- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 15" - 14"
- 25-35 lbs.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This dog will require dedicated grooming habits.
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Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle