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Pumi : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Pumi Ratings: Ease of Training: 8 /10 Intelligence: 9 /10 Shedding: 2 /10 Watchdog: 9 /10 Guard Dog: 6 /10 Popularity: 3 /10 Size: 3 /10 Agility: 9 /10 Good with Kids: 10 /10 Pumi Attributes: Life Expectancy: 12-13 years Litter Size: 2-4 puppies Group: Miscellaneous Class Recognized By: AKC, ... Pumi




Pumi Ratings:

Ease of Training: 8/10
Intelligence: 9/10
Shedding: 2/10
Watchdog: 9/10
Guard Dog: 6/10
Popularity: 3/10
Size: 3/10
Agility: 9/10
Good with Kids: 10/10

Pumi Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
Litter Size: 2-4 puppies
Group: Miscellaneous Class
Color: Always solid with no markings; grizzle, black, gray, sandy brown, russet.
Hair Length: Medium
Size: Medium
Shedding: Very Lite Shed
Male Height: 13-19 inches (33-48 cm)
Male Weight: 18-33 pounds (8-15 kg)
Female Height: 13-19 inches (33-48 cm)
Female Weight: 18-33 pounds (8-15 kg)
Living Area:
Pumi's are not recommended for apartment living due to their high activity level and tendency to bark incessantly. They will be happiest where it has work for it to do for the family.They can sleep and live outdoors but also like to be near their family and master.

Complete information about Pumi Breed:

Overview :

Pumi, the dog that originated from Hungary is otherwise known as the dog that cannot keep quiet. This dog is really mouthy! The Pumis (plural for Pumi) are restless dogs, always on the move and always want to be where the action is. The tail that is always carried high and the ears that are always alert is a sign of the dog’s happy character. These dogs are vigorous and are known to be very vocal, would bark eagerly at the slightest strange noise. If you want a dog that would quietly lie on the sofa all day then the Pumi is definitely not for you. Pumis are speculated to have come from Puli stock and similar to their Puli cousins the Pumis are square and light bodied dogs that look heavier because of their average length, dense curling coat. The Pumi’s coat however, unlike that of a Puli’s is not overly long and do not form into cords. Pumis are valued not only for their beautiful appearance but more for their intelligence that makes them respond to obedience training easily. Pumis attract attention wherever they may be. These are funny and fun loving dogs that are known to be real clowns. They would delight the owners with their antics as well as their prowess to dance. Because the dogs are highly intelligent, they are presently used in search and rescue operations as well as in bomb and narcotics detection. This dog that was primarily developed and used to herd stock and to hunt wild boar now excels in obedience, agility and dancing competitions. A Pumi zigzagging between posts, climbing over planks, and jumping obstacles is a truly magnificent sight to behold. Pumis have bagged world championship records in agility and obedience competitions. Pumis are constantly moving dogs. Frisbees and tennis balls are their most valued toys. But of course if the dog decides to play you would need to play too as a Pumi is known to be very demanding. Who can ever say no to a Pumi with a cocked head, holding a “conversation” and asking the master to throw the ball or the Frisbee? Naturally inquisitive, the dog has the tendency to perch on high places in order to see what is going on around him. Pumis are affectionate dogs that would enjoy being petted. Because of the size the Pumi can be an ideal lap dog too but be prepared to be deserted by the dog if it sensed something more interesting is going on. Pumis are the result of cross breeding the Hungarian Pulis and a variety of Terrier. The dog that was produced has a shorter coat a longer head and a semi pricked ears. All the outstanding qualities of the Puli and the excellent features of the terrier resulted to a dog that has an alert and lively temperament, a dog that is both tough and robust, one that is always ready to work with the master in herding sheep, cattle as well as pigs. Pumis are most valued as aside from the dog’s herding capabilities, they are also excellent rat hunters.

Pumi History :

Pumi is an energetic, high spirited and very vocal dog that was believed to have existed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Hungarian Puli was crossbreed with French Briard sheepdogs, German Spitz and a type of Terrier. The cross breeding resulted into a dog that has a coat shorter than that of the Puli, a more elongated head, and a dog whose pricked ears with a bent tip typifies its exuberant and lively temperament. The dog was primary developed to drive cattle. The name Pumi may have been taken from Puli as during those times the Pumi is often mistaken as the Puli. The first reference to Pumi was made in 1815 where the dog was described as a sheep dog. The Pumi was categorized as a regional variety of the Puli breed. Through the efforts of Dr. Emil Raitsits, the Pumi was recognized as a distinct bred in 1920.

Pumi Temperament and Character :

Pumis are intelligent dogs that can easily and naturally adapt to training and obedience lessons. Even as a pup, the dog would imitate what their mother and other dogs are doing. Once trained the dog would show unlimited talents. That is why during the olden days, the dog is most prized for its herding abilities as well as its excellent capability to exterminate vermin. Pumis are always on the go, always busy, active and alert. Most owners would say that it is impossible to tire a Pumi. Because these dogs are naturally inquisitive, they make excellent watch and guard dogs. If you have a Pumi in your home consider yourself lucky to have a living burglar alarm system. These dogs are known to investigate every unusual noise and once an intruder is detected would instantly spring to attack. The dog is a barker too. A stranger approaching the door would be meet with the dog’s ferocious barking. This is why the dog must be socialized while still young so that it will be introduced to people other than the members of the family. A Pumi is an affectionate dog that would be very loyal to the master. These dogs would always want to be included in the family activities. The dog would hate to be shooed away. The dog thinks that being a member of the family it has the right to be in the middle of activities. These are amusing pets that can be real clowns with their antics. Pumis would love to play with the kids but these dogs are hot tempered and may bite if provoked. Because of the dog’s tendency to bark at the slightest unusual sound, the most suitable living environment is a house with a yard in a suburban area. The dog is very vocal, it loves to bark and keeping the dog quiet is impossible. This is why apartment dwelling is not suitable as the dog would certainly disturb neighbors in close proximity. Moreover, being a herding dog, the Pumi would physical as well as mental exercise. A bored Pumi will be a destructive dog.

Pumi Health Care :

Known medical problems are patella luxation and canine hip dysplasia.

Pumi Grooming :

This breed sheds little to no hair. The Pumi requires weekly combing of the coat. Bathing should only be done when necessary. Professional grooming must be done every three months and removing excess hair from the ears is recommended.

Pumi Training :

The Pumi's intelligence and ability to learn quickly makes them easy to train, although their stubborness can be a challenge. Early socialization and basic obedience are recommended. The Pumi breed must be trained with fairness, firmness, and consistency.

Pumi Activity and Exercise :

This breed needs a lot of exercise. They are outdoor dogs and will be at their best living on a farm where it will find enough work to do for itself, such as guarding the entrance and keeping the livestock together. If it is to live in an urban environment then you must find replacement activities to keep it occupied, which includes a daily walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. The Pumi will enjoy playing catch, chasing Frisbees, and will excel in agility skills classes.

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