Getting a Pumi
The Pumi is a very rare breed in the US, with just a few litters born per year. If you are interested in a puppy, you may have to wait some time. If you have a preference for a particular color or sex, you will have to wait even longer.
If you’re not sure yet that this is the breed for you, contact some breeders or owners and visit the adult dogs in their homes. Or go see them at a dog show or agility trial or a Meet the Breeds event and talk to the owner or breeders there.
Once you’ve made the decision that you want a Pumi in your home for the next 13-15 years, you still have a choice of whether to get a puppy or an adult dog. Puppies are wonderful, but they are babies and need lots of attention and training. If you’re not sure you have the time to commit, an older dog might be for you. Sometimes breeders have older dogs available that they’ve decided to place in new homes, or there might be a rescue available..
Buy from a Responsible Breeder
Reputable breeders are concerned about the welfare of the puppies they place and carefully screen prospective owners to assure that the puppy or dog is suited to the new home.
Reputable breeders will raise the puppies with lots of dog and human socialization, and will typically not place a puppy before it is at least 8 weeks of age.
Reputable breeders feel that they are responsible for puppies they bring into this world, so if the new owner at any time cannot keep the dog, they will take it back and make sure it is placed in another loving home.
Reputable breeders have their dogs checked for any hereditary diseases to assure that they don’t inadvertently breed a dog with one of these problems. Pumik are one of the healthiest breeds and routinely live to 13-15 years, however there are a few problems that have been identified and breeders can screen their dogs for those problems.
The OFA and Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)
If you’ve now decided you want a Pumi and are looking at puppies, you should be sure that the puppies’ parents have had their health clearances. The OFA database is a tool that collects health information on individual animals and you can find that information on all Pumik. See the link below to go there.
The Hungarian Pumi Club of America has determined the health tests that should be done for a Pumi. . Four tests are mandatory and 3 are optional. The Canine Health Information Center keeps track of the health tests performed for each dog and if all the madatory tests are performed and the owner of the dog allows the results to be published, a CHIC Number is issued for that dog. The CHIC number itself does not imply normal test results, only that all the required breed specific tests were performed and the results made publicly available.
Of course, life happens, and puppies can develop diseases or illnesses from their environment or from causes for which we cannot test. Parents with the health clearances will assure that those problems over which we have some control will be mitigated.
Club Members Who Are Pumi Breeders
The following people are breeders who belong to this club listed by state.
Sherwood Forest, CA USA
Nutmeg River Pumi
Norwalk, CT USA
Szimfónia Pumi Kennel
Longwood, FL USA
Cumming, GA USA
Webster, MN USA
Shelton, WA USA