COMMON HEALTH ISSUES

The Pumi is basically a healthy breed. While there has been no reported incidence of Progressive Lens Luxation (PLL) and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) in this country, we are finding dogs who carry the gene, and if bred to another carrier, could produce puppies with the problem so it's important that all dogs are tested before they are bred.

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) keeps a registry of health checks by breed. You can click on this link to see a list of all Pumik whose owners have tested their dogs and opted to have their results made public.

The Hungarian Pumi Club of America is working with the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) to establish a list of health tests specifically recommended for the Pumi. 

  • Hip Dysplasia (X-ray)
  • Patellar Luxation (Veterinary certification)
  • Primary Lens Luxation (DNA test)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DNA Test)
  • Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist (Optional)
  • Elbow Dysplasia (Optional) (X-ray)
  • DNA Repository (Optional) (Blood Sample Required)

Hip Dysplasia appears to be the most common problem in the breed. All Pumik should have an OFA x-ray for hip dysplasia whether or not they are going to be bred. 


Several incidents of LTV (lumbarsacral transitional vertebra) have been identified in young, unrelated Pumik in Europe. When LTV appears in the younger dog, there’s a very high probability they will have some nerve compression problems at some time in their life. Although OFA hip analysis should cover screening of the vertebra, it may have gone unnoticed.   .