Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose a Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky?
At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we're dedicated to producing happy, healthy puppies that will bring joy to your life for years to come. We use responsible breeding practices to ensure that our Pomskies are free from genetic health issues and are well-socialized from birth.
When you choose Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, you're not just getting a pet - you're joining a community of dog lovers who are passionate about this amazing breed. We're always here to answer your questions and help you give your Pomsky the best life possible.
Are you a puppy mill
or a backyard breeder?
As a breeder of Arctic Spitz Pomsky, we can confidently say that we are not a puppy mill nor a backyard breeder. A puppy mill is a commercial breeding facility that prioritizes profits over the welfare of the dogs. Backyard breeders care little for breed standards, health testing, or improving the breed of the dog. They engage in breeding as a hobby or as a one-off mating of a beloved pet and are interested in turning a quick buck. At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we prioritize the health and happiness of our dogs above all else.
We are a small, family-owned breeding program that focuses on producing high-quality, healthy Pomskies. We have a limited number of breeding dogs, and we only breed our dogs once or twice a year. This ensures that each of our dogs receives the individual attention and care they need to thrive.
We are dedicated to responsible breeding practices and work hard to prevent genetic health issues. Our breeding dogs are health tested to ensure they are free from hereditary health conditions, and we carefully select the best matches for each breeding to produce healthy, happy puppies.
Our Pomskies are raised in our home with plenty of socialization and care. They receive regular veterinary check-ups and are up-to-date on all vaccinations and deworming. We go above and beyond to ensure that our puppies are healthy, well-adjusted, and ready to become beloved family members.
Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies is a responsible, caring breeder that is committed to producing happy, healthy Pomskies that will bring joy to their families for years to come.
Can I visit the dogs in your home?
At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we take extra special precautions to prevent our pups from contracting deadly diseases like parvo. This means we cannot allow visits to our home due to the dangers it presents, but we are happy to show you where we keep our dogs through photos, videos, and live chats so that you can feel confident that your new Pomsky puppy is raised in the best environment possible.
What is the difference between a Pomsky and an Arctic Spitz?
Pomskies are a designer breed of dog that is the result of the coupling of a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. Due to the drastic size in both parent breeds, Pomskies can come in a variety of coat types, colors, sizes, and eye colors. The American Kennel Club does not accept designer dog breeds and has strict standards for what makes a purebred dog. The AKC has recognized the popularity of the Pomsky and the value that it can bring. The AKC has put standards in place that breeders will have to adhere to in order to see our beloved Pomsky gain acceptance into the American Kennel Club. The AKC has approved the addition of the American Eskimo Dog into the line of the Pomsky and has even settled on the future name for the breed, the Arctic Spitz. At Northern Lights, Arctic Spitz Pomskies we are working within the guidelines set by the AKC to be one of the first breeders in line to produce true Arctic Spitz dogs. Over the next several years Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies will be refining our breed and including the American Eskimo Dog in our lines in an effort to see these dogs become members of the AKC.
How do you treat and train your Pomsky puppies?
At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we treat our Pomskies like family. They are an important part of our lives and we are dedicated to providing them with the best care possible.
First and foremost, we prioritize the health and well-being of our dogs. They receive regular veterinary check-ups, are up-to-date on all vaccinations and deworming, and are fed a high-quality diet to ensure they stay healthy and happy.
We provide plenty of stimulation to our new puppies including one-on-one time and micro-stressing techniques to help aid in making our puppy's transition to new environments easier.
Socialization is also a key part of how we treat our Pomskies. From an early age, they are exposed to a variety of people, sounds, and experiences to help them develop into well-adjusted, confident dogs.
We believe that our Pomskies deserve plenty of love and attention. They are raised in our home and are treated like members of the family. They receive plenty of affection, playtime, and cuddles, which helps them bond with their future families and become loving, loyal companions.
Overall, we treat our Pomskies with the love, care, and respect they deserve. They are more than just pets - they are a part of our family, and we are dedicated to ensuring that they lead happy, healthy lives.
How do you screen your families?
At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we take great care to ensure that our puppies go to loving, responsible homes. Here are some of the steps we take to screen potential families:
Application: We ask all potential families to complete an application, which includes questions about their home, lifestyle, and experience with dogs. This helps us get to know them better and determine if they would be a good fit for one of our Pomskies.
Interview: Once we receive the application, we conduct a phone or video interview to further discuss the family's living situation, lifestyle, and what they are looking for in a pet. This helps us get a better sense of the family's personality and how they would care for a Pomsky.
Contract: If we determine that the family is a good fit, we will require them to sign a contract that outlines our expectations for the puppy's care, including spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and regular veterinary care. This helps us ensure that the puppy will be well-cared for throughout its life.
Overall, we take a thorough and thoughtful approach to screening potential families to ensure that our puppies go to loving, responsible homes. We want to make sure that each Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky puppy is placed with a family that is committed to providing a lifetime of love and care.
How do I adopt a puppy?
Thank you for your interest in adopting a Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky puppy! Here are the steps to adopt a puppy from our breeding program:
Research: Take the time to learn more about the Pomsky breed and our breeding program. Read about our breeding philosophy, health testing, and the care that we provide to our dogs and puppies. You can also browse our website or social media pages to see photos and videos of our available puppies.
Apply: If you are interested in adopting one of our Pomsky puppies, fill out our adoption application. This will help us get to know you and determine if you would be a good fit for one of our puppies.
Interview: If we determine that you may be a good fit, we will schedule a phone or video interview to further discuss your living situation, lifestyle, and what you are looking for in a pet.
Deposit: If we determine that you are a good fit for one of our puppies, we will require a deposit to reserve your puppy. This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the total adoption fee. Deposits are on a first come first serve basis and puppies will be selected in the order in which deposits are received. At the time of deposit, you will be informed of your pick order.
Selection: Once the Pomsky puppies are born and we have determined that they are healthy and thriving, we will contact you to select your puppy, around 4 to 6 weeks of age. While we do our best to match you with your desired puppy we do reserve the right to insist that a specific pup be excluded from your choice due to the temperament of the pup and information uncovered in an interview. For example, if we have a pup that for whatever reason is fearful of big dogs or can't help but chase cats and we know you have a big dog or a beloved feline we would not allow that pup to be selected for the pup's wellbeing and for your families. We spend a lot of time with these pups and we know which pups will thrive in which environments. Once you select your pup, we will provide regular updates and photos to keep you informed about your puppy's progress.
Pick-up: Once your puppy is ready to go home, we will arrange a pick-up time and location. We will provide you with information about your puppy's diet, exercise, and training needs to ensure a smooth transition. Prior to going home, we will email you our Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky Puppy Guide which has all the information you need to know about your new puppy before bringing them home.
Overall, we take great care to ensure that our Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky puppies go to loving, responsible homes. If you have any questions about our adoption process or would like to start the application process, please visit our website or contact us directly. We look forward to hearing from you!
Why is there a deposit? Are there refunds?
We require a non-refundable deposit from potential adopters for a few reasons. First, it ensures that adopters are serious about adopting one of our Pomsky puppies and that they have a vested interest in the adoption process. Second, it helps us reserve a puppy for the adopter, as we often have a waiting list for our puppies. Finally, the deposit helps us cover some of the costs associated with breeding, raising, and caring for our puppies.
We do not offer refunds on deposits. This is because once an adopter places a deposit, we begin making arrangements for the puppy to be picked up, such as scheduling veterinary appointments and coordinating with the adopter's schedule. If an adopter changes their mind after placing a deposit, we may have already turned away other potential adopters for that puppy.
That being said, we understand that unexpected circumstances may arise, and we are willing to work with adopters on a case-by-case basis to transfer their deposit to a future litter, provided that the adopter contacts us as soon as possible. Ultimately, our goal is to find the best homes possible for our puppies, and we are committed to working with adopters to make that happen.
Can I be refused a puppy?
At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we reserve the right to refuse adoption to any potential family if we feel that the home is not suitable for one of our puppies. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our puppies, and we want to ensure that they go to loving, responsible homes where they will be well-cared for throughout their lives.
Some of the reasons why we may refuse adoption include:
The home environment is not safe or suitable for a Pomsky.
The family has a history of animal abuse or neglect.
The family is not prepared to meet the financial or time commitments required to care for a Pomsky.
The family has not demonstrated the necessary knowledge or experience to properly care for a Pomsky.
If we do refuse an adoption, we will explain our reasons and provide guidance on how the family can make changes to their living situation to be better prepared for adopting a Pomsky in the future.
Some breeders make requirements that owners must own a house, have a fenced-in yard, etc. We don't make such requirements and feel that Pomskies are a breed that does well in both houses and apartments. They can thrive in both city and country environments but we do ask potential owners to have plans for how they will meet the needs and the safety of their dogs in the environment they will live in.
Ultimately, we take great care to ensure that our puppies go to loving, responsible homes where they will be happy and healthy. If we determine that a potential family is not a good fit for one of our puppies, it is not a reflection on the family's character or abilities, but rather a determination that the home is not suitable for a Pomsky. As an example, if you were to tell me that you live in Arizona and want a Pomsky, a northern breed of dog with a double coat, I would of course have some concerns that would need to be addressed. Do you have trees, shade, and a pool, how long will the dog be left outside, do you know the signs of heat stroke in a dog, do you understand the dangers of leaving a dog in a car even for 5 min, etc? Living in an environment not built for these dogs doesn't mean you can't get a Pomsky but it does mean you will have to mitigate the risks that the environment brings in order to have one of our dogs placed with you.
Do I get to pick my own puppy?
Yes, as an adopter, you will have the opportunity to choose your own Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky puppy from the available litter. However, we operate on a first-come, first-served basis for puppy selection. Once the puppies are born and we have determined that they are healthy and thriving, we will contact you to select your Pomsky puppy around 4 to 6 weeks of age. At that point, we will provide you with information about the available puppies, such as their gender, coat color, and personality traits, to help you make an informed decision.
It is important to note that while we do our best to match adopters with the Pomsky puppy that best suits their lifestyle and preferences, we cannot guarantee the specific gender, coat color, or personality of the puppy. Our top priority is to ensure that each Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky puppy goes to a loving and responsible home, and we will work with you to find the puppy that is the best fit for your family.
When do I get to pick up my puppy?
We understand that adopters are eager to bring their new Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky puppy home, and we do our best to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. We begin sending puppies home after their second parvo shot, which is typically administered at 9 weeks of age.
Once your Pomsky puppy is ready to go home, we will schedule a pickup date and time that is convenient for you. At that time, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your puppy, including feeding schedules, potty training tips, and other important information to help ensure a smooth transition.
Will my puppy be potty trained?
At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we do our best to set the stage for well-potty-trained Pomsky puppies, but we cannot guarantee that each puppy will be fully potty-trained by the time they go home with their new family.
We work hard to ensure that our puppies are introduced to a consistent potty training routine from an early age. This includes crate training, frequent trips outside to go potty, and positive reinforcement for good behavior. By the time your Pomsky puppy comes home with you, they will have a good foundation in place for successful potty training.
However, it is important to note that potty training is an ongoing process that requires patience, consistency, and a lot of positive reinforcement. Each Pomsky puppy is different, and some may take longer to master potty training than others.
We encourage our adopters to continue the potty training routine that we have started with their new puppy and to be patient and consistent in their efforts. With time and effort, we are confident that your Pomsky puppy will become a fully potty-trained and well-behaved member of your family.
Why do you microstress the puppies?
At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky Breeder, we believe in the importance of early socialization and environmental enrichment for our puppies. One of the techniques that we use to help our puppies develop their cognitive and behavioral skills is called "micro-stressing."
Micro-stressing is the practice of introducing a controlled amount of stress to a puppy's environment in order to help them develop coping mechanisms and adaptability. This can include exposing them to new sounds, smells, and experiences, such as meeting new people or interacting with different surfaces and textures.
By exposing our puppies to controlled amounts of stress, we are helping them to build resilience and develop the ability to cope with unfamiliar situations in a healthy and positive way. This can lead to improved behavior and a better ability to adapt to new environments and situations as they grow and mature.
It is important to note that we take great care to ensure that our micro-stressing techniques are safe, controlled, and age-appropriate for each individual puppy. We monitor each puppy's behavior closely to ensure that they are not experiencing excessive stress, and we adjust our techniques as necessary to meet each puppy's unique needs.
Overall, we believe that our micro-stressing techniques are an important part of our commitment to providing our puppies with the best possible start in life and setting them up for success in their new homes.
Will I get any support or help with questions about my new Pomsky puppy?
Absolutely! At Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we are committed to providing ongoing support and guidance to our adopters throughout the lifetime of their Pomsky puppy.
We understand that bringing a new puppy into your home can be a big adjustment, and we want to ensure that you have all the information and support you need to help your puppy thrive. That's why we are always available to answer any questions you may have about your new Pomsky puppy, from potty training and behavior to nutrition and health care.
In addition to our ongoing support, we also provide our adopters with a comprehensive Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky puppy packet that includes detailed information about caring for your new puppy, as well as important documents such as health records, registration papers, and more.
We also encourage our adopters to stay in touch with us and to share updates and photos of their puppies as they grow and mature. We love hearing from our adopters and seeing our puppies thrive in their new homes!
Overall, our goal is to provide each and every one of our adopters with the support and guidance they need to raise a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted Pomsky puppy. We look forward to welcoming you to the Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky family and providing you with the support and guidance you need to help your new puppy thrive!
How should I groom my Pomsky?
Pomskies have a thick double coat of fur that requires regular grooming to keep them looking and feeling their best. Here are some tips on how to groom your Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomsky:
Brushing: Pomskies should be brushed at least once a week to remove loose fur and prevent matting. Use a slicker brush or comb to gently work through the coat, being careful not to tug or pull on any tangles. We start brushing our pups at 2 weeks with a soft baby brush to get them used to regular brushing and grooming.
Bathing: Pomskies should be bathed as needed, typically every 4-6 weeks. Use a mild, dog-specific shampoo, and be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any skin irritation.
Trimming: Pomskies may require occasional trimming of the fur around their ears, paws, underbelly, and rear end. Use grooming scissors to carefully trim any excess fur and keep the area clean and tidy.
Nail Care: Trim your Pomsky's nails regularly to keep them at a healthy length. Be sure to use proper nail clippers designed for dogs and avoid cutting the quick, which is a vein inside the nail.
Teeth and Ear Cleaning: Regularly clean your Pomsky's teeth and ears to prevent dental and ear infections. Use a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste to brush their teeth and use a cotton ball or ear-cleaning solution to gently clean their ears. Water additives can also be added to your dog's dental routine along with dental treats which help keep their breath fresh and minimize plaque buildup.
Overall, regular grooming is essential for keeping your Pomsky healthy and happy. If you are unsure about how to groom your Pomsky or have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies for guidance and support.
How will my Pomsky change as they get older?
As your Pomsky grows and matures, you can expect to see some changes in their appearance, temperament, and behavior. Here are some common changes you may see in your Pomsky as they get older:
Size: Pomskies typically reach their full size at around one year of age, with adult weights ranging from 10 to 30 pounds.
Coat: Pomskies may experience seasonal shedding as their coats change with the weather. They may also develop a thicker, more lush coat as they age.
Temperament: Pomskies are known for their playful and energetic personalities, but they may mellow out a bit as they get older. They may also become more independent and less demanding of attention.
Training: As your Pomsky grows and matures, they will become more receptive to training and may be better able to focus on learning new commands and behaviors.
Health: As with any breed, Pomskies may be prone to certain health issues as they age, such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, and dental issues. It is important to stay on top of your Pomsky's health needs by scheduling regular check-ups with your veterinarian and addressing any health concerns as they arise.
Overall, watching your Pomsky grow and mature is an exciting and rewarding experience. With proper care, training, and attention, your Pomsky can live a long, happy, and healthy life as a beloved member of your family.
Do you have any special insights?
As a Northern Lights Arctic Spitz Pomskies, we have some special insights and tips for raising Pomskies. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Socialization is key: Pomskies are social animals and require early and ongoing socialization to develop into well-adjusted and happy dogs. Expose your Pomsky to a variety of people, animals, and environments from a young age to help them develop positive social skills.
Consistency is key to training: Pomskies are intelligent dogs that respond well to positive reinforcement training. However, they can also be stubborn at times. Consistency and patience are key to successfully training your Pomsky and establishing good behavior habits.
Grooming is a must: Pomskies have thick coats that require regular grooming to keep them healthy and looking their best. Be sure to brush your Pomsky's coat regularly, bathe them as needed, and keep up with nail trimming, teeth cleaning, and ear cleaning.
Exercise is important: Pomskies are active and energetic dogs that require regular exercise to maintain their physical and mental health. Aim to provide your Pomsky with at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, whether through walks, playtime, or other activities.
Keep up with veterinary care: Like all dogs, Pomskies require regular veterinary check-ups and preventative care to maintain their health. Be sure to stay up-to-date with vaccinations, parasite prevention, and other health needs.
Raising a Pomsky can be a rewarding and joyful experience, and with the right care and attention, your Pomsky can be a beloved companion for many years to come.
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