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Is the Pumi right for you?

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Other name(s): Hungarian Hunting Terrier

The basics:
The Pumi is a versatile farm dog from Hungary developed from foreign terriers as well as native herding dogs like Puli and Mudi to produce a versatile breed capable of catching rodents as well as herding pigs, cattle, and sheep. The herding ancestry brings high intelligence and a will to work, and the terrier background contributes a ton of energy. Prospective owners should be active and involved with their dogs, and willing to provide them with plenty of interesting and/or meaningful things to do. A bored Pumi could create its own excitement.

Although not well-known outside Hungary, the Pumi has attracted attention in Finland and Sweden. The breed was recognized by the FCI in 1966 and by the AKC in 2016.

Appearance / health:
The Pumi is a medium-sized dog. The elongated muzzle is the most characteristic feature of the face. Eyes are slightly oblique, dark brown in color, and have a lively and intelligent expression. The tail is always carried high.

Pumis are average shedders. The coat of Pumis keeps on growing and may mat or tangle. The coat is maintained by brushing and combing once in few weeks. It also needs to be trimmed once in two months. Standard care is needed for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Half an hour walks twice a day is sufficient to fulfill their exercise needs. They could be engaged in obedience class, tracking, and other similar activities.

Pumis are prone to hip dysplasia, (a hereditary disease that may eventually cause crippling lameness and arthritis of joints) and luxating patella (dislocation of kneecap from its normal position).

Behavior / temperament:
Pumis are versatile farm dogs used for guarding, herding, and as a ratter. They are alert, watchful, and ready to spring to action at the slightest of noise, which makes them excellent watchdogs. They are high-spirited, and play and jump with lot of energy. They are aggressive toward animals and have a strong chasing instinct.

Pumis are very intelligent and are easy to train. They enjoy learning and pick up commands fast. However, they have an independent mind and could turn obstinate and manipulative sometimes. Training needs to be firm and consistent without harsh punishment of any kind.

Pumis are excessive barkers. Their bark is loud and high-pitched. They need to be trained against aggressive barking, as this could be a nuisance in an urban setting.

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