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The Puli, at first glance, can appear like someone's idea of a dog in costume.  The cords, which are rather reminiscent of dreadlocks and the Puli's jaunty, happy attitude seem clearly like someone's interpretation of a Rasta Dog.  Instead, those cords are the protection that kept many a Puli safe in harsh conditions working as a sheepdog in Hungary.  A very old breed, the Puli nevertheless developed a great love of fun and humor.  Known as a prankster for the jokes they play on their friends (four and two legged) the Puli is a remarkable package of interesting appearance and intelligence with a lively personality.  No doubt, the work and unique aspects of the coat keep many people from seriously considering the Puli for a companion but with the fanciers and devotees that the breed has established, great devotion and enthusiasm has ensued.

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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 14.5-17.5 inches
Weight: 22-33 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: Effect is a solid color bur some variation or mingling of a few white/black hairs are acceptable. White, black, various shades of gray and apricot. Coat type: Unique blending of the correct proportion of top and undercoat create cords, matting or brushed out is undesirable.
Recognized Registries: FCI, TKC, UKC, AKC, CKC, ANKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Sturdy, small to medium sized dog with decidedly square appearance (when properly coated with cords). Wiry and with fine bone.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: Lively, confident, generally wary of strangers
  with Children: Good if properly socialized with well behaved children that are suitably supervised
  with other pets: Generally good but may be inclined to herd
  with dogs: Generally good but can vary
Socialization requirements: moderate to high: the suspicious and aloof nature of the Puli toward strangers can be a problem if the dog lacks experience in meeting lots of friendly people
Ideal home characteristics: One that is willing to dedicate the time necessary to the grooming as well as appreciates the lively nature of the breed.
Temperament Notes: Loving and very clever which often results in many interesting pranks being played on companions
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners but they are generally too much fun to stop there
Trainer notes: The Puli is clever and loves a good time.  Perfect as a training partner, but before you go off thinking you  have it made consider the playful quirks of the Puli and their decided sense of humor.  No one, especially not those they love the most, are immune.  At the same time, the Puli can most certainly develop into a fabulous and consistent working partner as clearly indicated by the number of Pulik boasting Agility, Obedience, Rally, Herding and other titles before they are even 4 years of age.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: At least the 9th century, possibly as far back as 4500BC
Country of Origin: Hungary
Original Function: Herding Dog
History: Part of the migration of the Magyars from Central Asia. Nomads treasured a good working Puli (often paying a year's salary for one) and ruthless in culling the poorer examples. The dogs lived without special care or attention making their coat, critical
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, poor dentition, incorrect coat that does not cord properly
Health Notes: Hip Dysplasia, Eye problems, Deafness,
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, BAER
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Puli?
  • Why do you have Puli (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Puli?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Puli?
  • How would you describe the ideal Puli home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Puli?
  • How do you assist or help Pulik in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Puli Club of America Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Illustrated Standard of the Puli Club of America - Standard as per the Puli Club of America - Standard as per The Kennel Club (UK) for the Puli

    Breeder Ethics: - Puli Club of America Guidelines for Owners/Breeders/Exhibitors

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