Poshies ( Pomeranian X Sheltie)
"Gracie" - First generation, 1/2 Toy Sheltie 1/2 Pomeranian
"Mica" (Onyx/Hansel)- Second generation 3/4 Toy Sheltie 1/4 Pomeranian
"Mello" (Onyx/Hansel) 3/4 Toy Sheltie 1/4 Pom
"Wiley" (Onyx/Hansel) Second generation 3/4 Toy Sheltie 1/4 Pom
"Honey Bunny" (Onyx/Hansel)
Birthday Boy "Toby" (Onyx/Hansel)
At Fox Point Farm we stumbled across one of our greatest finds searching for Toy Shelties one night. I found a Poshie for sale in Louisiana! Read Freeing Gracie to get the whole crazy story! A darling girl had a toy sheltie female and had crossed her with her mom's tiny pomeranian and the result was cuter than anyone could have imagined! Since we got our Poshie, Gracie, I have received letters from Poshie owners all over the country curious about others who have this neat cross. I decided to add a page here to showcase the Poshie and give people a spot to post their pictures and stories. If you have a Poshie, please send me pics and anything you would like to share and I will include you here.
The Poshie is a 'new designer breed' that crosses the Pomeranian with the Shetland Sheepdog. The 'first generation' cross will be 50% pom 50% sheltie, but 'second' and 'third generation' crosses could have 75% or more of either breed. The characteristics are those of the two breeds but tempered by one another. These are athletic, friendly dogs who never meet a stranger. They are outgoing and playful. The shyness of the sheltie is made brave by the pom, the pushiness and yappiness of the pom is tempered by the sheltie. It creates this beautiful friendly companion! They do not have the herding obsession many shelties do, but are super smart and want to learn everything you can teach them. The 'hybrid vigor' that crossing two completely unrelated breeds decreases the possibility of recessive health problems that now occur in both breeds from 'line-breeding' (in-breeding). I have a darling 4 lb Papillon male with very long silky hair. I have crossed him with my Poshie female and produced the most darling TINY (2lbs at 12 weeks) puppies! I think using tiny Papillons with great long silky coats, will further improve the breed by decreasing the need for grooming (the pom gene gives a very dense undercoat that needs much grooming), an occasional brushing is great but you won't be obligated to brush daily.
Size and color vary. The size of the Poshie is completely dependant upon the size and genes of the parents. Our Poshie is TINY but so were both of her parents. An average size sheltie will produce a much larger Poshie, so knowing the parents is very important to predict mature size. Color is also dependant upon the gene pool of the parents. Most Poshies are solid colored red/sable or black, the most popular I have found are the 'sheltie-colored' Poshies, either sable with white or tri colored. All colors can occur and are darling! I'd love to see a merle Poshie!
Big coats are a huge draw to the breed! Shelties can have sparser coats when they are young, not reaching full coat until around 3 years of age. Female shelties that are unspade can keep this sparse coat until they are fixed. By adding the pomeranian, you get a huge coat nearly from birth! The puppies don't go through that gangly 'hairless' stage. But the sheltie gives the cross a smoother silkier coats less prone to mats and in need of less brushing to keep full and beautiful.
Any way you look at it, the cross is a good one with lots of fans! Let's get together and get the word out there! When you are looking for a Poshie, request to see the parents, to get an idea of mature size. Expect to pay more for ones colored like shelties; and as both shelties and poms, expect to pay more for smaller ones. Sizes can go from 5-40 lbs, so do your homework to find the perfect fit for your family! Our tiny Poshies start at $650.
Now presenting the Poshies:
Gracie Cannon, our first Poshie
Gracie is a precious Poshie (pomeranian sheltie mix) tri female. Although not an AKC recognized breed, her personality burst out of her and we had to give this new 'designer dog' a try! The youngest of our family, Gracie is bouncy and exuberant in everything she does! Blessed with a HUGE gorgeous coat, we are excited about the big coats she can add to our program! We are totally in love with her tiny face and cannot wait to see her fully mature in all her glory! Gracie promises to be even tinier than Maggie; she is only 7" and 5 lbs, so we are looking forward to more teeny tiny poshies for you! Gracie's mom was a tiny (10" and 10 lb) sable sheltie that looked like a tiny Bella; her dad was a smokey black tiny (4 lbs) pomeranian. Bred to Hanzel, puppies will be 3/4 sheltie 1/4 pom and should be tiny bundles of sheltie-looking fun! Gracie was stolen from our farm and was killed. We are devastated! We went back to her breeder to get her sister to be able to continue raising lovely Poshies.
Sister of Gracie's, Onyx, we will be breeding and loving her to continue our line of friendly, outgoing, adorable Poshies!
Onyx is a gorgeous black and white Poshie female. She weighs 6 lbs and is about 10" tall. She is the most precious tiny soul! We purchased her from Gracie's breeder. We wanted 'another Gracie'. Onyx is a perfect, wonderful girl, all herself! She lives in nobody's shadow! She is super friendly, incredibly loving and attached to Tommy and me, and incredibly athletic! She can easily jump on and off a 5' deck with ease! She comes easily, learns quickly and is an absolute joy! Her puppies are amazing! We are thrilled to have her and have the opportunity to continue this great line!
the next generation..... Honey Bunny
Honey Bunny is the culmination of what we have strived to develop with the Poshie cross, a perfect, tiny, sheltie-look-a-like, with huge coat, refined face and super confident, outgoing personality! She is IT!She is 9" and 5-6lbs. She is a puppy of Onyx (1/2 Sheltie 1/2 Pom) and Hansel (AKC toy-size Sheltie). Her future puppies will be 7/8 Toy Sheltie! What an amazing cross these Poshies are! The best of both worlds in a tiny, healthy, long-lived package! Isn't Honey Bunny exceptional! We are still raising full siblings to her, she is from Onyx's second litter.
Vanessa (the blonde) and Veronica (the redhead) bring a cool twist to our Poshies!
With the amazing success of our Poshie puppies, we decided to try a 1/4 of Papillion back in the cross to get the super long, silky coat. I saw a half Pom/half Pap at the vet and fell in love! What a gorgeous tiny girl! I knew if we found a female like her and bred her to our toy shelties, MAGIC could happen again!!! I was shocked when a pair of sisters of this exact cross came along not a week later! Whether it was divine intervention or just great luck, I knew we had to have these girls. Here they are! They are not in their full coats in these pics, but I'm super excited to see the future with them!
Veronica has produced a spectacular first litter that was so beautiful it sold out in only a matter of hours! These are exactly what we hoped!!!!
Be still my heart..... meet Music
One look at this little AKC Pomeranian Music (Moo Moo), and it was love at first sight! With perfect classic sheltie markings of a big thick full white collar, blaze face, four white socks, rich copper and a white tipped tail, Music will stop your heart too! At 11" and 5lbs (we expect she will be 7-8lbs when she really fills out) she is the perfect choice for the Poshie lover that wants it all! Her puppies will have off-the-charts coat, the sheltie look, markings and a unbeatable personality! If you desire the ultimate Poshie cross, Moo Moo is your mom!!!!!
Here are some of the Poshies we have raised and some other Poshies across the country! Send us your Poshie pics and I will post them here too!