AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE POMSKY SCAM (AND SOME LOVE FOR THE GENUINE ARTICLE)
When it comes to the tradition of Western literature, there are few figures more formative than Homer and Shakespeare. Homer’s grand epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey form the basis of so much of what we now know as Western literature. It’s here that figures such as Achilles, Helen of Troy, and, especially, Odysseus who, after twenty years away at war and traveling home, makes it back to Ithaca and is immediately recognized by one being—his dog, Argus, who instantly dies with happiness at the arrival of his owner. (Anyone who’s ever been away for the day and comes home to the joyous yapping of their own special dog will understand Argus’s feelings here.) Shakespeare gives us an example of an extremely-close dog-and-human pair in one of his first plays, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Simply put, we, as a species, have come to love our domesticated dogs. You’ve heard all the descriptions about dogs—“Man’s Best Friend,” “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”—and you’ve probably seen a lot of cute-and-cuddly pictures pop up all over the Internet as well, either just showing the unbearable cuteness of puppies, or else using that cuteness for one of the trickiest human endeavors out there right now—successfully advertising a new product on the Internet. It might seem a bit cold to refer to a puppy as a product, but there’s no denying that the market for cute puppy breeds out there is one of the most exciting out there on the Web today. Between Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, there’s never been a better time to be in the business of breeding and selling cute little critters.
And the Internet knows it.
One of the most searched for dogs on the Internet right now is the “Pomsky.” This little critters—sometimes also known as “Huskernarians”—are purported to be a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian, hence the names.
So, what’s in a name—or two of them, at least—and how can you tell a genuine Pomsky from one of the many imitators floating around on the Internet right now? Let’s take a look.
- WHAT’S IN A NAME? QUITE A BIT, IN FACT: As stated above, a proper Pomsky is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. As you might imagine, this can amount to an incredible hot-seller on the small dog market, and you’d be right. At first glance, a pomsky looks almost too good to be true. You get all the characteristic attributes of a husky, from the characteristic black, grey and white fur, adorably-pointed ears, and on top of that you have the size and tufted tail of a Pomeranian. It’s a miniature husky, or a larger Pomeranian with husky-like features. In short, it’s some kind of super-pup for the small dog market. It’s important when searching for a Pomsky, however, that you look not just for the name and physical attributes, but plenty of intangibles, as listed below. A photo can be doctored in plenty of different ways, and besides that, there are many other breeds of dogs which can, to the untrained eye, look like a Pomsky. As such, to avoid taking home the wrong pup, you’ll want to proceed further down this list and learn to recognize…
- IT’S PHYISCAL APPEARANCE: As with any mix, you’ll generally get traits from one or both parents showing up, and this is certainly the case with the Pomsky. To begin with, it should be noted that all authentic Pomsky puppies have a Pomeranian as the father and a Husky as the mother, as to do so otherwise would raise obvious health conditions for the pair involved (ie, a smaller dog carrying the puppies of a much larger dog.) What does this mean? Well, aside from the fact that any geneticists out there can plot the way certain X-chromosome genes will go with the mother definitely a Husky and the father definitely a Pomeranian, this also gives you your first way of telling an authentic Pomsky breeder from a fraud—if anyone tells you they have Pomskies sired by a Husky and carried by a Pomeranian, click away and find another breeder, because something’s amiss, and that’s far from kosher as far as Pomsky breeding is concerned. As for the physical appearance itself, as stated, both traits of the Husky and Pomeranian show up in different degrees. In addition, it’s worth noting that Pomskies are shedders, and shed a low to medium amount, so if you’re looking to avoid that sort of thing, a Pomsky may not be your best bet.
- SIZE: The general weight of a Pomsky when grown is somewhere between 20 and 30 pounds. As such, if you come across sites proclaiming that their Pomskies are only, say, 5 pounds when fully-grown, you’ve once again run into a scam site and should steer clear. That being said, there are teacup variations of the Pomeranian available which can weigh in at only 2 pounds; that being said, these are of course not actually Pomskies, so if you’re interested in the genuine article, you’re going to want to keep looking.
- PERSONALITY: This is the area where many dog breeds really make their mark, and the Pomsky is certainly no exception. That being said, there’s both more and less uncertainty as to the personality of a Pomsky—more because, as they’re bred selectively, breeders can choose what personality matches they think would make a good fit, but less as the precise interplay between different breeds of dogs informing the personality of their offspring is still a tricky business (leaving aside the more complex genetic side of this.) That being said, of course a great deal of your own personality is derived from the life you’ve led and circumstances you’ve met with, and this is likewise the case with Pomskies. In short, it’s a mixture of nature and nurture which determines the dog’s personality here, though in general Pomskies tend to be loyal and intelligent—much like the breeds of their mothers and fathers.