‘Lively, Adorable’ Pumi Joins 189 Dog Breeds Eligible for Westminster Dog Show

By Sherley Boursiquot, Epoch Times
June 23, 2016 Updated: June 23, 2016

Pumi, a herding dog breed from Hungary, is headed to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the first time, the American Kennel Club (AKC) announced on June 22.

“We’re thrilled to have the Pumi receive full AKC recognition,” Vice President Gina DiNardo said. “This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity.”

The pumi is a relative of the puli and has a short, corkscrew coat and can be black, white, gray or “shades of fawn from pale cream to red,” the organization said.

One of AKC’s recognition stipulations requires having at least 300 dogs of a breed nationwide. 

Pumi’s, the 190th breed to join the AKC, are now eligible to compete for the coveted “Best of Breed” title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next February. 

They also qualify for many other dog shows, starting July 1.