When we talk about the perfect cocktail, you might think margarita or a dry martini, I think of Pomchi!
One oz of Pomeranian, one oz of Chihuahua, coupled with a huge bowl of love. Now, add three big spoons of laughter, tickles, and licks along with a dash of drama. Lastly, the frosting of chills up your spine.
What do you get? A Pomchi Puppy!
Pomchis are considered the most lovable dog that one could own.
They always love to be in the center of attraction. Being designer dogs, they will most likely make anyone and everyone scream “I want to get one”.
Before we explain why the breed is paw-fect for you, let us understand the breed. It is time to Tug and Roll.
What you should know before you bring home a Pomchi?
Most the designer dog or a mixed breed will possess a new look due to the different ancestry.
Make sure you do your homework and research well about the Pomchi puppies and see what you are getting into.
Visit different kennels and meet different kinds of pomchis to understand their behavior. Each and every dog breed might differ in characteristics, needs and habits.
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You might get an altogether different kind of personality in a litter. Meaning, one sibling can vary with each other in most of the aspects.
A careful and thoughtful decision can help you and your pomchi in a long way.
Do watch the video I have attached below to amuse yourself to see the pomchi dog breed.
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At A Glance
A pomchi puppy dog is a small-sized breed. Their height of a pomchi ranges between 6 inches to 9 inches (15cms to 23cms).
A pomchi weighs between 12lbs to 18lbs, where the female pomchis are slightly shorter.
Pomchi dogs can fit well in an apartment. Taking them out once or twice a day will give them decent exposure to the outside world.
Although, they are very vocal. So, make sure you train them from a young age so that you do not become a noisy neighbor.
The lifespan of a pomchi dog is from 12 years to 17 years. They are known to live above average breeds.
A very curious dog breed, pomchi needs to be exposed to various things around them.
They are very affectionate and loyal towards their family members.
Unless they are socialized from a young age, you cannot expect a pomchi dog to be friendly with other pets.
They were bred to be watchdogs and guard dogs.
Introducing them to other pets slowly and steadily will make them BFFs with cats or dogs, or any other pet.
Pomchis bark. Period.
They bark as a way to protect their family members. Anything unusual or out of the ordinary is seen, they tend to bark at them.
Socialize them and train them from a young age so that you can avoid this.
Depending upon the coat, a pomchi dog can tolerate weather accordingly.
If they have a short-coat, they can tolerate hot weather more and if they have a double-layered coat, they can tolerate cold weather more.
Being in one of the Spitz categories, a pomchi is considered a very smart and intelligent dog breed.
However, this makes them a little independent. Training a pomchi dog, although, is pretty easy.
Doing tricks is one of their favorite tricks (they love to be the center of attraction after all)
45 minutes of walk-in an entire day is more than to satisfy the exercise needs of a pomchi.
If you have a backyard, you can even let them play indoors and take them for a small walk to just give them a different exposure.
Monthly full-body cleaning is required for a pomchi dog. Showers and Brushing them needs to be done often to prevent various diseases and ailments.
It is a myth that all dogs are 100% hypoallergenic. Even the dogs that are hypoallergenic, might carry allergens with them.
Regular brushing of 10-15minutes a day is enough to maintain the coat of the breed and avoid carrying allergens with them.
The price of a pomchi dog can range from $200 USD to $1000 USD. Their cost can be as low as $200 USD and might even go up to $5000 USD due to its rarity.
Depending upon the breeder, lineage, bloodline, etc. cost of a pomchi varies.
The curiosity of the Pomeranian mixed with Chihuahua’s stubbornness gives rise to a Pomchi. They are independent, stubborn, curious, and intelligent.
They go by various names such as Pomchi, Chipom, Pomeranian Chihuahua mix, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, Chimerian, and Pomahuahua.
Training them is fairly easy. They shall obey your commands as long as you are patient and teach them with love and care. If they are treated harshly, they tend to get moody and aggressive.
PomChi or ChiPom, are relatively small dogs and are prone to get injured often. So, make sure that if there are children around in the house, they are always supervised around a pomchi.
Introducing pomchi to other animals must be done slow and steadily. They tend to have a sassy personality and they love to be the sole pet at home.
Although socializing them from an early age can help them adjust to other pets and get used to them at an early age.
Having the traits of a chihuahua, pomchi tends to get stubborn but they can be molded into obeying a command.
Thanks to Pomeranian, the pomchi has a foxlike appearance as well, but the coating depends upon the contribution of the chihuahua dog as well.
A round head with eyes that are more round which is larger in proportion than average with pointy, yet furry ears.
Pomchis do not weigh more than 7lbs (3kgs) while standing up to 25cms tall (10 inches) making them perfect for apartment living.
While many other designer breeds are like basic lapdogs, this breed likes to sniff around and sense danger too.
When the breed starting rising, a first-generation Pomchi was 50% Pomeranian and 50% chihuahua. As time kept passing by, breeders either breed a purebred Pomeranian or a chihuahua.
Nowadays, there a lot of times when two pomchis are bred together to understand the potential, temperament, and characteristics fully.
You get to cherish their iconic sassiness, sneakiness, and personality for 12 to 15 years. Although AKC hasn’t recognized this breed due to being a mix, they are recognized by DRA (Dog Registry of America), INC.
Did you know?
When you cross-breed, you might never know which dog breed might contribute more genetics.
You might end up with a PomChi or ChiPom. It is a rare chance that they will have 50% genetics of each.
To understand the history of a pomchi, we have to understand their ancestors.
The Pomeranian or also called “pom” was bred by the German to guard and hunt.
Deriving the name from the province, “Pomerania”. Queen Victoria became extremely fond of the breed, so much so that, when she passed away, a Pom was right beside her.
Did you know?
Pomeranians were a massive breed before. In the 18th century, when the breed became popular, Queen Victoria wanted to make the breed look smaller. So, an English breeder started breeding them to weigh not more than 12 pounds.
Pomeranian dogs are known to be vocal and loud. As cute as cuddly as they might look, they are straightforward in expressing their feelings.
If only I could ever do that with my crush.
The origin of a chihuahua is still under confusion. Few might think it came from China while few argue that they came from Mexico.
While I argue that, as long as it is here, I am the happiest man alive! They are one of the most adorable little furballs one can ask for.
They are believed to be descendants of the techichi dog breed. Brought over to the United States in the 1800s, and the adorable little furball got instant attention from everyone around.
Chihuahua dogs are evolved to be a home dog from being watchdog, originally. Confident, sharp, and adorable are just a few of the traits of a chihuahua, making a perfect side-kick for anyone who wants to get themselves a date.
Did you know?
A chihuahua is supposed to have short-hair. The long-haired chihuahuas are mixed with the other long-haired dog breeds.
The first known pomchi is known to have existed in the late 1990s or early 2000s in the United States of America.
Pomchi has been around for two decades and yet the information on who the first breeder was or the reason behind the origin is still unknown.
What we do know is that the designer breeders started to internationally mix Chihuahua dog and Pomeranian dogs in North America for the first time in the late 2000s.
Recently, the craze for designer dogs has been surgically rising. There are a lot of pitbull mixes that have been making people crazy in love!
Pomeranian and Chihuahua dogs already being on the popular edge, the popularity of the breed pomchi rose. The small, cute, adorable companion pomchi dogs, piqued the interest of various pet lovers and dog owners.
Designer dogs being very popular and wanted by all, there are few pomchi breeds that have ended up in various rescue groups and animal shelters.
Do consider the option of finding a local shelter group or animal shelter groups once you have decided to get yourself a pomchi dog.
Did you know?
The coat type of a pomchi can be single, double, and sparsed. In one litter you might be able to find all three kinds of coats.
Parenting and Guide
Pomchies are one of the smartest dog breeds but can be a little stubborn at times. Both Pomeranian and Chihuahua are smart dog breeds so you can expect this breed to be the same.
Training them can be easier than that of a Chihuahua puppy but can be tougher than that of a Pomeranian puppy.
They are pretty social and they love to be around people. Their motto is simply “more people, more attention, the merrier it is”
This Pomeranian mix chihuahua dog breed is one easiest to train designer dog breeds. You might, in fact, have fun while training them!
They are active and curious. Their antics will definitely make you laugh and it will be a rather tough time for you to go all strict on them!
One mistake that people often do is to wait till they grow up a little and then train their mutts.
That is the worst thing you can paw-sibly do. Train a pomchi since the time you have bought them over. Give them all kinds of experiences that is could ever be possible.
All kinds of human; Tall, short, thin, fat, all genders. Take them to a dog park, traffic, let them sit in your car, and enjoy! This will make them acquainted with everything.
Pomchi is a small-sized dog breed and they love to get attention and companionship. Walks and training from their favorite hooman will definitely make their day!
Pomeranian chihuahua mix can adjust equally in a small apartment or a big apartment. They do not like to be caged and that can only make them more aggressive.
Barking is one of the parts and parcel of their life. If you want them to quit their yapping, make sure you train them for the same since their puppyhood.
A morning walk to a park and back will be more than enough to satisfy their needs. You do not need a yard to keep them happy.
Basically, where you live and what you do, is what they do as well! You can even train them inside the house.
Pomchi dogs shed depending upon the coat type that they inherit from their parents and the genes that they have received.
A double-layered pomchi (having the majority of genes from a Pomeranian dog) will shed more than that of a single-layered pomchi.
A male pomchi usually sheds less as compared to a female pomchi. A female pomchi will shed after their delivery and their heat.
Personality and Temperament
Pomchies are a small dog breed with a power-packed personality. They are always going to be curious, alert, and energetic.
Making a great companion pet, Pomchi loves to have people around.
Sometimes, this behavior can also bite you in the tail. The bold and fearless dog breed might get anxious and nervous often which ends up in excessive barking.
This behavior, although can be changed through early socialization and training since their puppyhood.
Preventing this trait since pomchi’s puppyhood, it might make them quieter and a little more friendly around other pet.
Separation anxiety is something that a pomchi dog faces. They love their family to a whole another level.
You can make them learn to stay alone from childhood but that doesn’t mean you can leave them for more than 6-7hrs.
A double-coated pomchi is more suitable for cold conditions. They might get dehydrated and nauseous during summers.
Whereas the single coated pomchi is suitable for the warm climate. They would need plenty of rugs and warm clothes to keep them warm during winters.
Since a pomchi is tiny and fragile, they might get hurt easily. Children must be under supervision as they might harm them unknowingly.
Agitation and barks might increase if they are hurt and as a defense mechanism, they might end up hurting the children.
Did you know?
A pomchi puppy loves to cuddle with its owners on a sofa. Although, they can be aloof when it comes to strangers.
Colors and Grooming
The coat of a pomchi depends upon the contribution of their parents. A pomchi comes in eleven different colors.
- Light Brown (most common)
- Dark Brown
- Black (Least Common)
The grooming of a Pomchi depends upon the coat they get. A long-coated pomchi shed moderately and they must be brushed frequently. Bathe them only when required.
If you have sensitive skin, brush them daily for at least 10-15minutes with a soft-bristled brush. Metal brushes tend to irritate their skin and might cause allergies.
A short-coat pomchi is easy comparatively. You can brush them once a week along with occasional showers. Showering them too much can cause dry skin.
Nail clipping, anal cleaning, and ear cleaning must be done when required. Brush their teeth as you brush yours to avoid tooth decay in the future.
Did you know?
You can get a variety of colors for a pomchi in a single litter. It doesn’t matter the color of the parent.
Feeding a Pomchi Dog
Both, Pomeranian dog and Chihuahua dog breeds are very fussy when it comes to having food.
So, most likely your pomchi might develop the same characteristics. It might take some time for you to figure out what they like and dislike.
Although, you can always consult a vet on what kind of food to give them. If you find yourself struggling for a long time.
A diet plan of 50% carbohydrates depending upon the height and weight which includes 4% to 5% fibers, 30% proteins, 10% vitamins, and 10% minerals is proven to be the most effective.
Note: Feeding your pomchi onion or garlic will act as a poison. Make sure you do not include them in their diet. Also, chili peppers can act as cyanide for most dog breeds. So, be careful and read about the toxic food for dogs.
A) Puppy (8 weeks to 6 months)
You must feed a pomchi puppy with highly nutritious, dry food. 1/4th cup of high-quality, nutritious food, must be given thrice a day.
Various supplements are given by vets in order to fulfill their calcium needs. Some pomchi puppies are satisfied with milk as well.
Do not feed the breed wet food as they are prone to dental problems. Food that consists of food dyes are not good for their health, so avoid them.
B) Adult (14 months to 5 years)
Despite the fact your pomchi has become an adult now, continue to feed them the same quantity of food.
The quantity can be increased or decreased depending upon the activity level of the pomchi. A high active pomchi would need a little more quantity.
If at all you decide to give them egg, do not feed them more than 1 egg the entire day. Boiled eggs along with crushed shells would be a great addition to their diet.
Beware of over-feeding. Although pomchi do not have a habit of over-eating, sometimes when you put them on a tasty diet, they might go beyond their control.
C) Senior (9 years and above)
A senior pomchi dog must have a reduced number of servings. Due to the lack of activeness and activities, they tend to have a lazy schedule.
You can continue to feed the same quantity as you did before, but if you see any signs of obesity, stop the diet immediately and take them to a vet and change their diet.
Note: When changing a diet, make sure you do not do it immediately and do it over a course of 1 to 2 weeks.
Health and Vaccination
Being a mixed breed, there is a chance that they might face the same issue that their parents faced.
So, let us know a little about the health issues that a pomchi might face.
A health issue that particularly affects chihuahua. So, crossbreeding a chihuahua might also cause the problem.
The causes for Hypoglycemia are:
- Low blood sugar
- A decrease in glucose level
It can be cured very easily but can also be lethal if it is not treated immediately and left casually.
Symptoms can include:
- Pale gums
Once you notice anything out of the ordinary, take them to a vet and consult them immediately.
Sugar supplements are given in such cases and are mostly treated easily.
2) Patellar Luxation
Many toy dogs or small dog breeds have this issue of their genetics. Pomeranian, Chihuahua, and pomchi being small dog breeds, this can be major trouble!
Patellar luxation means a displacement of the kneecap. The main cause of this is genetics but can also be caused due to injury or accidents in the knee cap.
Symptoms of patellar luxation are:
- Limping (most common)
- Whimpering while moving their legs
- Unwilling to exercise
- Swelling in legs
Treating a pomchi during patellar luxation can be very hard to watch. The best way to treat this is through surgery or anti-inflammatory medicines.
3) Dental Problems
Tartar build-up is one of the main problems that a small dog breed such as pomchi would go through.
That is the reason why we did not suggest wet dog food is for same reason. Tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay in the future.
The symptoms are:
- Foul odor in the breath of your pooch
- Reddish gums
- Teeth bleeding after chewing a toy
- Drooling way more than they used to
As soon as you see any of the signs above, take them to a vet immediately. They can be treated with medicines and tartar cleaning.
4) Collapsed Trachea
Also known as airway obstruction, is not a very common problem in pomchi dogs. Although, it can be a little prominent amongst toy dog breeds.
The reason why a tracheal collapse occurs is unknown. There are various signs and symptoms that occur before a tracheal collapse occurs:
- Intolerance in exercise
- Cough due to an excitement
- Difficulty in breathing
- Irritation in their trachea due to dust or smoke
The majority of the time, they are treated with antibiotics or suppressants. In the worst-case scenario, it can be done via surgery.
The surgery can be very tricky and must be done by skilled surgeons only. So, make sure you resort to this only towards the end.
Utmost care must be taken while vaccinating a pomchi. Canine parvovirus must be done as soon as possible.
From the age of 6, 8, 10, 12, and 16 weeks, we must give Canine Distemper 5 times.
Canine de-worming is very important. So, do consult with your vet regarding the vaccination plan.
You can also check our detailed vaccination guide here. This guide will surely make you more confident and make you understand everything that is required about vaccination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pomchi is a Pomeranian chihuahua mix. They ought to bark a lot.
This trait can be controlled if you can train them from their puppyhood itself.
Pomchi has a longer lifespan than an average dog breed. They can live from 12 to 17 years.
Few of them go to 18 years as well.
Pomchis are basically cuddle buddies. They love their individual space too.
Although, if their favorite hooman is there, they would love to come and cuddle
Pomchis, just like many dog breeds, cannot be left alone. You can train them from puppyhood to be alone.
So, at least for 6-7hrs, they can learn to be alone and keep them occupied.
Pomchi dogs make an amazing family pet. They love all their family members but they are a little closer to one favorite hooman.
They also make an amazing watch/guard dog.
This was all about the Pomchi! The research on this breed was very limited and there is a lot more we have yet to discover about pomchi.
If anybody owns a pomchi, do let us know in the comments below how your first-hand experience was in handling them. Also, if you do have any queries do let us know and we will provide you with the best solution that we could up with.
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