Four Fast Facts About the Pumi

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PetMD Editorial
Published: November 18, 2009

Woof Wednesday

No, Pumi is not plural for the word puma. It’s a dog breed. But don't worry if you don’t know anything about the this unusual breed, it’s Woof Wednesday and we’re here to give you some fast facts on the adorable Pumi. Read on.

1. It's All in the Family

Until early in the 20th century, the Pumi were thought to be the same breed as two other Hungarian herding dogs, the Puli and the Muli. However, the Pumi ancestry is a bit more scandalous. Well, not really, but …

It is the crossbreeding of the Puli and the German or French terrier that gives the Pumi its square shape and long head. This charming dog also has a curly coat that does not shed.

2. To Bark or Not To Bark

Because the herding instinct is strongly ingrained in its genes, the Pumi is very vocal. Normally used to help guide sheep back to the flock, the Pumi will bark at strangers and intruders (and possibly suspicious looking shadows) to alert their owners.

It’s important to train your Pumi to let them know when it’s appropriate to bark, otherwise you may have a lot of annoyed neighbors.

3. Small Dog, Big Personality

This is not a quiet lapdog that will just sit there and look pretty. This little dog has lots of energy, enjoys playing Frisbee and running about. In fact, the Pumi is purpose-driven, giving itself its own tasks when it has nothing else to do.

However, this intelligent breed can also be stubborn and tricky -- they’ll work out ways to get around your rules and get away with it. But this doesn’t mean they’re a "problem" dog. They don’t fight and get along with other dogs and even cats.

4. Tricks & Jobs

The Pumi, as we said, is an active dog. So they love to learn tricks and take part in different activities, especially dog shows. The Pumi is great at dancing, obstacle jumping, obedience, agility, and post zig-zagging.

This breed is hardworking, too. There’s even one Pumi in Europe that works as a security guard dog. Other Pumi dogs, meanwhile, show great aptitude for tracking and herding. In fact, most pass herding instinct tests without ever having seen a sheep before.

So there you have it, a few fast facts about the Pumi.

Woof! It’s Wednesday.