AKC PuppyFinder: Pumi Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Spunky, clever, curious; game for anything
- Energy Level: Very Active; An all-around athlete, the Pumi craves exercise and challenges
- Height: 16-18.5 inches (male), 15-17.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 27-29 pounds (male), 22-24 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
- Breed Description
View PhotoWith his whimsical expression and cocked ears, the Pumi looks like he's waiting for his next task. This intelligent, alert breed needs daily stimulation to be happy. He excels at herding livestock and dog sports like flyball, agility and obedience, or just a good game of fetch. Pumi puppies should be socialized by exposing them to many different experiences and environments. They're fast learners, ready for the next challenge. With plenty of exercise, they're wonderful companions, although they may single out one person for special affection.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 2016
Breed History & Job Description: Authorities recognize three sheepdogs indigenous to Hungary: the Mudi, Puli, and Pumi. The Puli is thought to be the oldest, established in what is now Hungary around a.d. 800. Between 300 and 400 years ago, the Puli was interbred with Western European herding dogs and and terriers to produce the Pumi. For years the Pumi was considered a regional variant of the Puli. This began to change in the early 20th century, when the standardization of the two breeds began.
Pumis are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pumis are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Patella Evaluation
- PLL DNA Test
- Degenerative Myelopathy DNA Test
- Breed Club