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Pumi

Pumi


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Breed Organization
Hungarian Pumi Club of America
Website: http://www.pumiclub.org/
Native Country
Hungary
Other Names
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Life Expectancy
Approximately 12-13 Years
Litter Size
No Information Available
Breed Group
AKC/FSS-Herding
Breed Appearance
Most Pumis are gray, and any shade of gray is accepted in the show ring. Gray Pumis are born black but puppies usually start graying at the age of 6 to 8 weeks, and the shade gradually lightens. The final shade can be predicted by the color of the parents. Other accepted colors are black, white, and maszkos fako, which is yellow-brown with a darker mask. This color is known as sable with mask in other breeds, such as the Terveuren. The graying often also affects the maszkos fako Pumi puppies, and the adults are often just slightly shaded. Other colors are possible, but not accepted for shows. Black and tan, brown, blue, and wolf-colored puppies are born occasionally.

The coat is curly, thick, and of medium length, approximately 7 cm long and consisting of a harsh topcoat and soft undercoat. The coat is maintained by combing every few weeks, and trimming every 2 to 4 months. The coat grows constantly (similar to that of the Poodle) and, if grooming is not maintained, the coat may start matting.

This breed has little to no shedding. The Pumi trademark is its ears, which are always alert and very lively. Ears are high-set and the tip bends down. Ears are covered with longer hair than the rest of the body. The Pumi is a light-bodied, square dog that looks slightly larger than it is because of the thick coat. The Pumi has a long, narrow head. The muzzle is 45% of the length of the head, which is of equal length to the neck. The stop is barely noticeable, and the skull is flat when seen from the side. The eyes are small, dark, and slightly oblique. Movements are lively and energetic, as is the Pumi itself.


Breed Description
Head: Long with a long bridge. Domed forehead. Indistinct stop. Straight muzzle. Long, pointed nose.
Ears: Set on high. V-shaped. Held erect with tips breaking forward slightly. Medium size, well-proportioned.
Eyes: Set slightly oblique. Dark brown color.
Body: Medium size. Sturdy. Pronounced withers. Short back. Ribs relatively flat. Deep, broad, long chest. Short, slightly sloping croup.
Tail: Set high, carried horizontally or slightly above the level of the back. One-third of the tail is removed.
Hair: Medium length with undercoat. Curly, forming ringlets, but not cords. Never feltlike. Short hair on the legs.
Coat: Solid colors preferred. Any shade of gray (slate, silvery gray). Black, reddish brown, white. Brindle not permitted.
Size: 35 to 44 cm (14-17 in).
Weight: 8 to 13 kg (18-29 lb).


History
The Pumi, developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, was bred from prick-ear sheepdogs imported from France and Germany and crossed with the Puli. For many years, the Pumi and the Puli were not considered separate breeds. It was not until around 1920 that the Pumi was officially recognized as a breed separate from the Puli and the standard was written for the breed.

Behavior
This high-spirited, energetic dog is remarkably daring. Suspicious of strangers, he barks at even the most innocent sound. He is affectionate with his owner and has a keen sense of smell.

Health
Pumis are a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, but Pumis have been known to live up to 19 years.

Advice
Regular brushing is required. The pumi needs exercise and room to run.

Function
Herder, Hunting Dog, Hunter of Vermin, Guard Dog.


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