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The Pomeranian Australian shepherd mix is a curious idea to anyone that hasn’t seen it.
On one side of the parentage we have a tiny, fluffy toy dog and on the other we have a larger herding dog.
The mix does exist and, what is more, is also desirable as a cross-breed.
This guide to this Aussie Pomeranian mix will look at some of the key characteristics of this breed, both in terms of the physical traits and behavioral ones.
We will also look at other issues of general care and breeding before discussing the best place to get one.
By the end, you should have a clearer idea of what to expect from Pomeranian Australian shepherd mix dogs and whether they are right for you.
Many would be owners instantly fall in love with pups of this cross without knowing what they are. They are cute little bundles of fluff with stunning markings, and this adorable nature continues as they grow.
The mid-length fluffy coat comes in an array of colors. The most popular are the merle markings on white, which are commonly found in Aussie Shepherds and are seen in the most share photos on dog blogs. This is what hopeful owners are often looking for.
However, there are other color combinations too, as they may take on the redder color or creams of their Pomeranian parent.
One of the common questions for anyone that hasn’t seen a Pom Aussie cross before regards their size.
Pomeranians reach between 7 and 12 inches tall and weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. Australian Shepherds reach between 18 and 23 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 65 pounds. Your pup’s final height will be somewhere in the middle.
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A cute face and pretty coat are a great start, but you really need to choose this breed for more than its looks.
There is no point having a cute dog that is a nightmare with the kids or has severe behavioural problems. The good news is that they do in fact make good family dogs? The best mix dogs take the best characteristics of their parents.
The other important question here is whether there are any important behavioural issues with a Pomeranian and Australian shepherd mix?
It is important to know what to expect in terms of grooming needs, exercise regimes and dietary issues with this mix breed.
That beautiful coat does come at a price because they can shed a lot. However, they don’t require much more than regular brushing and shampooing to keep it under control. You may also want to train them not to leap up onto the furniture too much as well.
Are there any crucial healthcare concerns regarding these Australian shepherd Pomeranian hybrids?
Owners of a Pomeranian shepherd need to be aware that there are some key health issues with the parent breeds. Hybrid dogs tend to be healthier and key genetic conditioners can pass them by.
However, breeders can’t be complacent. Pomeranians often suffer from teeth problems, heart issues and kneecap dislocations. Australian Shepherds, meanwhile, can be born deaf or blind. This is often down to the same gene mutation that creates that beautiful coat. This means that breeders deliberately using merle dogs to attract buyers could be risking disability.
There are two choice that you can make when looking for this hybrid.
The first is to look for a breeder that specialises in this cross breed. They will either have a pure Pomeranian and pure Aussie Shepherd or they will have two hybrids breeding litters.
Pomeranian Australian Shepherd mix breeders need to be handled with care. Remember the issue with the merle coat and the designer side of the breed and make sure that breeders are selling healthy dogs rather than simply farming them. A trip to the home offers a chance to see the parents and pups and ask plenty of questions. Breeders are the best way of ensuring linage.
However, there is also the chance that you may be able to pick up a Pomeranian Shepherd mix at a shelter. This is a low cost option for families that would much rather find a dog in need of rescue.
On the subject of cost, there is one final question on the minds of families. What is a standard Pomeranian Australian Shepherd mix price?
Costs will vary depending on the breeder, linage and desirability of the dog. Supply and demand is still at work here. Are sellers looking to give puppies to a good home or to make a profit?
The Australian Pomeranian is a curious mix breed, but it is one with a lot of benefits. There will be some families concerned about the Pomeranian Australian shepherd mix cost and the risk of health problems. This is the price that buyers have to pay if they are after a certain look.
It is advisable to forget about the multi-colored fluffy coat and cute face and think of the long-term situation for this pup. If you are happy to give them the attention, grooming, exercise and health care they need, this could be a great family pet.
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