Country of OriginHungary
Nicknames and Other NamesHungarian Pumi
Hungarian Herding Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupHerding Group
Bred ForGathering, driving, and
keeping stock under control
Recognized ByFCI, ANKC, NZKC, KC, UKC, AKC
Life Span12-13 years
Ideal WeightMale: 27-29 pounds
Female: 22-24 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 16-18.5 inches
Female: 15-17.5 inches
Fur TypeThick, curly, medium length
Common ColorsBlack, Gray, White, Born Gray, Fawn,
Born Broen
MarkingsBlack and Tan markings
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToPuli

The Pumi is a compact, nimble-footed herder breed who is easily recognized by a corkscrew-curled coat, two-third ears and with their mischievous expression.

Pumi is well-known for its intelligence, agility, and boldness. They are typically a small dog breed which tends to become attached to their family members quickly.

Origin & History Of Pumi

The Pumi is an intelligent dog breed originated in the 1700s in Western Hungary, they were generally used to company farmers to herd cattle, sheep, and swine. They were also used as driver’s and shepherd’s companions.

In the early 20th century the people of Hungary established 3 separate breeds native to the country, named as Puli, Pumi, and Mudi. The Puli was developed on the western and the Pumi was developed in the West and Mudi was developed in the south of Hungary.

Are They Child- Friendly?

The Pumis are easy going with children and tend to form a strong relationship with children in the household. However, they can be suspicious to children they don’t know therefore supervision is needed while interacting with outsider children to make sure that everything is calm and nice.

Temperament, Personality And Behavior

The temperament of Pumi is fun-loving, compact, adaptable, sturdy and vigorous. Dogs of this breed are known to be multi-functional dogs.

These dogs require daily activity to keep them healthy, and once you are able to expand their energy with regular exercise and activity, they can be fullest and will be eager to play with you, sit on your feet and will follow you around the house.

Pumi Are Suitable For Apartment Living
A pack of Pumi Dogs.
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Pumi’s are highly adaptable dog breeds. They can live in small houses and apartments where they can get enough exercise both mentally and physically.

Pumis have an alert, watchful and energetic personality. They are smart dogs who will quickly know what its master wanted him to do, they are very affectionate with their family and are very happy and cheerful when they are around their family members.

Pumi’s tend to be shy or timid around strangers but proper socialization can prevent this. They are not- aggressive dogs but yes they make good watchdogs as well.


The Pumi is a smart dog breed, if he senses that its owner is able to create the pack, then he will quickly take advantage and will be the boss.

So while training this breed you need to remember you have to be dominant with them so that they know their place. You need to make decisions and strict rules and make sure that Pumi is following them gently.


Facts about Pumi are:

  • While Pumi is most famous as a herding dog, it was also used to hunt wild boar.
  • Pumi is known as Pumik in the plural.
  • They are popular in Finland.
  • One of three Hungarian Herding Dog.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesElbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia,
Primary Lens Luxation,
Degenerative Myelopathy
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Leptospirosis, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 26%
Fat: 8%
Fish Oil

Some common health issues of Pumi are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Degenerative
  • Melopathy
  • Patellar Luxation


Pumi’s atre found in various colors

  • Black
  • Rust
  • Sand
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • Grizzle

Puppy Price

Pumi Puppies Are Playful
Pumi Puppy in a field.
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A Puma bitch can give birth 4-6 puppies at a time. The price of Pumi puppy depends on the breeder, if you are buying it from a reliable breeder then it can cost you somewhere between $2500-$3000.

Which Dogs Are They Similar To?

Dogs similar to Pumi are:

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