Loyal, Energetic, Agile
The Puli is a real eye-catcher, its appearance is extraordinary. Not only his long shags make him so special. The Puli is a sporty and lively four-legged friend with a pronounced intelligence. He is a loyal and very alert dog and friend.FCI Group: Herding Dogs – Cattle Dogs
- Size: medium
- Weight: 10-15kg
- Life expectancy: 12-16 years
- Coat type: long hair
- Colours: white, black, brindle, cream, brown, silver
The Puli belongs to Group 1, recognized by the FCI, the herding and cattle dogs and Section 1, the shepherd dogs without a working test. His country of origin is Hungary.
The Hungarian Puli is a medium-sized dog . Males usually have a height of 39 – 45 cm and weigh about 13 to 15 kg. Bitches are 36 – 42 cm tall and can weigh up to 13 kg.
The dog has a proud life expectancy of up to 16 years and has no diseases typical of the breed.
Its shaggy fur and floor-length cord hair is the trademark of the Puli. It wears black or white fur. The black Puli can show rust-red nuances. It is also more common in shades of gray and fawn.
Originally it was kept as a herding dog . Today he often lives in the house as a family dog. A large garden is an advantage for the agile Puli. With plenty of opportunities to run around and plenty of exercise, he also feels at home in the city apartment. The loving closeness to his owner is particularly important to him.
The Puli is a loyal dog . His instinct remains that of a herding dog. As an alternative to the herd, he likes to look after his master and the family. Typical of the breed, he guards his territory, barking loudly and resolutely. He is generally suspicious of strangers.
The same applies to strange animals or situations.
The dog breed is particularly intelligent and willing to learn . Contrary to what many might think from his appearance, he is very agile and has great endurance . He enjoys challenging tasks and games.
The Puli is an extremely strong-willed dog and therefore requires consistent training right from the start .
He can have moody periods and then withdraw for several hours.
The Hungarian herding dog is hardy and rarely susceptible to disease . With its shaggy fur, it adapts well to both the cold and the warm season. In midsummer, however, the walk should mainly be taken in the morning and evening when it is not too hot. Some Pulik (plural of Puli) like to go into the water, while others are very afraid of water.
The Puli is full of life and loves exercise, which is why it needs sufficient food and clean drinking water at all times. You should rely on him for high-quality dog food.
So that the Puli does not tend to be overweight or underweight, it is best to regularly check its weight on the scales . Otherwise, it is very difficult to see a weight problem with the naked eye underneath the shaggy coat.
When it comes to diet, the Puli is generally relatively uncomplicated.
He likes to eat both dry and wet food. But preferably there should be a lot of meat on his menu .
As with any dog, you should avoid cheap canned food from the discount store. This could physically affect the dog and, in the worst case, lead to illness. Above all, sugary foods and leftovers from the table are absolutely taboo.
You can also safely do without inferior grain when feeding.
You are more than welcome to offer the Puli raw meat . You can always reward him with small treats like dry buffalo or pig ears . These snacks have the advantage that they also support the animal’s dental care. Nevertheless, treats should always be given in moderation and not replace the main meals.
Contrary to what is often assumed, you do not have to pay too much attention to the grooming of the Puli. However, you should plan a lot of time for care.
One of the most important things you should do when you have a puppy is keep stroking it gently through its frizzy or wavy coat. That’s enough for a start.
Over time, the clearly structured villi and cords develop.
From this point on, you should pull the ends of your hair apart accordingly (villi). This maintenance is very time consuming. Under no circumstances should you brush or comb the Puli, because this is the only way to get its characteristic ribbon or cord hair.
The Puli offers the best conditions for dragging dirt and grime from outside into the house. Its long fur also magically attracts house dust.
Nevertheless, you should only wash or bathe the Puli in extreme emergencies and only with clear water.
It is best to remove obvious dirt or souvenirs such as leaves or twigs by hand. You can trim the Puli’s fur around the anus. This saves you from very unpleasant situations and smells in the house.
So that the dog’s vision is not impaired, you can also tie the fur around the eyes with a hair tie in a ponytail.
Alternatively, you can trim his fur so that the eye area is free.
Like any other dog, ears and eyes should be checked regularly. Hairs also form in both places, which should preferably be removed. This reduces the risk of inflammation and at the same time you prevent mite infestation. A damp cloth is recommended for cleaning the regions.
It is important that you also pay attention to the claws . If they get too long, you’ll need to trim them with a nail clipper.
It is believed that the Pulik found their way to Hungary over 1000 years ago through nomads from Asia.
When the Ottomans conquered Hungary in the 16th century, breeding was banned and the breed declined significantly. With the Austro-Hungarian Compromise in 1867 things improved again and Puli breeding was allowed to be practiced legally from that point on.
The Puli is one of the oldest dog breeds, it was mentioned in literature as early as 1751. The first standard was set in Hungary in 1915.
At that time the Hungarians bred Pulik in all colors, whereas today the focus is mostly on black. The watchful dogs herded and drove the flocks of sheep, pigs and other small animals successfully. In the meantime, they are mainly used in their task as herding dogs in sheep breeding and are often kept as family dogs .
The FCI recognized the breed for the first time in 1935, but the final recognition did not take place until August 11, 1954. The breed club Deutscher Puli Klub has existed since 1989.
Since the Puli develops a close relationship with its master, you should get it a suitable dog bed . He feels comfortable there if he gets enough space.
As with all of its conspecifics, the basic equipment includes the collar , the leash , possibly a harness and of course the bowl .
With suitable dog toys or a tunnel for the garden, you can give the sporty Puli a lot of joy.
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