By playfulpaws92905517, Apr 22 2020 01:00PM
Date of origin 1700’s
Ancestry- Puli, German, and French Sheepdog
Height and weight (male) - 16-18 inches 27-29 LBS
Height and Weight (female) - 15-17 inches 22-24 LBS
Life Expectancy 12-13 years
This breed dates back all the way to the 1700’s and is descendent of the Puli, German sheepdog, and French sheepdog. They were originally bred, to herd Merino Sheep in the 17th and 18th centuries. Due to breeding several different breeds to make the Pumi they made a dog that was better equipped to handle Hungary’s roughest terrains. Authorities have recognized three different sheepdogs indigenous to Hungary: the Mudi, Puli, and Pumi.
They were first mentioned in historical documents, by name, in 1815 but it took over a hundred years before they were actually recognized as a breed. These dogs are not simply a herding dog; they were expected to perform other duties around the farm such as being a watchdog, hunting vermin and guarding the livestock. They are very much a typical herding breed and can be extremely vocal; in fact, the original breed standard described them as not having the ability to keep quiet. The Hungarian Pumi Club of America was established and members worked diligently to educate the public about these interesting herding dogs. The American Kennel Club recognized them as a herding breed in 2016.
The Pumi is a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky small breed of dog. Lively, alert, intelligent, bold, and ready for duty, yet reserved with strangers. Known to watch people, especially strangers, the Pumi assesses each new situation before approaching the unknown. Their quick movement along with their voice is what drives livestock. This is a little dog with a huge personality, and they love to communicate by barking to get their wants and wishes met. It is hard to curve this barking behavior, even with training, and they will get into trouble if left alone too long. Since they are such vocal dogs they are not recommended for apartment life or even subdivisions where noise ordinances are in place. These dogs are recommended to be in the country where they are plenty of room to run and bark without disturbing your neighbors. These little dogs excel at different dog sports including but not limited to agility, obedience, and herding trials.