The Pumi, also known as the Hungarian Pumi, is an agile, active, medium-sized herding breed whose ancient ancestors accompanied the Magyars to Hungary thousands of years ago.
The name “Pumi” was coined in the early 1900s. It may come from a combination of “Puli” and “Mudi,” two breeds that probably are behind the modern Pumi.
Bred to herd and drive sheep, cattle, pigs and other livestock, and also to hunt rodents, the Pumi combines the alertness and drive of a terrier with the willingness and intelligence of a shepherd.
They typically work very close to their livestock and use their voices and quick movement to guide and keep the flocks and herds under control.
Nothing in certain is known about its first origin, though some experts suggest that it was probably crossed with the Pomeranian or Hutespitz. It is also likely that some genes of the old terrier breeds have also been mixed in its blood.
However, researchers opined that there is no terrier blood in the breed. Whichever way, the Pumi evolved as an independent race right over the last three centuries.
Pumi is a highly protective breed and would be loyal and caring of anyone it considers a part of its family. They love to be surrounded by known faces and thus are wary of strangers.
Pumis make excellent indoor companions and sporting partners for active people.
Appearance & Grooming of the Pumi Dog Breed: Mature Pumis stand between 15 and 18.5 inches high and typically weigh between 17 and 33 pounds.
The Pumi Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is watchful and energetic. Pumis have the tenacity and fearlessness of a terrier and the alert, watchfulness of a herder. They make excellent family pets for outdoorsy people who enjoy an active lifestyle.
They need lots of exercises every day to stay happy and healthy. Call it their requirement even as a part of their training program (see section ‘Training’). In fact, they need to be put to work. So a considerably long walk or jogging would be good for your Pumi.
Play games like fetching with your dog, or just allow it to run and play wildly on its own inside a protected area.