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Pumi Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • UKC
  • Height
  • 15" - 18.5"
  • Weight
  • 17-33 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Difficult
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Fawn
    • Silver / Grey
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Hunting heritage
    • Ok outdoors

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Alternate Names

Hungarian pumi


The Pumi originated in Hungary.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed around the same time as the Puli, around 1,000 A.D.


The pumi was developed by breeding the Hungarian puli with the European dogs who accompanied Western Europeans to Hungary during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. It and the puli were indistinguishable until the puli fanciers worked to resurrect the original breed in the early twentieth century. It is a herding dog but is also used for hunting.


This is a medium-size, terrier-like, squarely built dog. It has a long, narrow head with a long muzzle and a narrow, black nose. The eyes are brown and the ears are naturally prick with the top third folded over. It has a long natural tail that is carried high and curved. The double coat is wavy and forms tufts but is not corded. The outer coat is long and elastic in texture. The coat is gray, black, or fawn, with or without white markings, or white.


The pumi is terrier-like in its personality, noisy and constantly busy. It is very active and bold. It is cheerful and affectionate with family but wary with strangers and will react to provocation.


The pumi is a vigorous and sturdy sheepdog. It can also be used successfully as a guard dog and hunting dog. Its terrier heritage has given it a natural interest in the lairs of wild animals such as foxes and hares. Ready to spring at the slightest noise, the pumi is an ideal guardian for isolated houses or factories.

Health Concerns

None known.

Additional Information

The pumi does best with an active family in a rural or suburban environment.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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