Pom-Shi: The Pomeranian Shiba Inu Mix

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The Pom Shi is a hybrid mix of the Pomeranian and the Shiba Inu.

This interesting hybrid has parent breeds who have some similarities. They have both unknown or mysterious dates of origination but believed to be several centuries in the past.

They are also both dogs with hunting and herding tasks as their forte. Both parent breeds are also very popular companion breeds today.

In addition to these similarities, they also share a number of temperament qualities and a level of intelligence and confidence that makes Pom Shis think they are large dogs.

With agility that comes naturally to them, don’t be surprised to see your Pom Shi pet occupying unexpected places!

Pom-Shi Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Pom Shi laying on the carpet playing with a pink bone
The Pom Shi is the best companion for children.

What Price are Pom Shi Puppies?

The price of Pom Shi puppies is anywhere between $250 to $1,300.

How to Find Reputable Pom Shi Breeders?

Good breeders take care to select good parent dogs. They provide proper health care from day one.

They are not in a hurry to raise a litter. They work hard to ensure that their puppies are healthy and well-adjusted.

They rarely breed more than 2 or 3 litters a year, sometimes even less than that. Finding a good breeder is not easy, but it is definitely worth the effort!

You may like to start by attending dog shows and speaking with breeders and dog owners there about their dogs.

Dog shows are advertised on social media, in specialist dog press, or on the internet. Learn more about breed clubs and ask the people who run them where you can find a good breeder in your area.

Usually, these people are real breed enthusiasts and will have lots of useful knowledge. Ask people who own nice dogs where their dog came from and talk to their breeder.

Reputable breeders do not breed often. They will only sell when there is a litter available, so be prepared to wait.

A reputable will be concerned about the health and temperament of the puppies. They will allow you to see the mother with the puppies. They let the puppies live in the house or have regular access to the house.

They socialize the puppies with people and other animals and get them used to things they will encounter when they grow older.

3 Little-Known Facts About Pom Shi Puppies

  1. This mix is also sometimes called Shi Pom.
  2. Some Pom Shi breeders often promote them as ‘calmer’ Pomeranians or ‘friendlier’ Shiba Inus. They also try to market them as mini Shiba Inus, which is very misleading.
  3. The Shiba Inu parent is typically aloof and independent, while the Pomeranian is the complete opposite.
    It’s almost impossible to determine which characteristics of the parent dogs will show in the Pom Shi puppy.

Physical Traits of the Pom Shi

A Pom Shi enjoying the outdoors
The Pom Shi is prone to separation anxiety.

The Pom Shi can inherit the physical traits of either or both the parent dogs. He will likely have a soft, thick, and plush coat that has a rough line of fur along the spine.

It will most likely be white and red, patched red, sesame, cream, white, tan, and white agouti in color.

His feet will be small, and he will be quite agile. His gait will be very cat-like and he will be regal in movement with his short fluffy tail curling over his back.

He will also have dark almond-shaped eyes and a black nose. His muzzle will be small and narrow, and his ear will be erect.

The Pom Shi hybrid has low to moderate grooming and maintenance requirements. Their shedding level is quite low.

He will require brushing at least once a week to remove loose hair, mats, and debris.

How often you need to brush will depend on his hair length, which will be determined by which parent dog has a more dominant influence in the bio mix.

His ears will need to be checked and cleaned weekly with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved ear cleaner.

Be sure to check his toenails weekly, too. Trim them as needed, unless his exercise activities keep them worn down.

Attention to his teeth is needed. It is recommended that he be brushed two to three times a week in addition to regular dental exams and dental cleaning by your veterinary professional.

How Big is a Full-Grown Pom Shi?

A Pom Shi can grow to 6 to 17 inches and weigh 3 to 23 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Pom Shi?

The life expectancy of the Pom Shi is 13 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pom Shi

A dark brown and white Pom Shi sitting on carpet
The Pom Shi is the mix of the Pomeranian and the Shiba Inu.

The Pom Shi can inherit the temperament of the Pomeranian or Shiba Inu parent, or both. He will also be protective of his human family, but caution must be exercised with children.

He can be nippy, and it is highly recommended that he be socialized as early in his life as possible to moderate this trait. He is a barker, which can be a big issue if you live in a noise restricted area.

He has a yappy type of bark and will willingly bark at strangers or anyone who approaches. He will also bark at anything unusual.

While these are good qualities for those interested in the watchdog type of doggy family member, it may need a lot of positive training to curb this for those who need to respect a noise level limitation.

He has moderate energy levels which will need to be managed to keep him healthy, fit, and happy.

He gets intelligence and independence from both sides of the bio mix. While this makes him a great family dog, it can also cause him to be moderately difficult to train.

It is best to keep his training periods short and fun because this will reduce the chances of boredom.

A bored dog can manifest annoying and destructive behaviors. Something no pet owner wants to deal with.

The Pom Shi’s Diet

It would be best to choose holistic dog food. You need to make sure that you give him food that contains beef, lamb, turkey, chicken meat, salmon, and herring as the primary ingredients.

These products are rich in protein, and they could provide your dog’s caloric needs. If you’ll go with commercial food, make sure it has barley, oatmeal, or rice.

Giving vegetables and fruits occasionally is also acceptable. It is important to give your Pom Shi high-quality food. Dry dog food is also a better choice.

How Much Exercise Does a Pom Shi Need?

The Pom Shi hybrid has a moderate amount of energy which comes naturally. This will need to be managed.

He will love long walks and romps every day, as well as playtime in the dog park or backyard. He will also enjoy interactive games of Frisbee, fetch, and hide and seek.

Because he is small to medium in size, he can adapt to apartment or condo living, provided his exercise needs are met.

He can also live well in family homes with or without a fenced yard, or in an urban or rural setting. Moderate climates also suit him well.

Pom Shi Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for the Pom Shi include Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.

Minor health concerns include Sick Sinus Syndrome, Tracheal Collapse, hydrocephalus, and entropion.

There may also be occasional diagnoses for Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Sebaceous Adenitis, hypothyroidism, and cataracts.

Your veterinarian may also require occasional tests like x-rays of various parts of the skeletal system, or blood and urine analysis.

There can also sometimes be a need for Complete Blood Count, blood sugar and thyroid tests, complete physical examination, eye examination, and internal imaging.

Child Safety

The Pom Shi can be a bit of a sassy little dog from time to time, and at the puppy stage, these dogs can be a bit on the nibbly side too.

However, if the more precious sides of this dog are kept in mind during their younger years, they can get on famously with kids of all ages.

Precautions with babies, toddlers, and very young children always feel wise when a dog’s in the family, especially during the more intensively high energy episodes that the Pom Shi can sometimes tend to have.

However, keeping your kids entirely isolated from these animals only serves to make the Pom Shi all the more curious about who these little people are.

It’s actually best to introduce, under supervision, your dog and your children to one another as early as possible.

For especially active or high energy children, the Pom Shi can prove a fantastic match.

Both kids and dogs can keep one another busy with running and playing for hours, and lots of life long bonds can be formed in the process.

My Final Thoughts on the Pom ShiA small Pom Shi looking at you

The Pom Shi makes the best companion for children and younger members of the family because they are warm and friendly.

He can grow attached to his family easily, making him prone to separation anxiety.

When you are not at home for long periods, he can get lonely, bored, and restless.

He will do everything he can to attract the attention of his owners. He will even perform cute antics to catch your neighbor’s attention.

While he may seem to be friendly, he can also have a jealous streak.

He tends to feel left out when you shower more attention to other animals.

However, when he is properly socialized with other animals, he will find it easier to get along with them.

The Pom Shi has quick reflexes, reminding you that you must always keep him on a leash. His prey drive can push him to run after anything that catches his eye.

This dog has a very strong personality. A dominant pack leader is needed to put the Pom Shi in its place.

That pack leader must be you or someone in your household.

Owning a Pom Shi demands your commitment to providing him with intensive training and plenty of regular exercise.

Early socialization is very important to raise a Pom Shi with the best behavior and impeccable manners.

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