The American Kennel Club has added a new dog breed to its roster. The pumi is a Hungarian shepherd dog with healthy ancestors and a noble bloodline. Owners of such specimens will be able to compete in the AKC breed contests starting next year.
The Pumi is the 190th breed added to the American Kennel Club’s list. The AKC holds the oldest national registry for purebred dogs. It is also a prestigious association that only allows pedigree specimens to join their ranks.
Starting this year, after the AKC officially welcomes the pumi in their ranks, breeders or owners of such specimens will be welcomed to participate in the Westminster Kennel Club or any other AKC supported dog show throughout the nation.
The highly energetic and curly-haired Hungarian sheepdog will be allowed to participate in Westminster’s “best of breed” contest starting next February.
The pumi has a coat made out of corkscrew grey-beige curls, long floppy years, and a soft black nose. The nose is a bit elongated, and the eyes are usually partly hidden by its curls. Its long, athletic feet are a hint of the puni’s energetic personality.
Hundreds of years ago, the pumi, was used by Hungarian shepherds to gather pigs, cattle, and sheet. The breed is used to long runs, and an active lifestyle. It is also accustomed to harsh Eastern European winters.
Seeing as they were originally bred to watch out for animals, the pumi are excellent watchdogs. They are not registered as a violent breed, and seeing as their main role throughout history was to tend to the herd, barking rather than biting, they can be trusted around children.
However, breeders are advising any enthusiasts to take in mind the fact that the pumi is a dog breed compatible only with energetic individuals. If you’re the kind of person that jogs in the morning and walks in the park in the afternoon, then the pumi is the right dog for you.
If you prefer to spend your free time relaxing, rather than chasing a hyperactive dog, than the AKC recommends a French bulldog or a pug.
In order for a breed to be recognized by the AKC, there have to be at least 300 specimens nationwide, among other criteria like pedigree.
Some animal-rights associations are advocating against the notion of purebred dogs, arguing that mixed breeds are left in the shelter due to canine elitism.
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