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Pumi History

The Pumi is a small breed of domestic sheepdog, developed in Spain and used primarily for herding livestock. The coat and coloration of the Pumi varies considerably, and both solid and spotted colors are seen.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin


Pumi Physical Characteristics

The Pumi is a small, medium, large, or giant-sized dog with a thick, double-layered, corded coat that is white, gray, red, or a mixture of these colors. They have a round head and a flat, deep muzzle. They have V-shaped ears that stand tall on the top of their head. Their tail is curled over their backs with a plume of fur at the end. They are named for their curly, corded coat, which is similar to the hair of a pumi/poodle cross.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Gray, Silver

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 15 – 17 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 27 – 29 lbs

Female Weight Range: 22 – 24 lbs

Pumi Health

Description of breed health.


12-13 yrs

Pumi Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Lens Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Degenerative Myelopathy

Pumi Temperament and Behaviour

The Pumi is a dog that is highly intelligent, friendly and happy. They are playful and active, but are also calm, quiet and laid-back. They are easy to train and are great for families with older children, as they can be slightly boisterous at times.

Pumi Activity Requirements

The Pumi is a lively, happy-go-lucky herding dog that is native to Hungary. They have a natural instinct to herd, which can make training a challenge. While they are not as high-energy as other herding breeds, Pumis are still an active, athletic dogs. They need regular exercise, both physical and mental, to be happy and well-balanced. A daily walk or jog will keep your Pumi in great shape. They also love to play and will enjoy a game of fetch or tug-of-war. While they are friendly, outgoing, and tolerant, they still need to know their place. A well-trained, respectful pack leader will be the best match for the Pumi.

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Activity Per Day


Daily Food

1.2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Pumi is part of the Herding group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Pumi is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Pumi is part of the Working group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Pumi is part of the Unclassified group.

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