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One of eight dog breeds native to Hungary, the Pumi is considered a multipurpose farm dog developed by crossing the native Puli with breeds imported from other European countries.,It is not uncommon for the Pumi to be confused with the Pumi. Both are Hungarian Shepherds and probably share ancestry. The Pumi is thought to have originated about 300 years ago when the Puli was crossed with sheepdogs from Germany and France. The Pumi was recognized as a separate breed around the 1920s. He can still be found in his native Hungary and has fans in Finland and other European countries. It was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1996. Although the Pumi belongs to the Stock Stock Service of the American Kennel Club and is represented by the Hungarian Pumi Club of America (HPCA), it is still relatively new to the United States.,The Pumi has a lot to offer personally: he is curious, cheerful, attentive and interested in everything that goes on around him. He is usually so observant that people who live with him can swear that he can read minds. When it comes to spending time with people, some Pumi’s are stuffed animals and others are foot warmers. They generally fit well in families, but it is not uncommon for them to be particularly close to a particular person, usually the one who spends the most time with them.,Most Pumis love to learn and will work hard to do what you want, but keep in mind that they are not fans of monotonous, repetitive exercise. Keep training fun if you want to keep their attention. This breed responds better to reward-based methods than rough verbal or physical treatment. If you’re new to dog training, it’s helpful to find training facilities near you that offer puppy socialization classes and basic obedience training, as well as dog training.,The Pumi usually gets along well with other pets. He is generally good at recognizing non-dog pets, such as cats, as part of the household and will ignore them if they are not friendly. But you still need to pay close attention to all interactions between your Pumi and cats. He gets along with other dogs as long as the other dog is not too pushy. However, he has a passion for hunting rodents and may not be best suited to homes with small pets such as mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and rats.,All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all humans have the potential to inherit a particular disease. The Pumi is generally healthy, but there is some incidence of hip dysplasia in the breed. Responsible breeders have done DNA testing for degenerative myelopathy and an eye disease called primary lens luxation. Neither disease is common, but they can occur.,They also screen for a knee problem called patellar luxation and sometimes elbow dysplasia. The HPCA participates in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), a health database. A dog does not need to get good or even scores on the evaluations to obtain a CHIC number, so CHIC registration alone is not proof of fitness or absence of disease. All test results are posted on the CHIC website and are accessible to anyone wishing to monitor the health of a puppy’s parents.,The Pumi has substantial coat care requirements, but not extreme ones. This breed needs regular and thorough brushing and potential tangles brushed out carefully before they develop. Most Pumis also need an occasional trim. Owners may choose to do this themselves, but many choose to have their dogs professionally groomed. Keeping a Pumi in a show coat requires extra work and some specialized training, which most Pumi breeders will be able to provide.,