The distinctive appearance of the Hungarian Pumi is likely the result of his origins as a cross between the Hungarian Puli and German and French prick-eared sheepdogs. However, there is probably a good deal of terrier in the breed too, as they have a very terrier-like personality.
They are quite a small dog with an elongated muzzle and a medium-length, curled coat that has to be trimmed regularly like that of the Poodle to avoid it matting. However, also like the Poodle, they have little to no shedding. Their colouring is normally anything from black to light grey but always one solid colour.
They were bred as a farm dog to guard and drive cattle and to clear vermin. As a result, they are energetic, spirited and intelligent so need plenty of mental and physical exercise. The Pumi is loyal and very trainable, if a little noisy, but needs to be well socialised to strangers and other animals from an early age.
Pumis are generally a very healthy breed with a life expectancy of 12-14 years.