Linda Simon
Dr Linda Simon (MVB MRCVS, University College Dublin)
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The Pomston is a somewhat scruffy-looking little hybrid with smiling eyes. It is a mixture of the sassy and independent Pomeranian and the sociable, ‘Tuxedo-wearing’ Boston Terrier. The ideal family dog, these hybrids are full of character and love to be the center of attention. They are very smart and a real pleasure to train.

Pomstons are generally sturdy dogs though they can have slender limbs. Their ‘boxy’ muzzle is longer than that of their Boston Terrier parent, making it easier for them to breathe and exercise. Some will have the classic black and white ‘Boston’ colours but others will be fawn or brindle.

About & History

While pedigree dogs were once the only ‘sought after’ dogs on the market, hybrids are rapidly taking their place, with prospective owners attracted to the variation on offer. The first hybrid was bred about 50 years ago and, since then, trade has been booming. Unfortunately, it is an unregulated trade and minimal records are kept, meaning it is hard to pinpoint when and where the first Pomston originated.

The Pomeranian

Pomeranians are the ‘little foxes’ of the dog world, with their thick coat and pointed muzzle. These Spitz dogs hail from central Europe. They have royal connections, with both Queen Charlotte and Queen Victoria being big admirers.

The original ‘Pom’ was much taller but they were shrunk over the years to conform to the demands of their owners over the years. This breed makes a loyal companion and is a popular pet worldwide, especially in large cities where many live in small apartments.

The Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers, not surprisingly, have their roots in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. This little dog’s claim to fame is that they were the first American breed to be recognised by the American Kennel Club – pretty neat, right? Their closest relatives include the Boxer and the Bulldog.


The Pomston should measure no more than 30cm and will weigh around 4 to 6 kg. They have a stocky body with muscular, slim limbs. Their skull is circular and their muzzle is wider than that of the Pomeranian, meaning they lose that ‘foxy’ look. They have a small black nose and almond-shaped brown or black eyes. Their tail is highly variable and can end up being anything from a small and curly ‘nub’ to a plush, long tail that curls high over their backs.

The coat of the Pomston is short to medium in length and wavy. Sadly, the plush quality of the Pomeranian tends to be lost in most. The majority are black and white, but some will have tan and brindle coats. White markings are most common on the face, chest and paws.

Character & Temperament

‘Alert’ is a good word to describe the Pomston, who likes to be aware of every little thing going on around them. They live life to the fullest and will be close on your heels wherever you are in the home. They dislike being left on their own for too long so would not be suited to owners who work away for long periods. In this scenario, separation anxiety is likely to develop.

Just as sociable as their parents, Pomstons get on well with people and animals alike. Other cats and dogs can be tolerated, though it is sensible to make introductions early on in the dog’s life. When it comes to very young children, it is best to supervise any interactions as kids could hurt these small dogs and some dogs will snap if their boundaries are not respected.

Some individuals (particularly those who inherit more of the Pomeranian genes) may have a tendency to develop ‘small dog syndrome’. This behavioural syndrome makes for an anti-social dog that is no fun to be around. Owners can take steps to prevent this condition from developing, such as implementing a consistent training routine from day one.


These clever clogs usually take well to training and are a good choice for older children to learn with. They pick up on things quickly and enjoy food-based rewards. Most are keen to please their owner and will do what is asked of them as long as they are given clear instruction.


A new owner should make themselves aware of the health condition that their Pomston is prone to. This way, they can be on the lookout and can have any issues treated promptly.

Cherry Eye

When a dog wakes up with a piece of ‘red tissue’ poking out from the corner of their eye, they have probably developed ‘cherry eye’. A third eyelid that has popped out of place, affected dogs can develop ‘dry eye’ and eye infections if the cherry eye is not surgically corrected in a timely manner. While cherry eye typically occurs on one side first, it is not unusual for the other eye to follow suit shortly after.

Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome (BUAS)

Thankfully, most Pomstons suffer less from BUAS than their Boston Terrier parent, thanks to the genes of the Pomeranian. However, some will inherit certain characteristics, such as a narrowed windpipe or stenotic nares. A specialist should examine any dog thought to be suffering from BUAS in order to decide if surgery would benefit them.

Atopic Skin Disease

The blight of owners and vets alike, atopic skin disease is one of the more challenging conditions to treat. For most patients, their symptoms can be controlled but this is rarely a condition that ever completely goes away. Many will need frequent courses of medication, including medicated washes, anti-itch tablets and antibiotics.

Patellar Luxation

It is smaller dogs who suffer with luxating knee caps the most. For many, surgery is the preferred treatment option and offers great results. The abnormal bone position will frequently result in chronic pain and localised arthritis if left untreated.

Exercise and Activity Levels

Owners should be prepared to exercise their Pomston for 30 minutes to an hour every day. While they don’t need very long walks, they do appreciate the fresh air and the chance to get a change of scenery. More so than physical activity, these guys really appreciate being provided with mental stimulation. This can take many forms, including ‘find the treat’ games, food puzzles and scenting trails.


Thankfully, the shorter coat of the Pomston is quite low maintenance. A good brush through once a week in order to get rid of any fur that has been shed is a sensible approach. A dog prone to dental disease, owners should work hard to brush the teeth every day which goes a long way to keeping those pearly whites in tip top condition.

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