Get to know the Puli
All you need to know about the breed
One-of-a-kind in more ways than one, the Puli is one dog that can’t be missed: They possess a distinctive and naturally occurring corded coat, one of few breeds in the canine kingdom to have doggie dreadlocks, as it were. This very contented dog hails from Hungary where it was raised for use as a nimble sheep herding dog. The Puli’s coat can be either black, white, or gray.
How did the corded coat come to be, you ask? By the intertwining of the Puli‘s double coat starting in late puppyhood, when the soft wooly undercoat mingles with the wavy or curly overcoat at six to nine months to produce the long rope-like strands that cover the Puli from head to toe. It’s water-resistant, which makes bathtime a challenge but not impossible. There are owners who prefer the straight look, so brush out the thick tresses of their Pulik (Hungarian plural for Puli). Either way, the unique outer layer is this breed’s calling card extraordinaire, to be sure.
Underneath that voluminous coat lies a highly affectionate and contented dog, with an open heart who’s fast on his feet. The breed is surprisingly very energetic, despite their fur, standing only 16 to 17 inches (41 to 43cm) tall and weighing a maximum of 35 pounds (16kg) when fully grown. They may look large but they are in fact a medium-sized breed.
And if you decide to become a Puli owner, be prepared for two more welcome traits: extreme intelligence and a super temperament. Puli are never far from where the action is, and even more pleased when everyone joins in.
2 facts about Pulis
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Puli
Caring for your Puli
Grooming, training and exercise tips
It seems that as much could be written about grooming the Puli as there are cords in their famous coat, but there is a methodology to all of it. First, some owners choose to brush out the Puli’s cords, but since that’s quite time consuming, some opt to keep them as is, untangling them by hand regularly. Bathing should be kept to a minimum (remember, the coat is waterproof) since wringing water out completely is difficult. If you do bathe, first blot them dry then wrap in towels to soak up the excess. Dry next using fans or a blow dryer. It will take at least 48 hours for your Puli to dry fully. Bacteria and even mould can set in if not dried sufficiently, giving rise to possible skin infections. Cutting the cords back once a year, to three inches, will help them maintain their health. Lots of exercise is the Puli‘s jam - lots. One fun fact is that Pulik stay puppy-ish well into their older years, so will be looking to play any chance they get, and daily walks, romps, even runs, are fine with this energetic dog. When it comes to training, the Puli is fully compliant! But only when commands are gentle and reassuring. Housetraining could be a slight challenge but treats help in letting house rules settle in for good.