Big or small, fluffy dogs are the softest and the most cuddle-worthy. However, you’ve got to face facts. Fluffy dogs just can’t help but shed…a lot. A lot of people don’t mind having to clean fur off everything, because fluffy dogs are just that amazing.
But sometimes, especially if you’re allergic, the constant shedding is going to trigger your sensitive nose. What you need are hypoallergenic dogs, breeds that do not shed and won’t trigger your allergies.
Samoyeds, Golden and Labrador retrievers, Huskies, Pomeranians, and Chows, shed the most, while breeds like the Bison Frise, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, and poodles are hypoallergenic. But what about Pomskies?
Is the Pomsky, the adorable cross between a Husky and Pomeranian, hypoallergenic?
The short answer to that is no. Pomskies are not hypoallergenic. The Siberian husky and the Pomeranian, both parent breeds, shed a lot, and the Pomsky is known to shed, especially during the warmer months.
Read ahead to learn more about this breed.
What is Hypoallergenic?
If your dog is hypoallergenic, it means that he doesn’t shed, at least not much, and is less likely to trigger an allergic reaction in humans. People can be allergic to more than just dog hair, however, which many of us assume is what causes sneezing. Saliva and dander from skin also trigger allergies. If you’re allergic to dander, then you will need to either go for a dog breed that is hypoallergenic, or if you already own a dog and he’s shedding, you’ll need to make sure to thoroughly and consistently groom him, vacuum your house often, and perhaps even use a high quality air filter.
Let’s talk about the Pomsky. Many people believe that Pomskies are hypoallergenic. This, however, is not true. A Pomsky does shed and over the course of the year, he will shed his entire coat, and re-grow it.
What Causes Your Pomsky to Shed?
There can be several reasons why your Pomsky sheds:
You see? Your poor baby just can’t help it. Both the Siberian husky and the Pomeranian are dogs that shed a lot. Huskies are designed to withstand the harsh climate, and their fur is accordingly warm and thick. Pomeranians shed relatively less but still shed enough that the Pomsky is genetically designed to shed.
A Pomsky has a lush, lustrous and lovely coat. Just like the husky, the Pomsky will completely shed its coat every single year.
2. Seasonal Shedding
Prepare yourself, because all through Spring and anytime the weather gets warm, your Pomsky is going to shed. His coat will naturally shed to lighten, to regulate his own body’s temperature during the warmer months.
While the shedding is particularly heavy during spring season, your Pomsky will shed year around, as well. The change in temperature and the shorter/ longer days that occur as the seasons transition, one into the next, will trigger you dog’s shedding and he will respond accordingly.
This means you have to reconcile yourself to the fact that you will have to brush your Pomsky twice a day for 6 months a year, if you don’t want to have his hair all around your home, in your food, on your clothes and under the couch. Believe me when I tell you, his hair will find its way into your mouth as well.
Here’s a fun fact. This shedding in spring is known as ‘blowing his coat,’ and can last up to several weeks. Is that why they call it spring cleaning?
3. Health & Nutrition
A well-fed, well-exercised, healthy, and happy dog will still shed, although not excessively so. The Pomsky is a medium to heavy shedder, but if he appears to be shedding a ridiculous amount of fur, then there might be an underlying condition.
If your pet is hurt, sick, is not getting enough nutrients in his diet, if he’s got some tics or parasites that are taking up his body’s stored resources, your Pomsky might shed excessively as a result. He will be weak and tired. His coat will not be lush and thick, but instead dry, brittle and listless.
Suppose you’ve bought a new brand of doggie kibble, or have altered the portion size, this too will also cause his fur to shed. Make sure he gets enough vitamins and supplements, and a well-balanced diet.
Take him to your vet for a check up, to get de-worming, or to find out what is causing him to shed excessively.
If your Pomsky is overly stressed, and is not eating well as a result, and seems a little peaky, his shedding pattern is going to change. Major changes to his life, like moving into a new home, missing a family member who’s going away to college or even the arrival of a new pet can cause stress.
Keep an eye out for excessive whimpering, or signs of stress, lethargy, and a general lack of enthusiasm. These might be indicators of stress and could be why he’s shedding so much.
Spending more time with him, giving him oodles of attention and generally taking him out for more walks in the fresh air, or playing with him often can improve his mood. If he is still stressed, and his shedding persists, take him to a vet.
Grooming Your Pomsky
If you don’t regularly brush his fur, your Pomsky’s coat will become unruly and matted. This can lead to several problems, skin conditions, discomfort and irritation. You might have to end up shaving him, God forbid. If you don’t groom him often, and his matted fur is left unattended, this might accelerate hair loss.
So, how can you manage his shedding, and groom him effectively?
- Routinely brush out his coat. This will remove all the dead hair from it and will reduce his shedding.
- Assign a dedicated spot to brush him, preferably outside. Ask your vet what kind of grooming equipment, brushes and powders work best for him. You can try using a de-shedding tool, like an undercoat raker, or a Furminator (Yes, you read that right) on his undercoat.
- While you’re grooming him, check for any fleas, cuts, scratches, boils, bumps, or any signs of parasites.
- Talk to your vet and buy him bathing supplies like shampoos and doggie conditioners that will give him a healthy coat, and will help control his shedding.
A healthy diet, a happy home and a good brushing will keep your Pomsky from shedding all over your beautiful upholstery and clothes.
More info on Pomskies
- Do Pomskies Like to Swim? All You Need to Know
- Can Pomskies Live in Hot Weather?
- Can Pomskies Be Left Alone?
- Do Pomskies Bark A Lot?
- Do Pomskies Get Along With Cats?
- Do Pomskies Like to Cuddle?
- Are Pomskies Good Family Dogs?
POMSKIES: A Guide for the New Dog Owner: Training, Feeding, and Loving your New Pomsky Dog by David Anderson