Pumi: Dog Breed Information and Characteristics

Country of origin: Hungary
Shoulder height: 38 – 47 cm
Weight: 8 – 15 kg
Age: 12 -13 years
Color: gray, black, fawn, cream, white
Use: working dog, companion dog, the family dog

The Pumi is a medium-sized cattle dog with the dashing temperament of a terrier. He is very lively and athletic, full of enthusiasm for work, and also an excellent watchman who also likes to bark at every opportunity. He needs a lot of activity and exercise and is therefore only suitable for equally active, nature-loving people.

Origin and history

The Pumi is a Hungarian cattle dog that was probably created in the 17th century by crossing Pulis with French and German cattle dog breeds, various terriers, and the Briard. The robust farmer’s dog was used to herd large cattle and pigs and also proved its worth in fighting predatory games and rodents. In Hungary, the two breeds Pumi and Puli only began to be bred separately in the 19th century. The Pumi was recognized as a separate breed in 1924.

Appearance of the Pumi

The Pumi is a medium-sized dog with a wiry, muscular, and well-proportioned body. Its fur is of medium length and forms small strands that are wavy to curly. The top coat is hard, but underneath the Pumi has plenty of soft undercoats. All shades of grey, black, fawn, and cream to white are possible for the colors. The terrier crossbreeds are most clearly recognizable by their stretched facial nose and pricked-up ears.

Temperament of the Pumi

The Pumi is a very lively, active, almost restless working dog. It is territorial and therefore also an excellent guard who likes to bark a lot.

Thanks to the close bond with its people, the Pumi is very easy to keep in a family. However, the intelligent and also independently acting Pumi needs a consistent and loving upbringing. Likewise, there must not be a lack of opportunities to run out and meaningful employment. Its lively spirit and its pronounced enthusiasm for work always want to be challenged. The Pumi learns quickly and is ideal for all dog sports activities – from agility, popular sports, or track training.

The Pumi is an ideal companion for sporty, active, nature-loving people who want to do a lot with their dogs. In a city apartment, this breed will not be happy. In a rural setting, a house with a yard or property that he can guard is ideal.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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