Breed standards


Breed standards are the official guidelines that describe the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential.

Last Updated: 14 May 2010

FCI Standard No 56 dated 5 July 1966

Adopted in Australia 1 January 1998

Revised May 2001

Translated by Mrs C. Seidler and Mrs Elke Peper

Country of Origin:  Hungary

Group 5 (Working Dogs)

The Pumi came into being during the 17th to the 18th century in Hungary by crossbreeding the primitive Puli with imported German and French dogs of Terrier type with prick ears. It has been recognised as an independent breed at the beginning of the 20th century.


The Pumi is a cheerful, medium sized herding dog of Terrier type. His Terrier character is most obvious in his head. The foreface is elongated and the upper third of the otherwise prick ears is bending forward. The conformation is square. Because of his constant alertness, his neck carriage is higher than normal. The wavy coat of medium length forms curls. The Pumi can have various colours but must always be of one solid colour.


The Pumi is a herding dog of Terrier type. Also suitable for herding larger types of animals. His scenting ability is well developed. Has excellently proved his worth when combating wild beasts of prey or rodents. Excellent house pet and can definitely be kept indoors. Needs plenty of exercise. Is an excellent companion and sporting dog.


This rather lively herding dog has a restless temperament. Extremely bold, a little suspicious towards strangers.

As a result of his sensible behaviour, his liveliness and his expressiveness, he attracts attention always and everywhere. The Pumi is rather noisy.

His whole appearance embodies thirst for action and because of his restlessness and activity, all parts of his body are constantly on the move.

He is always active and ready for duty. A shy or phlegmatic behaviour are untypical of the breed.

Head And Skull:

The head is relatively long and narrow. The shape of the head is characterised by the elongated muzzle. The top of the head is relatively broad and domed. The long forehead is only slightly domed and flat seen from the side. The superciliary ridges are moderately developed. The stop is barely perceptible, the forehead running an almost straight line between the eyebrows towards the bridge of the nose. The nose is narrow and bluntly cut-off. Always black in all coat colours. The bridge of the nose is straight. The elongated facial region tapers towards the nose but is never pointed. The cheeks are well muscled. The lips are tight fitting to the teeth and dark pigmented.


Set moderately wide apart and slightly oblique. Medium sized, oval, dark brown slit-eyes. The expression is lively and intelligent. The eyelids are tight and close fitting to the eyeballs and well pigmented.


The upright ears are set on high, the upper third of the ears bending forward. The medium sized, even ears show a reverse V- shape. They show alert reactions to all stimulations.


Strong jaws. The strong, well-developed teeth are white. A regular, complete scissor bite according to the dentition formula.


Of medium length, a little arched, well muscled and forming an angle of 50 to 55 degrees to the horizontal. The skin at the throat is tight, dry and without folds.


The front legs, placed under the forechest, support the body like pillars. They are vertical, parallel and not too wide apart. The shoulder blade is long and a little steep. The angle to the horizontal is 55 degrees. The points of the shoulder blades are placed vertically above the deepest point of the brisket. The upper arm is short and well muscled. The shoulder blade and the upper arm form an angle of 100 to 110 degrees. The elbows are close fitting to the body. The forearm is long and gaunt and the pastern is steep.


The Pumi has well-developed muscles that are dry, exceptionally taut and tough. The breed is particularly lean and of harmonious appearance. The topline is straight and the withers pronounced, long and sloping towards the rear. The back is short, straight and taut. The loins are short, firmly coupled and straight. The croup is short, slightly sloping and of medium length. The forechest is straight, not broad and rather deep. The ribs are slightly arched and rather flat. The brisket is deep, long and reaches to the elbow. The belly is tight and tucked up towards the rear.


The hind legs are very strong. Seen from the side, they are somewhat extended beyond the rear. Seen from behind, the legs are parallel, straight, standing neither too narrow nor too wide apart. The upper thigh is muscular, long and sloping to the rear. The stifle is on the same level as the elbows. The lower thigh is long and dry. The hock is lean with clean outlines and the metatarsus is short and steep.


The forefeet are rounded cat feet with well-knit toes. The pads are springy. The nails are strong, black or slate grey. The hind feet are like the forefeet. Dewclaws are not desired.


The high set tail forms a wide circle above the croup. The hair on the underside of the tail is 7 to 12 cm long, wiry, standing apart and with little undercoat. Where tail docking is permitted the tail should preferably docked to two thirds of its length. Elsewhere a natural stumpy tail or docked tail is not permitted.


Quite lively and spirited. The stride is short, energetic, dynamic and harmonious. The posture is bold and proud. The trot is light-footed and harmonious. The dog puts his hind feet exactly into the footprints of the forefeet.


The skin is without folds and strongly pigmented. The areas of bare skin are black or slate grey.
The wavy, curly, coat forms tufts and is never smooth or corded. The coat has an average length of 4 to 7 cm growing to smaller or larger tufts. It is elastic, shaggy and dense. It consists of a strong, but not coarse, topcoat and a soft undercoat. The dense, wiry protective hairs of medium length on the ears grow upwards. The eyes and the foreface are free of long hair. The desired coat preparation is achieved by hand trimming. Smaller corrections, done with scissors on head and legs, are possible. Preparing the entire coat with scissors is not desirable.


Grey in various shades (normally, the colour at birth is black, turning grey with time)
Fawn. Primary colours: red, yellow, cream (a trace of black or grey and a distinct mask are desirable)
A white mark on the chest less than 3 cm in diameter and/or a white line on the toes are not faulty.

The coat colour must always be intense and solid.


Dogs: 41 to 47 cm; Ideal height: 43 to 45 cm.
Bitches: 38 to 44 cm; Ideal height: 40 to 42 cm.

Dogs: 10 to 15 kg; Ideal weight: 12 to 13 kg.
Bitches: 8 to 13 kg; Ideal weight: 10 to 11 kg.

Important Proportions
The body length is equal to the height at the withers.
The depth of the brisket is slightly less than half of the height at the withers.
The length of the muzzle is slightly less than half of the total 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.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Round, Puli-like head. Foreface shorter than 40% of the total length of the head
Strongly defined stop.
One or more missing teeth (incisors, canines, premolars 2-4, molars 1-2). More than 2 missing PM1. The M3 are disregarded.
Over or undershot mouth, wry mouth.
Completely upright prick ears. Ears pendant from base or carried unevenly.
Short smooth coat. Long, very matted, sticking out or dull coat.
Chocolate coloured or multi coloured coat. All uniform, clearly defined patches (i.e. tan markings, mantle forming marking).
Size deviating from the height limits given by the standard.


Male animals must have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.