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The Pumi is a medium-sized, agile Hungarian herding breed. They are versatile stock dogs, equally adept at gathering, driving and keeping the stock under control. The breed has a long head with semi-erect ears, a whimsical expression and a tail that forms a circle over the back. The coat (black, white, gray, or shades of fawn from pale cream to red) is a combination of wavy and curly hair, forming corkscrews or curls all over the body, and is never smooth or corded.

A Look Back

The Pumi originated in the 17th or 18th centuries in Western Hungary from the ancestral Puli mixed with French and German herding dogs. It is said that there is also some terrier blood behind them which may have helped when herding cattle, sheep, and swine. In the early part of the 20th century Dr. Emil Raitsis identified the separate characteristics of the Hungarian sheepdogs and selective breeding to intensify these characteristics began. The Pumi was identified as an independent breed in 1920.

Right Breed for You?

The Pumi is energetic, lively and ready to work. They combine the intelligence of the herding dog along with the alertness of a terrier.  Because of this, they need daily work to do, whether it's herding, agility, obedience, flyball, jogging, or chasing tennis balls.  They shed only when combed, about every 2 weeks, and should be groomed approximately every 3 months. 

If you are considering purchasing a Pumi puppy, learn more here.

  • Miscellaneous class; Herding group designation.
  • Ranging in size from 15 to 18 ½ inches tall at the shoulder and 22 to 32 pounds.
  • Versatile stock dog.

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