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Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi" Compare Pumi and Puli. Which is better: Pumi or Puli or Mudi?
Name Pumi Puli Mudi
OriginsHungary Hungary Hungary
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank162142486
Reviews121
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Other Names Hungarian Pumi, Hungarian Herding Terrier Hungarian Puli, Hungarian Water Dog, Puli Dog, Puli Kutya, Pulik Hungarian Mudi, Canis Ovilis Fenyesi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set
Price $500-$1200 $1000-$1200 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight Male: 22–33 pounds (10-15 kg), Female: 18–29 pounds (8-13 kg) Male: 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg), Female: 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg) 18-29 pounds (8-13 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 22–33 pounds (12.5 kg), Female: 18–29 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 30 pounds (13.5 kg), Female: 25 pounds (11.5 kg) 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height Male: 16-19 inches (41-47 cm), Female : 14-17 inches (38-44 cm) Male: 16-17½ inches (41-46 cm), Female: 14½-16 inches (36-41 cm) 15-19 inches (38-48 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 17.5 inches (44 cm), Female : 15.5 inches (41 cm) Male: 16-17.5 inches (43.5 cm), Female: 14.5-16 inches (38.5 cm) 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi

Coat Wiry Dense Curly Wavy Dense Curly Wavy Thick Double Woolly Ribbon Tangled Heavy Corded Dense Curly Wavy Shiny Short
Colors White Black Grey in various shades (normally, the colour at birth is black, turning grey with time) Fawn. Primary colours: red, yellow, cream (a trace of black or grey and a distinct mask are desirable). White Cream Silver Brown Black Fawn Black Merle Brown Gray White Black Blue-Grey Ash coloured (blue grey)
Grooming
Average: The Pumi requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Mudi requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Pumis shed moderately.
Pulis shed none to minimal.
Mudis shed moderately.

Characteristics - Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi

Temperament Active Lively Reserved Intelligent Protective Vocal Alert Restless Extremely Bold Suspicious Towards Strangers Sensitive Noisy Agile Faithful Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Smart Home-Loving Alert Energetic Intelligent Loving Courageous Gentle Lively Guarding Companionable Watchful Keen to Work Adaptable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Pumi's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Puli's has great intelligence.
Smart: Mudi's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Pumis are easy to train.
Pulis are easy to train.
Mudis are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Pumi is a highly playful breed.
The Puli is a playful breed.
Mudis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Pumis are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Mudis have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Pumis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pulis are highly affectionate dogs.
Mudis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pumis need a lot of social interaction.
Pulis need for social interaction is average.
Mudis need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Pumi is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Puli is a vocal breed.
Average: The Mudi barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Pumis are one of the best watchdogs.
Pulis are one of the best watchdogs.
Mudis are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Pumis strongly protect their territory.
Pulis are extremely protective guard dogs.
Mudis are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Pumi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Puli has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Mudi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pumis have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pulis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Mudis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pumis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Pulis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Mudis are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Pumis have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Pulis have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Mudis don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Pumis are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Pulis are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Mudis are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Pumis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pulis adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Mudis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Pumis tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi

Stranger Friendly
Pumis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Pulis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Mudis are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Pumis are kid-friendly dogs.
Pulis are kid-friendly dogs.
Mudis are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pumis are average friendly towards cats.
Pulis are average friendly towards cats.
Mudis are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pumis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Pulis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Mudis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pumi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Puli is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Mudi is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pumis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pulis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Mudis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pumis are generally with other pets.
Pulis are generally with other pets.
Mudis are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Pumis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Pulis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Mudis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Pumi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Puli breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Mudi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi

Health Issues
Pumis tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Puli is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Mudis are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Degenerative Myelopathy Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Primary Lens Luxation No set Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-16 years 14-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Pumis are high energy dogs.
Pulis are high energy dogs.
Mudis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Pumis need quite a lot of exercise.
Pulis need quite a lot of exercise.
Mudis need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Pumis don't need too much sleep.
Pulis don't need too much sleep.
Mudis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Pumi has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Puli has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Mudi has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pumi is an average drooler.
The Puli is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Mudi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pumi vs Puli vs Mudi

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 4-6 puppies 5-8 puppies

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