Pumi Dog Breed

Fawn Pumi
  • Other names:
  • Hungarian Pumi

Pronunciation: [Pumee]

The Pumi is a Hungarian shepherding dog that has been around since the 17th or 18th century but is only now gaining worldwide popularity. Although the FCI recognized the breed in 1954, the United Kennel Club formally recognized the Pumi in 1996. The Kennel Club eventually followed suite in 2015, and the American Kennel Club finally recognized the dog in mid-2016. Members of this breed have plenty of energy and intelligence, plus they make good family pets. This is one of those rare breeds that once you have seen her, you will never forget her!

Pumi Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred12-14 yrs.15-19 in.22-29 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

The Pumi is one of those breeds with an imbalance of reasons to have the dog as a companion; fortunately, the good reasons far outnumber the bad ones! This remarkably attractive dog may be difficult to acquire, however, and will require more than a moderate amount of responsibility (which should not be regarded as a downside). They should be welcomed less as a mere companion and more as a family member; doing so will be worth the "work"!


  • Loves children
  • Minimal shedding
  • Great guard dogs
  • Few health issues
  • Superb agility dog
  • Very easy to train
  • Remarkably playful
  • Vermin exterminator
  • Excellent watchdogs
  • Highly communicative
  • Gets along with other pets
  • Fantastic for highly active lifestyles
  • Those ears!


  • Barks a great deal
  • High grooming needs
  • Requires a lot of training
  • Must be socialized with very small pets
  • Not a lap dog despite somewhat small size

Pumi Breed Description

At first glance, you will probably in turn think, That's an odd-looking Terrier!, or What kind of Boxer is that? — and perhaps even, Is it a new kind of Poodle? Most people may have never previously heard of a Pumi let alone seen one — but once having seen one, you will never forget what they look like!

This breed is very intelligent. They are easy to train, work hard at adapting to the dynamic conditions of shepherding and vermin extermination, and are remarkably communicative with both people and livestock. They are highly alert and tend to have a high degree of recognition in order to distinguish possible foes from potential friends.

Pumis (or if you prefer the proper Hungarian plural, Pumik) are great family dogs and house pets — but be prepared for an active family member! These dogs are noted for their seemingly perpetual motion personality as well as their highly vocal style. They are not your typical yapper, however, for they use barks, yips and yaps when herding. You should understand their barking is not a habit to be stopped but a conveyance to be understood.

Shepherding livestock requires a great amount of stamina and strength. The Pumi is well-known for centuries of successfully managing herds, and you should understand the responsibility of living with such a dog. A tremendous amount of daily exercise is mandatory for a Pumi.

Pumi Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Pumi.

Black Pumi Puppy
Fawn Pumi
Black Pumi Running

Pumi Health

Unlike most purebred dogs, the Pumi seems to have few health problems. While any such issues are cause for some concern, those that are noted as potentially developing in these dogs are not as serious as most known breeds.

  • Eye problems
  • Joint dysplasia
  • Spinal ailments

With proper testing, vet care and a loving home, your beautiful Pumi should typically live to be 12 to 14 years old.

  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Primary Lens Luxation
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Pumi Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Pumi as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Foundation Stock Service
  • National Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
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