The Puli is a small-medium breed of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog known for its long, corded coat. The tight curls of the coat appear similar to dreadlocks.
The Puli has a shoulder height of 41-43 cm (16-17 in) and weighs 11-16 kg (25-35 lbs). It has a domed skull with almond-shaped eyes and ‘V’-shaped ears. The Puli is muscular with a flat back, round feet, and tail carried over and blending into the back.
The Puli’s long, naturally corded coat, which reaches to the ground, is its defining feature. It is caused by the Puli’s soft undercoat meshing with its rough outer coat. The coat begins cording at about six months of age. The Puli’s curls are similar to dreadlocks, making it almost waterproof. The Puli can be black, masked fawn, gray, or white. Some cream colored Pulik (‘Pulik’ is the plural noun) have a black mask. Pulik do not shed.
The Puli is happy, friendly, and smart, making an excellent pet. The Puli is suspicious of strangers and is an excellent watchdog.
The Puli is friendly with children, dogs and other pets if socialized from a young age. Young children must be taught to respect the Puli and should be supervised around it.
The Puli’s coat can be brushed out or left naturally corded. Brushed coats must be brushed every day or two; corded coats need to be separated by hand to remove dirt. The corded Puli should be bathed regularly to prevent fleas or ticks from collecting in the large coat. When wet, the Puli takes hours or even days to dry off. The Puli can be clipped, but this removes a lot of its unique appeal. The Puli’s eyes and ears should be cleaned regularly. The Puli lives 12 years or longer. It is a healthy breed with no known major health conditions, though it may be susceptible to conditions which commonly afflict large breeds, such as eye problems and hip dysplasia (malformed hip joint which can cause lameness or arthritis).
The Puli is an intelligent breed which trains well, but it has a stubborn streak so a firm, consistent approach is required.
The Puli is an active, energetic breed which requires daily exercise. Its favorite activity is herding, but it also enjoys obedience and agility training, or just a walk around the neighborhood. Apartment life is suitable for the Puli.
What We Offer
At Sky Blue Farm we breed a champion line of Hungarian Puli. Our Puli have perfect dispositions for the family environment or the show ring. We raise Puli puppies in various colors. Black is the most common color, but we also have silver factor.