- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 7
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 2
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Pumi
- COLOR(S):Black, gray, sandy brown, grizzle or russet.
The Pumi is a medium-sized, sturdy sheepdog. It is active and energetic. This dog is a typical drover, with a burning personality and an alert disposition. As a working dog it serves many functions, such as herding cattle, exterminating vermin, and guarding the farm. It was developed to drive cattle; it is daring, mouthy and high-spirited. Its character makes this breed a fine watchdog in remote areas. It also makes a successful guard dog and hunting dog.
The Pumi is a vigorous and sturdy dog. Due to its terrier heritage it has a great interest in the lairs of wild animals such as foxes and hares. It is said to be a successful ratter. It is happy, affectionate, cheerful, loving dog; it makes a wonderful family companion. It is alert, watchful, and energetic. Socialization at an early age is a must. Obedience training is important; it tends to be willful. This is a very intelligent breed; it is smart enough to grasp what you mean quickly. It is easy to train. Usually it gets along with children as long as they do not pester the dog. This breed can be dog aggressive and has a tendency to wander. The Pumi is a superb watchdog; it is rather mistrustful of strangers. The Pumi uses its voice liberally and consistently; if you are surrounded by neighbors where you live it is sensible to teach the dog that after a couple of barks it must be quiet. The Pumi needs a lot if exercise. It will enjoy playing catch, chasing Frisbees, and will excel in agility skills classes.
Medium-length, thick, long, curling. The hair is not felty and does not form into cords like the Puli’s coat. It is easy to groom. It does not mat easily. An occasional combing and brushing will keep it looking nice. Remove excess hair from inside the ears. Showing the dog requires special grooming.
Few health conditions are known with this breed. Of them are hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.
A house with a yard is preferable or a rural area. The owner of a Pumi should be a strong, competent leader who has time to train, socialize, and exercise the Pumi. The best owner for this breed would be an active individual or family living in a rural or suburban home with a yard.
Learning Rate: High. Obedience - Low. Problem Solving - High.