The Ultimate Guide to Owning a Pomchi (A.K.A. Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix)

PomchiThe Pomchi is a cross of a purebred Pomeranian and a purebred Chihuahua, also known as the Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix. It’s a small dog breed at about 6 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder, weighing between 4 to 12 pounds. The lifespan of this crossbreed is around 12 to 15 years.

Iconically known for their sassiness, sneakiness, and independent personality, the Pomchi is a dog that will undoubtedly be able to weaken the knees of any pet lover!

Unsure if the Pomchi is the right dog for you? Then this article is just for you! Today, I will cover everything you need to know about the unique, cheerful Pomchi!

What Do They Look Like?

Pomchis are instantly recognizable by their fox-like faces and heart-melting cuteness—which is undoubtedly one of the most enticing features about them.

Known for their incredibly small stature, these little pups are fined-boned and oval-shaped, just like their parent breed— the Pomeranian.

As mentioned above on average, they stand anywhere between 6 and 10 inches, bearing in mind that males are often slightly larger than females.

Pomchis tend to attain large, dark round eyes which remain alert and watchful—a characteristic they owe to their Chihuahua ancestry. The ears often stay upright and are almost semi-triangular in shape, while their tail remains semi-curled and puffed!

For those cold winters, Pomchis have developed a lush, dense double-coat, which comes in a whole plethora of colors, including:

  • Blue & tan
  • Black & tan
  • Beaver sable
  • Fawn
  • Cream
  • Chocolate

Bathing, Grooming, and Brushing— Are Pomchis High Maintenance Dogs?

If you’re the kind of person looking for an easy-going dog, one that’s not going to cover your carpets in fur, then the Pomchi may be a great choice for you! This crossbreed are seasonal shedders and will only shed once a year between spring and summer.

So, put those vacuums away for the winter!

Grooming & Bath Time!

Pomchis tend to inherit their thick double coats from the Pomeranians, which is known for its unwillingness to give up caked-in dirt, mud, and even stool. Hence frequent grooming is a must for sanitary purposes!

We strongly recommend that you take your Pomchi in to see a professional groomer every six weeks for those trims.

Despite this, Pomchis are quite clean dogs, and will only require bathing once a month, or as needed to keep clean.

All the Extra Little Bits—Dental, Ears & Nails!

Now, just like humans, dogs need to have their teeth brushed! Dental disease is a big problem among Chihuahuas. This means that your Pomchi will also be at risk of developing periodontal disease. So be sure to clean your dog’s teeth once each day or at least weekly!

A second primary maintenance requirement is regular ear cleanings! Be sure to monitor your dog’s ears for signs of yeast infections or inflammation. We recommend that you check their ears weekly and clean as needed.

Often, active working dogs wear down their nails, so since both the Chihuahua and Pomeranian are not a hardworking, energetic dog, they will require regular nail trimming to keep their nails short! This should be performed every 4 to 6 weeks.

The Cunning, Daring Personality of the Pomchi!

They may look aloof, but don’t let them fool you! Pomchis are intelligent, notoriously cunning, and yet surprisingly easy to train.

Pomchi dog is looking into camera

Will They Get Along With Other Pets?

According to the American Kennel Club, the Chihuahua is a feisty dog that requires supervision when around other pets and dogs. This holds true for the Pomeranian, too. This means that your Pomchi should never be left alone when in the company of other animals.

Should You Be Worried If You Have Kids?

I think one of the most misleading factors about the Pomchi is their aggression towards young children. There is absolutely nothing to worry about. As with any dog, if a Pomchi is raised alongside, and has learned to socialize with young children, then they will regard them as part of the family.

It’s important to remember that when a dog nips or bites, it’s not their fault. Children can be rough with small dogs, and so nips or bites are a warning or defensive action.

Since the Pomchi is a sassy little dog, we do not recommend that they are left unsupervised with young children. We highly suggest that these little guys live in homes with older kids who know how to properly pet and play with small dogs.

Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix is The Smallest Watchdogs in the World!

Sassy, cunning, standoffish, but always alert! These are the words that best describe the Pomchi. Around strangers or new faces, they may remain cautious but alert.

Now, if you’re looking for a fun-loving dog, like the Golden Retrievers, who might run up to lick people, then the Pomeranian Chihuahua cross might not be the right choice for you.

But, if you’re the kind of pet owner, whose first priority is a small, yet protective, watchdog then look no further.

Pomchis Can Be Active Dogs Who Love to Play With Householders!

Both the Pomeranian and Chihuahua are energetic breeds. So, on average the Pomchi will require a minimum of 30 minutes daily physical activity.

You can choose to meet their exercise requirements by taking them for:

  • two to three walks per day
  • short jogs
  • play dates with other small/toy breed dogs

Now, people often recommend visits to off-leash dog parks to meet their dog’s physical and social needs.

I have to advise against this!

Off-leash dog parks contain dogs of all different shapes, sizes, and personalities.

Some large dogs may try to engage small dogs and “won’t take no for answer.” This can put your little dog in a dangerous situation.

Are Chihuahua Pomeranians Easy To Train?

Small fluffy Pomchi puppy sitting

Pomchi puppies are highly energetic pets that have a desire to learn new things and please their owners. Now, some Pomchi pups have become notorious for their stubborn, disobedient attitudes—a trait common to both their parent breeds.

Their bossy persona seems to be what gives owners a hard time, as these dog’s love to “be on top of the food chain.”

Because, even little dogs can be a lot of work, I highly recommend that new dog owners take their puppies to obedience classes to ensure their little pooch remains well-behaved.

Are you ready to be won over by the Pomchi?

This puptastic video sums up the how smart these dogs are!

Vet Bills, Oh Vet Bills! Are these Hybrids a Healthy Breed?

Heterosis refers to the theory that a mixed breed dog will have fewer health problems compared to their parent breed. So, it is plausible to suggest that the Chihuahua Pomeranian cross is going to be a reasonably healthy dog.

Nevertheless, every dog is different— based on their genetics and lineage, some hybrid puppies can be prone to genetic disorders and health problems common to their parent breeds.

Read on to know which health problems Pomchi can inherit.

Health Problems that are Common to The Chihuahua

animated gif Chihuahua wags his tail

According to the Canine Inherited Disorder Database, Chihuahuas have an increased risk of developing the following diseases:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Chiari-like malformation
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Dry-eye
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Retained testicles and few others.

Health Problems that are Common to the Pomeranian

Pomeranians can too have a similar list of inherited disorders like the Chihuahua. Pomeranians are more susceptible to the following diseases:

  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Retained testicles
  • Entropion
  • Sick Sinus syndrome
  • Tracheal collapse
  • Hydrocephalus.

How much do Pomchis Cost in the USA?

The cost of adopting or buying a crossbreed can be variable. For example, reputable breeders who ensure breed standards and breed genetics are well-protected may charge more than average. So, if you do choose to buy a dog, then we suggest you consider a breeder who is:

  • Knowledgeable about their Pomchis genetics
  • Registered as a breeder
  • Cares about the dog’s welfare
  • Able to provide references
  • Screens their dogs for health problems and is so able to produce healthy offspring

In general, a Pomchi puppy can cost you anywhere between $150 to $950. The average cost of a Pomchi pup is $500, however well-bred puppies can cost roughly $1,400 to $5,500+.

In contrast, adopting pets from shelters is another way you can get yourself a hybrid. This will not only give a dog a second chance, but will also make it more affordable, since rescuing from shelters includes vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering typically.

Where Can You Adopt A Pomchi?

So where do you go to find a Pomchi at a rescue? As they are “new” mixed breed, it may be hard to come by a Pomchi shelter. However, there are many Pomeranian and Chihuahua specific rescues around that may hold Pomchi mixes.

Below I have listed some pawsome Pomeranian and Chihuahua rescues you can try in the USA.

Rescue NameRescue TypeLocation
Pomeranian Rescue GroupPomeraniansCalifornia
Pennsylvania Pomeranian RescuePomeraniansPennsylvania
Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue PomeraniansOhio
Second Chance Poms PomeranianTexas
Florida Little Dog RescuePomeranians and ChihuahuasFlorida
Recycled PomsPomeraniansDallas and Houston area
Chihuahua Rescue and TransportChihuahuaNationwide
Adoptapet.comChihuahuas, Pomeranians, PomchisNationwide

Still Have Questions? Here Are the Top FAQs Answered

Getting a new dog is exciting! But, if you’re a new dog owner trying to learn as much as you can about your soon-to-be-pooch, then you’ve probably still got a lot of questions you’d like to ask!

Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! Here are some of the FAQs from people considering adopting or purchasing a Pomchi.

How long do Pomchis live?

Pomeranians can live anywhere from 12 to 16 years, while Chihuahuas can live up to 20 years of age! Hybrids tend to live longer and healthier lives compared to their parent breeds. So a healthy Pomchi could make it all the way to twenty!

Are these dogs hypoallergenic?

Unfortunately, both the Chihuahua and Pomeranian are non-hypoallergenic dogs. This means that the Pomchi is not going to be hypoallergenic either! So, we don’t recommend these dogs for people with severe allergies.

Do Pomchis shed a lot?

Both the Chihuahua and Pomeranian are seasonal shedders. This means that their cross will only shed once a year between spring and early summer.

What kind of food do they need?

As they are little dogs, they will require a diet specific to toy breeds. Dry food designed for toy breeds often contains smaller kibble, making it easier for your pup to enjoy! The good news is, these guys only eat ½ to 1 cup each day!

Animated gif chihuahua on the skateboard

The Verdict

I’ve got a soft spot for the Pomchi because these dogs have such a big personality all wrapped up in a little body!

If you’re looking for an easy-going dog that’s playful, smart, and apartment friendly, then the Pomchi is just for you!

Do you have a Pomchi? We’d love to see some of the pawesome pictures of your pooch in the comments below!

1 reply on “The Ultimate Guide to Owning a Pomchi (A.K.A. Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix)”

  • Michael Jones says:

    We came upon our little guy at only 2-3 weeks old. His eyes were open. His mother passed and the mother’s owners were faced with bottle feeding 6 puppies. We started with a heating pad in his box and bottle feedings about every four hours for about 4 weeks. He is 1 1/2 years old now and fits the description very well. Our Pedro is the joy of our lives. We have noticed a little separation anxiety so we make sure that who takes care of him when we are gone is very much in his life.

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