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The Pomky Controversy

Quickly gaining steam as one of the most popular dogs of the last year, Pomsky puppies are taking over the dog world.  A combination of a female Husky and a male Pomeranian, this hybrid mix is sure to steal your heart.  It’s hard to believe anyone would possibly have anything bad to say about these adorable creations.

One argument involves safety.  Because Huskies are so much bigger than Pomeranians, a successful breeding requires artificial insemination of the bigger Husky female.  This ensures her body will not be forced to support puppies as big as she is!  Some worry that inexperienced breeders will ignore artificial insemination, either out of laziness or in an attempt to cut costs, potentially causing huge health risks for the dogs involved.

 

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A second argument is that it is absurd to spend such a high cost on a “mutt” dog.  While some affectionately refer to Pomsky’s as a designer breed or hybrids, others say that responsible breeding would never mix two breeds of dogs to create somethings that is not purebred or able to be registered with a kennel club.  This is especially true when existing registries include dogs very similar to Pomsky’s, such as Finnish Lapphund, Pomeranian, Keeshund, German Spitz, and Alaskan Klee Kais.  As a general rule, buyers can expect to “get what they pay for.”  Puppies that seem unusually low priced may be the result of an irresponsible or backyard breeder, or may not be coming from a purebred sire and dam.  This may result in various health concerns or temperament problems, and may be indicators of a careless breeder.

Breeders should be open to having potential families visit the facilities where the puppies are whelped, be able to answer questions about the parents and puppies, and also want to ask questions of the families who will be caring for their pups.  These are all signs of a breeder who maintains high ethical standards and maintains healthy breed standards.  A good breeder will provide lifetime support, not just conduct a business transaction.  Overall, a great Pomsky breeder should be just as concerned with finding their little ones a good home as you are about finding the perfect Pomsky.

Similarly, because of the quickly growing interest in these dogs, responsible breeders worry that people will quickly breed for profit, cutting corners and focusing simply on making quick money fast.  They won’t do the proper vet checks or genetic tests, they won’t get adequate care, select appropriate families, or have the proper experience it takes to raise good, strong, healthy, happy dogs.  They will encourage the irresponsible puppy purchase that preys on people’s desire to love the small, cute, fluffy dog and then make purchases based on impulse or trend.

People worry that the recent popularity of the breed will create a quick frenzy and then when the “fad” dies out, the pups will find their way to shelters all over the world.  It is hard to predict what the temperament of the dog will be since the breeding stock is too new, not purebred or tested over time.  When it stops being exciting to have the new little puppies or their behaviors may require correction, many worry owners will not take care of these little hybrids.

 

Another consideration is health.  A responsible breeder should also be conducting DNA tests, eye and hip tests on dogs before deciding to breed them.  A breeding pair shouldn’t be chosen out of convenience or by accident.  Each dog should be healthy, free of genetic diseases, of good temperament and indicative of a strong breed standard to pass on to any puppies.  Most health problems in dogs of both breeds are as a result of genetic or inherited genes and traits.  This means that most health problems can be prevented.  Unfortunately, because of the hybrid mix and relatively new popularity of the Pomsky, it is hard to tell what health concerns are prevalent in the dog.


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