Designer Dog Buyers Need to Do Research

We have all seen cute and cuddly puppies in pictures and been told they are a such and such.  The truth of the matter is that designer dogs (See Discovery Channel Episode about designer dogs) come with hefty price tags and you owe it to yourself, your family, your bank account and your future dog to research your options and determine what is the best breed for you.

Leslie Gallagher of K9Z Etc. in St. Charles, MO publishes a regular column called The Barking Lot.  She writes:

Unlike purebred dogs, when you adopt a hybrid you don’t know exactly what the temperament, size or exact look of the dog will be. When you breed two different purebred dogs you can get any combination of characteristics found in either breed. You must read about the temperament and care for both breeds and be prepared for any combination of the two.

If everything about both breeds is to your satisfaction, you can most likely assume the cross will work for you. If there is anything about either breed you don’t like, avoid that cross. Don’t assume that only the good characteristics will emerge. You could be in for a surprise, and it’s not fair to the puppy to chance that.

I know for a fact that most people looking at Pomskies have these rose-colored glasses on and automatically assume that their puppy is going to have all the traits that they want — that lush husky coat and those icy blue eyes that pierce your soul.  Please do your due diligence and ensure that you educate yourself about the temperament and characteristics of Pomskies.

Any laziness on your part in this crucial step of the pomsky puppy buying process may result in substandard results and decreased satisfaction with your purchase.

Leslie makes this point very clear and you need to take this to heart:

When you buy a purebred dog, you know exactly what you’re getting and how big your puppy will get and whether it’s capable of agility, hunting, herding, etc., or being a family companion.

She is referring to the “breed standard.”  Pomskies do not have a breed standard because they are so new. Small sample sets and insufficient documentation of parents and their offspring do not allow us at this time to have a breed standard or expectation with significant confidence of how a Pomsky will look.  We only have best guesses with lots of room for error.