The Puli, also called the Pulik, the Hungarian Puli and the Hungarian Water Dog, is a herding dog that originated in Hungary. It is a medium sized dog that stands between 14 and 19 inches tall and weighs between 20 and 40 pounds. They have a shaggy and weatherproof outercoat and a soft wooly undercoat. Their coloring is usually pretty dark. The most common colors found in this breed include black, dark rust, gray, and apricot.
The Puli is a distinct breed with a long coat that sometimes grows long enough to touch the ground. Because of this grooming can be a task. They make good companions and also function well as workers.
The Puli is an ancient dog of Hungarian origin. It was used by the Magyars as a sheep herding dog. The Puli is heavily favored to do the job because of its black coats which make them easier to see among the flock. They are also light and agile in their movements.
The breed almost died out, their numbers dwindled into two figures but fortunately, some concerned and dedicated breeders assisted in the controlled breeding program to ensure the Puli’s survival.
Appearance and Abilities of the Puli
The Puli is a small to medium sized dog that is compactly built. They are tough and their dense, wavy or curly coat protect them from harsh weathers. Puli’s coat tend to clump together into woolly cords and they come in black, gray, apricot, and the less common white.
The Puli resembles a Komodor but they are significantly smaller. They have square-shaped bodies that are well-muscled. Their eyes are almond-shaped, usually dark brown in color, and their ears are medium-sized and their color should be black.
Used originally as a sheep dog, the Puli has great herding instinct. Its light and agile movements give this breed an advantage when it comes to guarding flocks of sheep . Pulis make great watchdogs because they have excellent guarding instincts.
Temperament and Tendencies of the Puli
The Puli is highly intelligent and very trainable. They excel in obedience training and they are a cheerful and devoted breed. They are very adaptable and can become accustomed to any kind of environment.
They can be very wary to strangers but they are naturally friendly and never aggressive. Your Puli will only bark to announce the arrival of an unfamiliar guest. Because of its herding instinct, they are not recommended for children. They can become dominant with kids if not properly socialized.
Puli Training and Care
Grooming is the main task at hand. Professional grooming is essential for inexperienced owners because the Puli requires a special way of grooming its distinctive coat. For individuals that love to groom and pamper their pets, having a Puli to groom is a relaxing and therapeutic process.
Bathing and drying is an intricate procedure. Owners should maintain the cords and Puli should always be kept clean. The Puli’s coat may trigger allergies because they is unique. At the outset, aspiring owners must determine if they won’t be affected by its coat.
Training a Puli is very easy. They are very eager to learn and display their intelligence to follow commands. However, owners must exhibit natural authority over the dog. Weak minded owners may give an impression to the Puli that he is the pack leader. When this happens, the dog will become too willful with a mind of his own.
The Puli will adapt to any living condition. It is also suited to any climate. Hot or cold, it can adjust to any climate. Extreme temperatures are not an issue.
Daily jogs or walks are needed. They must also be made to heel beside the owner to avoid dominance problems. They are lively and energetic and they love to play with any companion, man or animal.