The Poshie is a cross that has developed from the Pomeranian and the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) breeds. These miniature dogs are known for their cute looks and extremely zealous disposition. They have a small, well-shaped body covered with a double fluffy coat like the pom, ending in a curled tail. Their ears are erect, eyes are small and black, along with a long muzzle ending in a dark nose. They are ideal for families living in apartments, provided they get the opportunity to freely move around all day.
|Also known as||Pomeranian Sheltie Mix, Pom Sheltie Mix, Pomeranian Shetland Sheepdog Mix|
|Coat||Long, double, straight, silky|
|Colors||Black, blue, brindle, cream, orange, sable, red, white, combinations with white, tricolor|
|Type||Companion dog, Watchdog, Lapdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12 to 16 years|
|Height (size)||Short to average|
|Weight (Size)||5-40 pounds (full grown)|
|Personality Traits||Loving, alert, loyal, energetic, independent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||No|
|Shedding||Yes (seasonally twice)|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DBR, IDCR, ACHC, DDKC, DRA|
With their herding gene, energy, vigor, enthusiasm are the words that can be synonymous to the Poshies. Their playful nature has molded them to be good with kids and other pets in the family. These loyal dogs love to get attention of their family members, a trait that has made them good lap dogs.
Some of them may also be as sharp and intelligent as their Sheltie parents, thus being apt at learning new things. They might be aversive about strangers, thus raising a furious alarm on spotting an unfamiliar face intruding into its master’s space. This makes your pet an expert guard dog.
They are known to be quite tractable, and hence, require fewer repetitions of commands, picking up new things easily.
Tricks: Herding dogs are naturally agile, and excel in crossing obstacles and changing directions quickly. Teach your pups to weave between your legs. Use a lure to make your puppy move through your one leg and make a circle, and repeat the process around your other leg to complete the second half of the symbol ‘infinity’ – ∞. Praise your dog along with the treat. Continue practicing every day for a few times.
Obedience: Obedience training comes prior to socializing your dog, and taking it to places. Herding dogs might have the instinct to herd other dogs, hence, it is important to train them the basic obedience commands like ‘hault’, ‘freeze’, ‘back’, etc. before taking them out to socialize. This would help you keep verbal control over your pet.
Socialization: Take your poshie puppies to the dog park to help them meet other members of its ‘society’, and their masters. However, never force them to play. This breed is already playful, and need their own time until they feel comfortable to consider other dogs as friends, and begin mixing with them. Leave immediately at the first sign of trouble.
Depends upon the size of your Sheltie and Pomeranian mix. Go for a normal dog-diet plan; though the quantity should be proportionate to your dog’s size. Stick to protein-rich and high carb diets.