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Pumi

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Pumi

The Pumi is a small to medium-sized dog with Terrier characteristics. This breed has an elongated muzzle that is long and narrow. The nose is narrow and is always black. The eyes are oval-shaped and are dark brown in color. The ears are v-shaped, set high and carried upright with the top third bending forward. The neck is the same length as the head. The Pumi is very lean and has taut muscles. The tail is set high and is carried in an open circle above the back. They have fur similar to that of the Puli puppy, but does not form cords. It is wavy or curly and grows to be about one to three inches long. Solid colors include white, black, fawn and shades of grey.

Temperament The Pumi is alert, loving, fun and energetic. They seem to be restless, always on alert and looking for action. The breed is very, very vocal and makes excellent watch and guard dogs. They are daring, excited and spirited. This dog has a true Terrier spirit and enjoys being active. Some in this breed can be quick to anger and may bite if provoked. They get along better with older children and with other pets if they are raised with them. They need an owner who has time to train, socialize and exercise them.
Height, Weight Male Height: 16-19" ; Weight: 22-33 lbs.
Female Height: 15-18" ; Weight: 17-28 lbs.
Health Problems The Pumi is occasionally prone to hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.
Living Conditions This breed should have a yard with lots of running room.
Exercise The Pumi is extremely energetic and needs plenty of vigorous exercise. This Terrier-type should receive enough exercise as well as mental challenges.
Life Expectancy About 12-13 years
Grooming The coat of this breed needs to be brushed or combed daily to prevent matting.
Origin The Pumi was created during the 17th and 18th centuries in Hungary by crossing the Puli with the German and French Terrier-type breeds with prick ears. They have been used for over 300 years as a herder of sheep, pigs and cattle. They are also great hunters of vermin. After WWII, the Pumi diminished and was on the brink of extinction. A breeder by the name of Emil Raitsits brought the breed back and no longer crossed the breed with the Puli. It was recognized as a separate breed during the 1920s. They are recognized by the FCI and the UKC, and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group Herding