Pomchi Chihuahua Pomeranian Mix – Owner’s Guide
What happens when you mix a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua? The answer is a Pomchi, of course! These little dogs are darling and have way of wrapping their little furry paws around your heart!
If you’re interested in adopting a Pomchi, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find information about the breed, temperament and characteristics, as well as how to care for your little ball of fur!
What is a Pomchi?
A Pomchi is a mix between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. The result is a small dog with lots of personality and energy! You may also hear them referred to as a Chi-Pom, Chimeranian, Chiapom, Chiranian, Pomahuahua, and Pomachi. That’s quite a mouthful—say those names 10 times fast! We dare you!
This Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix is a designer dog, and that was created to meet the growing demand for cute, little dogs—fueled by the famous stars who had these dogs. No one is quite sure where these cute dogs first originated, but they seem to have been in the U.S. for about the last 30 years.
Enthusiasts of the breed are looking to create a hybrid line of Pomchis, that by the 7th generation could be designated a purebred dog with the canine registries.
As these are hybrid dogs, you’ll need to understand that each dog and puppy are unique individuals. They may resemble their parents, but have completely different personalities, physical traits, and more. A puppy can have traits from either of its parents—and puppies even from the same litter may vary in their looks and in the way they behave.
Having said that, it’s also important to remember that each little ball of fur is a separate living little creature. Each one deserves to be treated with love and cared for in a fur ever home. They precious little lives who need you and want to be your companion for years to come.
Two Breeds: Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix
The mix of two dogs can result in some surprises, so it’s always a good idea to learn who the parents are before buying a puppy. If you adopt from a shelter, it may not be possible to see the parents. However, if you choose to adopt from a breeder, then always ask to see the parents. See what the parents’ temperaments are, how they react to you, etc. It’s also a good idea to see the puppy’s litter mates, if possible.
Pomeranians, also called Poms, came from the German Spitz. These were large working dogs and they were named after the area in Germany known as Pomerania. This area is now part of Germany and Poland. In those days, Pomeranians were large and used as working dogs for herding cattle. Over time and with selective breeding, the breed’s size grew smaller. In the 1800s, these dogs were about half their original size and were used as companion dogs.
Pomeranians are outing dogs who love to be social.
The Chihuahua comes from an ancient line of dogs. In fact, there records in Mexico that go all the way back to 100 AD. During this time, the Aztecs sometimes used the dogs as “hot water bottles” when someone was sick. By this, we mean the dogs were used to help keep the person warm. They were not used literally as hot water bottles!
The Chihuahua was official declared a breed in the 1850s and was named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. They were brought to the US in the 1800s. These little dogs are known for their confidence, bravery and for being highly alert. In some ways, they’re very much like terriers.
These pretty small dogs are a hybrid mix, between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. They are used as companions, and they have a lifespan of 12-15 years. They are wonderful companions for adults, families that have older kids. And these dogs can live in apartments and cities with no problem.
Pomchis are usually between 6” to 9” high, and weigh about 5-12 lbs. When it comes to colors, you’ll find a wide range of variations including
- Blue & tan
- Black & tan
- Cream & chocolate
Speaking of their fur, Pomchis generally have long, short, dense, thin double or single coats. Thankfully, they don’t shed too much, though they do tend to shed in the spring and fall. When it comes to caring for their coats, your Pomchi needs to be brushed every day. They don’t deal well with mats and tangles, so do be sure to keep your fur baby’s hair brushed and smooth. As Pomchis do have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to use brushes that have soft bristles—avoid metal brushes, as these can cause irritation.
Because these dogs can suffer from skin allergies, it’s good to use a mild shampoo. Pomchis, like other dogs, also require regular nail clipping about every three months or so. They may also need to have their hair trimmed once in a while, especially if they have longer hair.
Pomchis also benefit from having their teeth brushed on a regular basis because of their tendency to have dental problems. It’s a good idea to brush their teeth at least once a week, using a pet-safe toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste with a Pomchi or any other dog.
A Pomchi dog has a large personality but there’s a little mystery involved when trying discern your Pomchi puppy’s temperament. It just depends. Your dog could end up with a more Chihuahua personality, or with a Pom’s personality. When it comes to breeding, this isn’t an exact science. This is why even puppies from the same litter can be quite different from one another.
Chihuahuas are energetic, alert and lively little dogs. And they can be somewhat aggressive or nervous. They do have a reputation for being yappy, aggressive, and even for biting. These can all be true but remember that each dog is an individual. While these traits may be true in some dogs of this breed, other Chihuahuas can be quite complacent, quiet, and well-mannered.
On the other hand, the Pomeranian is known for being smart, curious and as a dog that loves to have some fun. They’re also obedient, and usually friendly.
These small dogs can suffer from separation anxiety; in fact, they can become quite vocal when left alone too long. By this, we mean the dog may bark, whine and cry quite a bit.
In addition, Pomchis are known for barking at noises, as well as chewing, scratching, digging, urinating, and defecating when stressed.
Can these dogs be good for a family? Yes, but it’s usually best if the home doesn’t have young children. This is because the dog is so small and could easily be hurt by accident. Again, Pomchis don’t do well when left alone for long periods, so if you need to be away from home for long hours, then it’s best not to adopt one of these amazing little dogs. They will suffer when left alone too much.
One more note—smaller don’t always deal well with weather changes, so they should be inside dogs. This is also true of the Pomchi. In cold weather, they may enjoy wearing a doggie coat to stay warm, and they will definitely enjoy being inside when it’s too hot out.
Pomchis are unfortunately prone to certain health conditions carried by Chihuahuas and Pomeranians. If the dogs come from a responsible breeder, chances are the dogs will be pretty healthy. These lively little dogs can suffer from:
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Dental and gum disease
- Patellar luxation
- Heart problems
- Hip dysplasia
- Collapsed trachea
- Open fontanel
For this reason, if you get your fur baby from a breeder, ask them for a health certificate. The certificate will state the dog is healthy and doesn’t suffer from certain conditions. In addition, the health certificate should also state the parents are healthy, too.
While these dogs are lively, they don’t require much exercise. In fact, they are with a 30-minute walk, playing in the house or yard. One note, if you take your Pomchi on a walk, make sure to keep him on the leash. They are not known for responding to your calls when they run off!
Pomchis really need to be well socialized starting from a young age. They do well with reward-based training, which means positive reinforcement, though they can be stubborn. You’ll need to have some patience as you work with your little dog! But don’t give up! They respond well to food treats and praise as rewards!
Pomeranian Chihuahua Puppy
Are you looking to adopt a Pomchi puppy? Are you looking for a breeder? A Pomeranian Chihuahua mix puppy can be found; however, you’ll need to find a reputable breeder first. It’s best to avoid puppy mills and pet shops. In the pet shop, the puppies may be darling, but chances are they have come from a puppy mill. These dogs could have been inbred, not socialized or cared for properly. They’re also more prone to higher rates of genetic health issues.
On the other hand, a Pomchi puppy from a reputable breeder will be healthy, happy, and socialized puppy. If you’re not sure how to find a breeder, ask your vet if they can provide a reference. You could also ask your family, friends, and colleagues if they know of a reputable Pomchi breeder.
Once you find a breeder, it’s always recommended that you go and visit their home. Ask questions, ask to see the litter and the parents, and request a tour of the kennels. That way you’ll be able to see how the dogs are cared for, if they have clean kennels, food and water, etc. And remember to ask for a health certificate that shows the parents are free of genetic health issues and the puppy is healthy.
These little dogs can have huge personalities and some temperament issues; however, a Pomchi can make a wonderful companion. With the proper socialization and training, you’ll have a loving little companion by your side each and every day!