Other name: Hungarian Pumi

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The Pumi is a medium-sized, terrier-like herding dog with a particularly high neck and wavy, curly coat. The gait of the Pumi is characterized by lively movements, full of temperament, dynamic and energetic, expressing a certain pride.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Hungary
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 8 kg to 13 kg From 38 cm to 44 cm
Male From 10 kg to 15 kg From 41 cm to 47 cm
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History of the breed

The Pumi was developed from the 17th century enjoying dog contributions from Germany and France, mainly burrows. The Magyar breeders were thus able to emphasize qualities which made them an excellent herding dog , specialized in the management of cattle, as well as a good guardian. This however was not until the early 20th century that the Pumi was considered a full race.

Physical features

His hair: wavy, curly, medium length and forming supple and tight tufts. The outer coat is associated with an elastic undercoat.
Its color: unicolour gray, black, fawn or white. A small white mark on the chest is only tolerated.
His head: rather elongated and well proportioned to the whole. The skull has a broad, rounded top. The forehead is long and slightly domed (flat seen in profile), the superciliary arches moderately developed, the stop hardly visible, the nose narrow and black, the muzzle elongated, the lips tight and dark in color, the jaws strong and articulated. in regular and complete scissors, well muscled cheeks.
His ears: inverted V-shaped, very mobile, set high, erect with the upper third bent forward.
His eyes: medium large, oval in shape and rather slanted, dark brown in color, displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
Its body: writable in a square, the height at the withers being roughly equal to the length. The silhouette is rather fine and harmonious, the musculature well developed. The neck is of medium length, carried high and well muscled, the top line straight, the withers marked and long, the back short and straight, the loins well supported, the croup short, moderately broad and slightly sloping, the chest straight and high, the ribs not very curved and flat, the belly firm and pulled back towards the rear.
Its tail: set high, forming an arc above the rump and covered with a hard hair and spread.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Pumi   is a very active, lively, energetic and enduring dog . Always inclined to work and learn, he shows off his intelligence and enthusiasm both as a herding dog, an area in which he is traditionally employed, and as a family dog. Particularly demonstrative, the Pumi is also a good guardian, since he is naturally wary of strangers.

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A dog as active and energetic as the Pumi calls for a firm education , certainly, but without any form of brutality. It is important to make him understand quickly enough the behavioral limits not to cross, without trying to break his personality. His enthusiasm for work and his intelligence are to be exploited in his learning, in particular by focusing on positive reinforcement methods .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Pumi can adapt to apartment living, but he will always prefer to have a large fenced outdoor area .


Ease of gaining weight

the   Pumi   is a robust dog , resistant and characterized by a solid health. There is no predisposition to any particular disease or abnormality in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Pumi dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Pumi is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Pumi is a dog that requires minimal maintenance due to its tight, curly coat. His hair loss remains moderate.

Grooming this dog other than manually is not recommended. The chisel should only be used to make minor corrections to the head and limbs. It does not need to be bathed frequently : 3 to 4 baths per year.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
2000 €

The purchase price of a Pumi is between 1000 € and 2000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Pumi is between 350 € and 500 €.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Pumi is a very active dog and therefore needs frequent opportunities to exercise . One to 2 long daily outings are to be expected for this particularly sporty companion.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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– Active: the owner must be energetic and dynamic to live in harmony with his dog.
– Hyperactive: the owner must be stimulating and very restless to suit the temperament of his dog.”>

FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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