Poshie is a cross between Shetland Sheepdog and Pomeranian. Poshie has inherited the best qualities of his parents: the outgoing personality of the Pomeranian and the playful but cautious nature of the Shetland Sheepdog! So let’s get to know this amazing new dog breed!
Poshie is considered a designer dog, so the appearance of each puppy may be different and does not imply standards. Let’s take a look at the looks of the parent breeds to see who your Poshie might look like.
- Shetland Sheepdog
This is a very harmonious, beautiful dog. Her height is from 54 to 68 cm, weight is from 21 to 36 kg. The body of the animal is rather long. The head is flat between the ears, with a black nose. The ears are small, directed to the back of the head, while erect by two-thirds, and the upper part hangs forward. The tail is long, very fluffy, reaching to the lower joints, drooping, and slightly rounded at the end. The dog’s coat is long and very thick (especially in the neck area), but on the muzzle, the tips of the ears, and the head it is shorter. The color comes in various shades of sand, mahogany, yellow-brown, marble-blue. It also happens in tricolor (white, yellow-brown, black).
Pomeranian is a dwarf variety of German Spitz. The height of the breed at the withers, according to the FCI standard, is 18-22 cm. Corps of Pomeranians in square format. The constitution of the dogs is dry and strong, the muscles are quite developed, however, the dogs are very graceful and compact. The Pomeranian has a small, neat head, a rounded muzzle, gradually tapering towards the nose, and a bit like a fox, black or brown nose (depending on color). The eyes are medium in size, set slightly obliquely. The expression in the eyes is lively and curious. Ears are miniature, triangular, erect. The tips of the ears are pointed. The tail is of medium length, fluffy, carried over the back, rolled into a ring. The limbs are strong, the paws are round and compact. The coat of the Pomeranian is long, straight, thick, and slightly raised. There is a thick, soft undercoat. On the front of the legs, ears, and head, the hair is shorter and denser. Long hair on the neck forms a lush, very beautiful collar, and on the legs – panties.
The color of the Pomeranian can be black, white, brown, gray, reddish-white, etc. In the presence of spots, the main color remains white. In general, the color palette is quite diverse.
Poshie most often has a compact but slender body, long double coat is usually fluffy, like the Pomeranian. Black and small eyes with a pair of erect ears complement their beautiful personality. The long and wide muzzle ends with a dark black nose. The colors can be varied. Poshie will weigh 13 to 17 pounds.
Each puppy’s personality is unique and may need to be adjusted with proper parenting.
Most often, Poshie, like the parent breeds, is intelligent and responsive, very often they perfectly understand what the owner expects from them. Poshies are not aggressive, they are human-oriented. Therefore, if the owner is not ready to give his pet attention and affection, then you should not start Poshie. Due to a lack of communication, dogs of this breed can develop destructive behavior. Poshies need stability and don’t like noisy events. They cannot live without intense physical exertion, therefore, for their walks, spacious areas are needed where the pet could frolic without a leash. Poshie can be taken to a family with children, the dog will not offend the kid, and the grown-up child will become his friend and companion for games. Also, these dogs find a common language with other pets, including cats.
High intelligence, quick-wittedness, and curiosity are the qualities that are necessary for excellent learning, Poshie has all this in full. They are very curious and observant. But the ability of a dog alone is not enough to get good results. The owner will need the correct organization of the process, he should become a leader and friend for the pet, find an approach. It is recommended to start teaching, bringing up the pet, accustoming him to hygienic procedures as soon as the puppy gets comfortable in the new house. But usually, the baby gets used to new conditions after 2-3 days.
It is important for Poshie to constantly learn and get a load, otherwise, the pet can become uncontrollable, wayward, and will show stubbornness in any way. As soon as the new pet adapts, gets used to its name, it is necessary to socialize it. The puppy must communicate with his own kind, participate in joint games, learn the correct behavior in the street. This will help avoid further difficulties as the dog grows up.
For training, it is advisable to select a separate site, the environment should be calm and familiar. If an inexperienced owner wants to teach Poshie more complex skills, in addition to basic commands, then it is better to turn to professionals for these purposes. The main rule of training is consistency; you cannot give a pet a lot of commands at once. You always need to be persistent, patient, it is important to promptly encourage your pet and not skimp on praise if he deserves it. Poshies cannot stand the pressure, so abuse and physical punishment will not only fail but worsen them.
Poshie needs to be combed out regularly, and during seasonal molting, do it daily. To get rid of the characteristic canine smell, the owner needs to bathe the dog every two weeks. Dogs dry for a long time, so it is advisable to blot the wool with a terry towel and you can use a hairdryer. It is important to exclude the presence of a pet with wet hair in a draft. It is necessary to regularly examine problem areas – auricles, armpits, thighs, the area under the tail. This must be done in order to timely identify parasites, pollution. The ears are cleaned as needed, you can use cotton pads moistened with water or an antiseptic. It is important to monitor your eye health. Brushing your teeth every two weeks will prevent your dog from developing various oral problems.
Poshies are unpretentious in food, but owners need to pay attention to what their dog eats. The following schedule should be applied to puppies:
- babies up to 2 months old are fed 5-6 times a day;
- 3-4-month-old puppies are transferred to 4-5 meals a day;
- by 8 months, the puppy should eat 3 times;
- by the age of one and a half, the pet already eats like an adult – 2 times.
The owner has two options – to feed the pet with industrial feed or natural food. In the first case, it is important to select an appropriate high-quality diet. It should be noted that most often Poshie is a long-haired dog, which means that all the necessary additives must be present in the feed. A veterinarian will best select the correct diet.
It is common for mixed breed dogs to completely bypass the problems that plague their purebred parents, but new owners should always be aware of what their puppy might inherit. For Poshie, these can be orthopedic problems, including patellar dislocation and Legg-Calvet-Perthes disease, as well as visual impairment.