Illustration of Hungarian Pumi

A newcomer to the UK, recognised in by the Kennel Club in 2015, the Pumi was developed in the late 17th and 18th centuries by the crossing the Puli type herding dogs with terriers and German Spitz. It is easy to distinguish the ancestry in the modern Pumi: his muzzle and tipped ears hark back to the terrier. The breed has shown its ability to work as a terrier and despatch vermin. The coat type nods recognition to the early Puli and herding dog coats. For some time the Pumi was regarded as a variety of Puli but 1920 Emil Raitsitz made a distinct separation of the two breeds and put into place separate breeding programmes. In this way the differences in type have become more defined and stabilised. The modern breed standard was drawn up in 1960.

Pumi are still used as herding dogs but their appealing looks and lively temperament are gaining them growing popularity as companions.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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