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Puli

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Puli Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 15" - 14"
  • Weight
  • 25-35 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • A Quick Learner
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Difficult
  • Colors
    • White
    • Black
    • Silver / Grey
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Ok outdoors
 

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Alternate Names

drover, pulik

Origin

The Puli originated in Hungary.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed more than a thousand years ago. It is believed to have originated around 1,000 A.D.

History

The Puli is an ancient dog that is believed to be a descendant of the Tibetan terrier, a breed that was brought to Hungary in the ninth century with the Huns. The puli was embraced by Hungarian shepherds, who used it as a shepherding dog for over a thousand years. In the sixteenth century, Hungary was again invaded and repopulated with Western Europeans, who brought their sheepdogs and terriers with them. These dogs mixed with the native pulik, leading to the pumi. The Puli and Pumi were crossed so often that they were almost identical until the twentieth century when a breeder revitalized the original puli. The puli continues to be used in Hungary as a herding dog for sheep, cattle and horses. It was first brought to the U.S. in the 1920's.

Description

The puli is a medium size, powerful, squarely built dog. It has a broad skull and a straight muzzle that is about one third the length of the head. It has a large, black nose; deep set, almond shaped, dark brown eyes; and V-shaped drop ears. The neck appears to merge with the body because it is covered with profuse hair. The medium length, natural tail blends into the hair on the body. The double coat had a woolly undercoat and a profuse outer coat that is wavy or curly, brushed out or forming cords. The coat is black, gray or white the skin is bluish gray.

Temperament

The puli is an intelligent, active dog. It is fun lovign and devoted to its family. Playful and affectionate with friends and family, it is wary with strangers. It also tends to be vocal.

Uses

In Hungary, it is widely used as a leader of flocks. It loves the water and is likely that in past centuries it was used for hunting in marshy areas.

Health Concerns

None known.

Additional Information

This dog will require dedicated grooming habits.

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Sources

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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