The Pumi!

The most noticeable feature in a Pumi’s face is its elongated muzzle. This breed’s dark, slightly oblique eyes are encased in close-fitting lids. You can tell from the Pumi’s tail its character – always carried high and happy. Their ears are always upright and tipped forward. Set back from its body are compact hind feet. However, they have somewhat flat ribs. Their chest is deep and they have strong feet, with hard nails and elastic pads. The Hungarian Pumi’s average-length, curling coat is not felty and do not form into cords unlike that of the Puli’s.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-13 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
No apartments. Needs time outdoors.

Very high.

Exercise Needs:
Prolonged outdoor activities.

Breed Group:


13 to 19 inches

18 to 33 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Solid; black, all shades of gray, reddish brown, and sometimes white.

National breed club:
The Hungarian Pumi Club of America

Pumi Skills

The Pumi was bred from the Puli in the 1700’s. Its standard describes the Pumi as “unable to keep quiet”. This particular trait makes it a great watch dog. In remote areas. The Pumi can do a lot of things like exterminating vermin, guarding the farm or herding the cattle.

Pumi Personality

The Hungarian Pumi makes an excellent watchdog because the slightest sound can make it spring for a possible attack. It would be a perfect double dose – companion and guard dog. Pumis are also watchful and energetic. In their watch duty, they would not hesitate using their voice when they deem necessary. In short, they like to bark a lot. As with most dogs, they are sweet to their master especially at home when surrounded by perceived family and friends. Around strangers, the Puma is rather aloof though watchful. They are an intelligent breed, which can easily be taught. They pick up things quite fast even with little training. A multi-functional dog, it is also favored by owners because of its happy and cheerful disposition. Provided that a particular Pumi is trained well, it can get along with children. However, they hate being pestered so bratty, obnoxious children should stay out of their way.

Exercise Needs

This breed is the type that demands lots of exercise. They are happiest when made to work in a farm guarding livestock or just helping out whichever way with various chores.

Living Conditions

The Pumi is what you would call a very loud breed. It won’t be okay if they get stuck in an apartment or in a crowded community. Since they use their voice a lot, it is advisable to keep them in a big open space where they aren’t likely to disturb a lot of neighbors.

Grooming Requirements

Low maintenance. This breed is not hard to groom. Occasional brushing and combing will already keep them looking nice.

Health Issues

There are no serious health issues with this breed.

If you liked this dog…

...You would also like the Mudi and the Puli which share a lot of the Pumi’s characteristics.


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