The Puli (Hungarian Puli) is an ancient herding breed. This dog came from the Urals to Hungary together with the nomadic Magyars. While the Puli was used mainly for grazing sheep, his larger companion (white Komondor) was used for the purpose of guarding the flock from the attacks of wolves and other predators. Many herders prefer Puli over Komondors. The Hungarian Puli was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936.

Height: 16-17 inches  Weight: 25-40 pounds  Lifespan: 12-14 years


The Puli is a compact dog of medium size. He is active, agile and very alert, which makes him an excellent watchdog. Since this breed is characterized by a well-developed intellect, it is rather easy to train. Pulis are extremely successful in various dog sports and are admired by the judges. Moreover, these dogs retained their strong herding instincts. Comparable Breeds: The Tibetan Terrier and Komondor.


The Hungarian Puli is an enthusiastic, cheerful and faithful dog. This breed can live indoors house but is not recommended for families with small children. Pulis can make friends with dogs and other pets, provided that they grew up in the same household. However, make sure not to leave your Puli with small pets, as this dog perceives them as prey. Also, be sure not to leave the dog alone with children, as they will try to pull his long cords.

Coat / Care:

The Hungarian Puli has a unique, shaggy coat and soft undercoat. The hair is thick, dense, wavy or curly, serving as a shield from the bad weather. Adult Pulik are adorned with hair which falls down naturally, thus forming long cords (sometimes reaching the ground). This breed comes in black, rusty black, gray, white and apricot. This breed needs weekly grooming and periodical bathing at very young age. But, make sure to thoroughly dry your dog after a bath, in order to prevent mildewed cords. Also, oral hygiene is highly important. Generally, this breed is a healthy. However, it can be prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.Generally, this breed is a healthy. However, it can be prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.


Pulis are smart and therefore easily trained. The strict and consistent trainer will be able to grow them into true champions in many canine sports. Socialization and training are important for this dog breed. This dog is not recommended for dog breeders with any experience. Therefore, education must conduct a professional coach.


This vigorous breed needs regular mental and physical work. The Hungarian Puli loves running or hiking with his owner. Due to their medium size and mild temper, Pulis can adapt to any sort of living space. However, they thrive best in a spacious yard, where they can exercise and explore.

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