Catskill Pumi Kennel
Fruska, Agyag, and Csupasz
Photo courtesy of: Catskill Pumi Kennel

Breed Registries:

Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Dogs are from 16 to 18 1/2 inches, bitches from 15 to 17 1/2 inches.


The ideal weight in dogs is 27 to 29 lbs and 22 to 24 lbs in bitches.

Breed Profile:

The Pumi is considered a medium-sized dog; known to be energetic, alert, intelligent and agile.

A Hungarian herding breed that originated in the 17th or 18th century used to herd cattle, sheep and pigs. The Pumi is a versatile herding dog that uses his voice and quick movement to gather, drive and keep the stock within boundaries.

This is an active breed that combines the intelligence of a herding dog with the alertness of a terrier. Because of this, the Pumi does best when he has a job to do, whether it's herding or other dog sports, such as flyball, agility or obedience.

The Pumi's coat is wavy and curly, forming corkscrews or curls all over the body. Pumis do not shed but do require grooming about every 3 months. He is black, white, or any shade of gray. Shades of fawn, from pale cream to red, with some black or gray shading is desirable. For more information on the acceptable Pumi colours, Click Here.

The Pumi carries his head and tail up and has a light, energetic and efficient gait.

The Pumi is a very rare breed in North America with only one to three litters born each year.

Health Issues

The Pumi is known to be a very healthy breed. However, according to the Hungarian Club of America, Hip Dysplasia appears to be the most common problem found in the breed. The Pumi is also known to possibly carry the gene for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and there have also been cases of Primary Lens Luxation (PLL)in puppies in Europe.

The Hungarian Club of America recommends that all Pumik have OFA x-rays for Hip Dysplasia as well as DNA testing for DM and OFA DNA testing for PLL.

If you are considering the adoption of a Pumi puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Herding Dogs — A section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes training and general information about Herding/Stock Dogs; listing of Stock Dog Clubs and Associations; listing of upcoming shows and events; and more.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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