Compact, clever, agile, and brave. The Hungarian Pumi is a nimble herding dog that loves to work. They combine the biddability and intelligence of a herding dog with the alertness and activity level of a terrier. Because of this, they are ideal dogs for active homes where they can expend energy jogging, chasing tennis balls, working on obedience, or their natural talent: herding. They are also making a mark in the world of agility dogs, despite being a fairly rare breed. While Pumik are appreciated for their high intelligence and activity level, it should be noted that their work ethic rarely crosses the line into obsession.
Pumik typically weigh in at 22-29 pounds and stand 15-18.5 inches tall, with females generally lighter and about an inch shorter. Their life expectancy is 12-13 years. Their coats are corkscrew-curled, and range from black, white, grey, or fawn (from pale cream to red). Their coats don't require a huge amount of maintenence and they are minimal shedders. Combing and wetting every 3-6 weeks or as needed, and grooming every 3-4 months is necessary, however.
They make wonderful housedogs with early socialization and regular exercise and stimulation. Some Pumik (but not all) may be prone to barking, which can be problematic in some homes (e.g. apartment).
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
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