The small unknown dog from Hungary, is an intelligent herding dog, which is still used today for battue hunting. The dog breed resembles the terrier and is often found in Europe and North America. Primarily, you will find the Pumi in its native Hungary. The Pumi is a very good family dog. You will have a lot of fun with the breed because Pumis are playful dogs that are up for any fun.
The Pumi is listed in the FCI under the standard number 56 and belongs to the group 1 of herding and driving dogs. On average, this breed is about 38 to 47 cm high and has an average weight of 8 to 15 kg. For this reason, the Pumi is described as rather medium in size.
The average age of the breed is 12 to 13 years. The wiry top coat of the Pumi can be curly, wavy as well as shaggy and medium length. The dog has a soft undercoat. At first glance, the coat gives the appearance of being easily matted, but this is not the case.
Once you have decided on a Pumi, you can choose from the different colors. The color variants of the Pumi range from Black over white, various shades of gray and diverse colors with the primary colors red, yellow and cream.
If you look at the physique of the Pumi, you can call him rather strong. He has a rather short and backward sloping back. His elongated head ends in a pointed muzzle. The V-shaped ears of the Pumi have a bent tip and stick out upwards. The tail of the breed is set high and curls over the loins.
The Pumi is a very lively dog, which is brash and spunky.
Furthermore, you should know that this dog breed is very fond of barking. The Pumi is a intelligent Dog who is very playful, but still a attentive observer. If he meets strangers, he reacts rather skeptically.
In the education of the Pumi you must necessarily be consistent. However, this breed can be educate relatively easily, because he learns through play. In any case, you must ensure a good workload in everyday life. The Pumi is not suitable for the city apartment of a professional.
In its homeland, the Pumi is often used as a guard dog in addition to its work as a herding and cattle dog. Outside of Hungary, the pumi is now mostly known as the Companion dog held.
If you want to have the Pumi as a family dog, then you need to make sure that he is busy throughout the day. You can achieve this very easily with various dog sports. Suitable are here the agility, obedience or also the tournament dog sport.
The right food
The Pumi basically makes the same demands on its food as any other dog breed. You should not only make sure that the food tastes good to your dog, but that it also has all the important nutrients for a healthy life. The meat content should therefore also be relatively high. The food should be as free as possible from preservatives and other additives.
Since the Pumi is very agile, you hardly have to worry about it being prone to obesity. However, you must keep an eye on the amount when feeding treats, because you can feed virtually any dog to a fat dog. Always give your Pumi as treats in moderation, so most likely when you want to praise him for training sessions.
Food scraps from the table are definitely not for your dog. On the one hand, it can lead to intolerances and on the other hand, the food is usually too spicy. Under no circumstances should you serve your dog cooked bones, because they splinter too easily and then lead to injuries. Likewise, you should remove high-fat foods from the menu of the Pumi, because these also cause intolerances in addition to obesity.
In any case, it is important that you regularly monitor the weight of the Pumi. Because that's how you'll most likely determine if your dog is too fat or if it's up to par.
Health & Care
For the fur care of a Pumis you should already invest a certain time. It should be combed daily and trimmed at regular intervals.
Since the dog is very agile and you are certainly often with him in the fields and meadows, you will certainly have to bathe your four-legged friend from time to time. For this purpose you use a special dog shampoo.
When drying you should do without a hair dryer. As a result, the coat loses its characteristic curls.
Also you should teeth Maintain regularly. ears and eyes should be regularly checked and kept clean.
As you have already experienced, you need to keep your four-legged friend well exercised. In addition to the well-known dog sports, games of skill and the like can also help. So it makes sense if you have small Educational games have at hand, with which you can occupy your dog.
Furthermore, he needs a dog pillow and bed, a Water and food bowl, a Drag line and a collar or harness.
Other things that will make dog life comfortable for you and your four-legged friend can be acquired over time.
Origin & History
The Pumi is quite an old dog breed. You can easily trace its history back to the 17th century track. At that time different herds with their herding dogs came to Hungary. The terriers of that time were born in Hungary with the there living and shaggy Pulis crossed, so that the Pumi was created.
You may also hear another version of the origin of the Pumi. Some sources tell that the Pumi is a cross between a Puli and a German Spitz. This story originated in the 18th century.
It was not until 1920 that the Pumi was called the West Hungarian Puli. Four years later he was recognized as a pedigree dog.