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Hungarian Pumi

Appealing and lively herding dog with terrier traits

Known by many countries as just the ‘Pumi’, the Hungarian 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 Hungarian Pumi: their muzzle and tipped ears hark back to the terrier. The breed has shown its ability to work as a terrier and dispatch vermin. The coat type nods recognition to the early Puli and herding dog coats. For some time the Hungarian 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. Hungarian Pumik are still used as herding dogs but their appealing looks and lively temperament are gaining them growing popularity as companions.

The Hungarian Pumi is very intelligent and energetic, needing regular exercise and mental stimulation. They’re also quite agile and will climb over and under things, and they love to be in high places to see what’s going on. Their favorite toys are often tennis balls and flying discs, and a Pumi is likely to demand a good chase-and-fetch game with these. The breed’s qualities make the Hungarian Pumi increasingly popular in agility, obedience, and numerous other dog sports and companion events. A Pumi will learn quickly and has a boundless willingness to work without being obsessive about it. They are an active dog, and if provided with daily exercise and mental activity they make a wonderful house dog. Quite frankly these little bundles of energy could win every prize for the cutest looking dog in the world!

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Other NamesPumi, Hungarian Herding Terrier
Group – UKPastoral
Bred ForHerding, Hunting Vermin
Rare BreedYes
Country of OriginHungary
TemperamentLively, Bold, Intelligent
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour a day
Size of Home NeededSmall
Height at Withers – Females40 – 42 cm / 15¾ – 16½ in
Height at Withers – Males43 – 45 cm / 17 – 17¾ in
GroomingOnce a week
CoatMedium, Dense, Wavy
Life Expectancy12 – 14 years
  • While they can be suspicious when meeting strangers, they are neither particularly aggressive nor particularly shy in their interactions.
  • These dogs are occasional barkers and tend to bark randomly at anything.
  • The Hungarian Pumi would herd cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. This pooch was a lifeline for farmers! They would drive the livestock by barking and nipping at their heels.
  • The plural of the Pumi is Pumik.
  • Their hair, made of a mixture of harsh hair and softer undercoat, stands out from the body and grows up to three inches long.


Breed standards vary throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about the Hungarian Pumi.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


Enjoy this video about the Hungarian Pumi, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Hungarian Pumi breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here. As the Pumi is newly recognised breed there aren’t many dedicated websites to it yet, apart from the two below.

Thanks for reading!

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