The history of Puli began many centuries ago in Hungary. Representatives of the breed are agile and have excellent eyesight, which makes them very good shepherd dogs. During World War II, the breed was threatened with extinction, but thanks to breeding programs it was saved.
By the end of the 19th century there was unclear information about a dog, called The Hungarian Water Dog - probably the father of today's Puli. It could be used for both water retrieving and protecting herds. The first standard of Puli was made in 1905 and amended in 1934. 5 years later the regulations defining clear coat color were added. The final standard was adopted in 1966.
Today in Hungary, this is the most used dog for keeping flocks and puppies for sale are sought after by many shepherds in central Europe.
The Puli has a quirky look – you may confuse it with a cloth for cleaning. The body is square, medium-sized, covered with characteristic fur. Coloration occurs in white, black and gray. The height of representatives is about 40-43 cm and weight ranges from 11 to 16 kg. The head is round, covered with long hair. The eyes are almond-shaped, the nose is dark and the ears - hanging. The tail is carried over the back.
Character and behavior
The personality of the Puli is its most important feature, and the hardest thing that the judge must assess on the ring. The perfect specimen is very calm, restrained, trusting and confident. Distinguishes its friends and is always alert against possible intruders. It is durable and alert, but you will hardly hear it barking. It is a loving dog by nature, intelligent and affectionate at home. However, its famous suspicion makes it an excellent guard dog.
Training and education
The Puli is clever, balanced and perceptive dog. It easily becomes accustomed to its owner and obeys every command. These dogs possess all the traits of most sheepdogs, but have a compact size, making them suitable for growing in different conditions.
The average lifespan is 14 years. The percentage of dogs with hip dysplasia and eye diseases is very low. They are generally healthy dogs.
Grooming and care
Care for the fur is quite burdensome. Although frequent brushing is not necessary, the coat can form annoying tangles that must be fixed. Furthermore, the hair gathers dust, leaves, sticks and whatnot, which must be immediately removed. Bathe your pet only if absolutely necessary. In the meantime, it is enough to clean it with a damp cloth.
Children and other pets
Overall, the representatives of this breed gets along with other dogs. The Puli often works in teams with other puppies. Certainly the behavior of a Puli dog to another dog depends on many factors, so it should not surprise you if you come across an exception.
Its attitude to cats and other small animals is not the same. It may not notice them at all, or try to play with them and accidentally hurt them.
As already mentioned, the Puli has a noble nature and calm temperament. It is attached not only to its owners, but also to children. The playful temperament of the dog, makes it a suitable companion for kids and its concern and resourcefulness makes it a perfect nanny.
For more than a thousand years the Puli was accompanying Magyar shepherds in moving sheep from the Russian steppes to the Ural Mountains. It is not clear whether it began the journey with them or joined it somewhere, but it is a fact that it has earned immediate trust of these tough men.