Poomi (poo-mi; plural pumik) was conceived as a compact, quick-witted and fearless sheep, capable of traversing herds on the narrow roads connecting the pastures of western Hungary. At a glance it can be hard to believe that this maniac was born to work so hard. With her coat of corkscrew curls, rounded tails, expressive ears, and uniquely whimsical looks, Pumi is all kinds of cutie. But beneath the curls is a lean, deep-breasted cowboy with endless ability to work and play.
Authorities recognize three lambs indigenous to Hungary: Mudi, Puli and Pumi. Puli is said to be the oldest, now established in Hungary at about a.d. 800. From 300 to 400 years ago, pulis were combined with Western European shepherd dogs and terriers to produce poomi. For years Pumi was considered the regional form of Puli. This began to change in the early 20th century, when the standardization of the two breeds began.
Pumi is a medium-sized vigilant, intelligent, energetic, and agile Hungarian herd breed, which originated in the seventeenth or eighteenth century from the ancestral pulleys, and was used to graze cattle, sheep, and pigs. They are characterized by long head and whimsical expression with square outline, curly coat, rounded tail and semi-erect ears. Poomi originated in Hungary where pastures were small and animals were taken to local areas to graze. He is a versatile stock dog who is equally skilled at collecting, driving and keeping stock within the range guided by the shepherd, works very close to livestock, and has his voice and quick movement to keep the stock under control. Uses up.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
Pumi’s coat has 50 percent soft hair and 50 percent hard hair, all of equal length. He needs to comb every three to six weeks, followed by a nice wetness to curl the coat back. Once curled, the coat can be trimmed to keep it clean. Poomi does not fall, but during grooming, hair comes out. It is not recommended to use a blow-dryer on Poomi’s coat, as this will remove characteristic curls.
Poomi is a thinking dog that must assess each new situation, so it is important for the breed to have early socialization as puppies. A poomi will learn quickly and has an infinite desire to work without becoming obsessive about it. She is an active dog, and becomes a wonderful housewife if she is provided with daily exercise and mental activity. Since Pumik enjoys using his voice, do not insist on barking.
Pumi is very intelligent and energetic, requires regular exercise and mental stimulation. They are also quite agile and will climb up and down over things, and they like to stay in high places to see what is going on. His favorite toys are often tennis balls and flying discs, and a poomi can demand a good chase-and-fetch game with them. The breed’s qualities make Pumi increasingly popular in agility, obedience, and many other dog sports and companion programs.
Poomi should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared at home with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight levels. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not. Contact your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Pumice is generally a very healthy breed, and there are breeder screens responsible for health disorders such as elbow and hip dysplasia, patellar laxation, degenerative myelopathy (DM), and eye disorders. The Hungarian Pumi Club of America, the breed’s parent club’s website, provides detailed information about Pumi health.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: