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.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
Pumis are a medium breed and may have a lifespan ranging from XX to XX years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
He needs a good combing every two to three weeks, followed by a good wetting down to let the coat curl back up. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The Pumi is a thinking dog and must assess each new situation, so its best to expose young puppies to many different situations. A Pumi will learn quickly and loves to work. Because they enjoy using their voices, barking should not be reinforced. The Pumi is an active dog and, with daily exercise, he makes a wonderful house dog. The dogs will bond closely with their families but may prefer one family member. They will get along with children if they’re brought into the family when the dog is still young.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pumis are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own as Pumis can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.