Pom Shi (Shiba Inu Pomeranian Mix)

The Pom-Shi is a crossbred between the Pomeranian and the Shiba Inu. This mix is most commonly referred to as a “Shi Pom” – and sometimes “Pom Shi.” ​

Pomeranian X Shiba Inu = Pom Shi

This unique combination of the parents breeds results in a canine mix that’s friendly, intelligent, and lively- a great companion for active singles or families.


A Shi Pom is a small doggy that has a maximum weight between 12 -14 lbs and a height of 9 – 15 inches. They have small feet, dark almond eyes, a small narrow muzzle with a black nose. The Shiba Inu Pomeranian Mix is quite agile, her gait very cat-like and regal in movement with her short fluffy tail curling over her back.

The Shi-Pom’s coat is thick and cottony. However, that will shed and reveal a soft, thick coat that is very plush, with a more rough line of fur down the spine. ​The most common color of Shi Pom coats is tan, white, black, or a combination of these. 

Pom Shi/Shi Pom Pictures

Quick Information

NamePom Shi
Other NamesPomshi, Shi-Pom, Shi Pom
ColorWhite, Brown, Black, Sesame, Patched Red, Grey, Cream
CoatSoft, Thick, Plush
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Breed GroupCompanion Dog, Watch Dog
HieghtHeight: 6-17 inches
WeightWeight: 3-23 lbs
Life Span/Life Expentancy12-16 Years
TemperamentLoyal, independent, curious, sweet, affectionate, friendly
Barking LevelModerate, when sees something unusual
Energy LevelActive
Good with ChildrenYes (Supervision Required)
Competitive Registration/Qualification InformationACHC, DBR, DDKC, DRA, IDCR

Temperament & Behavior

Pom-Shi is a mix of the Pomeranian and the Shiba Inu and can inherit the temperament qualities of either or both parent breeds. These designer dogs have a wonderful personality and bring an unusual combination of traits that you’re bound to love.

Pom-Shi dogs are sweet, playful, energetic, lively, affectionate, and loves cuddling with their owners/rescuers. She gets intelligence and independence from both sides of the bio mix and, while this makes her a great family dog, and at times they can be moderately difficult to train.

However, the Shi-Pom can be a yappy little dog that tends to bark at intruders or sometimes guests. They like to bark at anything unusual. These traits make them good watch dogs or guard dogs for the family.

These dogs have moderate energy levels which will need to be managed to keep her healthy, fit and happy. You should still make sure to properly socialize them from an early age and promote self-sufficiency to avoid any behavioral issues down the road.

Care ~ Exercise

Your Pom-Shi hybrid is a lively little pooch with a moderate amount of energy. She will love going for daily walks, daily romps, and playtime in the dog park or in the fenced in back yard.

Playing interactive games of fetch, Frisbee and hide and seek with her toys inside or outside the house will keep them from boredom. On average, 30 to 45 minutes of daily exercise will keep your pet healthy and happy.

However, you should never let the Pom and Shiba Inu mix off leash when in a park or an outdoor adventure! Their inquisitive nature and desire for exploration can quickly lead them to trouble, so make sure they are leashed when outdoors.


The Pom Shi is a moderate maintenance dog. It is low shedding breed and brushing it once a week will suffice to remove the dirt, mats, and loose hair on its coat.

The frequency of brushing will depend on the length of its hair which is determined by the genetics of the parents having the greatest influence in this mix breed.

Regular ears check-up is recommended and clean them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear cleaner. Be sure to check and trim her toenails weekly. Brushing their teeth 2-3 times a week is also advised.

Health Problems

In general, the Pom Shi dogs are quite healthy and are not affected by many hereditary issues. They have a life span of 12-15 years.

However, some potential health concerns may be:

There may also be occasional diagnoses for Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Sebaceous Adenitis, hypothyroidism, and cataracts.

Regular visit to your veteran for check-ups and occasional tests for the pooch is advised, to keep him healthy.


Pom Shi has a very strong personality and a dominant pack leader is needed to train him and put in its place. Early socialization is very important to raise a Pom Shi pup with the even tempered behavior and impeccable manners.

By using treats and praise to motivate your dog, instead of relying on harsher discipline methods, you can make sure that they find your instructions more appealing. Keep his training sessions short and fun because this will reduce the chances of boredom.


Pom Shi is a small sized pooch and feeding him with high-quality dry dog food is the best option. A meal rich in protein, should suffice your dog’s caloric needs. If you’ll go with commercial food, make sure it has barley, oatmeal, or rice.

Make sure to take into account your pet’s size and activity level, as many companies produce food that’s tailored to your pet’s unique needs.

Additionally, you could feed your Pom-Shi a homecooked or raw food diet, vegetables, fruits and more but make sure to consult a veterinarian before you make the switch.

Follow the serving sizes appropriate for your dog’s age and size, and don’t go overboard with treats as these dogs are prone to gain weight quickly.

Video: Pomeranian Shiba Inu Mix Puppy Jumping with Joy

Interesting Fact

Some Pom Shi breeders often promote them as ‘calmer’ Pomeranians or ‘friendlier’ Shiba Inus. They also try to market them as mini Shiba Inus, which is very misleading.