Meet the Breed: The Puli

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Overview:

  • Height: 14"- 18”
  • Weight: 20-35 pounds
  • Historical function: Sheep dog
  • Modern function:Sheep dog, companion
  • AKC classification: Working

Physical Characteristics:

The Puli (Pulik is plural) is sometimes called the Hungarian water dog. It is a medium-sized dog with a corded coat that is solid colored, usually black. Less comonly, the coat may be white, apriocot or gray. They are fairly fine boned, but built muscularly. The tail curls over the back. The eyes are dark brown except in the white-coated dogs whose eyes are often blue. The corded coat is nearly waterproof. This dog resembles the much larger Komondor

History of the Breed:

The Puli were developed in Hungary to both guard and herd sheep. The black dogs were often preferred over the white ones as they were easier to spot in the flocks. The Puli was used with the Komondor with the Puli keeping the sheep together and the Komondors being the guards. In modern times, they are more often house pets. 

Temperament:

The Puli is a lively, cheerful, adaptable dog. This is an intelligent dog that may push the boundaries with a weak-willed owner. As watchdogs, they might be hesitant with newcomers. Makes a good family pet. Needs sufficient exercise, both mentally and physically.

  • Best suited for: Active families willing to take time to mentally and physically exercise this bright pup.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog is adaptable to heat, cold, apartments and to rural living. 

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: The corded coat begins forming at age 6 months and takes considerable effort to make it form in the pencil-width sections. Once this has started, it becomes easy to maintain. Some people choose to keep their Puli shaved.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, or run.
  • Life expectancy: 12+ years.
  • Health concerns: This is a hearty breed without any known health problems.

Breed Club Links: Puli Club of America, Inc.

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Photo courtesy of Anita Ritenour.

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