Facts & Origin
Pom-Silk (Pomeranian and Australian Silky Terrier mix)
The Pom-Silk is a cross between the Pomeranian and the Australian Silky Terrier. The Pomeranian, a small pointy type, originated in the Pomeranian region of Germany and Poland, while the Australian Silky Terrier, as the name suggests, originated in Australia. Both breeds were originally bred for different purposes - the Pomeranian as a companion to nobility and the Silky Terrier for rat hunting.
Suitability and attitude
Pom-Silks are ideal companion dogs, as they are small and well adapted to living in apartments or houses with limited space. They are also well suited for single people and seniors, as they are less demanding in terms of physical activity, compared to larger, more energetic breeds.
|Origin||Australia - Germany|
|Life expectancy||12 - 16 years|
|Activity level||average - low|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
Pom-Silks are often lively, intelligent and affectionate. They are known for their playful temperament and their attachment to their owners. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, but they can also be a bit headstrong, which requires patience when training them.
A Pom-Silk is an energetic, loving and affectionate companion that adapts well to living in apartments or homes with limited space. Although it requires some grooming to keep its silky coat in good condition and has some susceptibility to health problems, a well cared for Pom-Silk is a long-lasting and loyal friend.
Care, diseases and health
Grooming a Pom-Silk requires some work, as both parent breeds have long, silky coats that need to be brushed regularly to prevent matting and tangles.
In terms of health, Pom-Silks can be prone to the same conditions that affect their parent breeds. These include patellar luxation, tracheal collapse and eye problems. It is important to make regular veterinary visits and watch for signs of discomfort.
What does this mixed breed look like?
Pom-Silks are small dogs, with a weight usually between 3 and 7 kilograms and a height of about 20 to 28 centimeters. They have long, silky coats that can come in a variety of colors, including cream, sable, blue, black and tan, depending on the colors of their parents.
Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.
Dermatophytosis (synonym dermatophytosis, from ancient Greek τὸ δέρμα derma, German 'skin' and ancient Greek φυτόν phyton, German 'plant') or tinea (Latin for 'woodworm', 'moth') is a skin fungal disease caused by specific fungi (dermatophytes).
Ureteral ectopy (also known as ureteral ectopia) is an inherited condition where the ureter (known as the ureter) does not end in the bladder as usual due to a misalignment.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
Often occurs in old age.
Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.
Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.
Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.
The Pom-Silk has a life expectancy of 10 to 16 years.
Yes, this mixed breed is very calm and serene.
They are available in different colors like black, white, brown, gold, gray or tortoise shell.
It reaches a size between 20 to 28 cm.
No, this hybrid breed has only medium maintenance needs and requires regular exercise and play time.