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Hungarian Pumi Breed Fact Sheet

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Hungarian Pumi Breed Information

Group 5: Working Dogs

Energy Level: moderate

Original Function: Cattle & sheep herding

Temperament: alert, energetic, willful. A shy or phlegmatic behaviour is untypical of the breed.

Characteristics: The Pumi is a herding dog of Terrier type. Also suitable for herding larger types of animals. His scenting ability is well developed. Has excellently proved his worth when combating wild beasts of prey or rodents. Excellent house pet and can definitely be kept indoors. Needs plenty of exercise. Is an excellent companion and sporting dog.

Recommended for: families, enthusiasts

Be Aware: They are a new breed in Australia and are not readily available.

Lifespan: 10 - 12 yrs


Height: Dogs: 41cm - 47cm
Bitches: 38cm - 44cm

Weight: Dogs: 10 - 15 kg
Bitches: 8 - 13 kg

Colour: Grey in various shades, Black, Fawn. Primary colours: red, yellow, cream (a trace of black or grey and a distinct mask are desirable)
A white mark on the chest less than 3 cm in diameter and/or a white line on the toes are not faulty.
The coat colour must always be intense and solid.

Coat: Wavy, curly coat forms tufts & is never smooth or corded. It is Shaggy & dense, topcoat is not coarse & undercoat is soft.

General Appearance: A medium sized herding dog of Terrier type. His Terrier character is most obvious in his head. The foreface is elongated and the upper third of the otherwise prick ears is bending forward. The conformation is square. Because of his constant alertness, his neck carriage is higher than normal.



The name "Pumi" is first mentioned in 1815, describing a kind of sheep dog. For a century the word "Pumi" was confused with the word "Puli". In certain parts of Hungary the name Pumi was more frequently used, while in others, Puli was more common. "Pumi" may have derived from "Puli". The breed emerged about the 17th or 18th century probably as a result of cross breeeding German Spitz, French Briard sheep dogs, a variety of Terriers and Hungarian Puli. This cross breeding produced dogs whose coat was shorter and more wiry than of the Puli, whose head was more elogated, who had semi-pricked ears, erect with thi tips bent forward. These dogs had an unusually lively temperament and proved to be great help in herding sheep and rounding up cattle.

A Pumi is always in a hurry. A Pumi does not have time laying about. It never looses a moment to lark about. Just the body structure gives away, that this is a dog on the move, the backbone structure luts as an accelerating racercar. This race antices many admirers because of it's funny exterior. For the untrained eye it may be taken for a mixed race, but as such a very unique and succéssfully special type.That, that one fore mostly notices are the moving ears, up right standing widt folded tops as if they can not decide, and widt dressedup grand tufts. Through hair cutting of the curly coat underlines the charachteristically strain of the Pumi's appearance. The right hair cut gives the dog a grand likeness of a koala bear. The backs streamline can also be helped with the scissors

The temperment of the Pumi is the traditional herddogs, soft and easily taught disposition. It is a very affectionate and at times a bit too clinoing. Together with only its owner it can easily become a oneman dog. With in a family where several devote their time to the dog whose attention also naturally include the whole flock, make the Pumi more sociable. Just as all other puppies the Pumi needs to socialize. So extra energy should be used for socializing if the Pumi is not to be a oneman dog. It is there fore important that other people help care for the puppy from the beginning, lifting, carrying and caring for it so as not to let it become to idolizing its owner. Sometimes the Pumi puppy can need a friendly push out into the world, so that it may dare to try to adventure oute into lifes wonderful experiences.

The Pumi can behave reserved towards strangers, mostly the young dog, but it has passed the first abstacles at the threshold of maturing it is both demanding and exaeting in its endearments. Its not larger than it can sit on your lap and there it will dealy like to sit. Its place on your lap garantees belly scratching and claps on the head, as well as a very exquisit vieu of the dinner table or coffiee table. The Pumi wants to be where the action is. If not in focus then any where near the center of happenings as possible. It hates to be shoed or sent away, as a full worthy family member the Pumi takes for granted that it should have reasonable rights and absolute admission to all the flocks activities. A sufficiently eventful everyday life, free of long hours of boredom alone, is for most Pumis enough. Accordingly it is expected that after one quiet day the next is compensated with bouncing about on a long excursion.

Although if one wants more, the Pumi has a remarkable capacity. It shows off in both obedience work as well as agility. There are several obedience champions and world champions in agility that are Pumi. In Finland where this race is very popular, the training of the last mentioned well spread. The Pumi seams to be born and bred to jump obstacles, climb over planks, and zigzag between slalom pegs. It has energy and the physical capacities, balance and vigour or elastiscity. Farm work has been tested in a smaller capacity but at least a Pumi has gaind higher class in tracking.One dog has actually been educated for security and guarding.

One should keep in mind that the Pumi as well as the Mudi and Puli are heard and/or watch dogs. In other words it has a love of hearing its own bark. If it is not taught in time to behave it will turn into a very noisy individual. It is in its nature to give alarm when someone / or knocks on your door or someone/or thing comes close to its/your house. It is not possible to keep the dog entirely quiet, but it should be trained to understand when it is enough. It is in the Pumi owners intrest to clearly tell where the boundary lays and what is elearly permitted. This race is not difficult or hard to educate/train, and it would hardly try to attempt to compete for leadership or press for far tetching participation. But none the less the Terrior strain in the Pumi makes it altogether not good for slackness. One must be consequent and one must see to it to the end that the demands wich are put on the dog are fullfilled. The Pumi is very stubborn and smart enough to see through its owners weakness's if you have a tendancy to be compliant the Pumi will immediately find the loop holes. It is also quick enough to foresee its slow owner and achieve its goal before its owner knows what happened. The Pumis soft appearance invites to concession but it also contributes to deception. The Pumi is what is usually called "alot of dog in a small size/package".

This race submits without dispute at having a human flockleader. If you scratch a little on the surface one can often produce characteristics whitch with certainly lead to a more cheeky and hot-tempered terrior forefather. From the terrior father comes the races reserved attitude maybe even the square form and attitude of a "up on your toes style", which is typical. If the terrior strain strikes through it may bring about a little "hotter tempered" Pumi. Normally its not a fighter, females and males get on quite well with alot of mucking about. Very seldom is there any worry with the Pumi and other home animals. As other hearddogs the Pumi demands a certain amount of admonishment during its growing up. The characteristic attractions that one wishes for should be enhanced. Whilst barking and over protecting quietend. There fore it is very important to know what you should teach your dog. Praise or punishment at the wrong time can have the exact opposite effect than one had in minde. There in lays the reservation against the Pumi as the first dog. With good support from the breeder and a sound reasoning it usually goes well. Besides one should be clear about the Pumi being a lively and active dog. So lively that with certain individual dogs it may almost break over in stress. Usually it has to do with dampening rather than exeitedly talking smoothigly so as to keep the dog with his feat on the ground. Especially in play can certain Pumi's terrior glow boubble up to the surface. On the other hand the terrior in the Pumi makes it more sturdy and stabil in a higher grade than what is usually distinguished with hearddogs. If you are locking for a stylish comrade who leisurly stretches out on the soffa, who is quiet and never bother some, then the Pumi is not a good buy.


Grooming- Occasional combing and brushing will keep the coat looking good. Remove excess hair from inside the ears. Pumis will look well groomed.

Exercise- They need a lot of exercise. If living in an urban environment, replacement activities for work can include ball games, Frisbee and agility classes.

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