Pomchi is a new hybrid breed of decorative dogs, the result of a deliberate crossing of Pomeranian and Chihuahua dog breeds, origin – USA. They are considered loyal companion dogs. The small size of the dog allows you to keep your pet in the apartment. Pomchi has a playful personality, he needs increased socialization and education from a young age. Depending on the structure of the coat, the pet requires special care for the coat. Chihuahua and Spitz mestizo does not like to be alone for a long time, they value communication and closeness with the owners.
Crossbreeding of small decorative breeds in order to improve the positive characteristics and reduce the negative impact of dwarf genes has been going on for many years. The result of crossing is new breeds – designer or decorative dogs. These breeds are not recognized in the world of dog breeding, as independent, and are mixed breeds. In 1989, a cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua received an approved hybrid breed standard and was recognized in the United States.
Characteristics of the Breed
A cross between a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian has enough variations in appearance since the originally forming dog breeds differ in characteristics. On the one hand, the small Pomeranian is a dog with a rich coat, double coat, which characterizes the breed with a collar-mane. On the other hand, a tiny Chihuahua can be either longhaired or smooth-haired. Only the size of the animal remains unchanged. In these breeds, selected for the hybrid, only activity, size, and love for the owner coincide. The cross between Pomeranian and Chihuahua is instantly recognizable by their cute smiling fox faces, which is undoubtedly one of the most seductive features.
Pomchi breed standard:
- Head: is a rounded wedge. The round head has a delicate face with a gracefully pointed muzzle and a black nose.
- Muzzle: Moderately short, slightly pointed, with a pronounced stop.
- Eyes: Round, not protruding, set neither too wide nor too close together. The eyes are dark.
- Ears: Medium size, erect, carried upright.
- Teeth: Scissor bite.
- Nose: Pigmentation black except for brown dogs.
- Neck: Broad base, not too short, graceful.
- Body: The body is short, slightly longer in females.
- Extremities: Muscular, straight, metatarsus perpendicular to the surface.
- Tail: Moderately long, flat, or in a loop on the back, the tip only touches the back, never tucked between the legs.
- Coat: Can be double or single coated. The outer layer should be full, soft, and glossy, with long, coarse protective hairs. Mane on the neck and hair on the ears are preferred.
- Color: all colors. White Pomchi is rare, black is derived from black Pomeranian. The most common color is fawn.
The Pomchi is an intelligent, energetic dog that strives to learn and delight its owners. A sweet and affectionate little dog that bonds with his family tightly and quickly. She is quite playful and loves to run around the house in pursuit of toys. Like all small dogs, Pomchi can suffer from small dog syndrome. This is the behavior of the pet, in which, despite his small stature, he considers himself the main thing in the family, manipulates others and owners, and often shows aggression. 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 the hands, to socialize the puppy at an early age.
A Pomchi’s temperament can be Pomeranian (protective and loyal) or Chihuahua (outgoing but stubborn). Temperament is also controlled by the dog’s level of socialization in youth.
This little dog can be quite stubborn and assertive. She will try to manipulate the owners if she does not devote enough time to education as a puppy and discipline as an adult. In any case, this breed is owner-oriented, very loyal to the family.
Training and Walking
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. Indoor play, short walks, and outdoor play are enough activities to satisfy your pet’s social needs and behavioral skills.
Pomchi does not tolerate cool weather. In winter, it is advisable to wear insulating clothes on the pet. Walking is desirable to carry out in fenced areas. You can use a leash with a harness.
Pomchi with long hair requires frequent combing, especially during the shedding period. Dogs with a double coat structure are not allowed to comb the wet coat so as not to disturb the undercoat. Also, they should not be bathed during the molting period. 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. When cutting, only part of the skeletal hairs are removed, and the undercoat is left intact.
There are many ways to maintain your dog’s physical well-being. One of them is the quality of the food you offer her. Decorative breeds are usually quite active and have a high metabolic rate, therefore, when feeding, the ratio of the weight of feed to the weight of the dog is quite high.
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.
Since the Pomchi is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua, this type of dog has all the diseases of the original breeds, such as:
- weak joints of the limbs;
- weak trachea;
- dental diseases.
Buying a Puppy
Be sure to purchase Pomchi responsibly. Don’t pick a puppy from a photo on the internet. Find out in advance in the communities of the owners about the planned mating, about kennels with a good reputation, and choose a puppy from the litters of these kennels.
Be sure to talk with breeders, find out what kind of support they are ready to offer at the initial stage. Usually, these are consultations, assistance in the selection of food, in the purchase of ammunition and toys, advice on adapting the puppy to a new home.
Carefully check the puppy’s vaccination marks and genetic disease test certificates from the puppy’s parents. Read the purchase and sale agreement carefully: the points of responsibility of the owner and the breeder, admission, and breeding conditions.