Welcome to Catskill Pumi Kennel, the home of the “Herding Pumi” in The Empire State. (The Pumi is often called in its Hungarian plural, “PUMIK” or “PUMIS,” in the plural form of the English language.) We are located at the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, only three hours north of New York City.
Our fiber goat and sheep farm, GoatSheepShop, is the perfect place for the working Pumi. Our knowledge of the Pumi breed, experience in animal breeding in conjunction with 15 years of dog training/behavioral counseling experience are the necessary ingredients to breed and raise well balanced, well socialized, and well trained dogs. Our Pumi puppies get carefully designed foundation work and early exposure that are necessary for urban pet dogs, as well as agility, obedience trial dogs, and working farm dogs to succeed. We do not kennel our dogs, all of our Pumis, live in our home and fiber art studio for full exposure and interaction with our friends, visitors, workers and the daily life of the farm. Do not miss the videos of our herding Pumis. They are posted on the “Herding” page of this website.
What it has taken us to become Pumi breeders?
We got originally interested in Pumis because we are a fiber artist with a sheep and goat farm, “GoatSheepShop,” and we’ve needed reliable and pretty much fearless herding dogs that can handle a herd of notoriously mean and hostile Shetland sheep and a flock of stubborn and uncooperative Angora and Boer goats at a farm with a complicated layouts that consist of smaller paddocks, lots of gates, small buildings, dead end zones and narrow passages where a dog can easily get injured by a herd of fierce Shetlands and crazy goats.
We have bought three Pumis in three years. We have worked with them, kept watching them, studied them and slowly have fallen in love with the breed.
There is virtually no meaningful literature in English about the Pumi, so we’ve felt extremely lucky that we speak and read fluent Hungarian that have enabled us to read a large body of available primary source literature of original Hungarian material available about the breed. Over the years, we have traveled and visited Pumi kennels in Hungary, Finland, and Norway sometimes at godforsaken places. we’ve established working networks with important and experienced breeders across the Scandinavian countries and Hungary and have learned about the breed from our adopted mentors in these countries.
It has taken us five years before we were brave enough to even consider to plan our first litter, even though, we have not only owned and worked with three Pumis at our upstate New York farm, but we also studied and have gotten to know the breed.
We have bred ten Pumi litters over the years and have shown and competed in herding with our Pumis in the US and in Europe. We are the first and only Pumi breeders up-to-date who exported Pumis of our own breeding to Europe, in Hungary, Sweden and Norway.
We have bred several Champion, Grand Champion Pumis, and one Silver Grand Champion. Catskill Pumis have won two AKC National BOB conformation shows in Florida, one BOB two BOS two “Selects” and one Award of Merit titles at the prestigious annual Westminster KC show in New York City.
Many Catskill Pumis are also successfully competing in agility, rally, obedience, barn hunt, scent work, tracking, dock diving, and in lure coursing. While we are proud of these achievements, our own dogs primarily are everyday working farm dogs who are living proof of the idea that “form supports function.”
We hope that your visit of our site will raise your curiosity and perhaps want to contact us for further information or visit us to see this wonderful breed, the Pumi, in its “natural” environment. If you have no time to visit us, you can check our Pumis and our puppies on the Youtube site “Goatsheepshop.”