What is the origin of a Pumi?

In Hungary in the 17th and 18th centuries, primitive Pulis were crossed with imported French and German terrier-like dogs. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Pumi has been considered an independent breed. He proved himself especially in the expulsion of rodents and predatory game. Today he has his place in the FCI group one (herding dogs and driving dogs) in the section one (shepherd dogs). He also belongs to the AKC and KC. In the AKC he is listed under the "herding group". In the KC he can be found in the "pastoral breed group".

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Pumi breed description brown Pumi puppy grey pumi from hungary white Pumi, dog with curls from Hungary
Alternate Name -
Origin Hungary
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Sheepdogs
AKC group Herding Group
KC group Pastoral Group

What are typical characteristics of a Pumi?

The Pumi has a high temperament and is quite lively. The character of the herding dog is characterized by a sensible behavior and a great capacity for expression. His sense of scent is excellently developed. He also likes to make himself noticed by his loud organ and his restlessness. Most of all he likes to be on the move. He is always ready for action. He is also well suited as a farm dog, where he can work naturally. True to the shepherd dog, the Pumi does not like to be petted by strangers at first. However, this mistrust is quickly overcome.

Pumi attitude - what you should consider

The Pumi is a low-maintenance house dog that can easily be kept indoors. Nevertheless, you should keep him physically and mentally busy.

For this are suitable

  • Sports like activity or obedience,
  • tracking work and the
  • training as a rescue dog.

You will need to trim his rough coat regularly by hand or take him to a groomer. You should also have good nerves, because your darling will keep you on your toes with his barking.

Basically, the Pumi needs an absolutely consistent, clear and patient education. Then he will quickly develop into a companion who will go through thick and thin with you.

black Pumi from Hungary, dog with curls, dog similar to poodle several grey Pumi dogs shorn sitting on a tree trunk grey dog with curls laughing on a meadow, Pumi from Hungary

What are typical diseases

This breed is considered very robust and hardy. Nevertheless, skin and coat diseases occur from time to time.

Pumi breeding - where, how, what?

The breed is still relatively unknown in Germany. Therefore, you may have to travel a long way to get your hands on the right Pumi puppy. A list of Pumi breeders and their litter announcements can be found on the website of the Hungarian Club for Pumi e. V..

Pumi dog from Hungary, breed description

He is a medium-sized terrier-like shepherd dog. Both his proud stance and his well-developed musculature contribute to a harmonious appearance. His build is square and surrounded by medium length wavy hair. His head has a typical terrier character. The erect ears tilt slightly forward and the nose is elongated. The medium length neck forms an angle of about 50 degrees to the horizontal. His high set tail is carried in a circle over the croup.

The movements are dynamic and energetic.

Appearance and coat of the Pumis

Its curly hair is about four to seven centimeters long and is composed of several tufts. Under the tail, the hair stands further apart and is seven to twelve centimeters long. Overall, the coat appears shaggy and dense. Under the wire-haired top coat is the soft undercoat.

There are several colour strokes, but the dog should always be solid coloured. Many animals are born with a black coat, which later turns grey. According to the breed standard, the colors white and fawn are also allowed.

The wrinkle-free skin is pigmented all over the body.

How big does a Pumi grow?

The ideal measurement of an adult male is 43 to 45 cm. Females grow to only 40 to 42 cm.

How much does a Pumi weigh?

Females weigh 10 to 11 kg, while their male counterparts weigh 12 to 13 kg.

Age of a Pumi dog from Hungary

The life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.

Fur length medium
Fur curly
Ear shape Tilt-ear
Tail rolled up
Anatomy slim
Size ♀ 40 - 42 cm
Weight ♀ 10 - 12 kg
Size ♂ 43 - 45 cm
Weight ♂ 11 - 13 kg
Suitable For -


black Pumi from Hungary, dog with curls, dog similar to poodle
several grey Pumi dogs shorn sitting on a tree trunk
grey dog with curls laughing on a meadow, Pumi from Hungary
  • Skin inflammations

    Can be hereditary in certain breeds.

Sources and relevant links


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American Kennel Club

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Klub für Ungarische Hirtenhunde e.V.

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Hans Räber (2014). Enzyklopädie der Rassehunde, Band 1. Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-Gmbh & Company KG

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