The Hungarian Pumi fetched the 190th spot as a recognized purebred dog breed, according to an official American Kennel Club announcement on June 22. The Pumi was added to the AKC Herding Group, becoming full-status eligible for competition as of July 1, 2016.
"We're thrilled to have the Pumi receive full AKC recognition," AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo commented. "This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity."
Originating in Hungary, the Pumi is a medium-sized canine, known for its agility, alertness, high-energy, intelligence, sociability, trainability, and good work ethic. This dog was originally bred for farm tasks, as it proved to be skilled in directing livestock. The Pumi has also demonstrated adeptness for agility, disc catching, flyball, games, jogging, and obedience.
With its corkscrew-like curly hair and wavy coat, the Pumi does not shed, but it tends to require careful combing and bathing every few weeks. Always solid, Pumi coat colors may include black, brown, grey, or white. At maturity, a Pumi generally weighs between 18 and 33 pounds.
The Pumi is believed to have resulted from the blending of several canine breeds over many centuries, perhaps including the French and German Herding Dog, the Herding Spitz, the Pomeranian Schafspudel, the Puli, and the Tsang Apso.
Since 2005, the Hungarian Pumi Club of America has promoted the breeding of Pumik (approved plural spelling) dogs and overseen the breed’s participation in canine companion events, dog shows, and performances. The dog is still rather rare in the United States, although breeders may currently be found in Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.
The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, runs a widely recognized registry of purebred dogs for sport and show.
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