Get to know the Pumi
All you need to know about the breed
One could nickname them “the pleasant Pumi”, such is this breed’s very affable nature and keen perspective on life. The native dog of Hungary is perky as all get out, with rounded and incredibly erect ears that give off the impression of perpetual gaiety. This is a dog that’s always ready to go - into the field, on a walk, out into the yard. As a herding breed, they’re at their best when in motion and all too pleased to help out with any task, and it’s always better if humans are involved.
Still used as working dogs in plenty of places, Pumik - as they are known in plural in Hungarian - are increasingly seen as a family pet. Their almost limitless energy makes the Pumi a great dog for families with children, who will have an instant and appropriately sized playmate (the Pumi never stands more than 2½ feet, or 47cm, high), and their easy going manner means they also see other family pets as pals.
Their wash-and-wear coat is just as facile as they are. Grooming the Pumi is not an all-day affair. Combing every few weeks and dousing with water to let their natural curls fall back into place is all they need.
Their smarts are also valued by those who know and adore the Pumi breed. The dog was bred as a herder and drover, and despite their size, they’re surprisingly capable of moving large cloven animals - swine and cows - across distances into pastures. On the homefront, they are just as adept at a game of fetch or helping to herd small children into place. Teamwork is the Pumi’s middle name!
2 facts about Pumis
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Pumi
Caring for your Pumi
Grooming, training and exercise tips
It’s their characteristic curls that the Pumi is known for, and the style is easier to care for than one would imagine. Combing their coat every three to six weeks will keep them lovely, followed by a wetting down of the fur so the curls can spring back up. Look for any debris that can get stuck in their fur, like twigs, grass, or thorns, especially after walks in the country. Shedding is next to nil for the Pumi, a plus for owners new and old. Exercise is a given for the Pumi: They are sprightly, eager, and always up for activity of any sort. Fetch is a favourite, as is climbing up, in, and under places to check out what’s going on. High intelligence is also a hallmark of the breed, which makes training your Pumi a breeze. They have an almost limitless desire to be occupied and work at anything that’s in front of them.