Pumi Becomes American Kennel Club's Newest Official Breed
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has added the Pumi to its list of official breeds. Joining the Herding group, the Pumi is a medium-sized, agile dog from Hungary.
“We’re thrilled to have the Pumi receive full AKC recognition,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity. If a dog lover is interested in the Pumi, or any other AKC breed, visiting www.akc.org is a great way to learn more about the breed and determine if it’s a fit for their lifestyle.”
The Pumi was originally bred to gather, drive and keep livestock under control. The breed is intelligent, a quick learner and extremely willing to work. Best suited to an active family, they are very alert, energetic dogs that require daily exercise and mental stimulation. Their coat is a combination of wavy and curly hair that forms corkscrew curls and requires an occasional bath and combing every two to three weeks.
To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. Breeds working toward full recognition are recorded in the AKC's Foundation Stock Service.