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HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Pumi appeared between the 17th and 18th centuries, in Hungary, through crosses between the primitive Pumi and imported German and French terrier-type dogs with erect ears. It was recognized as an independent breed in the early 20th century.


Country of Origin: Hungary


GENERAL APPEARANCE L :  It is a cheerful, medium-sized, terrier-type sheepdog. His terrier-like features are more present on his head. The muzzle is elongated and the ears are erect, with the top folded forward. The conformation is square. Because of his constant surveillance, his neck is carried higher than normal. The medium-length wavy coat forms curls. The Pumi can be of many colors, but it must always be a solid color.


• The length of the body is equal to the height at the withers.

• The depth of the chest is slightly less than half the height at the withers.

• The length of the muzzle is slightly less than half the length of the head.

• The length of the neck is equal to the length of the head and is 45% of the height at the withers.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT :  This pastor, really vivacious, has an impatient temper. Extremely brave, but a little suspicious of strangers. As a result of his sensitive demeanor, liveliness and expression, he always attracts attention wherever he goes. The Pumi is quite noisy. His entire appearance calls for action and because of his restlessness and activity, every part of his body is constantly in motion. It is always active and ready to act. A shy or calm Pumi is atypical for the breed.

HEAD :  Relatively long and narrow. The shape of the head is characterized by the elongated snout.


skull :  The top of the head is relatively broad and domed. The long forehead is slightly domed and, seen in profile, is flat. The ridges of the brow ridges are moderately developed.


Stop : Barely visible, the muzzle is almost a straight line between the eyebrows towards the bridge of the nose.


Truffle :  Relatively small; black.

Muzzle :  Not pointy; straight nasal bridge.

lips :  Well adherent to the teeth, dark pigmentation.

Jaws and Teeth :  Strong jaws. Strong, well-developed teeth are white. Regular and complete scissor bite, according to the dental formula.

eyes :  Set moderately apart, slightly oblique. Medium in size, oval, dark brown in color. The expression is lively and intelligent. The eyelids are tight and very adherent to the eyeball and well pigmented.

Ears :  The erect ears are set high, the third of the ears are folded forward. Medium in size, level, in the shape of an inverted “V”. They show an alert reaction to any stimulus.

NECK :  Of medium length, slightly arched, well muscled, forming an angle of 50º to 55º to the horizontal. The skin of the throat is adherent, dry, without wrinkles.


Top Lines :  straight

Withers :  Pronounced, sloping towards the back.

Loin :  Very heavily muscled and short

Croup:  Short, slightly sloping, of medium width..

chest :  The forechest is straight, not wide, quite deep. Ribs slightly sprung, more flat. The sternum is deep, long and reaches the elbows.

TAIL:  Set on high, forms a wide circle over the croup. The fur under the tail is 7 to 12 cm long, stiff and with little undercoat. A naturally anuran dog or a dog with a docked tail is not allowed.



PREVIOUS :  Placed under the chest, they support the body like columns. They are vertical, parallel and not too far apart.

Shoulders :  The scapula is long and slightly steep. The angle with the horizontal is approximately 55º. The crowns of the scapulae are placed vertically over the deepest point of the chest.

arms :  Short and well muscled. The scapula and arm form an angle of 100° to 110°.

Forearms :  Long, thin.

Paws :  Round, cat-paws, with nails close together. Cushions are elastic. Strong, black or slate gray nails.

HINDQUARTERS :  They are very strong. Viewed in profile, they are slightly extended beyond the hindquarters. Viewed from behind, they are parallel and straight, but neither too close nor too far apart.

Hocks :  Slim, with well-defined contours.

Paws :  Like the previous ones. Ergoes are not wanted.

DRIVE :  Live and lively. Short, energetic, dynamic, harmonious steps. The posture is brave and proud. The trot is light and harmonious. The dog places its hind paws exactly on the front paw marks

  • COAT


By :  The wavy, curly coat forms tufts and is never smooth or stringy. It has an average length of 4 to 7 cm, growing to smaller or larger tufts; they are elastic, fluffy and dense. The coat consists of a strong but not coarse covering coat and a soft undercoat. The dense, wire-like, medium-sized hairs that protect the ears grow upwards. The eyes and muzzle do not have long hair. The desired coat finish is hand-trimmed. Minor scissor corrections to the head and legs are permitted. A fully groomed scissor hair is not desired

  • COLOR:

  1. Gray in various shades (usually at birth, the color is black, turning gray over time.

  2. black

  3. fawn. Basic colors: red, yellow, cream (a black or gray stripe and a distinctive mask are desired).

  4. White  

SIZE : Males: 41  cm to 47  cm  

            Females: 38  cm to 44  cm  

  • FAULTS  


Any deviation from the terms of this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well being of the dog.  and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.


• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.  

• Round head, Puli type. Muzzle shorter than 40% of the total length of the head.

• Stop: Deeply defined.

• One or more missing teeth (incisors, canines, premolars 2-4, molars 1-2). More than two PM1. M3 should not be considered.

• Overshot or undershot, jaw twist.

• Ears completely erect. Ears hanging from the base or carried irregularly.

• Short, smooth coat. Long, heavily felted, matted or opaque.

• Chocolate color, coat of various colors. Clearly defined uniform spots (such as brown marks, mantle-shaped spots).

• Size above or below the limits established by the standard.



• Males must present both testicles, of normal appearance, well let down and accommodated in the scrotum.

• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with typical breed conformation should be used for breeding.

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