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Puli - Breed Profile:

Origin: Hungary
Black, grey, white
Size: Medium
Type of Owner:
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Extensive
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: High
Noise: Likes to bark

Physical characteristics

The Puli is a shaggy-looking dog with a compact, well-balanced body. The chest is moderately deep with well-sprung ribs. The topline is strong and level. The front legs are straight, strong and medium boned. The hindquarters are well-developed and muscular. The head is medium size, in good proportion to the body. The almond-shaped eyes are dark brown with black lids. The medium sized ears hang down, blending in with the rest of the coat. The nose is always black. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. The tail curls over the back. The gait is light, lively, and agile.
The Puli weighs 25 to 40 pounds. The height is 15 to 18 inches.


Pulis are vigorous, alert and active. Energetic and very protective. Naturally suspicious and brave, they make good watchdogs. Adaptable to most surroundings and circumstances. Independent and very stubborn at times, Pulis require firm obedience training at an early age to prevent bossy behaviour. All family members should be taught to be pack leaders. A well-balanced Puli is very affectionate and devoted, with an excellent sense of humour. Their innate intelligence makes these dogs very easy to train to perform tricks. Regular exercise is necessary for the dog to burn its surplus energy.
Pulis can do well with other animals if properly socialized at puppyhood. Nonetheless, they should not be trusted around smaller and more passive animals. Usually, Pulis are not recommended for a home with small children as these dogs can be quick-tempered. If children are taught how to handle the dog properly (not to tease or be rough pulling the dog's hair), this breed can do well.

Coat and grooming

The long coat falls in long strips resembling that of the Komondor. It is dense, weather-resistant and profuse on all parts of the body. The undercoat is wavy or curly. The undercoat is soft, woolly, and thick. The hair clumps together easily, and will form cords if allowed to develop naturally. In this case, little grooming is necessary. Show dogs can be both corded or brushed. The latter entails extensive grooming.
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Pulis shed very little hair if any at all. Bathing is as easy as washing a sweater but drying does take some time: up to several hours or even 2 days if you don't use a drier.
The coat colour can be rusty black, black, all shades of grey, or white. A small white spot is permissible on the chest.


There are no major health issues specific to this breed. Pulis are naturally healthy and robust. Eyes and ears should be cleaned on a regular basis. Hip dysplasia cab be a problem in some individuals.
The lifespan is 10 to 12 years.

Other interesting facts

As the ancient sheepdog of Hungary, the Puli has been herding flocks for Hungarian Shepherds for more than 1,000 years. These dogs love to swim.