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Life Span
13 - 15 years
18 - 33 pounds

Lively, Reserved, Intelligent, Active, Protective, Vocal

    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Pumi good with children?

    Yes, the Pumi is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Pumi naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Pumi friendly with strangers?

    The Pumi is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Pumi friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Pumi is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Pumi is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Pumi like to cuddle?

    The Pumi likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.

    Does the Pumi like to play?

    The Pumi will almost always be ready for play! The Pumi is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Pumi make a good service dog?

    The Pumi can be a service dog with the proper training. Pumis are not the most common service dog, but they certainly can be if their personality matches- smart, patient, and extremely dedicated to their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Pumi good for first-time owners?

    The Pumi is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Pumi be trained?

    The Pumi can be trained to the highest level and is oftentimes seen in various competitions. The Pumi is not only intelligent, but it wants to please its owner and is motivated with competition, especially if it feels like it has a job assigned to it.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Pumi shed a lot?

    The Pumi sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Pumi easy to groom?

    The Pumi requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Pumi need a lot of exercise?

    The Pumi needs a daily exercise partner! The Pumi is best suited for a family where it will get plenty of daily exercise; it has so much energy that exercise is mandatory to avoid destructive behaviors.

    How smart is the Pumi?

    The Pumi is one of the smartest dog breeds. Having a very smart dog is fun, but it is also demanding- they require mental challenge and stimulation just as much as physical exercise.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Pumi bark? Does the Pumi bark too much?

    The Pumi barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Pumi will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Pumi a good guard dog?

    The Pumi is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Pumi is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Pumi good at staying alone? Is the Pumi independent?

    The Pumi is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Pumi a good apartment dog?

    The Pumi is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.

    How big is the Pumi?

    The Pumi is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Pumi tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Pumi?

    The Pumi can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Pumi tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Pumi?

    The Pumi can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Pumi try to run away?

    The Pumi does sometimes run away. This is especially true if they are distracted, or see other cats or dogs. They probably won't go out of their way to "escape", but a fenced yard is still recommended.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Pumi a healthy dog? The health of a Pumi should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Pumi is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Pumi?

    It seems like the Pumi never runs out of energy. If you are looking for a 5 AM run partner, the Pumi is your dog! A dog's energy level is one of the most important considerations when getting a new dog, and we would only recommend the Pumi for a family where it will get plenty of exercise.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Pumi drool?

    The Pumi does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Pumi have a large prey drive? Does the Pumi like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Pumi has a high prey drive and has a natural tendency to chase after any small animal. Every case is unique, but the Pumi may not be the best dog for living with other cats or small animals.

    Is the Pumi atheltic?

    The Pumi is a true athlete. The Pumi is both fast, strong, and has a ton of endurance that suits it well for runs, hikes, and even marathons!
  1. Herding
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The Pumi is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Herding dog breed group.
Herding group: The Herding group dogs all share an instinctual ability to control the movement of other animals. They have traditionally been raised on farms to help herd and protect valuable livestock. They are intelligent, and have been bred to treat each day like they have a "job" they must do. Their innate herding ability is such a big part of who they are, that they are known to even "herd" their owners, children, or other small dogs. Some can seem stubborn and even obsessed with their herding, since they take it seriously! They have high expectations, and must be stimulated mentally just as much as physically. The reward to these "high expectations" is that they can be trained very well, and are oftentimes used in competitions. Certain breeds such as the well known German Shepard are also used by Police forces, because of their discipline, intelligence, and ability to be trained.

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