So you want to own a Pomsky? A small to medium-sized dog, Pomskies are the adorable designer dog cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian.
The average price of a Pomsky is between $1,000 and $3,000. Because Pomskies are a designer dog breed, some Pomskies can cost close to $5,000!
A quick check on sites like Craigslist and eBay yielded results ranging between $500 and $700. We’d like to give a word of caution on going with “cheap.” Although not always, cheap litters can come from unethical breeders or puppy mill dogs with no health guarantees or certificates.
In addition, folks that use free sites to sell their puppies often have no screening process and breed for profit. Their unsocialized and unvaccinated dogs can come with a host of medical problems and lead to heartbreak down the road.
Depending on the size of both parents, Pomsky puppies from the same litter can grow to a vast range of sizes and have different coats and eye colors.
The first recorded breeding attempt of this unique crossbreed designer dog was relatively recently in 2009. The first litter recorded in the US was in 2012 and was bred through artificial insemination.
Pomskies are bred to be like smaller Siberian Huskies that stay small and retain their baby looks well into adulthood. In comparison, the Finnish Lapphund look similar, and both breeds are often mistaken for each other.
In fact, the first breeders saw a mislabeled photo of a Finnish Lapphund and instantly fell in love with the idea of crossing a Husky and a Pomeranian to achieve a similar-looking breed.
Why The Price Difference In The Cost Of Pomskies?
Because Pomskies have grown in popularity rapidly in the last few years, there are many breeders out there with a vast range of prices.
Most Pomskies will cost between $1,000 and $3,000. Factors that affect the price include:
It all comes down to essential supply and demand. For example, a state with five Pomsky breeders with a litter a year might be priced lower to match the competition than a single breeder in another state. Prospective owners in the latter will have to choose; drive out of state or pay a premium price.
Size, Coat, and Eye Color
Smaller Pomskies tend to cost more, and the most petite pups in the litter will cost more than the larger ones.
The Husky’s colorings and coat are also favored. The fluffy, thick coat of the Husky and striking black or tan markings will have puppies costing higher than a single-colored coat. Although a single-colored coat following the Pomeranian parent is rare, they do happen.
Females also are more popular and likely to cost more.
Blue eyes are greatly favored, as well as pups with heterochromia, the condition that results in different colored eyes.
Puppy Bloodlines and Lineage
As Pomskies are a mixed breed, they can be a cross of various combinations of Huskies and Pomeranians. A 50-50% cross of two purebred parents will cost more than, say, a cross of two Pomskies.
In addition, some Pomskies are bred to be even smaller, using a 100% Pomeranian and a 50/50 Pomsky, resulting in a 75% Pomeranian, 25% Husky litter.
Good breeders will have proper DNA tests and registration papers for all breeding pairs, at times even grandparents.
The standards of breeders differ significantly and have a direct impact on the prices of puppies. You don’t want a puppy from an unethical breeder. They usually come with a myriad of health and behavior problems that will lead to heartbreak down the road.
In addition, putting money into the pockets of these unscrupulous individuals is not something we condone.
Before trying to select a breeder, why not check rescue organizations and shelters? Some dogs are given up because of a drastic change in their owner’s lifestyle, like moving to a dog-free apartment complex or family complications.
Pomskies can also take after their Husky parents, who are also high-energy dogs that are escape artists. Huskies are known to be a stubborn breed and not for inexperienced dog owners. Getting an older puppy will allow you a more accurate picture of the puppy’s personality and energy levels and help you match better with your new best friend.
Navigating a minefield of puppy millers or backyard breeders is an intimating journey. If you don’t recognize the term “puppy mill,” we’d like to suggest reading this article. It’s pretty sad.
Here is a list of things to watch out for. Don’t touch this litter with a ten-foot pole if any of these factors stand out to you.
- They sell online on sites like eBay and Craigslist without a screening process.
2. There cannot provide papers, vaccination cards, or health guarantees for puppies and parents.
3. The puppies are under eight weeks of age. Crappy breeders want their puppies out as soon as possible to make way for new litters. Puppies should only leave their mother and littermates after eight weeks. In some states, it is illegal to sell puppies under eight weeks.
4. They won’t let you visit their facilities or see the litter’s parents. That’s probably because you’ll be appalled.
5. They cannot answer a barrage of questions you’ll probably be asking them regarding the parents’ temperament, health, and history.
6. They have constant and multiple litters a year, a sure sign of overbreeding.
Other Costs Associated With Buying A Pomsky
In addition to the initial purchase price, there are a few things you’ll need to prepare for your new Pomsky’s arrival, as well as some ongoing costs for the first year.
A Pomsky is a medium-sized dog. AKC estimates a setup cost of approximately $2500 to $3000 for the first year of bringing home a medium-sized dog and ongoing yearly expenses of $2000.
In addition to puppy-proofing your house to create a safe environment for your new Pomsky puppy that will get into EVERYTHING, here’s a list of supplies you’ll need to care for your new friend.
Pomskies are moderately high shedding dogs from their Husky parents, and their coats require frequent brushing. A good vacuum cleaner can help with that.
In addition, puppies will have accidents. Enzymatic cleaners work on a cellular level to clean up biological matter like pee and drool. Dogs will also mark over their own scents, making accident sites likely to be peed on again. Odor eliminators will help with the lingering smells and decrease the likelihood of future accidents.
Try looking for odor removers that do not contain harmful chemicals and use only natural ingredients. You don’t want to damage your puppy’s growing immune system. We love the Angry Orange eliminator that uses oils found in orange peels.
Food and Treats
Picking the initial food for your puppy can be daunting. There are many choices out there, and not all of them are good ones. There is very little regulation around pet food, which has led to many inferior brands being out there in the market.
Cheap food contains heaps of additives, chemicals, and fillers like corn and soy. Opt for only top-quality food with good protein sources. In addition, only use food and treats meant for puppies. Puppies grow rapidly and have different nutritional needs than adult dogs.
If you are planning to crate train your new pup, you’ll need a crate, of course. Crate training done right is an invaluable tool to help potty train your new dog.
Buy a crate that will fit the fully-grown size of your Pomsky. Most crates come with dividers to temporarily reduce the size. Properly sized crates should be just enough for the pup to stand up, lie stretched out, and turn around in.
Collar and leash
Your Pomsky pup is going to need a lot of exercise. The Siberian Husky is an active breed that is bred to run and pull weight. Huskies are unsuitable for harnesses on casual walks. They are genetically predisposed to pull a LOT!
However, Pomeranians are a small breed that can have sensitive throats. They are also vulnerable to throat injuries like collapsed tracheas. Choke or training collars might not be suitable for your Pomsky either.
A healthy in-between can be a standard collar and sturdy leash. This hemp collar by Pawsensitive is hypoallergenic, vegan, and organic. The Good Dog Company has a range of eco-friendly collars and leashes made from sustainable materials.
Your Pomsky is going to need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They are active dogs and need to be kept occupied, or they can exhibit destructive behaviors like barking, chewing, and generally getting into trouble.
Interactive toys that dispense treats when swatted around are our favorites. This Idepet dog ball will keep your Pomsky busy for hours trying to earn those treats and is durable enough to stand up to the most enthusiastic chewers.
The Classic Kong has been entertaining dogs for more than 40 years and remains one of the most popular toys. Stuff frozen peanut butter or any other healthy snack in there and keep your puppy occupied for hours.
You’ll need an excellent brush. Pomskies tend to shed, and regular brushing about three to five times a week will be necessary to keep the dead hair off and your floor free of all that Husky fluff. They also blow their coats twice a year, usually in the spring and fall.
In addition, you’ll need nail clippers, a good organic shampoo, eye and ear cleaning solutions, and dental supplies. Brushing your pup’s teeth daily will prevent gum disease and keep his teeth healthy. A meat-flavored toothpaste and a canine toothbrush should do the trick.
Dental bones can also help cut down on plaque and tartar buildup, keeping them happily occupied while doing so!
Food And Water Bowls
Use only BPA-free and pet-safe materials. In addition, dogs that gobble their food are vulnerable to bloat and other gastrointestinal complications.
If you have a gobbler, using a slow feeder like this one from Outward Hound can dramatically reduce the speed your pup is hoovering food at.
You’ll have to keep up with the vaccination schedule of your new puppy. At eight weeks, puppies will not be fully vaccinated. The remaining rounds will cost about $200 to $400.
Also, some breeders have spay and neuter clauses added into the sales contract. Puppies can be spayed or neutered at around six months. The procedure costs around $400 to $600.
Dog Walking / Doggy Day Care
Your Pomsky is likely to have high energy levels. If you and other members of your household are away for most of the day, your pup is probably going to get into a lot of trouble. Huskies are escape artists that need plenty of exercise and attention.
Although Pomskies are relatively more manageable, they still will need plenty of attention. Being left alone for too long can result in minor annoying behaviors like chewing and barking. On the other spectrum, if left unchecked, these behaviors can result in more serious problems like separation anxiety, which might need professional help.
Dog walkers can cost between $10 and $30 per half-hour walk, while doggie daycare generally charges between $20 and $50 for the day. These costs can add up fast. Some daycare centers will offer monthly packages with some savings.
Pomskies have moderate to high grooming requirements. Both Huskies and Pomeranians have thick, high-shedding coats that require almost daily brushing, or your furniture will be covered in balls of fluff.
In addition, they blow off their coats twice a year but can shed continuously throughout the year. They are likely to shed more in the warmer months.
Professional grooming costs can be about $30 to $80 per visit and cost more if additional services like dental treatments, nail clipping, and flea treatment are needed.
An adorable breed, the Pomsky is a loyal, affectionate dog with moderately high energy levels. They will suit countryside living or houses with large fenced yards. Apartments might be too small for them.
In addition, the stubborn streak of Huskies is likely to show in your Pomsky, making this breed unsuitable for inexperienced or first-time owners.
If you believe the Pomsky is the breed for you, we wish you the best of luck in your hunt for your new furry amigo!
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