As the name suggests, Pomchi dog breed is a mixed breed resulting from the cross breeding of Pomeranian and Chihuahua dog breeds. This relatively new designer breed is known to have originated in USA. The Pomchi breed standard was laid down by the Pomchi Club of America in 1998. The breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.
The breed is also known as Chiranian or Chi-Pom. This hybrid breed is generally small in size. Pomchi dogs take up the characteristics of their parent breeds and exhibit a lively and energetic temperament. Though, at times, they can tend to become aggressive and fearless. Like Pomeranians, even Pomchi dogs love to irritate their owners with excessive barking.
Pomchis are sweet little dogs with well ribbed and rounded bodies. Their beautiful round eyes bearing alert and curious expressions are usually dark in color. Although, dilutes may have light colored eyes.
The color of the nose also tends to vary with the color of the hair coat. White or cream colored Pomchi dogs may have flesh colored nose, otherwise it is usually black or self colored.
Plus, they generally have medium sized, erect ears that tend to appear like rose ears in the resting position. The moderately long furry tail is generally carried flat or looped over the back but never tucked between the legs.
Color: These dogs come in a variety of colors like white, black, sable, merle, parti color etc.
Height: Both male as well as female Pomchis generally grow to about 6 to 9 inches in height.
Weight: The average healthy weight for these dogs depends on the height. Still, the ideal weight of a Pomchi should remain between 5 to 12 pounds.
Pomchi dogs are prone to health issues like low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia), Patella Luxation, eye infections, periodontal diseases, skin problems and other related health problems.
They are also likely to develop respiratory problems like Collapsed Trachea. The Pomchi breed is sensitive to extremely cold or hot temperatures. Being small in size, it is sufficient to feed these dogs only once in a day.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of Pomchi is 12 to 18 years.
Litter Size: 3-8 puppies
Depending on the parent breeds, the hair coat of a Pomchi can be single or double coated. The length of the hair coat can also be short or long. But a Pomchi hair coat is usually soft, glossy and smooth in texture.
Therefore, brush and comb your beloved Pomchi’s hair coat several times per week. The females are known to shed more (especially when in heat or after giving birth) as compared to the male Pomchi dogs.
Bathe your cuddly Pomchi only when necessary so as to retain the natural oils on the skin. These dogs are quite susceptible to dental problems and hence their teeth should be brushed at least once in a week’s time. Their eyes and ears should also be cleaned on a more or less regular basis.
Pomchi breed dogs are intelligent, confident, loyal, playful, outgoing, active, friendly and highly affectionate in nature. Yet, they can become fearless and yappy at times.
Plus, unlike larger breeds, they do not tolerate any sort of mistreatment by children quite well. Hence, they are usually not recommended for families with small children. Pomchi dogs are generally suspicious of strangers.
Without proper training and socialization, they also not do well with other pets as well. But, there is one thing that compensates all these flaws in these dogs. It is their unending desire to please you. Moreover, you will find it almost impossible to reciprocate their unconditional love for you and your family.
Your active and alert Pomchi will never fail to courageously alert you against a possible ghastly attack by small creatures like house flies and butterflies!
In fact, most of the times you would surely find him intently observing the laws of Mother Nature with great inquisitiveness and astonishment, as though it’s a miracle that creatures like caterpillars and snails can actually move.
Being smaller in size, Pomchi dogs may face problems in terms of housebreaking. Therefore, it would be better to use the crate training method. These dogs are fairly active indoors and tend to find some way or the other to meet their physical activity needs.
Though, regular short daily walks should still be preferable in addition to the normal play sessions. These dogs tend to do well in apartment situation. Pomchi dogs are quite fragile and hence should not be subjected to rough treatment.