Pom-Silk

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5-9 lbs
7-8"
United States
Pomeranian
Silky Terrier
Silky Pom
The Pom-Silk is the result from crossing a Silky Terrier with a Pomeranian producing a small dog with a huge personality. Feisty, fun loving, and full of affection, this little dog will stick to your side whenever she can. This is one intelligent dog with a docile temper and a desire to please. Their attractive appearance and long soft almost fluffy hair makes them very appealing. Inquisitive and energetic, these small dogs need exercise and especially mental stimulation to bring out their best qualities. They love the challenge of solving a problem, finding someone who is hiding, or agility tasks. This keeps their minds focused and out of trouble. While a loving dog, if spoiled they can become demanding and possessive believing that they are the top dog in the family. This little dynamo needs a firm but fair hand; they need an owner that they respect or they will become bossy. They need supervising with small children unless they have been raised with them, and they need to know the rules of the house and what is acceptable behavior. Once they know their place they make adorable and loving pets, full of winning ways and can entertain you for hours.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Pomeranian, Silky Terrier

Pom-Silk Health

Average Size
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Height: 7-8 inches Weight: 5-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Heart Diseases and Disorders
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Eye Infections
  • Skin Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Collapsed Trachea
Occasional Tests
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Biochemical Profile Tests
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Blood Glucose Level Testing

Pom-Silk Breed History


The Pom-Silk's parents can tell us a lot about this little dog. The Silky Terrier is one of the parent breeds; a tough little character small in stature but large in attitude. The Silky Terriers are decedents of small terriers that were used for vermin hunting in Europe and later in Australia. In the late 1800s in Australia, the breed was created by crossing the Yorkshire Terrier with the Australian Terrier, with the aim of creating a dog that combined the hardier body of the Australian Terrier yet had the unique coat quality of the Yorkshire Terrier. Within only a few generations the breeders achieved their goal and the breed was established, gaining the name of Silky Terriers. While breeders contested the proper name and weight requirements, they finally compromised on the weight issue in 1926, but the argument about the name took much longer to agree on. Beginning with the name of Sydney Silky Terrier, it then became the Australian Silky Terrier and they finally agreed on Silky Terrier. The American Kennel Club recognised this beautiful little terrier in 1955. The Pomeranian was a working dog originally, with its roots coming from the region of Pomerania which is now the area known as Germany and Poland. The Pomeranian was a lot larger then, weighing up to 30 pounds and was employed to herd and guard sheep. Willing and alert, they made ideal working dogs. Their attractive appearance intrigued many people, and they became the companions of many famous people including Marie Antoinette, Mozart and Queen Victoria. It was in 1888 when Queen Victoria began breeding them down in size which increased their popularity as a small affectionate companion dog. The Pomeranian was formerly recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and became known for its talent for agility and learning tricks. They are quick to learn, willing to please, and love to be the centre of attention.

Pom-Silk Breed Appearance

The Pom-Silk can vary considerably in appearance, depending on which parents genetics are the most dominant. A small dog in size, their body is slightly longer than it is in height, and they have short but strong slender legs with dainty paws. A delicate elegant head is wedge shaped, with a short pointed muzzle, with the teeth meeting in a scissors bite. Almond shaped dark eyes that sparkle with mischief and small high-set erect ears are a typical characteristic. It is the coat that can differ in appearance, either being the soft thick and fluffy double coat of the Pomeranian, or it may err on the side of the Silky Terrier being straight, silky and shiny. Either way, the Pom-Silk is distinctive and attractive in appearance. Color can vary as well, ranging from red, white, blue, brown, black and tan, wolf sable, grindle as well as parti-color which is white with colored markings.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Red
Brown
Fawn
Sable
Brindle
Blue
White
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pom-Silk Breed Maintenance

Depending on the coat your Pom-silk inherits from the parent dogs, the maintenance can vary from a daily brushing to brushing only two to three times a week. The long thick coat can tangle or mat easily so a combing or regular brush will keep it in pristine condition. Bathing your dog only needs to be done once a month or longer, depending what your curious pet gets into. Because of the dense fur around the ears, they need to be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are free from infection. Gently clean this area, and be careful not to poke anything into the sensitive  ear to prevent damages. Dogs teeth need to be brushed to prevent decay and dog breath, ensuring that you use a special dog product to do so. The final touch is to check the toe nails and clip gently if they are getting too long. This regular grooming practice will come to be the highlight of your Pom-Silk's week.
Brushes for Pom-Silk
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pom-Silk Temperament

The Pom-Silk is an energetic, keen, and affectionate small dog. They make great companions and are intensely loyal. Intelligent and quick to learn, they are inquisitive and independent dogs that are endearing to many. Ready at any time to play, they enjoy the challenge of learning new tricks or competing in agility. As a family dog they adapt well to apartment living, and consider themselves to be part of your family. They are affectionate and kind to children if raised with them and socialised thoroughly. As puppies, they are very small and can be easily hurt unintentionally by rowdy youngsters, so supervision is important. These feisty small dogs don't always adapt well to other pets unless raised with them. They can be a bit pushy with other dogs, with an attitude that is twice their actual size. The Pom-Silk will respect a strong owner who guides them, otherwise the Terrier in them will take over and they can become demanding and expect you to deliver on all their demands. This can lead to excessive barking, but can be avoided by proper training and the dog learning the household rules. With a strong owner, and a self assured active family, this little dog is a winner who collects hearts everywhere they go.

Pom-Silk Activity Requirements

The Pom-Silk is a dog with a lot of energy and she will get most of her activity just following you around the house or yard. But they still require a daily walk to stimulate their mind and enable them to socialise with other animals and people. They will happily accompany you on any outing you  choose, but do keep them on a leash as they can be inclined to take off after any small fast moving creature that catches their attention. These dogs are intelligent and learn quickly, and respond to training that is both fun and challenging. Their quick thinking and alert nature makes agility tasks a welcome activity. Ideal for both house or apartment living, these adaptable small dogs make ideal companions.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Pom-Silk Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $2
Monthly Cost
$25 - $32

Pom-Silk Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 4 lbs
Height: 3 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs

Pom-Silk Owner Experiences

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