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Hungarian Pumi Breed Summary
Intelligent, Energetic, Happy, Devoted and Athletic
Pumik are very unique and sweet looking doggies. They are a medium sized doggy, and have since grown in popularity both here in the UK as well as other parts of the world as well! They are very loyal in nature and absolutely love 'hoomans', forming very strong bonds with their families.
They are more than popular in their native country of Hungary, though it has only been a recent occurrence that they have become popular elsewhere. For this reason, not many puppies are born each year and anyone wanting to share their lives with one of these guys would need to be onto a waiting list.
Fun Fact: Though bred as a herding doggy, they have many 'terrier' traits!
|Kennel Club Group||Pastoral|
|Lifespan||12 – 14 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 41 – 47 cm, Females 38 – 44 cm at the withers|
|Weight||Males 10 – 15 kg, Females 8 – 13 kg|
|Coat||Coats are Medium in Length and have a Wavy or Curly Texture. Coats are Shaggy, Elastic and Dense, consisting of a Crisp and Strong Topcoat and a much Softer Undercoat.|
|Colour||Black, Dark Grey, Fawn, Grey, Light Grey, White|
|Eye colour||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Primary lens luxation (PLL), Degenerative myelopathy (DM), Patellar luxation|
These doggies are known for their extremely high intelligence, which in turn makes them relatively easy to train. They are also a very energetic breed so will need plenty of walkies, exercise and playtime. For this reason, they would do best in a family that already lead an active life that they can easily slot into. On the topic of their huge energy, Pumis also love taking part in canine spots as well! They are an extremely loving and happy doggy and love 'hoomans', although they do usually tie themselves particularly to one person. However, for the right family, with the right amount of time to give, they have the potential to make lovely family pets!
These doggies were first introduced into Europe in the 9th century by the Maygar Tribes, although its thought that they originally came from Tibet! However, it wasn't until the 20th century that they became an established breed. They were bred to herd livestock, including sheep, goats and pigs. These doggies had many variances and were eventually split into three groups; the Pumi, Mudi and Puli and it's thought that the Pumi was developed in the West of Hungary. A breed standard was created by Emil Raitsits, during the 1900's with later alterations in the 1920's.