Since I wrote about the issues surrounding the Pomsky fad a little while ago, my blog numbers have jumped hugely. That article has been read over 24,000 times in recent weeks. I don't have great illusions that people who really want this new cross breed will be put off by anything I have written, except possibly revealing that the photo they have all fallen in love with is actually a Finnish Laphund. I hope that I made a few people pause and think about their choices. I have much more faith that most ethical breeders will avoid this new fad like the plague. (Most!)
But today I found a comment on my blog from someone with a website registered in Europe advertising Pomsky for sale. I'm not sure why they commented on my article - perhaps their level of English wasn't able to fully make sense of the message. But when I looked at their website, trying to understand their comment, I was horrified. Here is my response.
Let me be really clear about this - my understanding is that the small number of breeders in America (there are five currently registered with the Pomsky Club of America) have not yet had any litters grow full size. So, no, we don't know what these animals will be like.
Even with cross breeds that are well established, like the labradoodle, unless the animals' pedigrees are very well understood and the breeding stock are selected carefully, many puppies fail to meet the goals of the breed. The creator of the labradoodle has publically said he regrets creating them. Even though he was a careful and ethical breeder, he says he regrets opening the door to back yard and unethical breeders who don't take the time and money to test and breed carefully, who've been responsible for the thousands of poodle crosses produced in recent years, whose puppies have a myriad of health issues. Which is so unfair to the dog.
So, please, let's not perpetuate the myth that the pomsky will be a miracle breed that will suit the purpose of all puppy buyers around the world. Let's not encourage unscrupulous people to create dogs who are at a greater risk of being dumped and put to sleep because they have expensive health issues, because they are yappy, because they shed too much, because they are escape artists, because they require so much exercise. There are enough dogs already in that boat.