When the Pumi was very rare, we took our five dogs to the dog show for the renowned portrait photographer, Jerry Vavra, to get a group photo. We positioned them and they were all sitting nicely, so we quickly backed away and Jerry blew his train whistle to get their attention. Five sets of Pumi ears whipped up to attention and he was laughing so hard that he couldn’t get the photo.
At a dog show, when all the Pumik in a class have entered the ring and the dogs have lined up, I love to watch the judge’s expression as they walk down the line on their first look at the dogs. They will always have a smile on their face, reflecting the multiple whimsical expressions of Pumi dogs looking back at them.
He is characterized by his square outline, curly coat, circular tail, and long head with semi-erect ears and whimsical expression. The ears are covered with hair, enhancing their whimsical expression. – AKC STANDARD
The muzzle (40-50% of the length of the head), dark eye, black pigment and nose, and high-set, two-thirds erect ears covered with curly hair all contribute to this wonderful Pumi expression.
And, of course, living with a Pumi makes you smile every day.
Looks aside, this is a very smart, active, serious working breed with a joy of life expressed in their face.
Here are some whimsical expressions to make you smile today.