Pumi At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Herding); ANKC (Working); FCI (Sheepdogs); UKC (Herding)


Medium. Weight: Males 22–33 lbs; Females 17–28.5 lbs Height: Males 16–18.5 inches; females 15–17.5 inches


Corded and fluffy.


Gray in various shades, Black, Fawn with Mask, White, Grizzle, Rusty Brown

Life Span:

12 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Pumi and the Puli are closely related.

Pumi Overview

Pumis and Pulis have a shared history until their split in 18th century Hungary. It was then that the Puli was bred to a terrier-type dog to create a smaller, agile and high energy breed that is the Pumi today. They are treasured as great livestock dogs, herding a variety of animals including sheep, pigs and cattle as well as hunting small vermin.


Pumi Characteristics

This dog breed features a short, wavy coat, a sort of cross between the terrier and Puli ancestry of the breed. They also have curious looking rounded ears, giving them an almost pom-pom appearance. The tail also curls, giving him a sweet and friendly look.


Pumi Temperament

While they have adorable looks, they are far from being small laptops. This is a breed bred to work, and he will watch over everything he can. Pumis like to alert their owners to anything out of the ordinary with their barks and are constantly active. While reserved around strangers, he is a devoted companion to his family, always willing to work hard.



Pumi Care

This dog lives on average 12 to 14 years, typical for medium sized dogs. They share some similar health concerns as their Puli cousins, including hip dysplasia and luxating patellas. Proper veterinary care, as well as careful breeding, can help reduce the incidence of disease.

Pumi Coat

They are naturally fluffy, but do not form a corded coat like their Puli cousins. The coat needs regular brushing to keep it mat and tangle-free, and may benefit from some trimming and shaping by a professional groomer. Their fluffy coat helps add to his comical look.


Pumi Training

Naturally talented and very intelligent, this breed makes a great training companion. He is eager to please and will quickly pick up new tricks. He also enjoys activities that keep his mind active such as herding trials, agility or other training tasks that keep him busy.


Pumi Activity

Despite his slightly smaller size, he is a very active dog. He does well with daily walks but enjoys most having a job. Herding, agility, fly-ball or any dog-related activities that keep a dog busy and active will make him more than happy. Most of all, he is happiest doing things with his human companions.

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