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Hungarian Pumi, Hungarian Herding Terrier


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.

Size Medium
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)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Colors Black Gray Silver Grizzle Rust Sand
Origin Hungary
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The 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.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

This 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.


The Pumi will enjoy playing catch, chasing Frisbees, and will excel in agility skills classes.



Grooming Requirements

Moderate 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.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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