The Puli!

The Puli is noted for its distinctive, corded coat that grows to touch the ground as it reaches adulthood. Medium boned, boxy, and muscular, this breed is an old variety of the Hungarian sheepdog. It has a quick gait, contributing to its agility. Its coat is double and weatherproof, made up of a wavy outer coat and a thick, wooly undercoat, that form cords that are flattened or round. It has dark brown, almond-shaped eyes, medium-sized ears, and a tight-curling tail.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
13 to 16 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
Very flexible. Fine for apartments or even farms.

Higher than average.

Exercise Needs:
Minimal. Short walks.

Breed Group:


14.5 to 17.5 inches

20 to 35 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black, shades of gray, and apricot (at times with a black mask). White, though is quite rare.

National breed club:
Puli Club of America

Puli Skills

The Puli has been a known herder as far back as the 9th century, preferred for its predominantly dark color that makes it stand out among the sheep, as well as its effective herding approach, which involved nipping at the heels or jumping on the back of sheep to make it change directions. It remains to be a competent herding dog, and tends to do quite well in agility and competitive obedience, and as show dog.

Puli Personality

A devoted pet, the Puli is an energetic and jolly family dog, though it needs to be very familiar with children to be gentle with them. This breed is highly adaptable, intelligent, and quite easy to train. It is not at all aggressive towards strangers, but is smart enough to give out a warning when its owner seems to be in danger.

Exercise Needs

The Puli still has a tendency to seek out work, having been accustomed to herding. Regular exercise and some formal training are necessary to keep it motivated and happy. Some may enjoy swimming, while others do not share the ability or the water-loving characteristic.

Living Conditions

The Puli will do fine in any living condition, whether confined in an apartment or let loose on a farm, and can live in whatever climate. It can be energetic indoors, so access to a yard is not required.

Grooming Requirements

For the non-shedding Puli, grooming can be difficult and time-consuming, though may take less time when done regularly. Mats and clumps in its coat should be taken apart by hand, while the corded sections should be about a half inch wide. A dryer should be used after it is given a bath, as the coat would normally take two days to dry naturally. Regular cleaning of the ears and eye area, and clipping of the nails, are a must.

Health Issues

Hip dysplasia is a primary concern for this breed, though it tends to be quite healthy and devoid of inborn defects.

If you liked this dog…

Fans of the Puli will also find the Belgian Sheepdog quite interesting. This breed is just as intelligent, also alert and playful.


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