This agile and intelligent dog was discovered in Hungary but was brought there by the Magyar community. They were used as sheep herding dogs and were mostly preferred by farmers due to their dark color that could distinguish them from the sheep. They also provided protection to their owners as they would guard farm property. They almost became extinct in the 16th century due to the Turkish invasion, but European herdsmen repopulated them and even cross bred them. Later on, they were also affected by the World War but despite these hard times, the Puli still survived and increased in numbers again.
The Puli has a well-built body and is rectangular in form. It has a distinct shaggy looking coat that hangs long all over its body. It stands at 14 – 16 inches and weighs 20 – 35 pounds. Its muzzle is short with a black tipped nose. It has dark oval shaped eyes, and its ears droop at the side of its head buried under the dense coat. Its muzzle is also covered by the long hair forming a mustache and a beard. Its front legs stand straight hence straightening its back to be on a level line. Its tail hangs high on its back with a slight curve.
The Puli is fun loving and affectionate. It is protective over its family and will tend to domineer over its owner if he is not strong minded. They provide good companionship, and their loyalty is unmatched. Puli is a working breed that needs constant vigorous activities to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. They are intelligent hence, will catch what they are trained easily. They are independent minded hence will require a firm and consistent trainer.
Pulis are not lazy dog that enjoy spending time relaxing in the house. They were developed to work, and that is what they thrive on hence are not suitable for city life in apartments. They also need to be socialized early so that they get acquainted with people and other pets. They will need to understand that friends of the family are welcome guests.
Pulis should be fed on a nutritious, high-quality meal. IT will ensure that they grow in good health and develop physically well. The amount of food given to the dog depends on its age, metabolic rate, and size. Always ensure that the dog is not overfed and this can be done by splitting its meals into two in a day instead of one large meal.
Pulis are a strong, tough breed and suffer from few diseases experienced by other breeds. Some of the infections they may suffer are hip dysplasia and eye infections. They have a general lifespan of 12 years
Coat, Color and Grooming
They Puli has a corded coat that naturally forms. It comes in few colors that are solid black or a variation of gray. Their coat should not be brushed but rather washed when required.
With family and other pets
Pulis are good with families and get along well with children though they may be overprotective. Socializing them well will help them accommodate friends and other pets.