Aussi Pom

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Australia, United States, United Kingdom
Australian Shepherd
An Aussie Pom is the mix between a purebred standard, mini, or toy Australian Shepherd and Pomeranian. They are bred to be companion dogs because of their manageable size and amicable temperament. They are known to be loyal, trainable, and affectionate. Because they are a social breed, they do not like to be alone for long periods of time and need regular exercise. Aussie Poms have a relatively long average life span of 12 to 15 years. Their weight, measurements, and color vary widely, but will generally look like an undersized Shepherd with Pomeranian features and Australian Shepherd markings. They have soft, full, and straight coats that require regular brushing. Currently, Aussie Poms are unable to join the American Kennel Club roster of purebreds, but are growing in popularity in North America and Europe.
Date of Origin
Australian Terrier, Silky Terrier

Aussi Pom Breed History

The name Aussie Pom is a combination of the two nicknames of its parent breeds: the Australian Shepherd, known as an “Aussie”, and Pomeranian, known as a “Pom” or “Pom Pom”. Pomeranians are named for the Pomerania region in current day Germany and Poland, but descended from larger “Spitz” dogs that were bred to be sled dogs in arctic regions of the world. Pomeranians became popular at the turn of the 18th century by England’s Queen Victoria who contributed to the trend of breeding them “down” to the size they are today. The Australian Shepherd, contrary to popular belief, is not from Australia. These dogs are likely to have been breed from Collie varieties in the early 1900s to herd sheep in the western United States. The Australian Shepherd’s popularity boomed during the 1950s and they are now employed as handicap guides, therapy dogs, drug detectors, search and rescue workers, and – of course – beloved family pets. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1993. Depending on the breeder, Aussie Poms can be a product of two Aussie Poms or one Australian Shepherd parent and one Pomeranian parent. This mix is a relatively new breed and there is not an exact date of origin for it. However, because of its manageable size and cute fox-like features, it is a growing favorite in the United States and United Kingdom where Pomeranians and Australian Shepherds are common. Currently, Aussie Poms are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). As such, breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing through them.

Aussi Pom Breed Appearance

Aussie Poms typically look like small Shepherds with fox-like, Pomeranian facial features. The size depends on whether the Pomeranian is bred with a regular, mini, or toy Australian Shepherd. Generally, the breed is medium-sized. The average weight is 10 to 30 pounds and the average height is 12 to 17 inches tall. The breadth of coat variations within each parent breed account for the Aussie Pom’s range of patterns and colors. They usually have a straight, soft, and medium-length coat in red merle, blue merle, tri-color (black, white, and tan), or a solid color with light Australian Shepherd markings. The tail is medium length and feathered with a soft coat. Aussie Poms have an alert and intelligent expression, with high-set pendent ears, a tapered muzzle, and medium-sized oval eyes.

Aussi Pom Breed Maintenance

Aussie Poms do a fair amount of shedding due their medium length coat. Owners can reduce shedding through regular brushing and monthly baths with shampoo and conditioner. Given this breed’s tendency for plaque buildup, Aussie Poms (like all dogs) should have their teeth brushed daily, as well as nails clipped 1 to 2 times a month. Some owners prefer to clip their Aussie Pom’s coat around the eyes, ears, and paws, but regular cutting and styling is not usually necessary. Owners should, however, take special care to inspect Aussie Poms after they have been outside for debris that might get caught in their ample coats.

Aussi Pom Activity Requirements

Aussie Poms are known to be very friendly and amicable to people, including children and other dogs. The breed is affectionate and will most likely develop strong attachments to its primary owner and other family members. Like many Shepherd varieties, it is a loyal watchdog and will bark if there is cause for “alarm” or a perceived threat. Even so, well-adapted Aussie Poms are not known to be over-territorial or aggressive to strangers. The Aussie Pom’s affable nature and ability to make fast friends makes it an easy and wonderful family pet. Beyond this, Aussie Poms are regarded as an extremely trainable breed. They are very responsive to discipline, especially at an early age. Though the breed is generally adaptable, it is very social and does not like to be left alone for long periods of time. Consequently, Aussie Poms thrive best in active environments with lots of people time.

Aussi Pom Owner Experiences

3 Years
7 People
Just total love. Shes very affectionate and follows me. Doesn’t like to be lne for a lond period of time even though we have 2 pugs she still gets sad.
2 months, 1 week ago
5 Months
2 People
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?