Pomchi is one of the designer dogs a cross between the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua, they are also known as Chipom, Pomchi, Pomhuahua, Chimeranian, Chi-Pom, and Pom-Chi. Pomeranian and the Chihuahua mix dogs are Playful, devoted, and very energetic, they are considered loyal companion dogs. These small pups derived genetically some of the best qualities from both of their parents. Due to their size, they make excellent apartment dogs and often attract people who live in urban settings and live in apartments or flats.
- Lifespan: 12 to 18 years
- Height: Male 6 to 10 inches, Female 5 to 9
- Weight: Male 6 to 14 pounds, Female 5 to 12
- Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Playful, Intelligent, Stubborn, Curious, Alert, Energetic
- Colors: Sable And Brown, Blue And Tan, Black And Tan, Cream
The Pomchi is a mixed-breed dog being a crossbreed, the Pomchi is not recognized as a real dog breed.
Pomeranian Chihuahua mixes can be solid or mix of many colors.
They can be any combination of white, black, tan, blue, brown, and cream. Black is the least common coat color, while brown is the most common.
You may see white tick marks on their fur; however, this is not common.
If they are a mixture of colors, they may have a different or lighter color on the muzzle or chest.
It can be short and stiff or long and soft, depending on the genetics inherited from the parents. If they get more genetics from the Pomeranian half the mix, they will have long, soft hair with a fluffy tail. However, if they have more of the chihuahua genetics, they will have short, stiff hair.
One thing that is very important especially about the long-haired Chihuahua Pomeranian mix is that they often have very sensitive skin so dogs with possible skin conditions should be brushed gently at least once a week.
They also love to play hide and seek because they enjoy the rewards of finding their favorite person in the household, but they can still get along with other family members and will be sweet and loving to their family.
Pomchi is known to be a great watchdog as he is very vigilant and protective of people who consider him part of their pack but it’s important to start training early to reduce unwanted barking behaviors and aggression.
The history of this graceful crossing dog is not well documented or little documented. Pomchi originates from the United States and is likely the result of the accidental mixing of a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. Because both of these dog breeds are very popular and in demand as pets, due to their small size and affectionate nature, it is not surprising that the result of such crossbreeding ended up creating a pet of an interesting and desirable company. Nonetheless, enthusiasts plan to breed Pomchi for seven generations, in order to improve the crossbreeding and eventually consider them a purebred dog.
A male Pomeranian Chihuahua mix dog is between 6 to 10 inches tall and weighs between 6 and 14 pounds whereas a female Pomeranian Chihuahua mix dog is 5 and 9 inches tall and weighs between 5 and 12 pounds.
Personality of Pomchi
The small stature Pomchi is a very strong personality, Pomchi is a very polite dog, but they get stubborn quickly. These are a very loving and affectionate dog that helps other people. Pomchi is very smart and intelligent, they learn things very fast. They understand other people and make others feel comfortable with themselves. Pomchi is an energetic dog that seeks to learn and delight its owners. A sweet and affectionate little dog that bonds with his family tightly and quickly.
He is quite playful and loves to run around the house in pursuit of toys. Pomchi loves to cuddle and enjoys the attention you can give him. They make excellent pets, indeed. However, they also tend to be quite nervous and anxious which can escalate into aggressiveness as they are bold and fearless. This trait should be avoided through proper and early socialization and training.
Like all small dogs, Pomeranian Chihuahua mix dog can suffer from “small dog syndrome. To avoid the manifestation of this syndrome in your pet, you need to treat it as if raising a large dog, for example, a Rottweiler. That is, to prohibit everything that is forbidden for large dogs, to carry less on their hands, to socialize the puppy at an early age.
The health of the breed depends on the condition of the parents. Basically, almost all puppies are born healthy and remain healthy throughout their lives. But some may be prone to a few health issues include.
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Dental and gum disease
There are many ways to maintain your dog’s physical well-being. One of them is the quality of the food you offer him. Decorative breeds are usually quite active and have a high metabolic rate, therefore, when feeding, the ratio of the weight of the feed to the weight of the dog is quite high.
The Pomchi food should be high in protein, sufficient in vitamins and minerals. It is advisable to use professional feed. Be sure to check with your puppy’s breeder about the diet.
Coat Color And Grooming
Pomchi with long hair requires frequent combing, especially during the shedding period. It is forbidden for individuals with a double coat structure to comb out the wet coat, so as not to disturb the undercoat. Also, they should not be bathed during the molting period, in order to avoid the formation of tangles. Use special shampoos for bathing. Bathe your dog only when it is heavily soiled, otherwise use dry shampoo.
For full-color animals of black and white color, use special cosmetics that give the color purity and brightness. Grooming of a pet with a double coat is carried out only by experienced specialists.
Children And Other Pets
Training And Exercise
These dogs respond well to training as they are very intelligent. But training should be fun, playful, otherwise, their attention will be distracted. Your dog loves to cuddle and enjoys the attention you can give him. Pomchi should not get taken away from their mothers before the age of eight weeks, but sometimes smaller breeds, people should not take away them before ten weeks of their birth. They should always get adequately vaccinated. An owner should start their training by 12th week because, at this age, they can get easily socialized.
Pomchi should not leave home or yard before they get completely vaccinated. Because it is not safe for Pomchi to get socialized before completing the vaccinating process, as they can get through diseases like Parvo Virus. The first stage of training starts by wearing a collar, and this should get done while they are young. In the beginning, a puppy must feel uncomfortable with a collar, but after some days, they will go through this collar.
Many owners do not let their dogs get out of their homes, so this will make dogs afraid of other people, and they will feel separated. But on another hand, they must get trained outside their homes and help them socialize with their surroundings. People should help them learn how to walk correctly, but this must get done at home and then in yards. Pomchi does not like any pressure on their necks, so harness gets used while they are walking.
Indoor play, short walks, and outdoor play are enough activities to satisfy your pet’s social needs and behavioral skills.
Pros And Cons
- A small breed that will comfortably fit in a small apartment
- Excellent health
- Easy to train
- Does not require long walks
- Can go to the toilet on a diaper or tray
- Gets along with children;
- Has a cheerful and good-natured disposition
- Becomes attached to the master
- Due to the small size, problems may arise during childbirth and bearing offspring
- Prone to joint and bone diseases
- Fragile dogs that require careful handling
- Long-haired rushes shed
- Touchy and jealous
- Difficult character and the need for education.
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