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Hungarian Pumi

This is a medium-sized dog with a robust but neither coarse nor heavy build. The attractive head, framed with curls, is topped with upright ears that tip forward, giving the breed a unique look. The coat is of medium length, wavy and curly, and the tail should curl high over the dogs back.

12 – 14 years
Between 12-13kg for males, and between 10-11kg for females
Between 43-45cm for males, and between 40-42cm for females
Comes in grey, black, white and fawn.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Hungarian Pumi breed can be prone to:
- Patellar luxation 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


The Pumi is an intelligent dog, a quick learner and very capable of making fast decisions independent of a handler. They bond closely with family members though can tend to prefer just one person, typically the person who provides the most care, training and reinforcement. This active breed needs lots of physical exercise and mental stimulation or they will be bored and will go self-employed. Inclined to guard and alert bark if they feel necessary, this is not the quietest breed, but they are also fun loving and really enjoy life!

Vet Rating

History and Origins

Ideal Owner

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Hungarian Pumi Dogs

Training Hungarian Pumi Dogs

Suitability for Family Life

Did You Know?

  • The Hungarian Pumi has the most delightful fluffy, forward tipped ears that give them a unique expression seen in no other dog. The plural of Pumi is Pumik.
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