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Designer breeds have been stealing the hearts of dog lovers all over the globe. While a purebred pup is a lovely creature on its own, mixing it with another breed makes a world of difference. This Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix is a designer hybrid you’ll want to know more about.
In this article, we will introduce to you ten facts about the Pomchi. Learn more about their unique quirks–the good, the bad, and everything in between!
YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THEM IN AN INSTANT
What happens you mix two popular, distinctive dog breeds? The result is an easily identifiable pup with the physical attributes unique to them. The Pomchi’s foxlike face and pointy ears are their most enticing feature.
With the heart-warming cuteness of the Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix, it’s no wonder that they are beloved as a toy breed. Their big, round eyes will look at you intently, adding to their irresistible nature.
While they may look fragile due to their size, they are anything but that. On average, they stand around 6 to 9 inches, with the males slightly larger than their female counterparts.
Other notable features of the Pomchi include their puffed and curled tail, wagging adorably as they approach you!
THE POMERANIAN AND CHIHUAHUA MIX IS A FIERCE WATCHDOG
The Pomchi may not look like much, but they certainly pack a punch. They are fiercely loyal and protective of their humans. They may be cunning, standoffish and sassy but they are always on the lookout for danger!
Pomchis are always on alert when you put them in a new environment. Strangers might trigger their barking mood, making them the smallest watchdogs all over the world. Be careful when introducing friends since they might treat them like the bad guys. You should supervise their interactions with new people closely.
Since Pomchis aren’t that friendly to strangers, this can make them excessive barkers. You can correct this with proper obedience and reward training.
If you like a small yet courageous watchdog, the Pomchi is perfect for you.
THEY CAN BE SOCIABLE
It’s wrong to say that you can’t have a Pomchi when you have kids. However, you have to take certain precautions. Most small dogs can get testy when they are mistreated. Like any pup, if you raise the Pomchi alongside your kids, your dog will accept them as family. They need to socialize with children if you want to care for a Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix.
It’s really okay to have Pomchis as long as you don’t leave them alone with children. Always supervise their interactions. They can actually be social butterflies if you help them warm up with strangers. This is what makes them great home pets—they will love everyone in the family!
THEY HAVE DENSE DOUBLE-COATS
A healthy Pomchi has a gorgeous coat in a myriad of colors! They have dense double-coats to combat cold winters. The good news is they are only seasonal shedders. Pomeranian shedding is a notable inherited gene, but it’s fairly manageable for the Pomchi. Males usually only shed once every year, usually in between spring and summer.
Of course, this cannot be said for every Pomchi dog. It all depends on which purebred parent is more in terms of breeding percentage. The pup will usually take the color and coat traits of its dominant sire’s or dam’s genes.
THEIR SKIN IS SENSITIVE
Be careful in maintaining the Pomchi’s skin, because they tend to be sensitive. While some offspring might get thicker hair from the Pomeranian lineage, their skin may hurt and irritate easily.
The best tip to battle this hybrid’s skin issue is to handle grooming gently. Here are some ideas you can use when you need to clean them:
• Brush gently and be careful not too much pressure on their body. You must ensure that the tangles are thoroughly removed without getting too deep as you comb through their hair.
• Avoid using hot water when you bathe them. You can use slightly warm to cool water to make them comfortable while you wash them up.
• Buy a brush with soft bristles and stay away from combs and brushes that have metal strands. These can scrape the skin and cause abrasions.
• Check their skin regularly for signs of irritation such as redness and itchiness.
THEY OVERESTIMATE THEIR SIZE
You may have noticed that the Chihuahua has a big personality despite its small stature. Similarly, the Pomchi may think that they are bigger than they truly are. They can become arrogant at times, especially when challenged by other dogs. Pomchis are tough little dogs that won’t back down when egged by a bigger breed.
When initiating interaction with other pets, make sure that you always monitor every event. This is to prevent potential injuries or skirmishes that may happen. Remember, this breed does not say no to any challenge!
IT’S TRICKY TO HOUSEBREAK THEM
Yes, Pomchi owners said it right—this designer hybrid can be very stubborn. It’s hard to say that they got it from the Chihuahua’s headstrong attitude, but it’s highly likely. Also, they can be quite nervous when they’re afraid (think: punishment training). These make them quite a challenge to house train.
However, they also have the characteristic Pomeranian intelligence. This means that they can be taught as long as you use positive methods. You have to be very patient, consistent and firm when teaching them. Use reward training to help them calm down and feel good about their achievements.
THEY ARE TOY LOVERS
The Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix can be energetic, but they don’t require much exercise like big dogs. You can take them out for 30 minutes for a walk to keep healthy. What they do love (a lot!) are their toys. They’ll be occupied for hours just playing on their own.
You should have a variety of toys stocked for them. They might get bored playing with the same toy, so having a lot of options will keep them happy.
The tiny but charismatic Pomchi is a great companion dog. They’re really easy to take care of and are effortless to love. They can be a great choice for first-time dog parents because they are sweet and intelligent. They’re also very loyal to their human family.
If you want a pup that can liven up your home, the Pomchi might be what you need!