Pomeranains and Huskies are both fluffy double-coated dogs with pointy ears and curly tails. Are Pomeranians related to Huskies?
Pomeranians and Huskies are both Spitz dogs that originate from cold climates. They both have a hardworking past as sled dogs and companions. Although they differ in size and some personality traits they are very similar.
Where Do Pomeranians Come From
Pomeranians originate from the frigid Northern Region of Europe once called Pomerania. This region is now part of Poland and Western Germany.
Once upon a time Pomeranians or Zwergspitz (as called in some European Countries) were working dogs that pulled sleds, assisted with hunting, herding livestock, and sounding alarms.
The Pomeranian used to be much larger than it is today. Pomeranains were once 20-30 lbs During the 1800’s Queen Victoria became very fond of this fluffy bread and started a breeding program with the intent of reducing the size. She desired a smaller stature that would be more suited as a lap dog.
Queen Victoria played a pivotal role in transforming the Pomeranains of yesteryear into the small companion dogs of today. Due to the attention, Queen attracted to her decorated show dogs the Pomeranian breed rose in populairty.
Where Do Huskies Come From
Siberian Huskies originate from the North-Eastern part of Russia called Siberia. They were bred by the Chukchi people who used them as sled dogs, guard dogs, and companions.
Siberian Huskies have an ancient lineage that dates back over 4000 years. The Siberian Husky has been classified as one of the 14 oldest dogs known.
The Siberian Husky bred by the Chukchi consists of Spitz and Laika Bloodlines.
In the early 1900s Siberian Huskies were brought to Alaska to compete in sled dog races, where they consistently took the top spot.
What Are Spitz Dogs
Pomeranains are the smallest of all the dogs that fall under the Spitz category. A Spitz dog is not a breed on its own but, a classification of many dog breeds that have similar features and have similar origins.
Spitz dogs may have come from different regions all over the world but, they all originated in cold, harsh climates. They were tough dogs who survived through all of the elements and tough work.
These hard-working dogs had many jobs including pulling sleds, herding and guarding cattle, hunting, watching and defending, and companionship.
Today many Spitz dogs still have that wild hardworking drive like Akitas and Chow Chows, where others have been bred to be the perfect companion. That would be our beloved Pomeranians.
Spitz dogs share many of the same physical features.
- Pointed “fox-like” muzzles
- Pointy ears
- Almond-shaped eyes
- Long thick fur with an insulating undercoat and longer outer coat
- A curly tail that drapes over their back
Currently the AKC acknowledges between 50-70 differenet breeds as a Spitz.
What Dogs Are Pomeranians Related To
The Pomeranian is related to many dog breeds both big and small.
|Siberian Husky||One of the most famous of the spitz dogs, these wolf look likes were bred to be hard-working dogs and companions.|
|Keeshond||Keeshonds are native to Holland and are kind loving dogs with unique “spectacle” markings on their faces.|
|Samoyed||Samoyed looks like big white Pomeranians. These happy dogs are loyal and form a large bond with their people.|
|Chow Chow||This Chinese dog breed has been bred for hundreds of years. They are known for their black-blue tongues and wrinkled faces.|
|Alaskan Malamute||Malamutes are like big giant teddy bears with wolf-like features. They enjoy plenty of exercise and attention.|
|Norweigan Elkhound||These kind-hearted, loyal, and adventurous dogs were once beloved and treasured by the Vikings.|
|Schipperke||Schipperkes are a short and muscular spitz that are fantastic watchdogs, They have earned the nickname “little captain”.|
|Akita||These loyal dogs with a bear-like appearance originate from Japan. One of the most famous Akita’s is Hachiko, who waited at a train station for his owner for 9 years.|
|German Spitz||The German Spitz is often confused with a Pomeranian. They are larger in size with an average weight of 24-26 pounds. They share the same history with our Pomeranian.|
|Lapphunds||There are three Lapphund breeds that were all bred for herding reindeer. Their appearance is very similar to what a large Pomeranian would look like.|
|American Eskimo Dog||American Eskimo Dogs are similar in appearance to a Samoyed. The Originate from Germany and had their name changed during the first World War to American Eskimo Dog.|
|Icelandic Sheep Dog||Icelandic Sheep Dogs are tough and energetic. They come in six color variations with white as their prominent color. They were originally brought to Iceland by the Vikings.|
|Finnish Spitz||This breed was originally bred for hunting and is known as a bark pointer. The breed is still used as a hunting dog and also makes a great family companion.|
|Shiba Inu||Shiba Inus are the smallest of the six original Spitz that is native to Japan. They are small, alert, and agile dogs that were originally bred for hunting.|
Do Pomeranians Act Like Huskies
Let’s compare the personalilties of Pomeranians and Huskies. What are the similarites and differences.
What Are Pomeranians Personalities Like
- Confident (almost cocky)
- Good Watchdogs
- Difficult to house train
- High Energy
What Are Siberian Huskies Personalities Like
- High Energy
- Difficult To Train
- Escape Artists
- Can be very destructive
- High prey drive
How Similar Are Huskies And Pomeranians Personalities
Pomeranains and Huskies have many personality traits in common.
- Both dog breeds are very friendly, affectionate, playful, loyal, intelligent, energetic, outgoing, athletic, and can be difficult to train.
What Are The Differences Between Huskies And Pomeranians Personalities
Beside the obvious physical differences in stature, there are many personality differences between the two breeds.
- Huskies are very independent dogs that are known to be escape artists. Their strong prey drive can cause them to chase after small animals. Unless they are exercised often and mentally challenged they can get bored and be highly destructive.
- Pomeranains are feisty little dogs with a confident demeanor that makes them seem larger than they are. Pomeranians love to cuddle and be true companions.
Comparison Of Pomeranians And Huskies Physical Traits
Pomeranians and Huskies are both Spitz dogs with many features in common.
|Weight||3-7 lbs||35-60 lbs|
|Height||6-12 in||20-23 in|
|Dog Breed Group||Toy||Working|
Can A Pomeranian Breed With A Husky
Pomeranians and Huskies mixes called Pomskies have become a very popular “designer breed”.
A Pomsky looks very similar to a husky but, is sized more like a Pomeranian.
Breeding a Pomeranian and a Husky can only be done by artificial insemination due to the drastic size differences between the two breeds. The male will always be a Pomeranian and the female will always be a Husky.
The average litter will have 5 to 7 puppies.
Due to the complicated and difficult process of breeding Pomskies they can cost over $5000.00 for a puppy.
Although the breed is not currently recognized by the AKC, there is strong support for the future of Pomsky recognition.
Pomeranians and Huskies are related and have a similar background with many shared personailty and physical traits.
They are still very different dogs with different lifestyle needs. Pomeranians are feisty little companions and Huskies are playful, loving, free spirits.
Over recent years the popularity of both breeds has created a new “designer breed” by mixing Pomeranains and Huskies. The Pomsky was born.