Congratulations! Your dog is the HEALTHIEST, LONGEST LIVED type of dog-in the world! No matter what you call her! I also own a Pomchi, to be specific an F1 Pomchi. I guess if you REALLY want to get technical, a long-haired, deer-head tri-merle AussiePap Pomchi (long hair and/or deerhead chis come from papillons in the chihuahua's line and the merle pattern my pup and her mother have come from aussies) And guess what? I laugh at anyone ignorant enough to open their mouths about my dog..I had a reason for everything from what type of dog I got to where I got her from, everything. I spent months researching the healthiest dog breed or cross after my beloved champion bred border collie died of a massive, highly aggressive tumor in the middle of her brain. I learned all about what pure breeding does to dogs, and because of that I will never own another purebred again. I saw a documentary called Pedigree Dogs Exposed that really opened my eyes about how many innocent dogs have horribly suffered and died as a result of frivolous show standards. I reviewed the non-confidential statistics from pet insurance companies. I contacted numerous vets, even specialists. Guess what? NON-pure dogs kick butt health-wise. And Pomchis lead the pack. I chose the breeder based on her clearly superior breeding practices, and also on my dog's parents. There are no health concerns in either the mother or father's line. The mother is a 7 lb merle, which is good because larger toy breed dogs are sturdier and shown to live longer, and the merle means she likely has mini aussie in her line, which is just more wonderful genetic diversity for my pup. Her father is a long haired, deer headed 6.5 lb chihuahua. I like his weight for the same reason I like the dam's, his hair for the papillon in his line that it suggests, and the fact that he's a deer chi because they have also been shown to be healthier than the traditional show-line apple-heads. I was on the waiting list within hours of the breeding, and bought my baby within a day of her birth based solely on the fact that she was the only female. I bought from a breeder rather than rescue a pup because that way I could study her genetics for potential problems, and I knew the dam received proper care while pregnant, and my pup received proper care in the near-9 weeks before I was able to pick her up. This hardly sounds shallow or stupid on my part. And if I must say so myself, my pup brings plenty of attention to mix breeds. She's an excellent ambassador for designer dogs, as she's totally drop-dead gorgeous and everyone who meets her tells me so. She's also got the perfect temperament, size, everything really. I have yet to be able to find anything about her I would change, even if I could. And as for the haters? I ask who the TRUE shallow owners are to buy a pedigree,for a chance at a blue ribbon, or even just the prestige, knowing full well the pain and suffering so many dogs go through for it, and ask them if they'll be singing the same tune when their dog must be euthanized for (insert breed-related disease here-I know almost all of them) and my dog's still happy, healthy, and sleeping on my chest. Try it. That tends to shut 'em up.
ETA: And to all those that are all puffed up about the evils of buying from a breeder when mutts are dying in shelters-did you buy your precious purebred from a breeder? 'Cause guess what? THEY'RE DYING TOO!
INicole the Italian-Irish-German-Indian girl and her Chihuahua-Pomeranian-Miniature Australian Shepherd-Papillon