Hungarian Puli

These dogs are easily recognised by their trademark – their coats! The Puli's coats are covered in long cords (that look an awful lot like dreadlocks). The cords cover the entire body, some even reaching the ground in length, and making it pretty difficult to tell which way is what. A playful breed that trots along, its fine bones protected by sturdy muscle. The Hungarian Puli is a lively mop of fun.

Other Names
Puli, Hungarian Water Dog. In Hungary more than two dogs are called ‘Pulix’, in America ‘Pulik’.
Country of Origin
Hungary
Colour
They can be black, rusty black, white or various shades of apricot and grey in colour.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Bitches measure 37 – 41cms at the withers and weigh 10 –13kgs, whilst dogs measure 40 – 44cms and weigh between 13 – 15kgs.
Health
There is limited veterinary information for the Puli. However the parentage should be screened for HD. If the coat is neglected, it is not uncommon for skin problems to develop. Removing excess hair around the ears and anal regions will prevent infection.
Life Span
15 –18 years
Intelligence
Pulis have stubborn natures so training them needs to be a consistent effort. They're extremely intelligent and they know it, so it's vital to mix playtime with training to keep their minds active. Start training when they are puppies. Pulis are notorious vermin exterminators by nature and if you don't want your dog to leading a double-life as a rat hunter, extra training must be given to prevent this trait.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

Pulis are not usually fussy eaters, nor do they wolf down large portions at a time. It is best to feed your dog two meals a day, rather than leaving food out.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
You've never seen anything more endearing than a Puli running freely across a big field, mop of hair bouncing along as it goes. Energetic by nature, Pulis love to romp and play, usually showing off their stuff in agility or fly-ball courses.
Ailments
There is limited veterinary information for the Puli. However the parentage should be screened for HD. If the coat is neglected, it is not uncommon for skin problems to develop. Removing excess hair around the ears and anal regions will prevent infection.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Just like everyone else Pulis have an awkward adolescent phase and their distinctive coats won't fully develop until they are at least three years old. If you're not a fan of the corded look the coat can be brushed out, however if you are hoping to compete in dog shows know that they only accept Puli's with corded coats. The advantage of this type of coat is that Pulis do not shed, although dirt and small objects can be caught in the hairs and will need to be untangled. A Puli's coat can take days to dry thoroughly so it's very important to only wash this breed in the summer.

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week. Only wash in the summer.
Trimming
Frequent
When the the Magyars, one of the nomadic Hun tribes, migrated to Eastern Europe in the 9th century they brought Pulis to their native land. These dogs were used to herd and protect flocks of sheep and over the years were bred for their ability to work in the fields. Today they have adapted to town living as well as working and living in the countryside.


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