Pumi

Herding Group

Pumi puppy laying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-24 in, Males 27-29 in

Weight

Females 15-17.5 lbs, Males 16-18.5

Life Expectancy

12-13 yrs

History

The Pumi originated in Hungary around 300-400 years ago. It is one of three Hungarian shepherd breeds, the other two being the Puli and the Mudi. It is widely acknowledged that the Pumi is the result of crosses between the Puli, terriers, and French and German shepherd dogs. The Pumi was believed to be a regional variant of the Puli up until controlled breeding began in the 1910's, and was not officially a separate breed until 1927.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Pumis will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Playful, fun-loving, and active

Intelligent and easy to train as long as training is interesting and fun

Generally low-key at home if sufficiently exercised

Curious, attentive, and extremely in-tune with their family's emotions and thoughts

Instinctively bark, dig, and try to herd people- these can all be kept manageable if addressed at a young age