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'Intelligent' And 'Whimsical': The Pumi Dog Breed Gains Full U.S. Recognition

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    'Intelligent' And 'Whimsical': The Pumi Dog Breed Gains Full U.S. Recognition

    June 22, 2016 6:13 PM ET

    By Merrit Kennedy

    The American Kennel Club says it is officially granting full status to the Pumi, a herding breed originally from Hungary.

    Chris Levy, president of the Hungarian Pumi Club of America, says, "They're so smart, so eager to please, active, they just love life. They're very forgiving, they don't hold a grudge, they're easy to train. They need daily exercise and they also need mental stimulation. This is not a breed that will just lay around all day."

    They're a herding dog, she says, bred to take direction from a shepherd. Levy adds: "That's the kind of temperament they have, they're very focused on their people."

    The breed is recognized in much of the rest of the world, Levy says, but is a relative newcomer to the U.S. Levy imported her first Pumi after seeing them at the World Dog Show and "falling in love."

    (The full NPR story is here.)

    Last edited by Dog Force One; 06-22-2016 at 10:59 PM.

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    Hmm, never heard of this breed, just their cousin the Puli....a groomer's nightmare. Here's the Pumi herding video from your article.

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