Shih Tzus are one of the most famous small dog breeds. Despite being small, they have big hearts and lots of love to give! The breed originated from China and was known as the dog of royalty. For years these tiny furry companies warmed the laps of Chinese emperors, hidden in the palace and tucked away from the outside world. It wasn’t until the 1930s that the breed was noticed by breeders in Beijing. From here, the Shih Tzu quickly spread to the rest of the world.
A Teacup Shih Tzu is an even smaller version of this already tiny breed, also referred to as the Imperial Shih Tzu, Toy Shih Tzu, or Mini Shih Tzu. This isn’t a recognized breed in itself, but rather refers to Shih Tzus that fall on the smaller end of the spectrum. They’re 100% Shih Tzu and aren’t crossed with any other teacup dogs. Breeders simply breed two runts of the litter repeatedly to produce the smallest pups possible! The cost for a Teacup Shih Tzu usually ranges from $2000 to $3000.
Teacup Pomskies have a teddy bear-like appearance and are one of the smallest, cutest, and cuddliest breeds around. When full-grown, a Teacup Pomsky will only ever weigh around 7lbs (the minimum limit for teacup breeds according to the American Kennel Club) and rarely measures more than 10 inches tall. This means a full-size Teacup Pomsky is around half the size of a regular Pomeranian Husky mix.
However, size will depend on the lineage – a Teacup Pomsky puppy with bigger parents will become a larger Teacup Pomsky full grown. On the other end of the spectrum, some Pomsky mini dogs with tiny parents weigh as little as 3lbs. There are considered micro Teacup Pomsky dogs. They still won’t quite fit inside a teacup, but they’re as small as it gets!
Aside from size, the coats of Teacup Pomsky puppies are another prominent feature. Their fur is extremely thick and fluffy and comes in a wide variety of colors. The color of your pup depends on the colors of the parent dogs. Common examples include merle, red, cream, orange, lavender, black, and white. Eye colors are equally as varied ranging from brown and hazel to green and blue. In fact, there is a coat and eye color combination to suit almost everyone!
Just like the appearance of the Pomsky Teacup dog is a combination of both parents, as is its personality. Yet interestingly, the personalities of Huskies and Pomeranians are generally opposing. Huskies are high-energy, intelligent, outgoing, and alert. On the converse, Pomeranians have more of a social, friendly, and playful temperament. So, what can we expect the Teacup Pomsky to behave like?
When crossbred together, a Teacup Pomeranian Husky mix has a sociable, affectionate, and protective personality. They’re also non-aggressive and work well in family homes, but aren’t ideal for small children as they can accidentally hurt them. Their extroverted outlook means they get along well with strangers and other animals too, perfect if you already have other pets.
Unfortunately, they also tend to be vocal dogs and can annoy your neighbors. The Teacup Pomsky commonly inherits the Husky’s love of howling and the Pomeranian’s love of yapping. You must train your dog’s not to vocalize as much while they’re still puppies, otherwise, you need to be prepared to deal with some barking and whining tendencies.
Training a Teacup Pomsky is quite a challenge. They’re intelligent and energetic dogs, so can be well-behaved if you start training them from a young age. Yet both Huskies and Pomeranians are known for their stubbornness, which is also passed onto this crossbreed. This stubbornness makes training seem like hard work, but taking a calm and patient approach is your best bet. Never get angry if your pup doesn’t respond, just try and try again.
With a little persistence, you will be able to train your mini Pomsky to come, sit, and stay within a few weeks. More physically demanding commands might not be possible. As a tiny breed, they’re simply not capable of performing more physically demanding tasks and tricks. Know the limits of your dog’s size and don’t mistake this as stubbornness.
Another training issue owners deal with is potty training. As a teacup breed, mini Pomskies have tiny bladders and are unable to hold the need to urinate for as long as bigger breeds. They’re not being naughty, they simply can’t hold it any longer! You need to get used to letting your Miniature Pomsky outside more often to give them the opportunity to do their business.
Pomskies are double-coated dogs that require more maintenance than most breeds. They have gorgeous fluffy coats that need to be brushed regularly to be well-maintained. We recommend using a bristle brush daily to remove all mats and tangles. It is also suggested to invest in an undercoat rake to remove the undercoat and prevent excess shedding.
Bathing is another important part of the grooming process, and you should wash your dog once every 1-3 months. This will depend on how much time your dog spends outside and how dirty its coat gets. If you don’t want to bathe or brush your dog regularly, consider clipping their coat. Shorter fur means less dirt collects and fewer mats and tangles form. You can clip your dog’s fur yourself or leave it in the hands of a local groomer salon.
Nail trimming is another must for all dogs. This is especially true for smaller and less active breeds whose nails are worn down less naturally. You can use nail clippers or a dog nail grinder instead. The latter gradually files down the outer edge of the nail, giving you greater stability and control. This breed is also prone to dental problems which can be helped with daily tooth brushing.
Common health issues are an important consideration before purchasing a new pup for the family. Unfortunately, Toy Pomskies are thought to share the same predispositions to certain health issues as both parents. This includes skin allergies and infections, collapsing trachea, epilepsy, and heart disease. Patellar luxation has also been observed in several Teacup Pomsky dogs, which is a common issue for miniature breeds.
With that said, mini Pomskies are considered a new dog breed as they’ve been around for just over 10 years. Therefore, scientists and researchers are still looking at the links between these health concerns and the likelihood of them arising. It could be that Teacup Pomskies aren’t as genetically predisposed to these illnesses as their parents, but only time and research will tell.
Lifespan can also only be estimated at this stage. According to experts, healthy Toy Pomskies should live between 13 and 15 years. This is based on the lifespan of Huskies, Pomeranians, and other miniature breeds.
The Teacup Pomsky is one of the cuddliest and cutest dogs available. They’re also friendly, sociable, affectionate, and bond closely with their owner. However, these dogs are a little stubborn so training does require a little patience. They also require a fair bit of maintenance to keep their plush coats fluffy and clean. If you put the time in, you’ll have an obedient, well-behaved, and beautiful new best friend that’s small enough to take with you everywhere!
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