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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Pomchi is a mixed breed the result of crossing a Pomeranian with a Chihuahua. He is a small or toy dog with a life span of 13 to 18 years. He is also known as the Chi-Pom, Chiranian and the Pomahuahua. He is quite the stubborn little thing but is also sweet and affectionate and makes the perfect lapdog.
Here is the Pomchi at a Glance
Average height 6 to 9 inches
Average weight 4 to 10 pounds
Coat type Can be single or double, short, long, smooth, soft, glossy
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate to moderate high
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Not at all
Barking Frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate (depends on coat)
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Moderate to good with socialization but not for smaller children
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent but needs exercise
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy – can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, epilepsy, eye problems, Legg-Perthes,
Other Health Concerns Shivering, allergies, hip dysplasia, dental problems
Life Span 13 to 18 years
Average new Puppy Price $150 to $950
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $650

Where does the Pomchi come from?

The Pomchi is a newer cross breed, developed as part of the new trend for designer dogs. Designer dogs are a recent development, usually being two purebreds bred together and their offspring being given a blended name. Mixing breeds is not a new thing but the surge in different designer dogs in the last two to three decades means there are a lot out there now and a lot are being bred with no care or love just to make money by puppy mills and poor breeders. Therefore when looking for any designer dog always be careful about where you buy from. Being one of the more recent dogs developed the Pomchi has no history known, we do not even know who originally developed them. So we look at the parents briefly to get an idea of where they come from.

The Chihuahua

There are two theories on where the Chihuahua comes from, one says they were brought over to Mexico by Spanish traders from China where they were then bred with native dogs. The other says they descend from an ancient dog found in 9th century central and south America called the Techichi. Either could be true. In the 1850s the short haired Chihuahua was discovered in a Mexican state called Chihuahua, which is where the name comes from. They were brought to America in the late 1800s and the AKC first registered one in 1904. The long haired variety is thought to be a result of breeding the short haired with long haired dogs like the Pomeranians or the Papillons.

Today he is a confident and brave dog with an alert nature like a terrier. He is quite sensitive though and demands a lot of attention and love. He makes a good watchdog with an alert nature and can be reserved. While he may be friendly to the rest of the family he tends to have a closer bond to pone person who he will choose over all others!

The Pomeranian

This dog was developed to be a companion and gets his name from the province he comes from, Pomerania. When he was first bred he was bigger, weighing around 30 pounds. He was always popular and many well known names through the ages can be linked to owning one, such as Newton, Michelangelo, Martin Luther and Mozart. In the 18th century the dog came to England when a Princess from a region neighboring Pomerania married an English prince. She came over with a pair of Poms who then weighed around 20 pounds. The breed became popular amongst the rich rather than the common people. During Queen Victoria’s reign she also became fond of Poms but she liked the smaller size at 12 pounds. When she was dieing she asked for her favorite dog to lay with her and that was a Pomeranian. English dog breeders began to breed Poms smaller and with more color. In the 1880s he went to the US.

Today the Pomeranian is a very outgoing, social and clever small dog. He loves meeting people, he tends to act like a larger dog so can get himself into trouble, and he gets on well with other pets. He is quite curious and lively and being alert he is a good watchdog. His barking can be a problem so training will be important so that you can command him to stop!


The Pomchi is an affectionate and loving dog towards his owners and family. He can be stubborn and quite assertive though so you need to be firm or he will become a yappy dog who thinks he is in charge. He is a bold dog as tiny dogs like him often are. He likes to cuddle and makes a great lap dog but he does still need some exercise. He can be sweet too and prefers to be with you rather than being left alone. To visitors he can be distant but with you he is warm and cuddly. He is fragile though so he is not the best dog suited to children. He is smart and energetic too.

What does the Pomchi look like

He is a small dog only weighing 4 to 10 pounds and standing 6 to 9 inches tall. He looks like he has a smile on his face and he has a short pointed muzzle, round eyes that are dark, medium erect ears and a furry tail that is about the length he is that he holds over his back. He can have a single or double coat and it can be short or long, glossy, soft, smooth or silky. Colors can be blue, brown, white, black, cream, gray or a combination. He has small feet that are quite dainty and can have feathering on his ears and legs.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Pomchi need to be?

He is a small dog so although he is a fairly active dog that amounts to not too much still! He is perfect therefore for apartment living and access to a yard is a bonus but not a requirement. He will need play time inside as well as a couple of brief walks each day. Occasional trips to the dog park would be a lot of fun for him too. As well as ensuring he gets the physical activity he needs also make sure he has some mental stimulation too.

Does he train quickly?

He should be trained and socialized from as early as 12 weeks to ensure he grows into a well rounded and better behaved dog. He can be stubborn and willful otherwise. A lot of owners of small dogs overlook the importance of these things because as a small dog they think there is less need, but this is not the case. Small dogs can be terrors if not controlled and shown who is boss. Be firm and consistent with the training. Use positive training methods but be clear you are the pack leader not him. Sometimes while socialization and training goes well house training is less successful. If you find this a struggle seek professional help.

Living with a Pomchi

How much grooming is needed?

He usually has long hair and it sheds an average amount so he will need brushing daily and you may need to vacuum up after him especially on the couch. Bathe him as needed using a dog shampoo. Check his ears and eyes once a week for infection and wipe then clean carefully. His nails will need trimming when they get too long and his teeth should be brushed at least twice a week especially since he can be prone to dental problems. You will probably have to take him to a professional groomers every couple of months or so to have his hair trimmed if you plan on keeping it long.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is small and fragile so really it is not a good idea to have him around small children, especially unsupervised. He can get hurt very easily. He can be wary around children too. With socialization and when raised with them he can get on with other animals and dogs, but he needs help getting there!

General information

He may be small but he is alert and would bark to alert you if an intruder was breaking in. He is a frequent barker so if you do live in an apartment that may be an issue. He will need ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals.

Health Concerns

He can suffer from certain health issues that either of his parents might be prone to such as Patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, epilepsy, eye problems, Legg-Perthes, Shivering, allergies, hip dysplasia and dental problems. To lower the risk ask to see health clearances for the parents to confirm they are healthy. Also visit the kennel before purchasing.

Costs involved in owning a Pomchi

A Pomchi puppy can cost between $150 to $950. He will need a crate and carrier, food bowls, collar and leash as well as certain medical procedures such as deworming, blood tests, shots, chipping and neutering. Some breeders may include some of that in the price. If not, those costs will come to another $360 to $400. On average for basic medical needs like check ups, flea prevention, shots and pet insurance you will need to pay between $435 to $550 a year. For basic non-medical needs like food, long hair grooming, training, toys, treats and license that yearly cost will be between $530 to $650.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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