Discover the Pumi breed with illustrated facts about the fluffy dog from Hungary, his original bred purpose, the origin of his name, it's far away origins, why it almost disappear and why it's popular again !
1. The Pumi - from Hungaria with love
The pumi is also called the Hungarian herding terrier even if it's not a terrier dog !This fluffy dog breed comes from Hungary, a central europe country with no sea.
Just a land of grass, hills and forrest with plenty of sheeps to herd.
2. Pumi was originally bred as a herding dog
It looks fluffy and seems to be a cute lapdog but inside, it's high temper !
This dog was bred to take direction from a shepherd and herd the sheeps
- simple as that- and because of it's alertness and physical, this dog is very good at this job.
3.Pumi have several Name Origins...
Nobody is sure about the pumi'name origin. Several stories are still discussed:
- The name "Pumi" may have been derived from "Puli" it's hungarian Rasta brother.
Both of them have very similar name and were often mistakenly named. They both are incredible herding dogs but can be be distinguished by their coat : first one is a teddy bear look a like, the second one, surrounded by dreadlock has an unmistakable appearance.
- Pumi might have been derived from the German word "pummel"
This is the most commonly accepted theory is that the name originated in "pommern", the short name of the Pomeranian Spitz. A breed largely used for cross-breeding.
4.The Origin of the Pumi Dog
This sheepdog have been introduced in Hungary by Magyars from Central Asia 1,000 years ago.
Magyars brought their own herding dogs from Central Asia and south Siberia.
It's far ancestors could be the Tibetan Terrier crossed with younger european sheepdog breeds like the German Spitz and French Briard.
5.Almost disappear during 20th CenturyDevelopped in hungary during 19th century, it was a very common herding dog.
The Breed gain's back popularity in the 80's and since 2016, It's named as part of the 8 indigenous Hungarian dog breed.
- Hungarian sighthound
- Transylvanian hound
6.In hungary, Pumi's nickname is "Bohóc"
In Magyar, 'Bohoc' means "the Clown" : The pumi is a happy dog, loyal and always around to make you smile or even laughs.
Easy to live with : Thery're smart, eager to please, active : they just love life !
They're very forgiving, they don't hold a grudge, they're easy to train but the one thing you shouldn't forget is daily exercise and mental stimulation.
They have a short, corkscrew coat in black, white or gray.
meaning that they are easier to train than a lot of the other breeds out there. Furthermore, while they can be suspicious when meeting strangers.
They are neither particularly aggressive nor particularly shy in their interactions
7.Curly coat and Strong willed mind !
This charming dog also has a curly coat that does not shed. The coat comes in 3 different plain colors : white, black or Gray.
Beware, this fluffy dogbreed won't just lay around all day, they are active !
If not properly trained, they will be pretty vocal and could even start to herd people !
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