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So far the pomsky has been an extremely healthy breed, it is our job as the first generation of pomsky owners and breeders to identify and monitor the health of the pomsky breed. We must be wary of potential health issues and strive to remove any abnormalities from the pomsky bloodline.
According to Dr. Shaw, a veterinarian of West Side Pet Hospital in Bend, Oregon, monitoring the breed is of vital importance to the long term health of the pomsky as he stated “The best advice is for breeders to be vigilante in monitoring any genetic abnormalities that show up in the offspring and remove their parents from the bloodlines.” Dr. Shaw followed this up stating “If breeders truly want to promote their breed, they will only sell healthy pets. Good breeders who notice congenital problems in their pups will alter them.”
Although we have not identified any pomsky health issues, we do know that mixed breeds commonly inherit the hereditary health conditions of their parents. Because of this, we need to be wary that the hereditary health conditions of the Pomeranian and the Siberian husky may be present in the pomsky breed.
Potential Health Conditions of the PomskyAccording to the Siberian Husky Club of America, the two most common hereditary health concerns of the Siberian husky are:
- Canine Hip Dysplasia
- Eye defects
- Hip Dysplasia
- Eyes defects
- Luxating Patellas
- Severe Hair Loss Syndrome
- Collapsing Tracheas
Canine Hip DysplasiaHip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that causes painful arthritis of the joints. This condition develops during the first two years of the dog’s life and is progressive, becoming easily aggravated by strenuous exercise, sitting up, lying down and climbing stairs.
Canine hip dysplasia is a polygenic disease meaning the disease is inherited due to a combination of multiple genes in which case a physically normal husky or Pomeranian may transmit some dysplasia genes to their offspring which, if in combination with complementary genes from both parents, may cause hip dysplasia.
Although hip dysplasia is one of the most common diseases of the Siberian husky, the husky is actually one of the breeds least at risk for hip dysplasia. According to the Siberian Husky Club of America, the Siberian husky is ranked at 111th out of the possible 114 breeds at risk of hip dysplasia. In an evaluation in 1998, out of 12,087 evaluated Siberian Huskies only 2.2% were shown to be dysplastic.
Eye defectsThere are three primary eye defects that commonly affect the Siberian husky:
- Juvenile cataracts
- Corneal dystrophy
- Progressive retinal atrophy
Corneal dystrophy is a hereditary condition that affects the outer transparent portion of the eyeball, resulting in a hazy or crystalline opacity over the eye.
Progressive retinal atrophy is a hereditary condition that affects the light-sensitive inner lining of the eyeball causing loss of night vision, followed by loss of day vision and eventually blindness.
According to a report by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1999; out of 1,345 Siberian Huskies tested 8% had cataracts, 3% had corneal dystrophy and less than 1% had progressive retinal atrophy.
Luxating PatellasLuxating patellas is the most common hereditary health condition of the Pomeranian. Luxating patellas is a disease that causes the Pomeranian’s knees to slip out of place.
HypothyroidismHypothyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough of the hormone called thyroxine. This causes a wide variety of symptoms including trouble with weight gain, obesity, hair loss and skin problems. According to Kate Willis, who is a veterinarian and research writer in the field of zoology at a “write my essay” service Writemyessay.nyc this is very common in Pomeranians but luckily hypothyroidism is relatively easy to diagnose with a blood test to check the level of thyroid hormones.
Severe Hair Loss SyndromeSevere Hair Loss Syndrome, also known as Black Skin Disease, mainly occurs in male Pomeranians. This disease can happen at two points in the Pomeranian’s life: as a puppy in which the Pomeranian sheds its puppy coat but the adult coat does not grow back or as an adult, in which the adult coat begins to slowly thin starting at the back of the thighs and moving up the back.
This can be identified by examining the parent Pomeranian of the Pomsky.
Collapsing TracheasCollapsing trachea causes coughing and respiratory pain. This disease is commonly found in Pomeranians, the primary sign of collapsing trachea is a dry cough sometimes described as a “goose-honk”. Collapsing trachea can be a life-threatening disease; it is diagnosed with an x-ray and cured with medication to reduce coughing." -POA