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Designer dog dollar signs making you feel a bit overwhelmed?
We won’t sugar-coat it, Pomskies are all the rage these days. With a burgeoning demand comes burgeoning prices. And, that includes the medical expenses and daily upkeep once you’ve purchased your lovely little Pomsky.
In this post, we’ll break down every potential cost of a Pomsky so you have a thorough idea of what to expect budget-wise.
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It All Starts With Buying a Pomsky
Your first step into the financial realm of Pomsky ownage begins with the purchase of a puppy. You’ve searched for a reputable breeder, done the meet and greet, found the cutest little ball of pup fluff to call your own, and now comes the wheelin’ and dealin’.
Designer dogs tend to be pricey- Pomsky included. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. Why the big numbers? Let’s look at 3 major factors that influence Pomsky price.
1. Supply & demand
Pomskies are the hottest new designer dogs on the block. While the demand is present and steadily rising, the number of reputable breeders supplying them is still few in numbers. This keeps prices high because there aren’t as many puppies readily available for purchase.
With the Pomsky’s popularity and more breeders coming on the scene, this can lower prices in the future.
Geography also impacts pricing. With breeders spread sporadically around the US, transportation becomes an added expense. Most breeders prefer not to ship their puppies, but if so, this will add to the cost of purchase.
2. Physical markings & characteristics
With a crossbred dog, you don’t know for sure what it will look like or how big it will grow as an adult. For Pomskies, specific physical characteristics can affect the price.
Many people prefer the silky coat, striking eyes and black & white markings of the Siberian Husky parent. The more the puppy looks like the Husky, the higher the demand and therefore, a higher price.
Smaller dogs are preferred as well. So, you can expect the smallest puppy of a litter to cost more than the larger puppies.
3. “Pick of the litter” premium
This premium does exist since Pomskies are high demand. Breeders will charge anywhere from $100 to $500 to give a buyer first pick of the litter.
Add in the Cost of Dog Toys & Accessories
We’ve factored around $432 as a rough estimate of what it can cost to get your Pomsky settled in at home, living the good life.
As a crossbreed, there is no guarantee regarding how a Pomsky’s behavior and temperament will turn out. What we do know is that their parents- the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian- are not the type of dogs to stay idle. Therefore, Pomskies tend to be high energy.
They love to hang around their humans and play. Otherwise, their boredom may get directed towards your fine Italian leather couch or those brand new stiletto heels. It’s important to invest in dog toys that allow them to burn energy and chew.
The accessories that come with training are also not to be missed. Will you crate train? How about puppy-proofing your home with baby gates? If you don’t already have it, you might consider erecting a fence around your backyard.
A trainer is also an option to consider for house-breaking and obedience. This can be expensive depending on the amount of time you wish to invest.
Shedding Season Can Really Groom the Wallet
With Siberian Husky and Pomeranian genes, a thick coat that sheds year-round is unavoidable. It’s especially high during warmer seasons. Expect your Pomsky’s fur to fly 2 times a year, with each shed period lasting up to 90 days.
To combat all that old hair as the new coat grows in, you’ll find yourself investing in carpet cleaners, high-powered vacuum equipment or cleaning services to keep your home fur-free.
Grooming services might be the route you choose to take to keep your Pomsky’s coat in check regularly. The size and hair thickness of your Pomsky will determine the cost of grooming but expect to pay between $30 and $90 for the standard.
It can cost extra for services such as teeth cleaning, flea treatments and nail clipping.
You Might Need Doggie Daycare
Pomskies are loving dogs that need their daily dose of human attention. If left alone for long periods of time, they can grow restless and turn to chewing or exhibit signs of anxiety.
Depending on your work schedule, dropping your Pomsky off at doggie daycare allows you to head to the office without worrying about your dog being left alone for long hours.
This will cost you between $12 and $38 for a full day. Usually, centers offer monthly packages, which range between $240 and $550 a month.
Even investing in a dog walker helps you balance work and home life while giving Pomsky much needed time for socialization.
Where you live and how often you want your dog walked will factor into the cost. Expect to pay on average about $15 to $20 per 20 minutes of walking. If you live in a city where dog walkers are in high demand, prices tend to be a bit higher.
Dishing Out on Dog Kibble
Food is a high expense for your growing Pomsky. We know that as a parent that only wants the best for their puppy, you’re going to want a nutritious diet for him that calls for quality dog food.
Keep in mind that feeding your Pomsky can cost around $435 a year.
That’s because Pomskies need a low-fat diet that also helps manage the health of their thick coats. Nutritious ingredients such as white rice, chicken breast and fish are beneficial to add to their diets (unless otherwise stated by the vet).
Don’t forget to add in the cost of doggie treats! Every good dog deserves a tasty treat for good behavior every now and then.
Keeping Up with Healthcare Costs
This is the BIG one. When it comes to health, it’s always best to be financially prepared. This means regular checkups at the vet to stay on top of health, spay/neutering and medical insurance for those potential emergencies.
Luckily, Pomskies aren’t known to harbor any serious health issues besides eye problems, skin issues or allergies (common with both parents).
Still, expect to pay at least $389 for preventative medication and between $200 to $700 a year for insurance. Don’t forget to factor in vaccinations.
Spaying and neutering costs vary from $250 to $500, which many breeders will charge on top of the buying fee when you pick up your Pomsky.
Conclusion: You’ll Spend Around $2,000 Yearly
This sum follows the average yearly cost of having a medium-sized dog as stated by the American Kennel Club. Of course, there is as well a MULTITUDE of factors that can affect this estimate.
Each Pomsky is different in terms of size, temperament, and unique needs. Your lifestyle has an impact as well.
Perhaps you work at home and don’t need doggie daycare. Or, you take care of your Pomsky’s training and grooming on your own. There are always ways to budget smart and save- it all depends on the time and dedication you put in.
Also, remember that the Pomsky is a controversial breed. For example, if dog size is a big deal for you, this is one Pomsky characteristic that often times can be tricky to decipher if you’re hoping for a small dog.
Since it’s expensive, it doesn’t hurt to be objective in your research. We have our own opinion on it, stated here.
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