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Hungarian Pumi Breed Summary

Intelligent, Energetic, Happy, Devoted and Athletic

Pumi's are very unique and sweet looking dogs. They are a medium-sized dog, and have since grown in popularity here in the UK as well as other parts of the world! 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 dog, they have many 'terrier' traits!

Kennel Club Group Pastoral
Lifespan 12 – 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 41cm – 47cm, Females 38cm – 44cm
Weight Males 10kg – 15kg, Females 8kg – 13kg
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
Other Names Pumi

These dogs 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 walks, 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 breed and love 'hoomans', although they do usually tie themselves particularly to one person.

These dogs 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 dogs 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.