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Pom-inu Breed Information

Description: The Pom-inu is a hybrid mix of Pomeranian and the Shiba Inu breed. The dog is known for having brown eyes, black noses, a plush coat and a fluffy tail that curls over its back. When it comes to their personality, these dogs showcase their hunting and herding capabilities in the form of high energy levels and obedient natures. The breed has natural confidence and intelligence.

Other Names: Pomshi, Shipom

Type: Hybrid

Height: 6-17 in.

Weight: 3-23 lbs.

Colors: The coat of a Pom-inu is white, red, cream or black.

Coat:  Pom-inu dogs are known for having a medium length, straight coat.

Temperament: What the Pom-inu breed lacks in physical body mass, they make up for in personality. This breed is described as playful, energetic, lively, affectionate, sweet and cuddly. They can get sassy at times but it comes from a protective, sensitive place. This behavior can easily be combated with early socialization to strangers and assertive training with positive reinforcement. With Children: These dogs love being the center of attention and thrive with younger members of the family. Since they are naturally protective of their owners and family, these dogs are trustworthy with little ones. With Pets:  Pom-inu dogs are fine to mingle with other breeds as long as they are introduced to the concept of meeting other dogs and household pets while they are puppies.

Watch-dog: The Pom-inu breed is a great watch dog because they have no problem vocalizing when potential threat is near.

Guard-dog: The petite size of this breed bars them from being a successful guard dog.

Care and Training: Pom-inu dogs should be brushed at least once a week and have their ears checked for dust and dirt buildup. This breed requires teeth cleanings two to three times a week along with other dental exams and veterinary visits. Pom-inu dogs are best trained with positive reinforcement.

Learning Rate: High. This breed is known to be intelligent and independent. Obedience: Moderate. Pom-inus have a mind of their own but can be trained to follow instruction. Problem Solving: High.

Activity: Moderate. While Pom-inu dogs need activity to ensure their health, they must be guided outside and into activities. They will follow suit eventually.

Living Environment: The Pom-inu can live in an apartment or a house. They are small in size and can thrive in compact living situations. Health Issues: Major health concerns for the Pom-inu include Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.

Life Span: 12-16 years.

Litter Size: 1-4 puppies.

Country of Origin: United States of America

History: The Pom-inu is a hybrid mix of Pomeranian and the Shiba Inu breed, originally bred in the United States of America. The breed is considered a “fairly new” hybrid and has yet to make its own history. Luckily, its parent breeds have come a long way since their origin. The Pomeranian hails from the Prussian region of Pomerania, now considered Germany and Poland. The breed did not become well known until 1870 when the England Kennel Club recognized it. In 1888, Queen Victoria discovered the breed while visiting in France. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888. The Shiba Inu is one of only six canine breeds which are known to be native to Japan.  This breed is the smallest of the six native Japanese breeds, originally bred to hunt especially in the thick underbrush native to Japan. Currently, the breed continues today to be a popular companion dog in both Japan and the United States, and the hunting skills natural to the breed are still being utilized today. The Shiba Inu breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992.

Class: Hybrid

Registries: ACHC, DBR, DDKC, DRA, IDCR
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