If you’re thinking about bringing a Husky and a Pomeranian together, this article is a must-read.
Here you’ll discover:
- The answer to ‘Do Pomeranians and Huskies get along?’
- Facts about bite inhibition and its crucial role in how well two pups get along.
- How having a Pomeranian and a Husky can lead to life-threatening encounters (with shocking video).
- And more…
Table of contents
- Do Pomeranians and Huskies get along?
- Husky and Pomeranian background
- Pomeranian traits
- Siberian Husky traits
- Why would Huskies attack smaller dogs? 8 reasons
- Would a Husky attack a Pomeranian puppy?
- How to make a Pomeranian and a Husky get along?
Do Pomeranians and Huskies get along?
Normally, Pomeranians and Huskies don’t get along. This is because Huskies have a strong prey drive. An exception to that could be when both breeds have been raised together since they were puppies.
Though the hunting instinct in Huskies can be suppressed, it’ll still remain, so it’s not advisable to keep the two dogs unsupervised.
Although the Pomeranian and the Husky have a lot in common, some differences in their attitude and instinct can result in life-threatening situations.
Before you bring a Husky together with a Pomeranian, you should consider what each individual dog is like.
Keep reading to find out some common traits of Pomeranians and Huskies.
Husky and Pomeranian background
Huskies and Pomeranians both descend from working dogs.
Other dogs that fall into The Working Group are Akitas. Akitas, Pomeranians, Samoyeds, and Malamutes are Spitz-type dogs. These dogs all come from the North. The name Spitz comes from a group of islands located in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway.
Did you know that Pomeranians are named like that after the region which they come from? Pomerania is a place – a historical region to be precise, split between Poland and Germany.
Pomeranians used to be quite large and pull sleds.
Once Queen Victoria of England fell in love with a smaller version of a Pom. That’s what inspired her to introduce the trend to take care of tiny Pomeranians. She even opened her very own breeding kennel.
But enough about Poms…
…. Let’s jump into the Husky’s background
Siberian Huskies come from Siberia just like their name indicates. Huskies were bred by the Chukchis which were ancient hunting tribes. The history of Huskies is full of adventure and heroism.
The word Syberia is associated with cold.
The Siberian Huskies were highly priced and only very young, sick or old Chukchis were allowed to travel in the sleds as passengers.
The sleds were used to get goods. Normally the people walked. There were times when the women and children pulled sleds as well, along with the dogs.
Chukchis have an interesting history. They were illiterate but brought plenty of art expressions into the world – through tambourine music and ritual dances.
They have a religion in the core of which is shamanic healing. It also includes Chukchi dogs guarding the doors to Heaven.
A curious fact is that the Chuckchis believed that anyone who mistreats a dog will not be allowed to enter Heaven after they die.
At first, Chukchis used to hunt reindeer but after some time they began to domesticate them. That’s when the dogs started being used to herd the reindeer.
Reindeer were very important to the Chuckhis. The people used them for food, transportation, and clothing.
After the Chukchis started breeding reindeer for transporting their goods, for means of clothing and food, they started focusing on training the Huskies for agility, speed, and endurance.
Now that we’ve learned about the background of Huskies and Poms, it’s time to look at each breed’s traits.
The cool thing about Pomeranians is that they’re really loving to their owners. That’s cute and all but they can get very jealous and protective of their caretakers.
If the Pomeranian hasn’t grown up with a Husky, he’s likely to snap at the Husky. Pomeranians tend to be bossy, so yours might not tolerate a newcomer in the face of the Husky.
Also, if your Pom hasn’t been trained and socialized as a puppy, he could have some aggressive traits in his adulthood that could lead to fighting with other dogs.
Besides that, Pomeranians are territorial.
When it comes to Pomeranians you should focus on giving them attention.
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Siberian Husky traits
Siberian Huskies are wonderful pets to have for owners who are physically active and enjoy long brisk walks, runs, and cycling.
Siberian Huskies are a very active breed that loves to spend time outdoors. They’re perfect for being your exercise buddy. Pomeranians… not so much.
Huskies are very durable as they descend from sled-pulling working dogs. Unlike Pomeranians who also descend from there, Huskies have kept their big dog size.
Due to the difference in size, you can’t expect to exercise a Husky and a Pomeranian together. While the Pomeranian needs significantly less exercise, the Husky is bursting with energy.
Huskies are very intelligent. They can get quite stubborn and persist when they want something.
When it comes to Huskies you should focus on providing them with enough exercise.
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Why would Huskies attack smaller dogs? 8 reasons
A lot of times Huskies will chase other smaller animals. It could be squirrels, cats or other small dogs.
#1: Prey instinct
The reason is that Huskies have this strong prey instinct. Since they’re very energetic, they need a lot of daily exercises.
If the Husky doesn’t get enough exercise on a regular basis, he could try to compensate for it by indulging in different activities while being taken out for a walk.
#2: Lack of exercise
Chasing on a smaller animal might just be what a Husky needs – a lot of running and stimulation.
When a Husky has had insufficient amounts of exercise, attention, and freedom during the day, he will take the first opportunity he gets to make up for it.
Another reason for attacking small dogs could be that the Husky didn’t get the needed socialization as a puppy.
Hence, he doesn’t really have control around other dogs.
#4: Getting provoked
It’s also possible that the small dogs are very afraid of the Husky as it has a size advantage. Sometimes smaller dog breeds such as Pomeranians could lash out at a Husky.
While Pomeranians look very aggressive by doing so, the fact is that they’re actually scared.
In an attempt to look bigger and scarier, Pomeranians raise the hackles on their neck. Once they’ve started barking or jumping at the Husky while leashed, they’re provoking the Husky. The Husky could then get easily annoyed and snap.
#5: Rough play
Huskies are known to be full of energy. They like to play rough.
If you’ve never owned a Husky and see two of them playing rough with each other, it could look scary. Constant nipping is not uncommon.
But a big dog cannot play with a small one with the same intensity it uses with other big dogs. If the Husky decides to play with a Pom as it would with another Husky, the Pom could get seriously injured within seconds.
The outcome depends strongly on how the Husky was raised.
If he had interactions with smaller dog breeds in his upbringing, it could have a good feel of how to treat a toy dog breed.
If not and it’s obvious the play is getting dangerous, the owners must act as fast as possible.
Places such as dog parks and dog cafes are ones you should take our dog to with caution. There a lot of different dog breed types gather and it’s risky.
Warning: There has been a case when a Husky has attacked a poodle (see the video below).
Situations like this could occur due to territoriality. An attack could also happen if the two dogs are being fed close to one another.
Another scenario is when one dog gets the food first and the other perceives the first one to be fed as a threat. We’re talking dominance then.
Whatever the exact reason, it’s a fact that the Husky has an advantage to a smaller dog.
So, if you happen to leave a Husky and a Pomeranian together, without supervising them closely or taking precautions, the Pomeranian could get hurt.
Would a Husky attack a Pomeranian puppy?
Puppies have protection while they’re young. No adult dog would attempt attacking a puppy as the older dog won’t perceive the puppy as a thread.
Puppies have something which can be referred to as a ‘puppy license’. As long as they haven’t grown up, older dogs can ‘forgive’ them pretty much anything.
That means that adult dogs won’t get into a confrontation with pups.
Grown-up dogs will correct a pup whenever they feel the need to. That’s why it’s so important for small puppies to be socialized with older dogs.
That’s how little pooches can learn from an early age which behavior is acceptable and which one can get them in trouble.
So no worries – if you have an adult Husky together with a Pomeranian puppy, chances are the pup will be safe.
How to make a Pomeranian and a Husky get along?
If you really want to have one dog of each breed in the same house, it’s best to take two puppies and provide them with plenty of socialization.
While they’re both small, they’ll teach each other bite inhibition. This is especially important so neither of them ‘bullies’ the other one.
Besides giving them a lot of time with each other, you should take them with you to a variety of places.
That way they will also learn to get used to other dogs and not overreact to certain situations once they become adults.
Last but not least, obedience training could always come in handy. With dogs that are that smart am energetic, you wanna do the right thing. Professional dog trainers could introduce you to a whole new world.
Once you unlock your dogs’ intelligence by signing them up for training with certified professionals, you can bet good things are on the way.
Then you will be able to fully enjoy time with your dogs, understand them better, and be sure to prevent dangerous situations before they have even happened.