Best known for his long, corded coat resembling dreadlocks, the Puli is a hardworking herding dog and family companion.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Puli.
1) Herding History
The Puli is an expert herding dog — he's had more than 1,000 years of practice. When the Magyar tribes first settled in Hungary, they brought their herding dogs with them. They had large herding dogs that resembled today's Kuvasz, and smaller dogs that resembled today's Puli. Others believe the Puli derived some 2,000 years ago from Tibetan Terrier stock. Pulik have been working as sheepherders in Hungary ever since the Magyars first settled there.
Very few other breeds have a coat like the Puli's. The Puli's coat has two layers that naturally tangle together and form into woolly cords. This coat protects the Puli from harsh weather and potential predators. Some Puli owners choose to brush their dogs so that the two coats stay separated, and the cords do not form.
The height of the female Puli ranges from 36 cm to 42 cm, and the height of the male Puli ranges from 39 cm to 45 cm. The Hungarian Puli's strands of fur grow as it grows in height. Interestingly, shedding stops once the dog stops growing. This dog is very strong and runs like the wind. It has muscular legs and also has a bit of a wild streak. The Hungarian Puli needs to exercise daily and needs wide open spaces to run freely.
The Hungarian Puli has a calm and steady temperament, but all hell breaks loose when this dog is provoked. This breed should be trained very early, and they are ready to be trained when they are just four-months-old. They are strong and aggressive by nature because they are guard dogs, so they must be taught how to behave. Bad behavior should also be corrected as soon as it appears.
Pulik can be black, gray, or white. Black Pulik were put to work herding the sheep, because sheep are more inclined to obey a dark-colored dog than a light-colored one. Shepherds could also more easily spot the black Pulik among the sheep. Meanwhile, the white or gray Pulik served as nighttime guards, protecting the flocks or herds against robbers and wild animals.
Formally, the plural of Puli is not Puli's, but Pulik. Both are widely used and grammatically correct, but Pulik is preferred by most Puli enthusiasts and certainly by any Puli purist.
7) Around Others
The Puli is an intelligent and a cheerful dog. It is excellent with other dogs and other pets also. However, caution is advised with children as children can become aggressive which the dog may not like. It is reserved with strangers, although not very aggressive. It is fiercely loyal and protect the owner at the slightly pretext of threat.
8) Agility Expert
You might think all those cords make it difficult for a Puli to move around, but Pulik actually excel at agility competitions. Pulik have to be able to run fast and make sharp turns in order to herd sheep. They can easily navigate agility courses, and they are very trainable dogs because they are so eager to please their masters.
This dog's coat needs extra attention because it is corded. As the puppy grows, the cords need to be separated so that they don't get intertwined into a huge knot. Once the cords touch the ground, it needs to be trimmed to prevent the Puli from tripping on its own hair. Their nails also need to be regularly trimmed.
The Puli does not have any particular genetic disorders. However, it is prone to hip dysplasia and allergies of the eye.