Pumi? Yes, you!
The American Kennel Club announced on Wednesday that the Pumi, an agile dog that hails from Hungary, has received full recognition, joining the AKC as the 190th breed.
This means the medium-sized pooch that was bred to gather, drive and keep livestock under control, according to the club, is eligible to compete in the Herding Group at dog shows — including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — beginning on July 1.
“We’re thrilled to have the Pumi receive full AKC recognition,” AKC vice president Gina DiNardo said in a statement. “This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity.”
To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the United States, as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders, the club said.
Pumis everywhere must now be primping for their big debut. The dog’s distinct coat — described by the club as a combination of wavy and curly hair that forms corkscrew curls — needs to be washed occasionally, and, for the best look, combed every two to three weeks.