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How old is this breed?

Submitted by on Aug 28, 2009 – 3:24 PMNo Comment

If you are thinking of the official history of the breed, not very old. Scientific breeding did not start until 1914, when the Budapest Zoo began to select the so-called Trans-Danubian type or short-haired pulis and breed them separately under the careful supervision of One of the oldest pumi photographsDr. Emil Raitsits. However, we have no information as to when exactly in the past the new type evolved. From the often chaotic and incoherent breed descriptions that appeared in print over the past two and a half centuries in Hungary, there seems to be evidence that pumis must already have existed well before the nineteenth century. Of course, they only vaguely resembled today’s pumis, as seen on the photo on the left. It is taken from one of our first scientific sources which dates back to 1909, when Károly Monostori described dog breeds for the Royal Veterinary College of Hungary. Referring to the pumi as the “Hungarian-type puli” or “little puli”, he takes the pumi kennel of count Samu Festetics as an example and includes the above, probably the very first photograph of a pumi in his book.

For more information on the history of the breed, read our article about The origin of the pumi.

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