The Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is a mixed breed dog between the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua dog breed. As with all mixes, these dogs inherited some of the most excellent qualities from both parent breeds. They are small, energetic, playful, devoted and loyal.
The Pomeranian Chihuahua mix also goes by several other names, but the most popular nickname is the Pomchi. Pomchis are also called Pomhuahuaua, Chi-Pom, Chimeranian and Pom-chi. The pomchis are designer dogs. The Pomchis are recognized by;
ACHC- the American Canine Hybrid Club, the pomchis are called the Chiranian by this club
The DBR – Designer Breed Registry, this club calls the pomchi the Chiranian
DDKC- Desiner Dogs Kennel Club, they also call the pomchi the Chiranian
DRA – Dog Registry of America, Inc
IDCR – International Designer Canine Registry
PCA – Pomchi Club of America
Today, this pup is loved by pet enthusiasts all over the world and ranked number 22 on the American Kennel Club (AKC) list of the most popular dog breeds.
History of the Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix
The Pomchi have most likely existed naturally for a long time but it wasn’t until the late 1990s or the early 2000s that designer breeders started to intentionally mix the Chihuahuas and the Pomeranians. This is believed to have started in North America. Breeders decided to mix the Chi and the Pom to produce a small, adorable companion dog. Due to popular demand, they continued to mix more parents to produce more Pomchis.
Pomeranians were originally bred in Northern Europe along the Baltic Sea, According to history, the region was called Pomerania and it is now split between Germany and Poland. The average size of a Pomeranian was around the 30 pounds and they are believed to have been bred from sled dogs hence their beautiful double coat.
They were initially herding dogs but soon became a companion dog which earned them their popularity, these pets were once companions of famous artists like Mozart, Newton and Michelangelo. Poms then became a beloved companion of the 18th century English royalty when a princess from Pomerania married an English prince and moved to England with her dogs, these dogs stole the heart of Queen Victoria .
The Queen bred them to about 12 pounds and after her death, other breeders reduced their size to the Pomeranians we know today.
There are unending stories about the Origin of the Chihuahua, although only a handful of them have passed the test of historical knowledge, one there is that they originated from China and were brought to Europe through the Silk Road when contact was first made between China and Europe. Another theory is that Spanish conquerors took the Chihuahuas out to sea with them delivering them to the shores of South America.
Yet another theory begs to differ and says the Chis were located in South America all along, the dogs supposedly come from an smaller dog breed called the Techichi, natives of South America bred those dogs for food and entertainment but unfortunately they are now extinct.
However, the first mordent recording and affirmation of the Chi was discovered in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. They were brought to America in the 1800s and became registered with the AKC in 1904.
Appearance and size
As a relatively new breed, the Pomchi meets with a few standards when it comes to size, as a mix between the Chihuahua and the Pomeranian, it’s a safe bet that your Pomchi would be a small dog. They weigh in at 2-12 pounds and are 6-10 inches tall, there is a fair chance that your Pomchi Amy be smaller or larger than the regular size and often times, the Male would be slightly larger than the female.
The coats of Pomchis are solid but sometimes they have a mix of colors. The main colors of Pomchis are Red, Brown, Black, Grey, Cream, and their color mix includes Brown and Sable, but they can also be Black and Tan, Blue and Tan, or Cream. The Pomchi have longer, double coats which makes it so fluffy and adorable.
They have a rounded head with round eyes, medium-sized ears which are usually erect, held upright when alert and carried rose back when reposed, their muzzles are moderately short with a slightly pointed and defined stop. Their cheeks and jaws are lean with moderately long tails carried flat or in a loop over the back with the tip of the tail touching the back and their tails are never tucked between their legs.
There is no guarantee with mixed breeds and you cannot say for sure which of their parent breed your mixed breed would take most of their features from, your Pomchi could end up looking more like a Pomeranian or more like a Chi.
It is vital to keep up with you Pomchi’s health by having regular checkups at the veterinary clinic to detect any health concern early, your vet could also help you develop a care routine that would keep your furry friend healthy.
Check their ears for dirt and pests daily, also seek your vet’s recommendation on how to clean their ears. Trim their nails before it lets too long, once or twice per month would do. One of the most important concerns with your Pomchi is its oral health, small breeds are prone to dental issues so brush their teeth daily to avoid buildup.
Due to their longer, double coat which they inherited from their Pomeranian parent, they have long, dense hair that would need regular grooming. Brush their coats daily or at least 4 times a week to prevent tangles and mats.
They also suffer from ear infections, any seed or dirt caught in their fur needs to be cleaned out immediately using a soft, damp cloth or baby wipes to wipe them a couple of times a week
Do not be deceived by their small size, the Pomchis have huge personalities. Pomchis tend to favor their Pomeranian parent and inherited the majority of their personality from them, they have lots of energy, they are brave and enjoy being the center of attention, they are also affectionate, sweet, vocal, feisty and bold. They enjoy hugs and cuddling especially from their favorite person in the household.
It’s likely for the Pomchi to find one member of the family to be their favorite person in the household but they still get along with other members of the family. Pomchis love being with adults or older kids who know how to play with them and be calm with them as they are as fragile. For children who know how to handle them in a proper manner and play with them, the Pomchi is a great and lively companion.
The Pomchis are small dogs and often develop “small dog syndrome”, it inherited a loud, shrill bark from its parents and this quality makes them excellent watchdogs as they are always alert, they can make the best kind of protector for their home.
Whenever they sense strangers or strange noises, they bark loudly and quickly to alert people around. They are not aggressive and they shy away from constant pokes and prods.
Pomchis females tend to be more alert and aware of their surroundings, they are more careful with strangers and new animals, Pomchi males are outgoing and friendly however Pomchis are charmers wherever they go.
The Pomchi is liable to fall victim to some of the same medical conditions that Chis and Poms also face, while mostly healthy, they might be a few health issues which is why it is vital to maintain good care, a good diet and regular checkups at the veterinary clinic. Some of these health issues include:
Dental and Gum disease
Progressive retinal atrophy
Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Like the Chi and the Pom, the Pomchi is prone to weight gain, their teeth deal diet should be formulated for small breeds with high energy, you should have a regular feeding schedule and avoid leaving food out during the day. As cute as they are, resist the urge to over feed them with treats.
Your Pomchi’s diet will change over the years, even into their senior years. You could ask your vet for recommendations about their diet as there are many variations among dogs to take into consideration including weight, health and energy.
Pomchis have longer, double coats and may not be ideal for people who suffer from allergies. The pomchi can handle heat, but they shouldn’t be left in high temperatures, but they do not fare well in extreme cold. The Pomchis are small dogs and should be handled delicately and with care especially when playing with small children.
Pomchis require one and half cups of food a day being small dogs, a maximum of 2 cups a day which can be split into breakfast and dinner, you could get your vet to help to draft a diet for them to be on to avoid them gaining weight. They can live for 12-18 years.
Training and exercise
An important quality to have when training dogs is patience, the Pomchi inherited a stubborn streak from both parents and would need as much patience as it can get, also you would need to assert yourself as the alpha dog of the house, establish dominance in a mild but firm manner.
They also inherited intelligence which makes it easier for them to catch on to new things and understand commands. It is essential to socialize and train your Pomchi as early as possible, they can become fearful and aggressive around dogs, other animals and strangers if not properly trained.
Pomchis bark a lot but an early training can eliminate unwanted barking behaviors. Pomchis are trainable dogs but as with all dogs, they require a lot of patience and encouragement through treats and cuddles, avoid shouting at your Pomchi as this will only frighten your pup.
Pomchis have high energy levels and being small breeds they don’t need strenuous exercise, unlike bigger dogs, 30 minutes to 1-hour walk daily mixed with good and active play sessions and shorter walks is all they need to keep fit when it comes to other animals and dogs in the household or outside the household.
Pomchis can get along with them splendidly if they are introduced to them calmly and slowly, early socialization is the best way to go about this, however, they may still enjoy being the sole pet in the house. Pomchis can start their training at 12 weeks.
Why you should get a Pomchi
These adorable furries are an excellent fit for urban living and do well in small single person households, they are suitable for novice dog owners
and also for seniors. The Pomchi is kid friendly and dog friendly and due to them being energy balls they encourage you to maintain a certain level of activity daily for both your sakes.
If you’re looking for a loyal companion with a lot of personalities, the Pomchi is the way to go. Their intelligence makes it easy for them to master tricks and they don’t mind performing these tricks for everyone to see which can be quite entertaining, Pomchis can be your potential cuddle buddies for years.
Where to get a Pomchi and price
Pomchis don’t inherit just the physical and personality characteristics form their parents breeds, they also inherit the value from them. As with all hybrids, if one or both of the parent breeds are expensive, the cost of the hybrid automatically becomes equally high.
Even though crossbreeds are usually less expensive than their pure breed counterparts, the Pomchis are an exception. Being a relatively new hybrid, they are highly desirable and there is a high demand for them. A Pomchi costs between $500-$1,500 depending on the pedigree.
Despite being designer breeds, pomchis may be found these mixed breed in the care of rescue groups and in shelters. You could check you local shelters or check with breed specific Chis or Poms rescues as they sometimes take in mixed breeds and help them find new homes. To assist you in getting a Pomchi rescue, you may look up
Chihuahua Rescue & Transport
PAWSITIVELY POM RESCUE