What is the Pomsky Club of America?
The Pomsky Club of America positions itself online as the official organization of the designer breed and the arbiter of what constitutes a reputable breeder of Pomsky puppies, similar to how the American Kennel Club provides official standards and records.
However, it is difficult to refer to them as an “organization” because…
…they appear to be merely an online “group” started by a self-appointed individual or individuals who were one of the first to start intentionally mixing Pomeranians with Siberian huskies for profit.
Pomsky Wiki Disclosure: At the current time we have not had any communication nor do we have any relationship whatsoever with the Pomsky Club of America (PCA). For the record, we have not currently made any attempt to reach the organization for any comment for this article.
Who Runs the Pomsky Club of America?
“A couple years ago I saw the viral “pomsky” photo that everyone has seen. I knew it was just a young husky but was intrigued by the idea”.
Tressa Peterson, President of Pomsky Club of America
Aside from an email address, a website and a Facebook page, there is no additional contact information available.
There does not appear to be an actual address available to the public, or even a listing of any officers or board members for the group. Just a primarily faceless organization.
Consequently, it is impossible for the public to actually learn anything about them, their organization, or conduct any background checks with local agencies/authorities to determine if they are in compliance with any local laws and codes.
We find this very disconcerting and sketchy.
However, we did some digging over at Archive.org and located some of the earlier versions of the website. We found this page that listed a Tressa Peterson as the founder and president.
Here is a screen grab from the page:
Ms. Peterson is also listed as the owner of Apex Pomskies and a friend of Joline Phillips of Arctic Design Pomskies.
What is the Purpose of the PCA?
From their homepage one can read the following:
“When we first embarked on our journey to create the perfect pomskies we knew that many people would see it as a way to make money without doing the necessary research and buying the best dogs for their programs. We also expected to have many breeders and individuals that did not agree with what we were doing. In anticipation of all of this we created the Pomsky Club of America shortly after we delivered the first planned litter of true pomskies. We created the PCA to hold breeders to a higher standard so that buyers could safely buy a pomsky knowing that it was dna verified and that their breeder was maintaining the highest standards for their dogs and puppies. We also needed to keep records of breedings, pedigrees and dna results because in the future we do plan to develop pomskies into an actual breed by incorporating other breeds once we have perfected the hybrid and learned more about what breeds could benefit our lines.”
Criticism of the Pomsky Club of America
The internet can be a “Wild Wild West” type of environment and it is often hard to know what is true or false. There is also a ton of hype, exaggeration, promises and vitriol. We do not know who has a personal agenda and if the negative comments made are reflective of this “axe to grind.”
With all of that said, there has been some criticism rendered against the PCA in a few different places.
The Hocus Pocus Pooches blog examined the Pomsky “breed” and had the following to say about the PCA:
“In particular, The Pomsky Club of America is an extremely suspicious organization attempting to “safely” develop a Pomeranian/Husky Hybrid. While they’re sporting an impressive list of “Breeding Ethics”, I strongly encourage you to scorn them in disdain. The venture is dangerous, will take hundreds of years, and was only brought into fruition by the viral…”
Hocus Pocus Pooches further states:
“There are several “Pomsky Breeders” endorsed by the Pomsky Club of America. One of the first and foremost concerns is the lack in knowledge in regards to genetics. Over 75% of the breeders were mating double merles, which are ripe with health complications, deformities, and even stillbirth.”
There are also a few different articles with many comments at the “Complaints Board.” As I am sure you can imagine by the name of the website, these aren’t positive reviews. And again, these are anonymous posters making critical comments about the PCA.
Here are a few links:
Pomsky Club of America (Spamming)
Pomsky Club of America (Bad Business)
The complaints run along some common themes.
Many of the complaints appear to be made by people who do not have a specific relationship or knowledge of the people in the “organization” and focus on the ethics of breeding designer dogs.
Other comments suggest that the PCA is engaging in smear campaigns or playing favorites with regards to who they recognize as a “reputable breeder.” Basically, if you are not one of the cool kids or on good terms with whoever is running the club, you do not get on their directory of approved breeders list.
Without question, the PCA website comes off looking very amateurish and doesn’t give the impression of a legit, professional organization. But, the truth of the matter is that they are not web developers or graphic designers. They are dog breeders. So, while it raises some red flags, you should probably give them a pass on that.
Failing to place contact information and naming the individuals running the show and deciding who the “approved breeders” are and what the breed standard should be is troubling. It is kind of odd that they wouldn’t place this information on the site. Definite red flag.
The complaints on the “Complaints Board” website have quite a few that appear to be posted by individuals who have had personal dealings with Ms. Peterson. It is very hard to tell whether these are personal vendettas or legit issues.
Since this organization is not an official or recognized body, we suggest readers refrain from placing a tremendous amount of “weight” on their breeder recommendations. They may be sincere, honest recommendations but that doesn’t mean that a non-PCA approved breeder is a scam.