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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Working group.

Weight:

Approximately 18-29 pounds (8-13 kg).

Height:

Approximately 14-17 inches (35-44 cm) at the withers.

Color(s):

For showing purposes, solid colours are preferable. Common colours include grey, black, white, and reddish brown.

Coat:

The coat is of medium length and consists of curly ringlets. This breed also has an undercoat.


Overview

Character:

Pumis are energetic and courageous dogs with an excellent sense of smell. Intelligent and affectionate, Pumis are good companions.

Country of Origin:

Hungary.

History:

The Pumi was developed either during the seventeenth or eighteenth century and was created by crossbreeding French and German sheepdogs with Puli-type dogs. The Pumi was recognized as a distinct breed in 1920 and gained official recognition from the FCI in 1966. Although this breed was relatively unknown outside of its native country of Hungary until the 1970's, Pumis have now been exported to countries such as Finland, Sweden, Italy, and the United States.

Name:

This breed is also known as the Hungarian Pumi.

Temperament:

Pumis are wary of strangers and bark quite easily. These high-spirited dogs tend to be quite protective of their property and family members.


Care

Training:

Due to their natural tendency to be protective of their family and suspicious of strangers, Pumis require early socialisation. These dogs are moderately easy to train.

Activity:

Pumis are spirited and energetic dogs that require lots of exercise and space to run.

Ownership:

Although Pumis were previously predominantly used as hunting dogs, they are now used for a variety of activities including agility, dog dancing, and search and rescue. These lively dogs require plenty of daily exercise and room to run around and burn off energy. Pumis have an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years but can live significantly longer when healthy and well cared for.


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