Showsight Presents The Pumi

Figure 3: Locks of hair

Figure 4: Some of the curls from a single Pumi

Color Th e Pumi can be almost any solid color, but always with a black nose and black pigment. Th e accepted coat colors are black, white, fawn, and any shade of gray. Fawn should preferably have some gray shading in it (i.e. it was also born black and faded to fawn). Gray puppies are born black and fade to gray, the same as the Kerry Blue Terrier and silver Poo- dle. Because of the graying process, the coat may be a number of shades of gray on the body, typically a bit lighter gray on the legs and muzzle. Th is shading is not the same as a black and tan pattern which is a disqualification (similar to the phantom Poodle).

Tail Th e tail forms a full circle on top of the back of the Pumi, unlike the Puli which blends into the backline, or the sickle of the Mudi. A judge should be able to see daylight in the inside circle of the tail. Th is type of tail may hang straight when at rest (which is not often), but should always be in a full circle on the move. What Judges Are Missing We understand that many times in the Miscellaneous Class, the judge may never have seen the breed before, and it’s the exhibitor’s chance to educate the judges on their breed. I have found that there is a tendency to look for the “generic dog” and

forms into locks of hair which is a distin- guishing characteristic of the breed. Th e hair must never be blown dry and flu ff ed because it obscures the characteristic coat. Th e coat is wet down prior to being shown in order to form the curls and locks of hair. Th ese locks of hair vary in type and shape over the body, from curls on the back to corkscrews on the legs. A judge must check for this type of coat, and for the 50-50 proportion of hard and soft hair. Th e locks of hair do not cord as in the Puli, but can easily be combed out, which they need to have done about once every 2-3 weeks. Th e hair is surprisingly resilient to dirt and twigs, and what doesn’t fall out, the Pumi will pull out themselves.

Figure 5: Black and Tan Patterned Pumi (DQ)

Figure 6: Szürkebarát Vadóc of Abiqua

208 • S HOW S IGHT M AGAZINE , M AY 2014

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