The Pomeranian and Chihuahua are some of the smallest dog breeds in the world. This doesn’t limit them from having some of the biggest personalities in the dog world though and are often packed with energy.
Pomchis, the result of a Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix, are about the same size as their parents and just as lively. They are disproportionately headstrong and brave despite their size but they know how to get the attention and love they deserve.
Read more to learn about these affectionate handfuls of fur and their parent breeds. After reading this article, you should have a greater picture of what it is like for any of these small dogs.
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Pomeranian, Pomchi, and Chihuahua Comparison Table
|Height||6-7 inches||6-9 inches||5-8 inches|
|Weight||3-7 pounds||4-10 pounds||Less than 6 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-16 years||12-18 years||14-16 years|
|Colors||Black Black and tan Blue Blue and tan Brindle Chocolate Red White Beaver Tri-colored||Black Blue Brown Cream Gray White And more||Black Chocolate Cream Gold Red and white Black sable silver Chocolate brindle fawn And a lot more|
|Coat Type||Double coat with long length||Double coat with long length||Smooth with either short or medium length|
|Affection levels||Very affectionate||Very affectionate||Pretty affectionate|
|Shedding Level||Some shedding||Average shedding||Some shedding|
|Temperament||Average playfulness Pretty protective||Average playfulness Pretty protective||Pretty playful Pretty protective|
|Health Issues||Patellar luxation Hypothyroidism Collapsing tracheas Alopecia X Seizures Cardiac disorders||Patellar luxation Eye diseases Hypothyroidism Collapsing tracheas Idiopathic epilepsy potential||Heart problems Eye diseases Patellar luxation Idiopathic epilepsy potential|
|Trainability||Average trainability||Average trainability||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Average amounts of exercise||Average amounts of exercise||High amounts of exercise|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||More barking||Lots of barking||Lots of barking|
Like many toy dog breeds, the Pomeranian is, in reality, a large dog trapped inside a small body. This is because their personalities are bold and brave like many of their large guard dog cousins.
Pomeranians are known mostly for their long, fluffy coat that almost looks to be smothering the dog’s face.
This soft double coat does the job for most environments but beware that these tiny furballs are not to be left outside in freezing temperatures for long periods, even with vigorous exercise and an extra coat from their human family.
Despite being lap dogs, beloved by royalty for decades, they are quite active and energetic little dogs. Because of their size, some indoor play or short walks a couple of times daily will be enough to tire them out.
Speaking of royalty, Queen Victoria of England was one of the Pomeranian’s fiercest fans. After seeing the breed on a trip through Florence, Italy, the queen was infatuated by their loveable temperament and adorable stature.
She even became a serious breeder of Pomeranians and is often credited with transforming the breed into what we know today – reducing their mature size from around 30 pounds to no more than seven pounds.
The breed remains proud of the fact that it was a Pomeranian that stood guard at the foot of the dying queen’s bed in 1901.
Probably the smallest dog breed in existence today, Chihuahuas are not to be dismissed for lackluster personality.
Originally from Mexico, the Chihuahua has experienced a decline in popularity over recent years. Perhaps this is the result of showcases on the internet, demonstrating the Chihuahua’s expressive barking personality against those who did not properly prepare themselves for training the small breed.
Their intelligence and stubborn tendencies are more than expected by many who come to own a Chihuahua. This is why training and socialization of the breed are so important at an early age.
A well-trained Chihuahua may not be silent but will cease its yappy barking when its owner has recognized the threat or issue the dog brings to light.
Chihuahuas also have a fascinating history surrounding them, from as far back as the 12th century. An ancestor of theirs, the Techichi, was kept by the Toltecs and their successors, the Aztecs.
The breed was thought to be lost to time like so many other things after the Spanish invasion led by Cortez, but a few specimens survived in remote regions untouched by European settlers.
About The Pomchi Dog Mix:
This unique designer dog goes by a variety of fun games such as the Chi-Pom, Pomahuahua, and Chimeranian and of course, the Pomchi.
The breed came about from the idea of having a small, loving companion for life. By mixing these two small, well-loved breeds, you end up with the perfect mix.
What Will My Pomchi Look Like?
As a hybrid dog, many people think that Pomchis will inherit a 50/50 mix of genetics and as a result, some variation between individuals will occur. This is not the case.
Because the two breeds are similar in size and weight most, if not all, owners of Pomchis report that their dog has the body and coat of a Pomeranian while the head is distinctly that of a Chihuahua.
Do Pomchis bark a lot?
Even with the right training, Pomchis may still bark more than just to alert.
Both Chihuahuas and Pomeranians are known to be particularly talkative dogs. Some people find this habit adorable but for many, it can be hard to deal with the shrill squeaks of the small dogs.
Whether or not the sound bothers you, it is best to be mindful of how loud it can be. If you live in an area where you have a lot of dwellings close together, such as an apartment complex, you may find yourself with a lot of angry neighbors.
Are Pomchis Healthy?
Pomchis are happy, energetic, but most of all healthy dogs, despite conditions that are commonly reported in the breed. Pomchis can even out-live both of their parents by a few years with the proper love and care.
That being said, because Pomchis often inherit the head shape of their Chihuahua parent, it is important for new owners of Pomchis to be aware of a genetic condition often seen in Chihuahuas known as moleras.
What are Moleras?
All dogs, and most mammals, in fact, experience these naturally occurring gaps in the skull during infancy but as they mature, the skull will usually close over these gaps to protect the developing brain.
Many Chihuahuas, however, exhibit soft spots in their skulls throughout their lives as part of a genetic trait that was often bred for as a sign of purity.
The condition is not particularly life-threatening for Chihuahuas or Pomchis, but it does add to how fragile the breeds already are.
Pomchis are healthy, mostly one-sided mixes that are surprisingly energetic despite their size. They are loving and bond tightly with their family but may end up being overly protective if not trained and socialized early on.
At the end of the day, Pomchis will be more than happy to curl up on their favorite person’s lap where their size and soft fur can be truly appreciated.