This breed evolved from a number of others including the Mastiff, Bulldog, and Bloodhound which is probably why it makes such a good guard dog. While the dog is extremely loyal to its family, it doesn’t take too well to strangers and is considered a “dangerous” dog in New Zealand.
The Pumi’s trademark is its ears, which make it appear always alert and very lively. The ears are high-set and the tip flops down. The ears are covered with longer hair than the rest of the body which gives it a goofy appearance.
One guess as to what role this dog typically plays. Did you guess guard dog? You’d be right! Just one look at this dog’s mug would make me run! Of course, it does look exceptionally cute with its drooping jowls; I just wouldn’t want them locked around my throat if you know what I mean. The breed is reported to have been used in the Roman Legions. They wore bladed and spiked leather harnesses tied to their backs and were trained to run under the bellies of enemy horses and disembowl them. Lovely.