There's no denying the Arctic Spitz (aka Pomsky or Miniature Husky) is incredibly darling, alluring, enchanting... so it's no surprise you may be daydreaming of the wilds of the Northern territory. How could you not?
Could this truly be the best of both worlds? All the comforts of modern, city living... yet owning your very own, pint-sized Husky! The perfect size for your city dwelling! You are in good company as there are a million other families are thinking the exact same thing.
We receive inquiries almost daily asking whether one of our puppies would be a good match for an apartment or townhouse. They have darling temperaments, and they are smaller in stature, so a small living space seems like it could be a good fit... and, believe me, tons of apartment-dwellers are purchasing these cuties - but is this really a good match?
We are concerned this breed is being specifically promoted for apartment-living. With moderate-to-high energy, these pups need ample time and room to run, play and burn off steam. The Arctic Spitz (Pomsky) is highly intelligent, so not only do they need to exercise their bodies, they need to exercise their minds. Crammed into a small dwelling with no real outlet can become boring in a hurry - as most two-leggers have found during the CV19 lock-down!
A pup who is not exercised, socialized, trained, as well as an active member of its family will be more likely to act out with destructive or nuisance behavior, such as: Barking, howling, chewing, or going potty in the house. This is of course true of any setting, whether country or city, but the boredom created by living primarily inside a small apartment with very little exercise will exacerbate such behaviors.
Before your dreams are completely dashed, it is possible to have a happy, healthy, well-exercised, well-adjusted pup living in a smaller town-setting. Absolutely possible... but it takes commitment, unfortunately more commitment than many owners discover they are able or willing to provide.
Reputable breeders take time to get to know their prospective families - and want to be sure they are providing the right match for each home. If your current situation is not ideal, a reputable breeder will be honest with you - even if it means they are passing on a sale.
We have placed a few dogs into apartment setting over the last 35 years, but have passed on far more than we have approved. Our answer is never an instant "no", because there are so many options available nowadays, but it is important for a breeder to understand their puppies' individual temperaments and also to know when a prospective owner is truly prepared for ownership in such a setting - so a lot of discussion and a lot of preparation.
We want you and your future puppy to both be happy with your decision!
Over 65 years combined experience raising happy, healthy canines. Most would consider us to have reached "expert level" when it comes to everything canine, but the truth is, there will always be more to learn.
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