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Pumi | Pumi


Canis familiaris ovilis villosus terrarius Raitsitsi

Herding Dog

The Pumi, a relatively new breed, has proven to be an excellent herding and companion dog. The Pumi is intelligent, always alert, ready to work and, with its highly developed hearing and sight, is one of the best herding dogs.


The switch from agriculture to the textile industry brought merino sheep to Hungary. Along with the sheep, French and German herding dogs also arrived. Many of these came from Pomerania which is by the Baltic Sea in today’s northern Poland. The Pumi dates back to the 17–18th century and was created by crossbreeding the Puli with these French and German terrier-like herding dogs.

In 1920, the Pumi breed was officially recognized by Hungary. Shepherds loved them for their herding and quick learning abilities and they became very popular on Hungarian farms. Considered general farm dogs, they have an affinity to herd anything, including pigs and cows. The early success in breeding stalled during the Second World War, but was resumed in the 1950s. Interestingly, the Pumi became a popular sport dog in Finland, Netherland, and Sweden in the 1970s.

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