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The Pumi is a crossbreed and its history traces back to the 17th-18th century when breeders used to cross the German and the French herding dogs. Slowly, in the last 300 years, it has become a breed in itself. Initially considered a herding dog, these dogs were also used as drivers and also as a shepherd’s companion.

Hungarian Herding Terrier

Interesting Facts

  1. In Europe, these dogs are known for their scenting abilities.
  2. The Pumi is closely related to the Puli and the Mudi, and there are incidents were a Pumi when ditches its puppyhood gets the appearance of a Puli or a Mudi.
  3. The Hungarian Pumi Club of America is an exclusive club for the Pumi breed.

Facts About Pumi

Breed Group Herding
Breed Type Crossbreed
Country of Origin Hungary
Other Names Hungarian Pumi, Hungarian herding terrier
Height 15-18 inches
Weight 22-32 pounds
Competitive Registration / Qualification Information HPCA, AKC
Shedding Moderate
Hypoallergenic NA
Litter Size NA
Colour Black, grey, silver, rust
Life Expectancy 12-14 years
Coat NA
Price $800-$1000(new puppies)

Temperament & Personality

The Pumi puppies are not ideal for apartment life and hence is not suitable for city life. These extremely affectionate creatures love the company of the family and desire compassion of its owner. These dogs are occasional barkers and tend to bark randomly at anything. They are also suitable for the kids and found to be extremely playful with them.

Being moderately dog-friendly, the owner should always keep an eye on the dog when it mingles with other dogs in the park. They become wary if they see an unfamiliar face and can even become aggressive. This dog will be an excellent outdoor companion to its owner and will equally match steps in activities such as hiking, biking, play frisbee, a game of catch and fetch.



The Pumi is not a breed for the lazy people. It needs a lot of regular physical activities to maintain its health. They will be in their happiest self whenever they are outdoors in places such as the farms, grasslands, open fields, etc. This breed excels in activities such as herding the livestock, or any agility sport.

Pumik( the plural form) needs a daily 15 minutes of time spent off leash. These dogs can become destructive and disobedient if deprived of regular physical activities.


Their braided and curly coat texture has a mixture of soft, wavy, and coiled hair. Brush the coat once in a week to prevent matting and debris. It is recommended that the owner should not blow dry the fur or else it will look fluffy instead of looking curly. Trimming is only needed once in two months. A Pumi does not require frequent bathing as excessive bathing may make it lose the natural texture.

Health Problems

Pumi is prone to several hereditary issues such as Patellar Luxation, Hip dysplasia, and Progressive retinal atrophy.


The owner should start with more complicated and challenging tricks as soon as the dog finishes its basic training. The dog will excel in obedience and crate training.

Pumi Dog


The Pumi needs a high level of nutrient-rich diet which will match its extremely energetic lifestyle.

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