Pomchi the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix
If you ever think any celebrity could ever have a better fandom nickname, you are absolutely wrong. Pomchi dogs are a mix breed between Chihuahua and Pomeranian dogs. And As any other mix breed sometimes they lean more towards the temperament and physical appearance of a Pomeranian dog parent sometimes the other Chihuahua parent. But one thing is sure and undisputable is that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix (Pomchi) is the cutest and coolest Pomeranian mix ever existed.
Background of Chihuahua Pomeranian mix
Chihuahua Pomeranian mix breed is quite a new addition to the Pomeranian mix world. It was approved and accepted by the American Kennel Club only in 1998. You can call it the millennia Pomeranian mix. However, it was also approved and accepted by many prestigious and respectable kennels like Designer Breed Registry and International Designer Canine Registry. This goes to make sure you know it is a well-established designer Pomeranian mix and its genetic code has been a huge success for many generations.
Being a huge Pomeranian mix for couple generations might make you want to check first before sealing the deal. Typically a Chihuahua Pomeranian mxi should be 50 percent Pomeranian and 50 Percent Chihuahua, but if it is the product of multi generations hybridization you may get different percentage of each participant breed. It is not important unless you are really keen on the genetic purity of your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix for dog shows and contests.
Sadly there is no documented history of how the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix came to happen or become and adorable cute reality of every fantastical childhood dream. Best theory would be it is a part of the designer dog trend that started by the beginning of the millennium. As it appears to be that one natural breed is not enough, everything should be customized, upgraded and modified.
Apparently being one pure breed is not enough for our app generation, we need best of both worlds as the handed to us option in the canine world too. Still dreaming of the day when housebreaking a dog gets done or at least shortened by an application.
But we do know the original of the Chihuahua. It is quite an interesting story as Chihuahua is a name that was used and consumed by every possible thing could be named; songs, movies, and even restaurant.
Chihuahua history of fame and Hollywood life
It should not be a matter of dispute that most Pomeranian mix breeds do hybridize best with dog breed from the same status, and pedigree. This goes for the match in heaven mix Chihuahua Pomeranian mix (pomchi). Chihuahuas are tiny toy dog breed too as Pomeranians, and they became an international sensation after a huge Taco advertising campaign “Yo quiero Taco bell”, and soon after this huge hit, every cute blonde Hollywood girl had a Chihuahua dog in her dog purse. Their super small and tiny size made them the perfect accessory for Hollywood girls, as they trot all over town. Actually Chihuahua dogs are proclaimed as the tiniest dog breed in the toy breed status. But much as their partner in crime in this Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, they have the biggest, sassiest, feistiest personality that ever was contained in a dog.
They should be excused these Chihuahua dogs have many songs and movies in their names, along with a fast food chain. It can only be expected from them to act in a sassy manner, and ask for tiaras and dog purse fashion lines dedicated to them.
Chihuahua’s fame and respected, prestigious status is not something new. Chihuahua dogs are originally from the south Asia, they were sacred animals tio the Toltec civilization. In ancient south East Asia, Chihuahua dogs were held so high that people believed in their mystic powers. They were believed to heal the sick, console the soul, and guide the wondering souls of the dead to its destined place in the underworld. As the Egyptians killed the servants with the Pharos to serve them in the other world, the Toltec cremated a Chihuahua with each dead person and put the remains with him/ her to guide him and console his soul. You can bet that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix knows to his bones that he is the most prestigious dog that ever walked and treaded the Earth.
Yet, the previous theory about the Chihuahua’s origin is not confirmed. It was only speculated as archeologists found cravings of dogs similar to the size and shape of Chihuahua dogs on the walls of the Toltec temples. Another theory suggests that Chihuahua dos originated from China and were held respectable there too – this matter is unshakable- and then moved or transported to Mexico. Chihuahua is actually a name of a Mexican city too.
Physical Appearance of the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix
The Pomeranian parent side of the physical appearance was covered in the first part of this article. This section will give account for the physical appearance of the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix with more emphasis on the Chihuahua’s physical traits.
The Chihuahua dog breed as mentioned before is one of the tiniest toy dogs, if not the tiniest ever. They weigh between 3 to 6 pounds.
- Skull: is very rounded with an alert and sassy expression on the face.
- Eyes: Rounded, but neither pronounced nor close set. They are very balanced on the face. They do come in many colors but the most common color is dark or brown. Eye color can get lighter with lighter-colored Chihuahua dogs, that is not a red flag when buying your pet. However if the eye color is blue or there is multicolored eye ball this is a very dangerous and alerting feature in Chihuahua dogs.
- Ears: obviously Chihuahua dogs have erect and big ears for their small face.
- Body: graceful and lean, not very chubby. Yet quite strong.
- Tail: Chihuahua dogs have both erect ears and upright tails too. If you see a Chihuahua dog with a turned down tail, that is a significant red flag.
- Legs: The front legs or forelegs are quite long and broad to give that alert and sassy standing pose Chihuahua dogs are famous for. They have straighter look than the hinder quarters which have strong sturdy and curvy look.
- Fur: The body is covered with hair not fur, no grooming required.
The Pomchi physical traits
- The Chihauhua Pomeranian mix is bound to be less in size than the Pomeranian parent due to the small size of the Chihuahua, so any Chihuahua Pomeranian mix should weigh between 4-10 pounds. Something to be aware of is the teacup Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, these are modified puppies through unhealthy schemes and methods to limit and stunt their growth to only grow as much as the size of a teacup. They look incredibly cute and adorable but in fact they are very unhealthy Pomeranian mix puppies.
- Those Chihuahua Pomeranian dogs have pointed black muzzle and round eyes.
- Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies or dogs should have quite short fur, but still will shed hair and require daily grooming and brushing. The fur should be thicker on the body and less thick on the head and ears.
- Pomchi dogs will have more color range than the regular Chihuahua, so they could be white, beige, black, cream, blue merle, parti or any solid color.
- In Chihuahua Pomeranian mix breed, there are few differences between males and females. Female dogs are a bit bigger than males. Also males shed their fur once per year, while females shed more year around, after giving birth and while in heat.
Temperament of the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix
- Chihuahua and Pomeranian dogs have similar temperaments and personalities. Both are sassy, stubborn, loyal, intelligent, eager to please, and great with children. So these traits are basic in any Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, yet your puppy could be more outgoing, assertive, demanding like a Chihuahua, or could lean more towards the Pomeranian parent and be indoor dog. This depends on his genetic code, which genetic side is more dominant than the other, and also on training and socialization. This is your part and role. And sure you will know which side is winning your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, believe me you won’t miss it.
- If any expected problem you should train and work with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix to avoid, would be barking. Chihuahuas are very sassy and territorial with very loud vocals, they are great watchdogs but they would bark at anything and everybody. Start as early as day one on taming and controlling this barking problem to avoid future troubles and long sleepless nights of constant barking.
- Like many toy dog breed, Chihuahua Pomeranian mxi dogs are known for their small dog syndrome, this is when a tiny dog thinks of itself as a much larger dog. This happens when his owners carry it around so the dog’s perspective of the world is developed from a high up place. In their minds they are higher because they are bigger, not because they being carried. This would cause troubles if not dealt with, demanding unruly personality, behavior and attitude that is one thing but also fights with much larger dogs is the real danger. You should also eliminate that, and let your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog or puppy walk on its feet more than you carry them.
- Despite all the previous rebellious and disobeying features of Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs, these dogs have exceptional love for humans. And once you established yourself as their parent and the one who takes care of them, you are in a long journey of love, protection and eagerness to please you that is would compensate for all this behavior. Yes, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs and puppies are not the easiest, the meekest, nor the most obedient but they are totally worth the trouble.
Feeding Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix
- Healthy eating is both important for humans and dogs alike. And in the case a mix breed of two toy breeds, nutrition and feeding play crucial role in their overall wellbeing. Both Chihuahua breeds and Pomeranian mix dogs suffer from small, petite and fragile figure any overweight is very dangerous. Unfortunately Chihuahua dogs are prone to indulging and over eating, you should be careful with that, the extra weight would make your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix adorable and cute as hell yes, but would damage their bones and knee joints.
- Toy breeds in general, this applies to both Chihuahua and Pomeranian mix breeds; tend to require a bit of extra care put towards their nutrition. While your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs is a puppy, it will require more food as they it burns more calories faster than bigger dogs. As they grew older, move slower, and energy level dwindles you need to cut down the food proportions but add more supplement. It is a bit tricky but you can easily get the hang of it over time and by seeing what fits and works for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix.
Here are the most important tips in feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:
- The first phase of feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy, is when it arrives at your home.
- You will definitely choose another type of dog food for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix.
- The first set of rules mentioned with the Corgi Pomeranian mix applies to the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix.
- Start by introducing the new picked food slowly but steadily to your Chihuahua Pomeranian dog.
- The added proportion of the new food should be subtracted from the usual food.
- Any sudden and unprepared change in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy’s diet can be harmful and leads to digestive inflammation.
- Add a quarter cup of the new food, and subtract the same proportion of the old food.
- There are some hints to inform you whether or not the new type of food you picked for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix is suitable to it; if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix becomes picky around the times of his meals.
- Most Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs have a tendency to devour food, being picky is a bad sign that they either don’t like that type of food or it causes digestive uneasiness to them.
- Another sign would be losing weight instead of gaining weight. The first 6 months in dog years, they grow bigger and faster than any age. So if you noticed that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is neither growing nor gaining weight, this is an alarming sign to change the newly introduced type of food.
- There other red flags or alarming signs but they are more severe, this includes vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, spasms…etc.
Now we come to important point of feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, how many times a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix should be fed?
- As we said before, the first 3 months is the time where most of his growth takes place and subsequently when he requires much more nutrition.
- Some dog experts recommend 3 meals a day for the first three months in any puppy’s life. However many experts recommend free feeding to toy breeds and toy breed mixes like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix. They are already very tiny and petite, so the extra weight at the first 3 months won’t be very harmful, instead it would benefit their fragile physique.
- Personally, I do recommend sticking to a feeding schedule, why risk getting your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix used to free feeding and then go through the trouble of both deducting the proportion of food, and the number of meals together. Stick to a certain number of meals in certain times, and when your time comes reduce only the proportion of every meal while keeping the time of it. This should serve as an easy transition for both of you.
- Three or four meals a day, is a healthy choice depending on your dogs appetite and size as well.
- After the first 6 months to the age of one year, reduce the number of meals should be reduced to 3-2 meals a day.
- After the first year, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will require two meals, one in the morning and one at night. Though many dog experts suggest that dogs after their first year should be fed once a day, this breed in particular Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are advised to two meals a day to provide enough nutrition for their petite size and frame.
- Deciding on how much you feed your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog might seem not an easy endeavor, but with time you will get the hang of it. And observe your dog’s bowel movement, and how much is enough and how much is too much. Almost like a baby, mothers worry at first about their food and then understand what their child likes, dislikes, and so on. Don’t worry feeding your dog will become like a second nature and an instinct.
- The amount your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will change in accordance with their age, needs, activity level, size, and their parents’ size. Dogs tend to grow to be the same size as their parents, so if your dog’s parents had sort of big size in comparison to their expected figures. They might have in their genetic pool another mix that affects their size. Ideally your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, should be 50% Chihuahua and 50% Pomeranian mix, but in many cases, the Pomeranian parent in particular will be another mix and not purebred. So after mating with another Chihuahua, the end result will be 50% Chihuahua and 25% Pomeranian and 25% another breed. If this breed has a bigger size that might affect your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, if it is met with another similar gene on the Chihuahua side.
Best feeding options for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs
- With a toy breed such as Chihuahua Pomeranian mix you should always pick wisely the type of food to feed them. Fragile and vulnerable as they are, any mistake could cause much harm and affect their health and overall wellbeing.
- Both Chihuahua and Pomeranian mix dogs are known to suffer from sensitive digestive tracts; they can ingest and tolerate high levels of protein and much less Carbohydrates. But certainly they can not tolerate any fillers nor artificial ingredients.
- Sadly for us all, most of the market dog foods have high percentage of fillers, artificial ingredients and no nutritional value. You might consider these types of food like human junk food it keeps us full but does not benefit us at all. On the contrary it has many harming effects.
- Not getting enough nutrition and benefit from these types of food, is not a dog’s owner worst dream. In some serious cases, the dog’s body especially if it is as sensitive as that of Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, the food passes from his mouth to the end of his digestive tract with no absorption process whatsoever. Their bodies may not even recognize these ingredients as foo, so it rejects it all as a one whole piece of plastic with no taste, value or benefit.
- It also triggers unruly craving, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy may be craving his own feces for it can’t recognize it as bodily excretory elements. Giving the fact that their bodies did not react to these artificial ingredients, their feces would not have the same smell nor the components of normal feces. They won’t be able to recognize it as an excretory product.
- Also you should pay attention to the color you of food you are presenting to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, as a breed they have allergies against food coloring ingredients.
- Also many dog food brands in the market contain high percentage of preservatives, which those delicate and sensitive breed can’t tolerate.
- Take all the time you need to figure out the best option for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy, budget and time.
- A very sound tip is to serve your puppy home cooked food, it is the best option for both humans and dogs. And it is much cheaper than most marketed dog food brands. Regarding the process of making it, it is a piece of cake, dog food can only be boiled with no salt or spice. That is it.
- A better option would be preparing large sum of meals, and refrigerate them. And use one meal after the other, this will make you a better lifestyle planner as a bounce. Who knows you might start eating healthier food, and become meal planning master.
- The most important element that should be included in your home cooked routine Protein. Little tiny toy breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix require high percentage of protein in their diet; they burn calories faster than bigger dogs. These Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies are like babies, they are a lot at the beginning but they burn much faster than they devour.
- Protein fortunately comes in many shapes and forms, you can serve protein in form of a lean meat like plain steak, hamburger, pork, veal, fish, chicken thighs, breasts, animal organs like liver, kidneys, or brain.
- Vegetables are also important they contain vital vitamins, water, and fibers. They are also important in filling up your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix without adding more weight to his frail limbs. The dearest and most beloved vegetables for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are potatoes, both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. You can slice them into chunks or quite big slices so they can nip at it when it is raw. OR the other option is to them, but not too hard. Just soften their hardness and serve it to them along with their protein intake.
- Other vegetables that are beneficial to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, very easy to cook, and extremely affordable are baby carrots, zucchini, spinach, and broccoli.
- Don’t be afraid to test out some other vegetables, and see which types appeal to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s taste. But some caution should be taken into consideration. For example any vegetable that has seeds are absolute no no. It might chock your little dog or break his teeth.
- This applies to small chocking vegetables like corn, nuts, or anything like that could end up blocking their breathing pipe, or it is too hard and damaging to their teeth and gum.
- Fruits are also very crucial in Chihuahua Pomeranian mix healthy feeding plan. Fruits are actually called the super food choice for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix. Fruits such as blue berries, raspberries, strawberries, and apples (their core is removed of course so it won’t chock them) are the Holy Grail for healthy feeding and nutrition when it comes to those fancy Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs.
- Despite the fact that carbohydrates are important nutrition elements too, and should be included in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s feeding plan. You should not depend on them as a main course. The proportion should be added wisely and carefully. You might get tempted when you see your puppy devouring his plate of rice (both white and brown are good choices) or his pasta plate to focus on that type of food. Especially if you had some troubles with your picky Chihuahua Pomeranian mxi puppy. Sometime sit gets so bad you just want them to eat something even if it bad for them. But you should know that these Carbohydrates though important in its nutritional value, and can plumb up your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, they are also fattening food. The proportion of the served meals your provide for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs in general should be observed, but also the components of each meal. Let’s say you will feed it two times a day, each meal should consist of 40 percent protein, 30 percent vegetables and / or fruits, 30 percent starch / Carbohydrates.
- Try to work your served meals within these limits for the best nutrition for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix.
A perfect meal many dog experts suggest to be the following formula:
- 500gm of beef, 500 gm of chicken (change the protein to your own preference, chicken, beef, fish, turkey…etc)
- 3 cups of starch (you can divide them between rice and pasta half and half, or one to two third as you wish)
- Eggs (one is max amount, and could be removed entirely)
- 2 cups of mixed fruits or vegetables (grate or chop them to small pieces)
- Enough water to cover this whole amount in the electric machine, and facilitate the blending process.
- This meals should be saved and serve half a cup of it as a meal. This is more than enough amount to benefit your dog and keep it satisfied at the same time.
This is an example of a perfect ideal meal that should be presented to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog that contains all the nutritional elements with the right proportions. You are absolutely free in changing the types of protein, vegetable and starch but you should stick to the amount suggested of each component.
Despite the fact that this article strongly advise against commercial food, some brands are still quite good, that is in case your home cooking for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is off the table utterly.
Orijen is one of the few dog food commercial food brands that we could recommend for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix. It is a fish based nutritional formula, with some organic and natural ingredients such as salmon, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, chicken liver, herring, chicken heart, turkey meat, turkey meal, turkey liver, and eggs.
It also provides a complete meal supplemented with 10% vegetables and fruits like apples, baby carrots, spinach, pears, cranberries and raspberries.
This brand depends on a protein based nutrition formula supported with 10% vegetables and fruits which serves as a complete meal with all the important nutritional elements your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog might need.
We still insist on the fact that home cooking is the best choice, but this is just another alternative if your time does not allow you much space of that.
As we continue on the subject of market commercial dog food, whenever you are faced with the dilemma of wet or dry dog food, always opt for the dry option.
Dry food is much healthier for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s teeth and gum, but also easier to digest and absorb so it does not exhaust their bodies or irritate it.
Wet food should only be added for the dry food not served as a meal for the Chihuahua Pomeranian mxi dog breeds. Pick some low salt wet dog food, and add it to the dry food to give it some flavor and moist texture to it.
Remember that adding wet food is a last resort when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is repulsive and resistant to dry kibble. Then you could add a spoon or two of that wet food, but make sure it is low salt and spice free so it won’t irritate or inflame their stomach.
A more healthy and with higher nutritional value of course would be adding some chicken broth to the dry food. Would do the same effect of the wet commercial food but it contains more nutrition and healthier.
Be aware that you don’t spoil your Chihuahua Pomeranian mxi dog’s taste buds by adding too much wet food. It is easier of course for any dog breed to like wet food, if you added more than you should you may push your dog to rejecting the dry food.
An initial sign that you are adding too much wet food is a runny bowel movement or diarrhea. If this happens, decrease the wet food amount.
If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog was originally fed wet food before you adopt it, make the transition to wet food slowly and gradually. Start with half wet and half dry meal, mix well that all the dry food is covered and moist and serve it. And bit by bit start reducing the wet food, till you make it to barely there wet food, one or two spoons are ideal for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs.
Snacks and treats are only allowed as rewards while house training them. But other than that snacks and treats are neither recommended nor favorable for toy breeds such as Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs, they can easily gain weight and harm their tiny limbs. Also they have sensitive gums and most likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum problems in advanced age, so limit the use of snacks and treats to training purposes. It goes without saying that you should pick these treats and snacks salt and spice free.
No colored snacks or treats are allowed. Snacks and treats are consumed food all the healthy advice and recommendation apply to them.
Choose soft snacks and treats, very harsh and dry snacks have been noticed to cause digestive upsetting side effects to dogs with tiny stomach and digestive tract. Worst case scenario is so severe it could lead to blockage of the digestive tract, for these snacks and treats sometimes contain indigestible elements. So choose well.
If you would like to eliminate snacks and treats utterly in favor of healthy snacks, this is just perfection. Some alternative fresh and organic wholesome snacks and treats would be baby carrots, raspberries, and blueberries. If you want to add some moist texture and softness to these healthy snacks, add some plain yogurt, approximately 1/3 of a cup, with one type or two of these healthy treats. It is very refreshing, healthy and cooling especially in the hot summer days. Freeze yogurt and fruits on stick, and use them as ice cream to cool their summer heat.
For this specific toy breed has very fragile bone structure especially in their jaw. So make sure every type of food whether it is their main food or the snacks are grinded well, or served in a form soft and chewable enough for their teeth and jaws. They could break their jaws by simply chewing on something hard.
Supplements are another thing you should include in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s diet. You have to provide them with good nutrition, but still good supplements will enhance their overall wellbeing and health. Some dog supplements like flax seeds or fish oil treat simple conditions like itchy and flaky skin. But first you have to check with your vet to confirm or reject that type of dog supplements.
General feeding tips and tricks
- When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog refuses his meal, leave it for half an hour then remove it. Don’t offer food till the time of it next meal, serve the same meal. If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog persists on his rejection, take it away again and serve it in the morning. Usually Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs test their owners for a day or so. Just stick to your food and feeding schedule and it will be follow.
- Another problem many Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog owners suffer from is poo eating. Many dogs especially the very young ones tend to eat their poo, just add one egg crushed into half cup of pineapple to their food. This won’t change any taste or nutritional value of their meal, it just reacts to the stomach and intestinal excretions and produce very unpleasant poo. This will for sure work as a repellent from their poo.
- Some Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are very fragile and feeble that you have to keep giving them sugary substances to prevent fainting and low blood pressure. Keep an organic raw honey jar beside you at all times, and feed them a spoon full of it when you see them dizzy or about to faint. Another way is to rub that raw honey to the roof of their mouth and revive them if they fainted. But the most important thing is to choose raw organic honey. Processed honey is not recommended at all for their health and weight.
- You can allow some lamb bones to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, let them gnaw and chew at it to strengthen their jaws and keep them busy.
- Feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog every day at the same time while keep his bowel movement stable and predictable which is a huge helper when it comes to house training.
- While mixing water with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s food. Always stick to one part water to 4 parts food, that way the meal won’t be too runny.
- Fresh water should always be available to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s reach. Washing its food and water bowels on daily basis is a must.
- Water in the dog’s water bowel should be changed daily, that is granted. But if you noticed your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has a drooling problem or over drooling, try to change the water twice a day or thrice if you can.
- If you noticed your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has runny stool, potato is a natural cure. It would help his stool to be firmer and won’t cause constipation like medical drugs.
- Always keep close eye on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, monitoring any change in his behavior, activity level, weight, or disorders. Adjust the food and activity routine accordingly.
The final part on the subject of feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is the fatal and forbidden foods. By now you should know that some types of food are absolutely fatal for dogs, like chocolate, coffee, tea or any caffeinated beverages. Any type of food that contains seeds, nuts, raisins, grapes, avocados, and onions are forbidden and fatal. No exception to the form of the used substance, no powder no wholesome form these types of food are fatal for all dogs. Bigger dogs in size could recover from eating them, only if rushed to the hospital at the right moment. Yet, tiny toy dog breeds like these Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs can’t recover from it, so be careful from leaving chocolate bars or nuts where they can reach it by jumping for example.
Another wise decision would be training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to never chew on grass, aside from the fact that some grass are poisonous to them by nature, these plants and grasses are full of anti-insect, and chemical components that are extremely harmful to fragile dogs and toy breeds.
Lastly, if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is fussy and picky about meals, most probably it is not a spoiled dog, but rather sensitive to some ingredients or components of the presented meal. Stick to gradual and slow process of transition, and add bit by bit the ingredients you think would work. Each time you test a new addition to the meals, observe the effects carefully. Is your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix devouring the meal and eager to eat the next? Or does it get repulsive and annoyed by it? How about its bowel movement, is there a change accompanying the new ingredients or is it the same? Also check well for any red spots, rashes, or any sign of inflammation to be on the safe side.
Exercise Needs for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog
- Any dog expert would tell you that the secret to the best life with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in terms of quality and longevity is good exercise and good diet. The same life style secrets that apply to human life and its quality work the same way with dogs. So after tackling the diet issue with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, now it is time to discuss the exercising subject.
- The first thing you should know about training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is that they are hyper active dog breed, and they burn a lot of calories much faster than most dog breeds bigger than them. So typically speaking exercising them is a necessity to tame them down and get the extra energy out. But at the same time you have to be careful not to wear it out.
- Moderation in exercising your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, especially if it is a puppy is key. Over exercise will lead to injuries and exhaustion.
- The same philosophy that you followed with introducing the new diet should be repeated with the exercise routine. Introduce that routine slowly, get your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy used to the concept of exercising, then add on along the way, till you come up with the right duration of exercise that serves its purpose without tiring it or causing any harm.
- If you bought couple Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies together, you should expect the stamina to differ from one puppy to another even if they come from the same genetic pool, same parents and same age. You will always have one puppy more vigorous and energetic than the other. Set your routine accordingly, and take as much time as you need to figure out the best type of exercising, duration and time that fit your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies and their unique and specific needs.
- Now let’s tackle the technicalities of the exercise, if you are walking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies, you will either ruse a harness or a collar. Deciding which one is fit for you is crucial. Usually harnesses are the best choice for smaller, toy dog breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies. Because smaller dogs have more delicate necks and bodies so they may snap and hurt their necks if they are put in a collar. In fact most tracheal collapse cases that occur in toy dog breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies or dogs are the result of using collars with them, the dog owner may unintentionally pull harshly damaging their necks, or they may look to a different direction while their walker pulls the other way. Many bad scenarios could happen, so for cautionary reasons, just use the harness with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies while you walk them. A wise tip would be buying an adjustable harness so you can get your money worth of it. Sure, it won’t last forever, but you can tighten it and loosen it as you like. A good adjustable harness would last for a year. At the beginning you will change them quicker, as your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies grow bigger. But by the time it reaches it full growth and figure you will stick with one harness for longer periods of time.
- Don’t let your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies stray away from you, using long leashes lead to this problem. Instead use retractable leashes so you can pull your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies whenever they stray further from you without hurting them. Though retractable leashes offer you much more convenience and space, they won’t be very handy in difficult situations like a dog fight in the park, running on the road and tagging you along, or getting stuck in holes.
- Having a quiet, calm and serene Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies is a very beautiful fancy, but it is not real. That is it, it never going to happen. Let it go. After coming home, they will keep on playing, in a less energetic level and vigor, but pulling and digging is still going on inside and outside. Securing your house from the inside is as important as securing your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy outside the house.
- The tricky stoop with Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs is that they are very fragile, tiny and one of the smallest toy dog breeds ever existed. Yet, they have weirdly high levels of energy could be described only by being hyper. So all your exercise Philosophy and routine should stem from this fact. You need to balance out these two ideas, exercising your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog enough that you get rid of the excess energy for both of your safety and try not to wear them out or cause injuries.
- The good news is that Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog do very well in large apartments, as well as small ones. Once you give them their dose of daily moderate exercise, there should not be any problem of coming home to a small apartment.
- A good advice would if you are a busy dog owner and can’t provide daily outdoor activity for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is to go hard one day and let them rest for two or three days. Despite having high levels of energy, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs can still be quiet and calm if they had a long exercise day. If you know that you won’t be able to take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog out walking in the upcoming three of four days, simply take them walking two times a day, couple days earlier. This even works better if you live in very cold Northern countries like Canada for example. If you know that the weather will be extremely and unbearably cold to a dangerous level for a tiny small creature like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, you can either walk them before the cold days or after them. Don’t worry, you won’t be locked in home with a crazy over the top hyper Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog would manage just fine in cold winters in fact they would appreciate you keeping them indoors. The same goes to hot summers or countries with very hot tropical climate and high temperatures. Too much sun exposure and high temperatures would hurt your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog as well. Shortly any extreme climate would be dangerous for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs, so balance your way out. Walk them by night or early in the morning in the hot days of summer. In the winter, only on bearable days you could get them out of the house or apartment.
- If you live in a house with a garden, you shouldn’t worry at all about your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s exercise. Even if it quite small garden next to your house, or local public garden. Small walks would do wonder to those small and cute Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs.
Here are the most important highlights on exercising your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:
- Exercising your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog definitely would change with age.
- In younger age, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs would require more exercise.
- Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies should have more concern and care paid to their exercise environment. They need safe environment, they should not be allowed to exercise or socialize with other dogs until they complete their vaccinations and shots for many Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies are very vulnerable to canine disease.
- Starting from the first to the third month, try to introduce them to exercise but don’t push it. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies are known to be very hyper and would ask for more. But don’t over tire them. Just allow them one small walk on daily basis, or long playing session if you have kids or other dogs in the house.
- Don’t encourage your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy of over exercising or workout. Set a small limit as a start and stick to it for a week or so, then add up to it slowly but gradually. Over exercise is totally fatal and dangerous to Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs in general but in particular to Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies. It may stunt their growth and cause growing deformities, disorders, and impediments.
- Dog experts and vets recommend against over exercising your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies, for studies showed there is a direct link between over exercising them and some growth deformities like elbow dysplasia (this is a growth deformity that happen when the elbow bone leave or slip away from its bone socket, it resembles the dislocated shoulder injury in humans). This happens due to straining their limbs while their plates are not fully grown or formed at that age.
- However don’t take these warnings as a pretext to not exercise your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy or be lazy about. All vets and dog experts recommend mild exercise for puppies at early age to build their muscles and strengthen it. Exercise and mild walking would benefit your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy develop well-built physic, mass muscles, and enhance their overall health. Think of it as training your own baby if he does not get used to walking and bumping into stuff he won’t be able to walk properly or stand on his own feet in steady way.
- Another aspect of exercising your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy is exposure. Exposure to new surroundings, voices, sounds, shapes, people and dogs. Unfortunately Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs have a very pitchy bark that goes well if you are using them as watch dogs. Or if you live in an empty desert and don’t mind the constant barking at passing flies. If that’s not your case and you need to tame that barking device a little bit down, they should at first get acquainted with different surroundings, sounds and people. This would lower their social anxiety and familiarize them with everything else outside their safe and comfortable house.
- You should let your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy walk on its own, don’t keep holding them up in your arms like a new trendy fancy purse, put them down and let them walk. For first, holding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy all the time results in what is known as small dog syndrome, which is basically small dogs thinking of themselves as much bigger, fiercer, and more dangerous than they really are. This stems from the fact that they are being held all the time, so they grow into thinking of themselves as being bigger because their perspective of other dogs (no matter how big and fierce they are) is coming form much higher holder. They feel like kings looking down on their less fortunate public from a horse carriage or a fancy rose decorated balcony.
- Secondly, because holding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy all the time absolutely defies the whole idea behind exercising, they are not moving any muscle, their bones are not stretched or worked out, no development whatsoever is taking place. You might as well leave them home and go on your own for your nightly walks and errands. Don’t hold them all the time, you may hold them if you feel they got exhausted or worn out by long a long walk, but don’t make a habit of holding them while walking.
A guide to how much and how long you should exercise Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy:
- Starting from 2 months to the age of 4 months: your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy should only be allowed to walk outside the house after finishing all its shots and vaccinations. If all the vaccinations are not finished, you have to opt for indoor playing sessions or walk them around your yard if that’s a possibility or a convenience to you. No outdoor activity is ever allowed before the vaccinations, this is very dangerous to its fragile immune system.
- If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy has already finished all its vaccination, then start slowly and mildly with short walks. Make sure you keep your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy on a leash if the area you are walking it is neither fenced nor closed. Leashes are more preferable than collars especially for toy breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy with tiny figure and fragile bone structures.
- Walk your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy once a day for 15-20 minutes maximum, 30 minutes if you have a very energetic, extremely hyper Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy.
- Choose the timing of your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy’s exercise, make it before sunrise and after sunset if you live in a hot country or you got it in the summer. If you got your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy in winter, try to pick the sunniest available time to go on your daily walk routine.
- Also don’t allow your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy to play with larger dogs in dog parks, they might injure while playing, young children should be supervised if you let them handle your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy’s exercise task. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy are wonderful with children and surely your kids won’t harm them, but any kid under 8 might want to overplay with their lovely dog, which could be too much for the poor Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy and it ends up over worn out or over exhausted.
- When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy pass the 4 months age and till 8 months, you could either double the walking amount and make it twice a day walk for 15-20 minutes each. Or that is too much for your busy schedule; adjust for only one long walk for 30- 40 minutes a day. Same rules of protection and caution still apply.
- But because the walk is no for longer distance and for longer periods of time, try to inspect and check first the surface on which your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy would be doing all that walking. Of course no walking on surfaces close to garbage cans or bins, some glasses or pins could be thrown there or near them. Stony surfaces are not a good idea too, only paved and clear surfaces are allowed. If you could only allow walking in the gardens and arks, and limit it to that, this would be perfection. Dry and hard surfaces even if paved causes pressure and scratch dogs’ feet, especially for toy breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs.
- Gardens and yards have a softer surface that would allow no pressure on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy’s precious little feet and cause no damage to them.
- Now that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy is a bit older, get a 6 feet leash to allow them to move a little bit further without walking astray from you. 6 feet leashes are the perfect balance between close and totally free.
- Don’t forget your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy’s kit, which includes water bowel, water bottle, and some snacks so you can take a break whenever you feel your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy is getting really tired or just needs minute to recollect its energy again.
- Walking and exercising at this early age is a perfect chance for you to introduce and teach your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy the “heel” command. This is one of the first obedience lessons your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy should be introduced to. It is a very basic lesson that teaches your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy to walk by your knee matching your speed, and stops when you stop. Of course this does not happen in three minutes, you need to first introduce it as a concept of saying “heel”, and hold the leash a little bit tighter and say “sit” after stopping. This will come very handy in later walks and exercises, and you won’t be tortured by the sudden walking and stopping most stubborn dogs seem to like very much and excel in it. I am sure you have seen dozen of dog walkers and owners suffer and struggle while walking their dogs, screaming, yelling and pulling them to walk. Or the other side of the coin, when you see the rebellious dog running in a different direction, or walking while his walker is lagging behind try to catch and tame the beast. These are all symptoms of the absence of the “heel” lesson. Introduce it bit by bit and take your time, but at the end you will save yourself lots of trouble and public embarrassment.
- After crossing the 8 months mark of age, and till the first year. Your walks should now be extended to twice a day for 20 minutes may be a little bit more if he seems to enjoy it and benefit greatly from it, but separate them apart so it manages to gather its energy. Just plan your breaks ahead, and allow for one stop and break on your way back and forth. The most important point and caution is to keep your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy well hydrated and happy.
- When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy crosses the one year mark, and now is fully adult dog you can each walk 30 minutes long, but also give your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog a few good hours between both walks. Even better if one set at the early morning and one before going to bed at night. This allows your dog to get rid of excess energy during the day, and also would be very beneficial in house training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. That way you make sure its stomach is not full of food or anything.
- After the first year, walking should not be the only outdoor activity you allow your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Many outdoor activities prove to be fun, and beneficial for it too.
- Swimming is a very lovely outdoor activity that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog would absolutely love and yearn for, especially on hot summer days. If you don’t have a pool in your neighborhood, many dog parks have small dog pools that would fit it perfectly and provide it with some cooling and fun hour, it will never forget.
- Another good way of exercising your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog now that it is over one year old, is play dates with your neighbor’s dog or any dog you meet at the local dog park or obedience lessons. After one year and completion of vaccinations, there should not be a reason why your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should not have play dates with other dogs, as long as they were introduced to each other, both are proved to be non-violent temperament dogs, and of approximate size. The size point is not necessary it is just a precaution, a lot of the big dogs have bigger hearts and love their dog friends to the moon and back, it is just a matter of play compatibility personally, to be approximately on the same level of energy and power. But that is not a must, you decide on what suits you and your specific and unique dog and situation.
- Also leaving the dog activity and its associated tasks for your children should not be a concern after passing one year. In fact your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog probably enjoys your kids company more than yours, no offense. But kids have more free time and patience which gives them space to plan a good playing session with their favorite Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. And no worries at all of over tiring them, at this point your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should be able to keep up with your kids and have a blast with them. One task is now off your mind and schedule. By doing so you will keep your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s energy level in appropriate place and make your children a bit busy so they both could stay out of trouble. I can not think of a better win/win situation.
- If you live alone, and you have to leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog at home alone, you should extend the walks and add more activities to it to help lessen the energy levels. If left without appropriate amount of exercising Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are proved to be destructive and with behavioral disorders. Nobody wants that, keep them well behaved and exercised, to keep your house in order and mind at peace.
- Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will mimic your enthusiasm and positivity, when you decide it is time to go out and do your daily activity, try to convey the energy and positivity to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Don’t go with your activity all lazy and sluggish, feeling it is a duty that should be left off your shoulders. Dogs are really smart, especially Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs they can sense and feel your vibe, if you are not very keen and happy about it, they might give you a hard time each time you whistle for a going out. Think of it as a grumpy mom dragging her kids to the grocery store, if she is positive, light and enthusiastic, her kids will be the same. If she keeps screaming, yelling or just grumpy her kids will hate that errand with all its negative energy vibe. So stay positive.
- To spice up the daily walking routine, you might want to change it every now and then. One time take a ball with you and play fetch it, take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to different places with different surroundings and scenery, reward him after a good obedient walking routine. Keep the exercise fun and rewarding for both of you.
- Keep good eye on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and observe well any changes, red flags or alarming signs that happen after certain exercise, or walking routine. Any limping, over exhaustion, and fatigue are all alarming signs that you should check with your vet.
- Always remember to keep your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog well hydrated and quenched, and take break when you feel the exhaustion is starting to show on him.
- If you live in a perpetual long and cold winter you might consider buying little dog coats, covers and shoes to keep the coldness away and enjoy a nice warming walk every now and then.
- Daily walking routine should not be limited to its exercise benefits, they are very good and effective trainings sessions for any Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. You can introduce basic commands, teach your dog how to socialize, obedience, and heeling. This will be a good change from the indoor training which is both restraining and restrictive for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. The more you expose any dog to different situations, the more you know about him and get along better. In different situation, surroundings and environments, dogs show different and various spectrum of reactions, so you kind understand your dog better and be more predictive of its behavior and overall temperament.
- If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog shows any signs of anxiety or nervousness when you take it to a crowded dog park, start by taking them to the park in the less crowded, better deserted hours. Then change it to a little bit more crowded for couple weeks. Finally get it used to the normal the dog park. For tiny toy breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, tolerance to exterior surroundings and socialization need to be built slowly and carefully. This point will be discussed further in how on how to train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
- Be careful of chemically treated grass on the lawns or the dog park you choose for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog routine walks. You don’t the degree of its severity or how much toxins are in it. Many toy breeds are extremely sensitive to these chemical ingredients and the result might be irreversible. So just stay a mile away from these lawns and grasses.
- Always be a step ahead of the situation, whether it is the weather, or construction new site next to your house. Prepare couple games to use when you can’t get out of the house. If you have a yard, this task is a piece of cake. If you live in an apartment, you can hide a toy. Then lead him to its place, then hide it in a much harder place. Another game would be teaching him couple tricks, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are one of the best and smartest dogs, there is not a single trick that is too much for them. Improvise and enjoy your indoor fun session.
- The years between one year old and nine years old are called prime years for dogs. Those are their youth with its highest levels of energy. Many vets and dog experts consider the ninth year in a dog’s years the retirement year when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog becomes a senior dog. To be honest, there is no scientific study on the exact year on which Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s health starts to dwindle, it is all approximate evaluations. You are your own dog’s caretaker, you know exactly how he is, is his health growing more feeble, energy level are lower, appetite is somehow less than normal, more fatigue after less than common everyday activity, all these are signs and indicators of how your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is doing on the age scale. Once you start to see changes on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, include adjustments into your exercise, supplements, and feeding plan. Always consult your vet before starting any changes.
- Though many changes in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog could be felt or seen, many other changes need to checked by your vet, for example, blood pressure, eye vision, eye sensitivity, skin sensitivity, …etc.
Continue part IV of Pomeranian mix breeds; the cute and the even cuter