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The International Pomsky Association was founded in 2014 with a goal of standardizing a multi-generational crossbreed of Pomeranian and Husky into a small companion spitz breed with ‘husky’ markings. Additional breeds may be added (with disclosure) to stabilize the breed (contact the IPA for more information). The IPA exists primarily as a record keeping body and club for fanciers of this type of dog. A breed standard is the written description of what a breed should look (and lesser degree act) like; this standard is our goal and blueprint to follow as breeders. Most F1 dogs will conform loosely to this standard, but the ‘perfect’ ideal Pomsky is an ideal, not a specific dog.
The overall impression is of a small but powerful northern-breed dog with substantial bone, small erect ears, and curled tail with typical ‘husky’ markings.
Toy 5-9 pounds and under 10” at the shoulder.
Mini over 9 pounds and up to 15” tall.
Standard 15-18” tall and generally between 18-25 pounds.
Dogs are heavy for their height, with substantial bone. First generation (F1) outcross or crossbred dogs should not be penalized for excessive size as long as they are smaller than 35 pounds or 20”. Small but sturdy should be the watchword. Fragile or fine-boned substance at the expense of weight is faulty, but so is an excessively heavy dog which cannot move athletically. When weight and height place the dog in different size categories, height should be used for judging purposes. A larger or smaller dog is not more correct by the standard, as long as they are within standard.
The Pomsky is a joyful, affectionate dog with great humor and character. Shyness of any sort is to be SEVERELY penalized. Dogs should be outgoing, confident, but non-aggressive and social with people and other dogs. Exuberance should not be penalized or mistaken for aggression. Extremely shy dogs and aggressive dogs of any level shall be disqualified.
Color & Markings
Ideally a white or cream ground with markings on the head, face, and back in the typical ‘husky’ pattern, including a generally symmetrical mask. The markings may be of any color but merle and brindle are not preferred. Solid color dogs other than white are not preferred. Particolor patterns or irish markings are acceptable. ‘Pinto’ markings (including split-face) are less preferred but should not be penalized. Nose color should harmonize with the coat color with darker pigment to be preferred. Eyes may be any color or combination of colors. Color and markings should not be considered more highly than a dog’s general conformation and breed type overall – no good dog is a bad color.
The coat must be double, with a soft undercoat and guard hairs which stand off from the body. Two coat varieties are allowed, velvet (similar to a Siberian) or plush (Longer coat on the body and a distinct tail plume and ruff, similar to a Pomeranian, American Eskimo, or German Spitz). Both are are short on the face. Furnishings on the feet are allowable but should not be profuse (and may be trimmed for neatness if present.) The coat should be long enough to pad the outline of the dog even in standard coated dogs, but a coat which completely obscures the dog’s profile is excessive and should be penalized. The coat should not be cut or clipped other than minor trimming for neatness around the toes and tail. An excessively short double coat is a severe fault. A flat ‘spaniel’ coat is a disqualification.
The body is short-coupled and slightly longer than tall. Dogs possess substantial bone for their size. Neck carried proudly arched. Tail may be curled over their back or carried out behind in motion like a banner, but when uncurled, should reach to the hock. If curled, the tail should be long enough to form a loose three-quarters circle. Level topline. Ribs should be well-sprung and the chest relatively deep. Fault: excessively long body, tail ‘piggy’, kinked or too short, or tightly curled.
The head is round, with the muzzle making up approximately 1/3 of the skull length. The muzzle should be full. Triangular ears should be small and set on the corners of the skull. Eyes are almond shaped and set obliquely. Eyes should not be excessively round and of moderate size, neither too large nor too small. Bite should be level or scissors. Excessively small teeth or weak underjaw are faults. Snipey or fine muzzles should be faulted. The expression is keen but sweet, with a hint of mischief.
Feet & Legs
The dog’s legs should be approximately the same length from elbow to ground as the height from withers to elbow. Hocks short and straight, sickle or cow hocks a serious fault. Bone should be round, and feet should be tight, neat, and relatively large. Movement: Movement should be free, springy, and floating. Goosestepping and stilted movement are severe faults.