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Breed Information
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Name Pumi
Other names Hungarian Pumi, Hungarian Herding Terrier
Origin Hungary
Breed Group Herding
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament ActiveIntelligentLivelyProtectiveReservedVocal
Height Male: 16-19 inches (41-47 cm)Female : 14-17 inches (38-44 cm)
Weight Male: 22–33 pounds (10-15 kg)Female: 18–29 pounds (8-13 kg)
Colors BlackGraySilverGrizzleRustSand
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 starsThe Pumi is not recommended for apartment life. This is not a town dog and will be happiest where it has work for it to do for the family. This breed can sleep and live outdoors but also likes to be near their family and master.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsThis breed needs a lot of exercise. They are outdoor dogs and will be at their best living on a farm where they will find enough work to do for themselves, such as guarding the entrance and keeping the livestock together.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: The coat of the Pumi is easy to groom. The braided, medium-length coat does not mat easily. An occasional combing and brushing will keep it looking nice. Remove excess hair from inside the ears. Showing the dog requires special grooming.
Health Issues 2 starsPumis are a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, but Pumis have been known to live up to 19 years. Known medical problems are patella luxation and canine hip dysplasia.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 4 starsThe Pumi will enjoy playing catch, chasing Frisbees, and will excel in agility skills classes.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Cooper Lucy
02 Tucker Bella
03 Toby Coco
04 Jack Luna
05 Louie Chloe
06 Bear Ellie
07 Riley Lola
08 Oscar Stella
09 Leo Zoe
10 Bailey Abbie
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The Pumi is a lively, medium-sized herding dog with Terrier characteristics. Its Terrier character is most obvious in its head, which has an elongated foreface and semi-prick ears. It is a square breed, with a good amount of leg and a medium length, wavy coat that forms curls. The Pumi comes in a variety of solid colors.

The Pumi is a bold, active dog with a rather restless temperament. He can be a little suspicious towards strangers. The breed is constantly on the alert and looking for action, and can be rather noisy. Shyness is untypical of the breed.

The Pumi came into being during the 17th to the 18th century in Hungary by cross breeding the primitive Puli with imported German and French Terrier type breeds with prick ears. It has been recognized as an independent breed since the beginning of the 20th century. The Pumi was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.