The Pumi: A Complete Guide

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The Pumi is a multi-functional dog. He is a vigorous and sturdy sheepdog, but also a successful guard dog and hunting dog.

He also makes a wonderful family companion. He is alert, watchful, and energetic.

If he senses that he can dominate you, he will not hesitate to do so because he believes that he needs to be the one calling the shots.

Ready to spring at the slightest noise, the Pumi is an ideal guardian for isolated houses or factories.

This is an intelligent breed that is not difficult to train. He is smart enough to grasp what you mean quickly.

He is affectionate with his master. When at home surrounded by familiar faces, he is a happy, cheerful fellow.

He can be shy and reserved with strangers, but that can be easily addressed with plenty of socialization. A superb watchdog, the Pumi uses his voice liberally and consistently.

If you are surrounded by neighbors where you live, it is sensible to teach him after a couple of barks that he must be quiet.

A well-raised and socialized Pumi will get along with children. He can be dog-aggressive if he is alpha. He also has a tendency to wander.

Intelligent and observant, the Pumi will let you know when there are strangers near your home.

Energetic, lively, and ready to work, the Pumi is always raring to go. Boasting the intelligence of the herding dog and the alertness of a Terrier, this breed needs to be kept busy.

Pumi Puppies – Before You Buy…

A light grey Pumi lying down
The Pumi is an amusing and fun-loving companion.

What Price are Pumi Puppies?

The price of Pumi puppies is anywhere between $2,000 and $2,500.

How to Find Reputable Pumi Breeders?

Finding a reputable breeder is a great way to find the right puppy.

Good breeders will match you with the right puppy. They will have done all the necessary health testing and certifications to screen out health problems as much as possible.

They are more concerned about putting the puppies in the right homes than earning money. They will answer all your questions about the puppy’s temperament, behavioral traits, and health issues.

They will come right back at you with questions of their own about what you’re looking for in a dog and what kind of life you can provide for him.

A good breeder can tell you about the history of the breed and explain why one puppy is considered pet quality while another is not.

They will discuss which health problems affect the breed and the steps they take to avoid those problems.

3 Little-Known Facts About Pumi Puppies

  1. The Pumi originated in Western Hungary sometime in the 17th or 18th century. This breed was generally used to help farmers herd cattle, sheep, and swine.
  2. This dog was also used as drivers and shepherd’s companions.
  3. The Pumi can trace its line back to the Puli and be crossed with German and French herding dogs.

Physical Traits of the Pumi

A Pumi with curly hair
The Pumi is like a cuddly teddy bear.

The Pumi’s elongated muzzle is his most distinctive facial feature. His eyes are dark and slightly oblique and have close-fitting lids. His tail is always carried high.

His ears tip forward and are upright. His hind feet are compact and set back from the body. The Pumi has a deep chest and somewhat flat ribs. His feet have elastic pads and are quite strong.

His curled and medium-length coat is distinct because it’s not felted and does not form into cords.

The colors of a Pumi’s coat can be reddish-brown, black, and all shades of gray, but it’s always just one solid color.

His coat can be curly or wavy. It curls over the whole body in a mixture of rough and protective top coat and soft, insulating undercoat.

Comb your Pumi every week to get rid of debris or mats. He won’t leave a lot of hair on furniture or clothes, but quite a bit will come out when you comb him.

After combing, wet the coat and dry it naturally to restore the natural curls. Never blow dry or it will look frizzy instead of curly.

Trimming is usually needed every quarter. You may want to find a good groomer when it’s time to trim his coat.

The Pumi doesn’t need frequent baths. But if he spends a lot of time on your furniture or bed, you may want to bathe him monthly.

How Big is a Full-Grown Pumi?

The Pumi can grow up to 15 to 18.5 inches in height and weigh anywhere between 22 to 32 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Pumi?

The life expectancy of the Pumi is approximately 12 to 14 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pumi

An energetic and active dog, the Pumi is protective of his family and will be suspicious of strangers.

Ready to spring into action when he hears a noise, the Pumi makes a wonderful watch and guard dog.

Since he warns his humans to potential danger with loud and enthusiastic barks, you’ll need to teach him the ‘stop barking’ command. Otherwise, you will earn the ire of your neighbors.

He is good with children and other animals. But because he’s a herding dog, he may try to herd the family.

The Pumi is loving and loyal. He loves to be around his family and will follow them anywhere.

He’s happiest when surrounded by the people he loves and will be fiercely protective of those he considers family.

You need to become the dominant head of the family so that the Pumi knows his place in the pecking order.

You need to make the decisions and rules and ensure that he follows the rules.

Because he is intelligent, he takes to training easily. After mastering the basic commands, you can move on to more advanced or challenging tasks.

The Pumi excels at agility and obedience training, and it’s a great way to help expend his energy. He can also be trained to dance, detect, search, and rescue.

The Pumi’s Diet

A Pumi looking at you curiously
The Pumi recognizes children as members of the family.

You can feed your Pumi with high-quality dog food that is right for his age. Treats can be an important aid in training but giving too much can cause obesity.

Give table scraps sparingly. Also, avoid cooked bones and foods with very high-fat content. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not.

How Much Exercise Does a Pumi Need?

The Pumi isn’t a dog for the couch potato. This dog needs plenty of exercise to keep him happy and physically and mentally healthy.

Happiest on a farm or in a rural area, this dog needs to be put to work. He excels at guarding and tending livestock, as well as guarding animals and property.

He likes to be outside, so make sure he’s got plenty of room to run around. If you live in an urban area, you need to keep your Pumi occupied.

Great activities for this dog include jogging, walking, and hiking. Always make sure that this dog obeys the heel command because it is important for you to be viewed as the leader.

He will also excel in agility skill classes. He loves nothing more than to play a game of fetch.

Pumi Health and Conditions

The Pumi is a healthy dog with only a few recurring problems.

Hip dysplasia is the most common. Other conditions include degenerative myelopathy and primary lens luxation.

My Final Thoughts on the PumiA Pumi sitting on the grass

The Pumi can be an amusing and fun-loving companion. He needs daily activities.

But once you’ve helped him expend some energy with a good walk or play session, he’s usually happy to sit at your feet or follow you around the house while you work.

The Pumi can be a good choice for a family who can accommodate his high activity level and appreciate a dog who can become a cuddly teddy bear when they’re in the mood.

The Pumi recognizes children as members of the family.

But like any breed, all interactions between young children and dogs should be supervised to make sure they behave politely toward each other.

The Pumi is known for being adaptable. He can live in small homes or apartments, provided he gets enough exercise and mental stimulation.

But a home with acreage or a large yard is ideal because he usually likes to run.

People most suited to this breed have an active, outdoor lifestyle and participate daily in some form of exercise that can include their Pumi dog.

Typically, the Pumi has the physical and mental potential to do well in just about any dog sport, including agility and herding.

Before getting a Pumi, ask everything you want to know from the breeders to make sure that your lifestyle is right for the Pumi’s needs.

This is a highly people-oriented dog. Choose only a Pumi if you can give him the attention and affection he needs.

Otherwise, you could end up with a bored, lonely, and ill-behaved dog.

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