that one application works well, and two applications works really well. However, if you are at a loss of ingredients after only one, then apply the mixture once before applying the shampoo. This should still get the smell off. Also, if you are planning on bringing the Pomsky in the house to shower or wash up, keep any little children away from the dog, to ensure the smell doesn’t rub off on them. Especially if you don’t usually bring your dog inside, and make sure your home is safe first and all electrical cords are put away.
Cleaning your pomsky like this is really simple and will get the smell off if you do it immediately. Just remember that in the next few weeks when you give your dog a bath or when it rains, you might still be able to smell that faint skunk smell. But don’t worry, this fades over time.
If you are reading this blog post you’ve probably already had some interaction with Pomskies. Whether it was pictures, research, or passing one by during a walk. Pomskies are hard to miss because of their beauty. They are one of the prettiest designer breeds out there. Some say the Pomsky puppy is like a husky in a miniature body, making it adorable and easier to cuddle. But that’s not always the case. You see because the Pomsky dog is a breed mixed with two completely different breeds, it’s appearance will range drastically. Some Pomskies look more like their mother the Siberian Husky, while others take on the look of the father Pomeranian. Because of this it is often hard to know how long each Pomskies lifespan is as well. But, we will give you a better look in the paragraph below.
How long is a Pomskies lifespan?
Before we can determine how long a Pomsky will live we have to look at it’s ancestry. Pomskies are a mix breed of both the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian, because of this it is hard to know exactly how long a Pomsky’s lifespan is. For example the Pomeranian is known to live anywhere from 12 to 16 years whereas the Husky is known to live anywhere from 12 to 14 years. Depending on what gene the dog takes from most will mainly determine how long it lives. But, most Pomskies are known to live anywhere from 12 to 15 years. This number is still uncertain because the Pomsky breed is fairly new and hasn’t had a lot of research to agree with the assumption.
How do I give my Pomsky a longer life span
One of the best ways to give any dog a longer lifespan is by giving it the right amount of exercise and a good nutrition. With these two things combined you can be sure your Pomsky will live as long as possible. Here are a few tips of what to add into your dog's life to increase its lifespan.
Pomskies need to have a lot of food because they are very hyper active. Meaning you’ll have to feed them a little more than a regular dog. But don’t go overboard, too much food is definitely not good for your pet. Make sure to include plenty of meats and proteins in your dog's meals to increase its health. Some owners even like feeding their dog fresh meat to make sure it still has all the proper nutrients.
Let your dog spend some of it’s day outside on the lawn. You can even play games like fetch and tug a war to help keep your dog active and moving around. Tag is also a very fun activity to play with your dog as well. Every owner should walk their dog at least once every day to increase it’s blood flow and help complete exercise for the day.
Now I’m not saying that training your dog is going to add another 2 years to its lifespan, but if you do train your dog you’ll be able to avoid any possibly dangerous situations. For example training your dog to sit and stay can help them avoid running into the streets and getting hit by a car. It can also help so your dog doesn’t run off on it’s own and get lost. This in turn keeps them safe and healthy.
If you are looking to add an adorable Pomsky puppy into your home, Brookside Pomskies is the place to go. We have an amazing variety of available Pomskies for you to choose from and you also have the option to have your Pomsky trained by us before you add the new addition into your family. Visit our Pomsky puppies for sale or submit an adoption application to get started.
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