Puli

Personality:Loyal, smart, home-loving; strong-willed but trainable

Coat & Grooming:virtually non-shedding; the coat, whether corded or brushed out, requires constant care

Energy Level:Very Active; a hardworking herder, the Puli likes activity and running room

Originally: Hungary

Nicknames: None

Size: Medium

Meet the Puli

​First, there are those dreadlocks, the instantly recognizable feature of the Puli (pronounced "Poo-lee"—"Pulik" is the plural). The coat’s naturally occurring cords are wooly, dense, and weatherproof. Either corded or brushed out, Puli coats require lots of attention. Under the dreads there’s a compact but powerful dog, standing 16 to 17 inches at the shoulder. Pulik are remarkably agile and light on their feet, earning a reputation as the “acrobat of the dog world.”

What's Their Story?

​It’s thought Pulik were brought to Europe about a thousand years ago by the Magyars, the same Asian nomads who introduced the Vizsla to the West. Pulik herded large flocks of sheep on the Hungarian plains, and the corded coat protected them from the region’s brutal winters. Today the breed’s herding instinct remains strong. Pulik will try to herd anything: birds, other dogs—even toddlers, with a gentle tug at the diaper.

What are they Like?

​A Puli is more than a funky hairdo. Pulik are affectionate with loved ones, very smart, and loyal. As world-class watchdogs and family guardians, they can be suspicious of strangers but a friend for life once you earn their confidence. Their energy and dazzling footwork make Pulik natural comedians. (If you could see their eyes, you might notice a mischievous twinkle.) Bred for centuries to work closely with humans, they are quick learners and eager to please.

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