Pomchi Hybrid Dogs (Chi-Pom, Chiranian)
A Pomchi is a hybrid dog that is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian. As can be expected this canine hybrid is a small to toy sized dog, typically not more than twelve pounds at full maturity although some of the smaller dogs will mature at closer to five to seven pounds.
There is a considerable difference in the coat type of both parent breeds so the Pomchi, also known as the Chi-Pom and the Chiranian can be closer in appearance to the Pomeranian or the shorter coated Chihuahua. In crossing with a longer coated Chihuahua the coat will be more Pomeranian in appearance.
Virtually all colors are acceptable including merles, solids and parti-colors. The long coat is typically very fluffy and stands out from the body while the shorter coated members of the group have a sleek coat. Both varieties are moderate shedders year round with slightly heavier shedding noted in the spring and summer months. There are single and double coated Chi-Poms so to decrease shedding and grooming owners should select a single coated dog.
The head of the Chiranian is a rounded flattened triangular shape with a well balanced muzzle, slight stop and round, large eyes. The eyes should not protrude from the face and they can be dark to lighter in color depending on the coat color and pattern. The ears are triangular and moderate in size, carried pricked when the Pomchi is paying attention but also carried back and flat against the head at other times. The body is thicker than it is lean and the legs are short and stocky. The tail tends to be carried high on the back in a gentle loop however it can also be carried flat.
As with most of the toy hybrid breeds the Pomchi is a great companion dog when socialized and trained. If they are not socialized and trained or if they are spoiled and become dominant they can be aggressive, territorial and very demanding of their owners. These dogs have to learn that they are not the center of the household and that they are actually part of the pack. This is done through consistent, positive training and praise as well as by making the dog part of the family.
The Chiranian needs to be with people more than they are left alone. Some may become problem barkers if they begin to show signs of separation anxiety and are left alone for long periods of time. They are a naturally loving dog that craves physical contact with people they know and trust and they are a true lapdog in every sense of the word.
Grooming And General Care
With the longer double coated members of this hybrid breed daily grooming is a must to prevent matting and tangles. Shorter coated varieties may only need grooming once or twice a week. Avoid over bathing theses dogs and use dry shampoo if possible to prevent skin allergies and dry coats. The Chi-Pom is not suitable as an outdoor breed, especially in cold, damp climates or in very hot climates if the dog is double coated. They can be finicky eaters and may be prone to very sensitive digestive systems. Feed only high quality dry kibble whenever possible to help minimize these problems and maintain good dental health.
The Pomchi will self-exercise inside and is a playful dog, getting along well with other pets when socialized and raised together. The Chiranian is not recommended for homes with small children due to the dog’s small size.
Clubs and Registries:
- Pomchi Club of America
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