The Pumi's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Hungary Original purpose: sheepdog Name: Also known as Hungarian Pumi Historical notes: Pumi dogs are general farm dogs that are not only used for sheep but also cattle and pigs. Their tasks include catching rats. They originated in the 1600's and the 1700's when sheepdogs from France and Germany arrived in Hungary and mixed with the local Puli. They entered the US only in the 1990's.