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."
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.
Pomchi Standard — approved 6/18/1998 by the Pomchi Club of America General 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.
Sugar the Pomchi at 4 months old
"Mowgli is a four year old miniature Pomchi that weighs only four pounds. He is a very smart and spoiled baby. He has trained his owner to rub his belly when he rolls over onto his back. He is so cute with dog biscuits. He has a bigger sister and brother (a Golden Retriever and a Jackshund) and he will carry around and guard a dog biscuit for hours before he decides to eat it. He is fun to watch when he interacts with our other dogs. He plays with our 15 pound Jackshund a lot and will watch and bark while the Jackshund and Golden Retriever play. He always gets very excited when I get his harness out because he knows we are going somewhere. The trip always includes a treat such as chicken nuggets. He is a very sweet and lovable dog who is always happy to see his owners whenever we come home from work. Or have even been away from him for a few minutes. "
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."
"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."
Taco at 2 years
Timbit the Pomchi at 7 months old with a ball in his mouth
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!
"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."
Coco Chanel Pomeranian / Chihuahua mix after she had her one and only litter of puppies."