The Poshie is Shetland sheepdog and Pomeranian mix. They have a compact but a well-shaped body with a fluffy coat resembling a pompom. The black and small eyes with a pair of erect ears complement their beautiful personality. A long and broad muzzle ends in a dark black nose.
Facts About Poshie
|Breed Group||Companion dog, Watchdog, Lapdog|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Other Names||Pomeranian sheltie mix, Shetland sheepdog pomeranian mix|
|Size||Short to average|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||DBR, IDCR, ACHC, DDKC, DRA|
|Colour||Black, cream, brown, white, red|
|Life Expectancy||12-16 years|
Temperament & Personality
Poshies are known for their cute and affectionate personality. With their enthusiastic nature combined with their herding genes, these dogs make an ideal match for both a rural and urban life. The Poshie sheltie mix easily makes an excellent companion for the kids and other pets.
Their attention seeking nature makes them an ideal lapdog. Some of them may inherit their Shetland sheepdog parent’s gene and can become a dog with a sharp and alert mind, thus making an excellent watchdog.
These dogs need a rigorous dose of daily activities to support their energetic life. Less of exercise will lead to the dog becoming an excessive barker with a destructive personality which can further lead to any dangerous and fatal consequence. A daily walk for around two hours will do the job. Poshie has hunting and chasing habit, so unleashing the dog outdoors will allow the dog to chase randomly.
The Poshie needs frequent brushing over the shiny and silky coat to keep it clean and matt-free. For the grooming purpose, an owner needs a metal comb and a pin brush. But the wisest choice will be to consult a professional groomer instead of doing the grooming stuff. To keep the characteristic doggy odor away, the owner needs to bath the dog once every two weeks.
Brushing the teeth once every two weeks will prevent the dog from getting various oral problems. To keep its ears infection-free, the owner needs to clean them with a soft cloth once every month.
It is in the record that some of these dogs may suffer from deafness. Significant concerns are Dermatomyositis, Patent Ductus Arteriosis, and Collie eye anomaly. Minor health concerns are Patellar luxation, Cataracts, Hip dysplasia, Tracheal collapse, Eyelid defects, Color dilution alopecia, Microphthalmia, Sick sinus syndrome, Progressive retinal atrophy, Cryptorchidism, and Entropion. Occasional tests are Hip Xrays, DNA for pra, Eye examinations, Blood tests, Hearing and eye tests, DNA for VWD.
There are health NGO’s in the USA that organizes various vaccination programme for the dogs throughout the year. The owner should inquire and make sure that the dog gets well vaccinated by the Shetland sheepdog breeder before buying it.
The Poshies need early socialization training as they have a herding instinct. Training the Poshie will be an easy task as these dogs are smart and quick -learner. Praising and rewarding the dog will accelerate the training process. Poshie puppies trained in their early puppy phase will become an obedient dog in the future.
As they are a high energy breed, Poshies need a quality dry kibble diet according to the dog ‘s health. A protein and the high carb-rich food is best for this breed. Shetland puppies tend to be a fussy eater.