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    History & Overview

    The names Puli and Pumi were used interchangeably for a long time. The Pumi has been recognised as an independent breed at the beginning of the 20th century. The breed is still relatively unknown outside his native Hungary where he is used as a cattle herder and an all-around farm dog.


    Many Pumis proved to be excellent fox and rabbit hunters, spotting and flushing those pesky animals from their dens with great skill and determination. He has a very keen sense of hearing which makes him an outstanding watch and guard dog. The Pumi is a working dog and is happiest when herding hundreds of sheep. Always active, attentive and ready for duty, Pumi likes to bark.


    Energetic, high-spirited, watchful and loyal to a fault, the Pumi is steadily gaining popularity outside his home country. Despite his sweet looks, Pumi can by shy and somewhat mistrustful of strangers. A well-raised Pumi will not cause problems with children, provided that they do not pester him.

    At A Glance

    Other Names:

    Hungarian Pumi, Pumik

    Country of Origin:



    Herding Dog of Terrier Type


    FCI Classification: Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs); Section 1: Sheepdogs (without working trial.)
    AKC Classification: FSS


    Medium (15 – 18 inches at shoulders)


    Gray in different shades, black, fawn (ground colors are red, yellow and cream), white

    Litter Size:

    3 – 6

    Life Span:

    11 – 13 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    The coat is medium-long, thick with curling hair. The dense undercoat needs strong, regular brushing. Remove excessive hair from ears. For showing Pumis need special grooming.




    The Pumi is an intelligent, alert, agile, extremely devoted family dog. Some Pumis have a tendency to bond closely with one member of the family.

    Social skills:

    Pumis usually get along with other dogs and animals.

    Suitability for Children:

    A well brought up Pumi usually does not cause problems with children, provided that they do not pester him.

    Exercise Needs:

    While the Pumi is rather adaptable to various living conditions, he needs plenty of vigorous exercise in a wide open area. These dogs do well in playing catch, chasing Frisbees, and in agility trials. Pumi is happiest where there is enough work for him to occupy his busy mind.

    Train Ability:

    The Pumi is highly intelligent and learns basic obedience quickly.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    Pumi puppies can look cute, playful and healthy. Still, you would be wise to educate yourself about the hereditary dog diseases and health problems of the Pumi dog and what measures and precautions your Pumi reputable breeder has taken to ensure that your new Pumi puppy will grow into a healthy and happy dog. There have been identified several cases of:

    Video Credits: American Kennel Club
    Image Credits: Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital


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