- SIZE: 1
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 7
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 1
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Pomchi
- COLOR(S):Red, black, white, orange, fawn. May be solid, merle or sable.
A Pomchi is a hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders.
The Pomchi is affectionate, lively, and loyal. They do best in homes with older, considerate children. They are not recommended for homes with other pets. They are suspicious of strangers and will alert their family to visitors or out of the ordinary sounds. Pomchi\'s are aggressive and fearless and may bark incessantly. They are alert and typically become attached to one particular family member.
The Pomchi requires regular brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing should be done when necessary. Practicing good dental hygiene is essential to prevent early tooth loss.
They may be prone to such health issues as patella luxation, collapsed trachea, hypoglycemia, and eye infections.
The Pomchi is well suited for apartment living. They are very active indoors and should have a variety of safe toys to play with. They enjoy securely leashed walks. A harness is recommended to prevent trachea damage. They also enjoy off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard.
Early socialization and obedience is recommended. The Pomchi is willful and may be difficult to housebreak. The crate training method works best. The Pomchi will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.