Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the difference between a Pomsky, Miniature Husky, Alaskan Klee Kai, and Arctic Spitz?

 

Pomsky – a mix between a Pomeranian and a Husky. As a mixed breed, these dogs are NOT currently recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and cannot be “papered” as such.

Miniature Husky – Siberian huskies that have been bred down to a smaller size. They are not a separate breed, nor does the AKC recognize them as a distinct type of Siberian Husky.

Alaskan Klee Kai – developed in Alaska in the 1970’s-1980’s by breeding Alaskan Huskies, Siberian Huskies, American Eskimos, and Schipperkes. The purpose was to create a companion-sized version of the Alaskan Husky. The breed was accepted into the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service (AKC FSS) in 2020.

Arctic Spitz – the proposed name for pomskies as they work toward AKC recognition. The AKC requires a minimum of 3 parent breeds in order for any new breed to become recognized. For this reason, Pomsky breeders who are working toward this goal are also introducing American Eskimo into their lines. We prefer the term ‘Arctic Spitz’ over ‘pomsky’ because we feel that it more accurately describes our dogs (which are no longer a mix of only two breeds), and also avoids the negative connotation of terms such as “designer dog” or “backyard bred” that so frequently accompany the term ‘pomsky’.

 

What is the purpose and goal in creating these dogs?

 

The purpose of a well-bred Arctic Spitz is to serve as an ideal companion for families with a wide variety of living situations and activity levels. Many people love the stunning looks and humor of a Siberian Husky, but in today’s world, families need a dog that is not only more manageable for kids and adults due to their size, but also more easily trainable. Our goal is to create a dog that is both social with others and affectionate with their people, beautiful, intelligent AND willing to please, humorous, and able to be active or a couch potato! Can you really fit all of that in one package? We truly believe the Arctic Spitz can and will!

 

If the Alaskan Klee Kai is already recognized, then why breed something else?

 

The significant difference between the AKK and the Arctic Spitz (and the reason we prefer Arctic Spitz) is mostly in temperament. The breed standard for AKK’s describes them as having “a sensitive and reserved nature” with unfamiliar people and situations. In contrast, the Arctic Spitz is described as being “outgoing, confident, but non-aggressive and social with people and other dogs.

 

Do “Pomskies” have a breed standard?

 

Yes! The American Pomsky Kennel Club published the official breed standard in 2023.

 

How big do Pomskies get?

Pomskies can vary significantly in size, and no breeder can guarantee that a puppy will be a certain size full-grown. However, by looking at the parents and growth charts we can get a pretty good idea. There are 3 different sizes included in the Breed Standard:

Toy– Under 10” tall at the shoulder, and up to 15 pounds.

Mini– Up to 14” at the shoulder, and between 12-20 pounds.

Standard– 14-18” tall at the shoulder, and between 20-35 pounds.

 

What is F1, F1b, F2, etc?

This refers to which generation a puppy is. When you cross a purebred Siberian Husky with a purebred Pomeranian, you get a First Generation Pomsky (F1).

 

How much are your puppies?

Unless otherwise approved for a specific dog AND family, our pups are sold with a strict spay/neuter contract. Pet prices may vary based on size and markings while we work to develop this wonderful breed, but are usually between $2,000-$5,000.

 

Can you take payments?

Yes! We use an app called Camlist, which has partnered with Afterpay and Klarna to offer financing options for our puppy families.

 

What is the process for bringing home one of your puppies? 

Our process begins with filling out an Adoption Application here. We will review the application and may ask additional questions (or even reach out for a brief phone interview) to get to know you and determine whether we are a good fit for what you are looking for. Once we determine that we are a good fit, you will be able to place a $500 reservation fee to hold a spot on our waitlist. If you have preferences on gender, color, markings, size, etc. we will take note of these and make every attempt to accommodate. Once a reservation fee has been paid, we welcome you to our home to visit the pups and get to know them. NOTE: Parvo is very real, and we do have precautions in place for the health and safety of the pups (we require the removal of shoes OR shoe covers will be provided, hand sanitizer prior to handling pups, etc.) If you are unable to come in person, we are happy to do video calls, and we will provide regular updates on the pups via our social media platforms.

We do not officially match our puppies until temperament testing can be completed around 7 weeks old! Following temperament testing, we will make a recommendation based on which pup(s) we feel would best fit into your home. If there are multiple pups with similar temperaments, you will be able to choose your pup in the order of your placement on the waitlist. In the rare case that we do not find your perfect match in the current litter, you will have the option of either transferring the reservation fee to another litter or else receiving a refund. Once pups are matched, the reservation fee will be applied toward the total cost of the pup, and this total must be paid prior to the pup leaving our home.