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Pomchi

Pomeranian / Chihuahua Hybrid Dogs

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Two red and cream Pomchis are sitting on a grass surface that has snow over it. They are looking up and forward.

Pomchis, Rei at 1 year old and Twinkie at 5 years old—"Rei (far left), and her grandfather Twinkie. Twinkie is a first generation Pomchi from a long haired Chihuahua dam and a Pomeranian father, but he almost looks pure Pom. He is very hyper and acts just like a pup. He is quite the barker but he is very friendly and loves to be the center of attention. Rei is a third generation Pomchi on her father's side. She comes from a second generation 50/50 Pomchi father and from a 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Pomeranian mother."

Other Names

Chi-Pom

Chi Pom

Chiapom

Chimeranian

Chipom

Chiranian

Pom-A-Chi

Pom-Chi

Pomachi

Pomahuahua

Description

The Pomchi is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Standard

Pomchi Standard — approved 6/18/1998 by the Pomchi Club of AmericaGeneral Appearance: The Pomchi is a graceful, short coupled little dog with sweet expression, alert and intelligent in attitude. Weight: 5 to 12 pounds. Proportion: The body is short-coupled with females allowed to be somewhat longer than males. Head is a rounded wedge. Expression: Alert, intelligent. Eyes: Round, not protruding, set neither too wide nor too close together. Dark pigment around eyes except self-coloring allowed in brown, blue or light-colored dogs. Eyes are dark except lighter coloring allowed in dilutes. Ears: Medium size, erect type ears, held upright when alert but may be carried rose back in repose. Muzzle: Moderately short, slightly pointed, defined stop. Cheeks and jaws lean. Nose: Pigmentation black except self-coloring allowed in blues or browns, flesh coloring allowed in whites and light creams. Bite: Level or scissors. Neck: Base set back onto shoulders, not too short to be graceful. Topline: Level. Body: Well ribbed, round, never barrel. Tail: Moderately long, carried flat or in a loop over the back, with tip just touching the back, never tucked between legs. Shoulders: sloping into a level back with sufficient layback to carry the neck correctly, never down or low. Forelegs: straight and parallel. Pasterns: Pomchi stands well up on toes, never down in the pastern. Front dewclaws may be removed. Feet: A small, dainty foot. Hindquarters: Muscular, with hocks perpendicular to the ground, well apart, well-let down, firm and sturdy. The feet are as in front. Dewclaws are usually removed. Coat: May be double or single coated. The outer coat should be full, of soft texture and glossy with long, coarse guardhairs. Coat placed well over body with ruff on neck preferred, and scantier on head and ears. Hair on tail profuse and furry. Undercoat permitted. Feathering permitted on legs and ears. Trimming: permitted around feet and anus for neatness only. Color: Any color including solid, parti, merle, sable are equally acceptable. Gait: Sound movement, smooth and free. The topline should remain firm and the backline level as the dog moves.

Recognition

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club

DBR = Designer Breed Registry

DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®

PCA = Pomchi Club of America

Recognized Names

American Canine Hybrid Club = Chiranian

Designer Breed Registry = Chiranian

Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Chiranian

International Designer Canine Registry® = Pomchi

Close up Front view - A white with tan Pomchi is standing outside on a wooden step and it is looking to the left.

Cooper the Pomchi at 2 years old—"He is a spunky little fella."

A tricolor black with white and tan Pomchi is standing in grass and looking forward. Its mouth is open and tongue is out.

Bean the half Pomeranian half Chihuahua at 5 years old

Side view - a white with brown Pomchi that is laying on a couch and it is looking forward.

Cameo the Pomchi at 18 months old—"Meet Cameo, my Pomchi (Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix). She is 1 1/2 years old in this picture, just waking from a nap and still looking a bit drowsy. Cameo is a delightful, friendly little dog with a fox-like face that usually makes her look like she's smiling. I think she is! She has a comical personality and always leaves me with a smile on my face. Camee loves her squeaky stuffy toys and also enjoys playing with her brother dog Tug the Jug . She is a sweetheart and a treasured member of our family."

The left side of a tan with white Chihuahua that is standing in dirt. It is looking forward, its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling. It has longer hair on its tail and belly.

"Here is a picture of my dog Munchkin. He is a Chi-Pom mix. His dad was a long haired Chihuahua, and his mom was a Pomeranian. He weighs about 15 pounds, which is unusual, but he does have the characteristics of his 2 breeds. He is very stubborn and independent."

Front view - A tan with white Pomchi is laying on a couch and it is looking up and to the left. It is panting.

Jessy is a 2-year-old Pomchi cross.

Front view - A red short-haired Pomchi dog is laying on a green couch and there are a fort of pillows behind her. The dog is looking forward.

"This is Gracie, my Pomchi at 1 year old. Her mother is Pomeranian and father Chihuahua. She is a sweet, affectionate and energetic girl with amazing intelligence. She knows each of her 30 plus toys by name, as well as many common household items and places. She performs tricks including patty-cake, roll over, and play dead, among many others. She would make the perfect service dog. She likes walking at the park every day, playing in the snow piles, and going for rides, playing tug-of-war and playing with other dogs. When we walk at the park she gets a great deal of attention from other folks who want to know what kind of dog she is and are impressed by how cute she is. The most common comment I get is that she looks like a fox. (The pictures, unfortunately, do not do justice to how cute she is.) I have used many of Cesar Millan's techniques and they work perfectly. Gracie is a strong-willed girl and I can't imagine how she would behave had I not used his techniques, as well as the advice from the "Puppies for Dummies" book. (She is my first dog so I didn't have the benefit of prior experience.) In summary, I consider her to be one of the greatest blessings in my life. I didn't know you could love a dog as much as I love her. She is my constant companion and I wouldn't have it any other way."

A short-haired red Pomchi puppy is sitting on a white tiled floor and it is looking up.

"This is Gracie, my PomChi puppy at about 6 months old. Her mother is Pomeranian and father Chihuahua."

A happy looking white with tan Pomchi is sitting on a hardwood floor and it is looking forward. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out. It has longer hair on its ears and tail.

Taco at 2 years

A series of pictures of a white with brown Pomchi running across a field, laying on a blanket and looking up and laying on grass under the shade of a tree. The words 'Chelsea Age 2 Pomeranian /Chihuahua' are overlayed.
Close up - A shorthaired white with tan Pomchi is standing on a carpet and it is looking forward. There is a purple and yellow ball in its mouth.

Timbit the Pomchi at 7 months old with a ball in his mouth

Top down view of a brown with tan Pomchi puppy that is laying in the arms of a person. The dog is looking up and forward.

This is Micki; both of his parents are Pom / Chi mixes. He was the runt of the litter, weighing in at 1/3 of a pound on the vet's scale at 5 weeks old. At 2 years old he weighs 6.1 pounds. He doesn't bark or yap (just snorts when excited) and is the sweetest, most loving dog I have ever known!

A shorthaired red with white Pomchi dog is laying on a bed on top of a person with a plush toy under its front paw.

"Timbit is a Pomeranian / Chihuahua cross. We adopted Timbit from the Petland rescue center when he was 6 months old. His previous owners broke up and neither wanted the responsibility of raising a dog so they took the little guy back. When we saw Timbit it was love at first sight. He is now 1 year, 10 months old (his birthday is August 16th) and weighs in at 8 pounds.

"Timbit is a very fast learner—he was housetrained in approximately one week (though he was already 6 months old when we adopted him). He learns tricks quickly and loves playing as well as his discipline training. I am sure he would consider his speed to be his best asset. He may be small but he has outrun German Shepherds on a few occasions. We usually take Timbit for a walk once every other day and a good run in the backyard daily. He enjoys walking but really loves to run at top-speed.

"Timbit growls at strangers and other dogs but settles down very quickly once he understands that we are unhappy with that behaviour. He is especially well behaved around babies and small children and lets them pet him and chase him around.

"Cesar Millan has had a great impact on our relationship with our dog. Watching the Dog Whisperer, and reading "Be the Pack Leader" has really given us insight into why dogs behave the way that they do and how to change negative or unwanted behaviour. Before watching the Dog Whisperer and reading Cesar's book Timbit was a very anxious, dominant dog. We have used Cesar's strategies to let Timbit know that he is not the pack leader, and his aggressive behaviour has drastically abated."

A shorthaired tan with white Pomchi is sitting in the lap of a lady sitting in an arm chair. The dog has perk ears.

Coco Chanel Pomeranian / Chihuahua mix after she had her one and only litter of puppies."

Side view - A black with white and tan Pomchi is walking across a field, it is looking to the left and Its mouth is open. It has longer fringe hair on its tail.

Bean the half Pomeranian half Chihuahua at 5 years old

Side view - A black with white and tan Pomchi dog is walking down a hill.

Bean the half Pomeranian half Chihuahua at 5 years old

Front view - A black with white and tan Pomchi is runninf down a field, it is looking to the left and its tongue is coming out of its open mouth.

Bean the half Pomeranian half Chihuahua at 5 years old