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The Pumi, affectionate, faithful and cheerful dog

Don't be fooled by its plush appearance. The Pumi is a master in the art of guarding large herds. Today, he is less used as a sheepdog and has found a new vocation as a pet. A role that he assumes wonderfully as a dog affectionate, faithful, constant and always cheerful.

Characteristics of the Pumi

Its original appearance is a great advantage. At first glance, the Pumi seems to come straight out of a cartoon with its unusual physique. It is a medium-sized dog that is between 38 and 44 cm for females and between 41 and 47 for males. The animal has a vigorous body, inscribable in a square and which resembles the terrier. This similarity is especially striking at the level of the head. The Pumi has a skull whose top is rounded and wide. The forehead is slightly rounded and long. What makes the head very typical is the elongated muzzle with a barely visible stop, a truncated and narrow nose, a muzzle with a straight muzzle as well as tight and dark lips. The ears are also particular since they are carried high on the head with the ends folded forward. Expressive and mobile, they form a sort of inverted V. As for the eyes, they are in oblique position, oval, of intermediate size and of dark brown color. The Pumi has a curly and wavy coat that should not be corded or smooth. The length of the coat ranges from 4 to 7 cm. The coat is gray in all shades, fawn or black.

History of the Pumi breed

Not much is known about the history of the Pumi. Its origin goes back a long way since it dates back to the 18th century. The breed was born in Hungary from a cross between the Puli, terriers and other Shepherds from Germany and France. This explains why it looks so much like the terrier varieties. Nevertheless, it is especially with the Puli that it was related for more than two centuries before benefiting from its own standard. In 1919, the two breeds were definitely separated. The Pumi was officially recognized in 1923. In 2011, while Hungary is introducing a tax on dogs, the government of Viktor Orbán creates the national dog preference in a way, exempting owners of Pumi recognized as "Hungarian breed" ...

Living conditions and behavior of the Pumi

The Pumi is known for its versatility. It can be used as a sheepdog, guard dog, hunting dog, search dog and companion dog. It is a playful animal and will not miss any opportunity to show it. He is very affectionate and attached to his family. It is also a very playful animal that loves to spend time with children. It is said that it is very lively and has an overflowing energy that is why it can not live in an apartment. Indeed, it needs to spend constantly and especially, it tends to bark a lot which may disturb the neighbors.

Food and main health problems of the Pumi

The Pumi has the chance to have a very robust health. It does not develop any specific pathology. As far as food is concerned, he is satisfied with classic meals which will nevertheless have to be adapted to his physical activity as well as to his age.