The Pumi is a terrier dog from Hungary. They are small to medium in size. These dogs are a kind of sheep dog. They have quite thick fur throughout their body. The Pumi is usually seen in various shades of grey. Gray is the most accepted color in the show ring. The Pumi is usually born as a black puppy. The coat does start to lighten as they grow. These dogs are also seen in a dark yellow, black or even a creamy white. The color of the dog depends on the color of the parents. They have a thick and curly coat that is of a medium length. These dogs’ are very big animals. Their legs are considerably long for their size. The Pumi is quite muscular and is very agile. The coat needs to be trimmed regularly and brushed to prevent matting. These dogs need to be groomed on a regular basis to maintain their appearance.
The Pumi has a distinctive feature in their long muzzle. The muzzle is more elongated than any other breed. This makes Pumi’s stand apart. They have dark eyes that are rather oblique. Their eyes have lids that are quite tightly fitted. The tail of the dog is always held high. This is a clear indicator of the dog’s temperament. This shows that they are very cheerful and merry dogs. They have high set ears that tip forward and are always held upright. Their hind feet are distinctly held behind their bodies. This shows that the dogs are built for speed and grace. They have nice deep seated chests with rather high set ribs that are quite flat. The coat is long and thick but does not form cords. They can sometimes be seen in a white color but it is not preferred in the show ring.
The Pumi is a variously functioned dog. These dogs make sturdy and vigorous sheep dogs but are fair hunter and good guard dogs as well. These dogs will chase after other small animals and are good ratters. This dog will make an excellent family dog. They love human companionship and will be very loyal to their families. They are alert, energetic and watchful animals. This dog can be very easily trained. They do not take well to harsh treatment and will require a firm yet patient trainer. These dogs will spring up at the slightest sound. They are ideal for watching over isolated houses. These dogs are very intelligent and will be able to sense any discomfort or stranger approaching. They are vocal when they need to be and are very obedient dogs once trained.
The Pumi is very shy and rather reserved around strangers. They are very happy in familiar surrounding. These dogs need to be socialized when young so that they can mingle with everyone. They should not be left without leash and should be taken on long walks. They are playful and love playing games. They will live for about 12-13 years.