Pomchi: German - Mexican Combination
The Pomchi is a designer dog breed that is rapidly gaining popularity. If you are here, you are probably interested in getting a Pomchi, or maybe you would like to know a bit more about the breed. Whatever the reason is, we will give you a different look at these popular designer companions.
What kind of a pet is Pomchi?
The Pomchi makes a wonderful pet; it is a mix of two popular companion dog breeds - the Chihuahua and the Pomeranian. These crossbreeds are also called “designer dogs,” and they are growing in numbers, especially in the US.
The best way to describe the Pomchi as a pet would be - sassy. According to some owners, they are intelligent and tend to be independent, but they are also easy to train. They are very alert, making them one of the smallest watchdogs in the world. They are naturally distrustful towards strangers, which is a great characteristic of watchdogs. They will not attack or bite the usurper, but they will warn you about anyone approaching your territory.
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What if you already have a pet?
That might be a problem, and a Pomchi shouldn’t be left alone without supervision with other pets. They might be small, but that doesn’t mean they will get along with others. Pomchi’s parent breeds are the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua, and both of those breeds are known to be a bit standoffish. However, with good socialization, the Pomchi can learn to play nice with others, especially if raised together.
How about Pomchi and the kids?
That is a common question a lot of future Pomchi owners ask themselves. Pomchis somehow earned a reputation for being aggressive towards kids, which is not true. They aren’t aggressive without any reason, which can be said about any other dog breed, pureblooded or not.
What are the pros of getting a Pomchi?
If you are deciding on what dog breed to get, you might be wondering if designer breeds like the Pomchi have any advantages over pureblooded dogs. People often say that crossbreeds are healthier than pureblooded dogs, which is not necessarily true. There is a term “hybrid vigor” which designer dog breed breeders use to describe how healthy first-generation crossbreeds are.
However, that is not true, and genes don’t work that way. Crossbreeds can be affected by all health issues their parent breeds are prone to, so if anything, there are a lot more health issues a designer breed is prone to.
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Most designer dog breeds were created to get the best characteristics from their parent breeds, and Pomchi was created with that goal too. So if you are getting a Pomchi, these are the pros you can expect;
- Playful - These dogs are relatively playful. They can be pretty active, and if you are the kind of person who enjoys an active lifestyle and wants to have a small companion dog, the Pomchi might be the hybrid for you.
- “Hybrid vigor” - It is still not confirmed that hybrid vigor is a real thing, but owners and breeders swear that first-generation Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is a healthy dog. Take that with a grain of salt, and don’t blindly trust someone who swears to something that hasn’t been confirmed.
- Trainable - This is not a thing people associate with the Pomeranian Chihuahua mix, and trainability does not mean it is easy to train a dog for obedience trials. These dogs are intelligent, so teaching them basic things like housebreaking or leash training is fairly easy. Plus, it looks like they are easy to train basic tricks.
Not sure how to start training your dog? You can check out this article and learn a couple of tricks: 5 Puppy Training Tips.
This is based on many studied Pomchis, which doesn’t mean you will end up with a dog with these traits. Every dog is unique, and that is even more true when it comes to crossbreeds like the Pomchi, that haven’t been adequately studied yet.
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What are the cons of getting a Pomchi?
Unfortunately, many things can be considered a con when you are thinking about these dogs. This is also true for all designer dogs. Here are the main cons to consider before getting a new Pomchi puppy;
- Unknown health - Even though breeders might tell you that the hybrid vigor is real and their puppies are incredibly healthy, ask them for their breeding dogs’ health test results. There is no way of knowing what health problems can affect a Pomchi because they can inherit all health problems known to affect Pomeranians and Chihuahuas.
- Not the best for kids - Just because these dogs are not going to be aggressive towards kids doesn’t mean that they are suitable for families with small kids. This is a relatively small dog (6-10 inches tall), and kids could easily hurt the dog. If you have small kids or plan to have them, the Pomchi might not be the best idea.
- Cost - One of the biggest problems is the price of the Pomchi puppies. Designer breeds are known to be more expensive than pureblooded dogs, and you can’t even check their pedigrees since they can’t be registered. It is hard to tell if the breeder is breeding healthy dogs because many of them are breeding just to earn “easy bucks” and don’t take proper care of the dogs.
Getting a Pomchi puppy
If you are contemplating getting a Pomchi, make sure you find a reputable Pomchi breeder. This might be easier said than done because Pomchi is not a registered breed you can find in any major kennel club. It might be hard to find a person that has Pomchi puppies for sale, and it can be even harder to check if they have good breeding practices.
You must have an honest and detailed conversation with the person selling Pomchi puppies and really focus on their answers. Try and figure out if they are telling the truth and that you will indeed end up with a healthy, well-behaved dog and not a poorly bred, sickly puppy. You mustn’t allow bad breeders to continue their bad practices, and the best way to do that is by not buying a puppy from them.
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What is the price of a Pomchi puppy?
Here is a tricky part, the average Pomchi puppy costs $1.400 - $2.800, and well-bred dogs can go for prices over $5.500. Ask the community of Pomchi owners for advice and pointers. Make sure you don’t overpay and make sure you don’t go for a cheap Pomchi puppy that is most likely poorly-bred.
You must be careful when buying any dog because there are bad and irresponsible breeders, even among those that breed pureblooded dogs. Check with the online community and ask if anyone bought Pomchi puppies from the person you are in contact with about Pomchi puppies. We are always here to help, so feel free to contact World Dog Finder as well. We will certainly do anything we can to help you pick your ideal dog breed and help you make an informed decision.
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