It sounds like a new beverage that you’ll be ordering more and more from your favorite bartender, but the Pomchi is not a new cocktail to rave for. It’s a designer dog breed that makes the adorable and affectionate nature of a Beverly Hills Chihuahua with the inquisitive, lively, and bold character of a Royal Pomeranian. It’s has a yappy personality, but its sweet temperament is what endears it most to folks who simply want an adorable pet that can be with them wherever they go. And like its parents, the Pomchi has the big dog attitude that can spell trouble if not addressed early on. Are you ready to take on this fur ball of adorable cuteness? Let us find out.
History of the Pomchi
The standards for the designer dog breed known as Pomchi was approved in June 1998 by the Pomchi Club of America. This should give us an idea as to when this crossbreed was created.
It usually takes many years before one can establish a set of rules that can be otherwise known as the ‘standards’ for any particular breed or type of dog. Let us make a more logical approach to determining the history of the Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix.
Given that the Pomchi’s so-called ‘standards’ were approved in 1998, this means that the Pomchi Club of America (PCA) was organized at least 2 to 3 years earlier. That puts the establishment of the organization sometime in 1995. This also means that the organization already has a sizeable membership of Pomchi owners and not necessarily breeders only. If we are to follow the current trend of setting up credible organizations, it would normally take about 5 years at the soonest to accumulate such membership. This puts the initial steps towards the organization to around 1990.
This doesn’t mean the Pomchi was created during this time, however. It is possible that the very first Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix was created many years earlier. Let us say about 5 to 8 years earlier. This means the very first Pomchi could have been developed in the early parts of the 1980s. This roughly coincides with the general observation where the majority of the designer dogs that became popular in the 1990s and 2000s were created.
Now please don’t ask us who designed the Pomchi as we’re just as clueless as any other online pet forum. But if you do have an idea, please share it with us. You know how much we value the contribution of our readers in expanding the knowledge base on these hybrids.
Who are the Parents?
We may not know much about the history of the Pomchi, but we are absolutely certain about its origins. A first-generation Pomchi or F1 Pomchi hybrid can only come from Chihuahua and Pomeranian parents that are purebred. Now there are also instances when a 1st generation hybrid is crossed back with a purebred Chihuahua or Pomeranian, resulting in what many call the F1B hybrids. If two 1st generation Pomchi hybrids were mated, this results in a second generation F2 hybrid. Regardless, the Pomchi comes from a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. Let’s give these purebreds our undivided attention for now.
It may be the sassiest dog you’ll ever see, but what people will always remember about the Chihuahua is its super-sized personality. Yes, it is small. But don’t ever tell that to the Chihuahua as it doesn’t really understand the concept of large or small. For this little hound, it is the king and it doesn’t really care if it comes face to face with some of the dog world’s most formidable breeds.
But don’t blame the dog for it. Instead, blame it on its owners who pamper it like royalty, giving it the impression that it can do whatever it wants. They suffer from small dog syndrome, a phenomenon whereby Chihuahua owners don’t subject them to training and socialization. They believe that such small dogs don’t require training at all. Without any concept of rules to follow, Chihuahuas can become little tyrants.
Being the dog of choice when it comes to purse puppies, the Chihuahua can be seen inside designer bags with their characteristic almond-shaped heads and Gremlin-like ears fanning outwards from the topside of their crowns. They’ve got this air of sophistication that makes them both adorable to many and disgusting to some folks. They’re adorable because of their largely expressive face and round eyes that somehow give you an idea of what it’s thinking. They’re disgusting, too, in that they simply don’t know their place in the dog world. Again, blame it on dog owners who simply don’t have a clue about dog parenting.
While you may think that its diminutive size makes it the ideal pet for kids, you’d be dead wrong. Given its size alone, the Chihuahua is quite prone to injuries. It is so fragile that it can get hurt even with the gentlest of kids’ games. It’s also high-strung and can snap at any time, nipping and biting whoever it feels is threatening or frightening it.
There’s a reason why the Pomeranian is always happy. It strongly believes that it is the cutest four-legged creature ever to walk the face of the Earth. Sure enough, this attitude bids the Pomeranian very well whether it is performing on a competitive agility course or simply hanging out with you on your lap. It is the dog’s confidence levels that make it so adorable coupled with its spunky nature, bright-eyed looks, and a brain that is overflowing with curiosity.
But did you know that the Pomeranian is a distant relative of the Samoyed, the Siberian Husky, and the Alaskan Malamute and other Nordic breeds? It is the smallest of the Spitzes. That is why if you look closely at its appearance, you will be able to see hints of its wolf-like cousins in its pointed ears and long nose. This makes the Pomeranian such a wonderful athlete whether it is in a rally, freestyle, tracking, obedience, or agility. It is pretty much like its bigger Spitz cousins when it comes to its high energy levels.
Everything about this dog is pure happiness. It is bright. Its eyes always have that sparkle that beams. Its temperament is also as bright as its eyes. It has a very extroverted personality and loves nothing less than meeting new folks.
Like the Chihuahua, the Pomeranian is very inquisitive and alert. It will bark as loudly as it possibly can to alert you to something that it considers ‘off’. It’s smart, too, fully capable of learning commands and tricks with relative ease. And with its vivacious character, no wonder the Pomeranian has been associated with many famous people. Michelangelo, Sir Isaac Newton, Mozart, Martin Luther, and Queen Victoria were all known to have Poms in their lives.
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We really have to be thankful for the efforts made by the members of the Pomchi Club of America. We now have ‘standards’ to follow when it comes to identifying the ‘true’ Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix from the fake.
- The Pomchi is also called Chi-Pom, Chiranian, Chiapom, Pomahuahua, and Pomachi.
- It can grow at least 6 inches but no taller than 9 inches.
- The weight is highly variable but can be as light as 4 lbs and as heavy as 12 lbs.
- Pomchis can live as short as 9 years and as long as 17.
- It can be double-coated or not. If double-coated, the outer coat is soft and glossy and comes with coarse and long guard hairs. There may be feathering on the ears and legs.
- The coat can come in different color patterns like sable, merle, parti, and even solid.
- The head of the Pomchi should have a rounded wedge shape and comes with an intelligent and alert facial expression.
- The eyes are round and set just right on the dog’s head.
- The ears are of medium size and are usually held upright like Spitzes.
- The muzzle is slightly pointed and is moderate in length with a well-defined stop.
- Female Pomchis have slightly longer bodies than males.
- Pomchis are duly recognized by the ACHC, PCA, DBR, IDCR, DDKC, and IDCR.
Things You Should Know
There’s no doubt that the Pomchi was created primarily to provide potential owners with another adorable puppy purse. Before you make up your mind whether to get the Pomchi for yourself, read the following first.
Just because it is small doesn’t mean it doesn’t require any training anymore. All dogs, big and small, purebred and crossbreed, need to be trained. They need to learn how to follow simple commands. They also need to learn certain rules in your home. If you don’t, they can easily take full command of your home and your life.
You’re lucky since both parents of the Pomchi are intelligent purebreds, but most especially the Pomeranian. It has this exceptional ability to follow simple commands especially if you incorporate treats and other rewards in the training sessions. Keep it short yet truly meaningful so the Pomchi will get the idea a lot easier and will never grow bored of the same stuff.
One of the most crucial aspects of training a Pomchi is tempering its barking tendencies. You cannot stop it from barking simply because its alert nature dictates that it should notify you if ever something is amiss. However, you should always train the Pomchi to respond to your commands when you tell it to stop.
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You may think that the Pomchi will not eat a lot. Oh, boy! That’s where you’re wrong. This little mutt has a large appetite. But this doesn’t mean you should indulge it. The thing about smaller dogs is that they tend to use their energy reserves much faster than larger canines. Also, you’ve got to consider its activity levels. If you’ve got a rambunctious four-legged punk in your home, get ready for more frequent feedings of calorie-dense high-quality dog food. If you’ve got a lap dog that doesn’t mind lazing all day, then feeding it less-calorie-dense dog food is ideal.
To give you an idea, a 5-pound highly active Pomchi may require about 260 to 270 calories per day. If it’s not really that active, then a daily calorie intake of about 200 to 210 calories should be enough. Remember to divide it into 2 to 3 meals.
As for the kind of dog food, you may go for wet varieties as these can provide exceptional protein levels. However, since small dogs are relatively susceptible to dental problems, you may want to think about giving the Pomchi kibbles instead.
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Here’s the thing. All dogs require physical activity to keep them from getting bored and, of course, to help maintain the health and integrity of their muscles, joints, and bones. If you can include at least 30 minutes of vigorous play activities with your Pomchi, then a walk in the park is no longer necessary.
However, there really is some other benefit to walking your dog. This gives them the chance to see the world outside the home. Keep in mind that the Pomchi is an indoor pet. The only time that it will be able to appreciate the outdoors is when you take it for a walk. This can also be a wonderful opportunity for it to hone its social skills, allowing it to meet people other than you and your family while also exposing it to other dogs; that is if you take it to the dog park.
Keep in mind that the Pomchi is a smart hound. And like all dogs that are innately intelligent, they can easily get bored. Exercising can help channel their energies to more constructive outlets. Of course, if you don’t mind having to repair or completely replacing your carpet, furniture, or any other household belonging after a bout of destructiveness by the Pomchi, then you don’t need to exercise it.
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We have to emphasize the importance of socialization, especially for the Pomchi. While it is true that the Pomeranian has a very bubbly personality, making friends with almost anyone and any other pet, the Chihuahua may not share the same trait. And since there’s no way to predict whose social genes are stronger in the Pomchi, it is best to assume the worst.
Pomchis should be socialized early on. They are small and other people may not really know how to handle them properly. As such, they can snap, bite, and nip especially if they are hurt or they think they are being threatened. We also mentioned that Pomchis have a very alert nature. They’ll bark incessantly especially in the presence of someone they don’t know. If you socialize the puppy early enough, it will get accustomed to different people. It will still bark, but not as yappy as a Chihuahua or a Pomeranian.
Teach young kids, too, on how they should play or pick up the Pomchi. Generally, we don’t recommend toddlers and preschoolers to play with Pomchis. They’re so small and fragile that they might get hurt even with an otherwise gentle child’s play. It is more ideal for older children who can be taught how to handle such a dog.
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If you’re looking for a non-shedding dog, the Pomchi isn’t for you. While it doesn’t shed all-year-round, it does have the tendency to shed during the summer. Daily brushing is, thus, recommended; otherwise, once weekly should be enough. Getting it to a professional groomer every month is ideal, however.
Pomchis need their teeth to be cleaned every day. If you cannot commit to this, then twice a week is fine. If you still think it’s a hassle, don’t get a Pomchi or any other dog. Their nails also need clipping every 3 weeks and the ears inspected and cleaned every 14 days.
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Patellar luxation and dental problems are two of the most pressing health concerns of Pomchis. Some may also have Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, epilepsy, heart problems, hypoglycemia, eye problems, and collapsed trachea. It is wise to check the health records of the Pomchi’s parents if you don’t want to bring home a rather sickly dog.
The Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix is right for you if…
- You honestly believe all dogs need training and socialization
- You don’t have very young children
- You don’t have the luxury of space
- You can play and provide mental stimulation to the dog every day
- You want a dog you can put inside your purse
Don’t get a Pomchi if you…
- Hate very loud, very vocal dogs
- Don’t like fragile dogs
- Have very young kids or highly rambunctious children
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The Pomchi has this mindset that it’s in charge of the house. It’s bold, very assertive, and can be quite stubborn especially if you don’t know how to handle it. However, a well-socialized Pomchi is always affectionate, loving, and loyal to its family. It loves to sit on your lap and cuddle up as long as nothing can divert its attention. If trained, it will not be so yappy towards strangers. However, it will still show its guarded behavior towards them. It’s energetic, lively, and very smart. But it takes firmness and the use of positive reinforcement to get it to listen to you.
It may be quite stubborn and yappy, but the Pomchi’s affectionate and sweet nature can surely melt anyone’s heart. It needs a master, though. And if you can comply with this fundamental requirement, the Pomchi is yours for life.
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