Dog Breed Profile: The Intelligent and Adorable Pumi

By Suzanne Alicie

There are some dogs that, when they look at you, their personality just shines from their face. This is true of the Pumi. If you’re looking for an adorable fur baby that is loyal and fun, then look no further. If you want a dog that is intelligent, eager to please and excels in agility and working tasks, then a Pumi also fits that description. This is a truly well rounded breed that makes an excellent pet and a great working dog. Since I’m not a very active person, I’m pretty sure it’s a good thing I’ve only seen photos of the Pumi breed, because I know that if I looked into one of those lovable, expressive faces I would want to take the dog home!

The Pumi is a Hungarian herding breed that originated in the 17th and 18th centuries as an adapted version of the ancestral Puli breed. These dogs were used to herd farm animals including sheep, goats and pigs. They were very versatile and intelligent on the job, being equally useful for gathering, driving and keeping stock within boundaries.

Not a large dog, the Pumi is a square shaped breed, meaning that the height at the withers is the same as the distance from the prosternum to the buttocks. They are typically between 15 to 18 inches tall and weigh between 22 to 29 pounds, with the males being on the larger end of these ranges.

The Pumi has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service classification since 2001, but the breed has been recognized around the world as show dogs, agility dogs and working dogs for many years.

When you look at a Pumi, you might think it is some form of poodle depending upon how it is groomed. However, the Pumi is a type of terrier that features a curly coat in black, white and various shades of gray. While the Pumi is a wonderful and eager working dog which makes them a great choice for agility training, they are also wonderful pets.

The Pumi is lively, intelligent and loving with those it knows, but tends to be reserved with strangers and new situations. Due to their intelligence, establishing a “leader of the pack” relationship is important with your Pumi or you may end up with a stubborn and defiant dog. They are also very vocal and require a great deal of play and exercise.

When choosing a dog breed, it is important to note that a Pumi is very energetic and active. If you have a full schedule without a lot of time to spend with your dog or are looking for a relaxed lapdog, then a Pumi is not the breed for you. Before selecting a dog breed, make sure to check out our many breed profiles here on the Responsible Pet Ownership Blog.

If you have or want to get a Pumi, make sure you feed a high quality dog food that provides the strength and health needed to support his active lifestyle, as well as plenty of treats to reward him for his good behavior and training feats. CANIDAE Pure Elements grain free dog food is an excellent choice for an active dog, and Pure Heaven Biscuits make a great reward!

Top and bottom photo by Lezo
Middle photo by Marcus Hansson

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