Pumi is a lively and energetic medium-sized dog originating from Hungary. These dogs are known for their intelligence and courage, and they were developed for herding livestock. Today they still fill the role of a livestock herder, but also, they are more and more popular as companions. Pumi has a „terrier-like“ characteristic, so many people call them „Hungarian herding terriers“.
Pumis are adaptable dogs, and if you provide them with enough exercise and mental stimulation, you will not have any problems with your dog.
15-18 in (38-45 cm)
22-29 lb (10-13 kg)
Pumi dogs were created by breeding Puli (the oldest Hungarian dog breed) with Western European herding dogs. For many years Pumi dogs were considered different variants of Puli dogs. With the standardization of these two breeds at the beginning of the 20th century, this changed.
Dog Breed Characteristics
Pumi is an alert and lively herding dog with a restless temperament. They are extremely bold and a little suspicious toward strangers. These dogs are active and always ready to work.
Their coat can come in various shades of white, grey, or fawn. They have a coat that consists of wavy and curly parts, and these dogs require combing every 6-10 weeks. After you finish combing, wet their coat and let it dry naturally so the curls will restore. It is advised to never blow their coat because it will become fluffy instead of curly.
Their coat requires regular care to keep their looks at their best. Pumi dogs don't shed, but the hair will come out during grooming.
Frequent baths with this dog are not required, but you will want to bathe him monthly if he lives inside and you let him on beds and furniture. The rest is basic care: trim their nails if they don't wear them down naturally, brush their teeth to prevent tartar build-up, and prevent bacteria development.
Exercise and socialization
Pumis are energetic dogs that require a lot of activities to keep them happy and healthy. Besides physical, you will also need to provide your dog with mental stimulation. Most of all, these dogs love to play chase and fetch. Pumis excel in canine sports such as obedience and agility.
Pumis loves to learn and will pick up commands very fast. They are a working dog breed that is very obedient, and that makes them easy to train. Pumi dogs can be alert and aloof, and because of that, early socialization is required. With a well-socialized puppy, you will not have any problems, and you don't have to worry that your dog will show any signs of natural behavior problems (barking, digging, and herding people).
As soon as your puppy comes home, start exposing him to many different people, dogs, sights, and sounds, and that way, he will learn how to react in many different situations he may find himself in later in life. With proper socialization, you can be sure you will have a well-behaved dog. If you are new to the dog world and don't know what is the right way to socialize your dog, we advise you to seek professional help.
Pumi and kids
Pumis are family dogs that will get along with children. However, you will need to be careful when you let your kids play with the dog because, in some cases, Pumi will try and nip and herd the kids. That is also a thing that your dog can learn not to do with proper socialization. Other than that, Pumis will enjoy spending time with the children.
Pumi and other animals
Pumis can get along with other dogs as long the other dogs are not pushy. Because they were bred for working purposes, you will have to be very careful around cats and other smaller animals. In most cases, they will get along, but it is safer that you keep an eye on your dog if he is around other smaller animals.
Pumi is a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of 12 -13 years. Like most of the breeds in the world, they are prone to certain health problems, including
To be completely sure that you are getting a healthy dog, always buy a dog from a responsible dog breeder. Official and responsible dog breeders perform various health tests on their breeding dogs as well as on their puppies to secure that the puppies will be in the best possible health and without inherited diseases.
Pumi is a great dog with whom you will enjoy every minute of the day if you devote your time to socialization and the training process. When searching for a dog, always make sure that you are talking to official and responsible Pumi breeders. Today these dogs are still rare outside their native country - Hungary.
Because of that, you will have to be patient and don't rush things to buy a dog immediately. If you buy a dog from a responsible breeder you can be sure that you are getting a dog with the best possible health and you don't have to worry that the breeder will scam you.
World Dog Finder team