A Pumi is always in a hurry. A Pumi does not have time laying about. It never looses a moment to lark about. Just the body structure gives away, that this is a dog on the move, the backbone structure luts as an accelerating racercar. This race antices many admirers because of it's funny exterior. For the untrained eye it may be taken for a mixed race, but as such a very unique and succéssfully special type.That, that one fore mostly notices are the moving ears, up right standing widt folded tops as if they can not decide, and widt dressedup grand tufts. Through hair cutting of the curly coat underlines the charachteristically strain of the Pumi's appearance. The right hair cut gives the dog a grand likeness of a koala bear. The backs streamline can also be helped with the scissors.
The temperment of the Pumi is the traditional herddogs, soft and
easily taught disposition. It is a very affectionate and at times a
bit too clinoing. Together with only its owner it can easily become
a oneman dog. With in a family where several devote their time to the
dog whose attention also naturally include the whole flock, make the
Pumi more sociable. Just as all other puppies the Pumi needs to
socialize. So extra energy should be used for socializing if the Pumi
is not to be a oneman dog. It is there fore important that other
people help care for the puppy from the beginning, lifting, carrying
and caring for it so as not to let it become to idolizing its owner.
Sometimes the Pumi puppy can need a friendly push out into the world,
so that it may dare to try to adventure oute into lifes wonderful
The Pumi can behave reserved towards strangers, mostly the young dog,
but it has passed the first abstacles at the threshold of maturing it
is both demanding and exaeting in its endearments. Its not
larger than it can sit on your lap and there it will dealy like to sit.
Its place on your lap garantees belly scratching and claps on the head,
as well as a very exquisit vieu of the dinner table or coffiee table.
The Pumi wants to be where the action is. If not in focus then any
where near the center of happenings as possible. It hates to be shoed
or sent away, as a full worthy family member the Pumi takes for granted
that it should have reasonable rights and absolute admission to all
the flocks activities. A sufficiently eventful everyday life, free of
long hours of boredom alone, is for most Pumis enough. Accordingly it
is expected that after one quiet day the next is compensated with
bouncing about on a long excursion.
Although if one wants more, the Pumi has a remarkable capacity. It
shows off in both obedience work as well as agility. There are several
obedience champions and world champions in agility that are Pumi. In
Finland where this race is very popular, the training of the last
mentioned well spread. The Pumi seams to be born and bred to jump
obstacles, climb over planks, and zigzag between slalom pegs. It has
energy and the physical capacities, balance and vigour or elastiscity.
Farm work has been tested in a smaller capacity but at least a Pumi
has gaind higher class in tracking.One dog has actually been educated
for security and guarding.
One should keep in mind that the Pumi as well as the Mudi and Puli are
heard and/or watch dogs. In other words it has a love of hearing its
own bark. If it is not taught in time to behave it will turn into a
very noisy individual. It is in its nature to give alarm when someone
/ or knocks on your door or someone/or thing comes close to its/your
house. It is not possible to keep the dog entirely quiet, but it should
be trained to understand when it is enough. It is in the Pumi owners
intrest to clearly tell where the boundary lays and what is elearly
permitted. This race is not difficult or hard to educate/train, and it
would hardly try to attempt to compete for leadership or press for far
tetching participation. But none the less the Terrior strain in the
Pumi makes it altogether not good for slackness. One must be consequent
and one must see to it to the end that the demands wich are put on the
dog are fullfilled. The Pumi is very stubborn and smart enough to see
through its owners weakness's if you have a tendancy to be compliant
the Pumi will immediately find the loop holes. It is also quick enough
to foresee its slow owner and achieve its goal before its owner knows
what happened. The Pumis soft appearance invites to concession but it
also contributes to deception. The Pumi is what is usually called
"alot of dog in a small size/package".
This race submits without dispute at having a human flockleader. If
you scratch a little on the surface one can often produce
characteristics whitch with certainly lead to a more cheeky and
hot-tempered terrior forefather. From the terrior father comes the
races reserved attitude maybe even the square form and attitude of a
"up on your toes style", which is typical. If the terrior strain
strikes through it may bring about a little "hotter tempered" Pumi.
Normally its not a fighter, females and males get on quite well with
alot of mucking about. Very seldom is there any worry with the Pumi
and other home animals. As other hearddogs the Pumi demands a certain
amount of admonishment during its growing up. The
characteristic attractions that one wishes for should be enhanced.
Whilst barking and over protecting quietend. There fore it is very
important to know what you should teach your dog. Praise or punishment
at the wrong time can have the exact opposite effect than one had in
minde. There in lays the reservation against the Pumi as the first dog.
With good support from the breeder and a sound reasoning it usually
goes well. Besides one should be clear about the Pumi being a lively
and active dog. So lively that with certain individual dogs it may
almost break over in stress. Usually it has to do with dampening rather
than exeitedly talking smoothigly so as to keep the dog with his feat
on the ground. Especially in play can certain Pumi's terrior glow
boubble up to the surface. On the other hand the terrior in the Pumi
makes it more sturdy and stabil in a higher grade than what is usually
distinguished with hearddogs. If you are locking for a stylish comrade
who leisurly stretches out on the soffa, who is quiet and never bother
some, then the Pumi is not a good buy.