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Also known as: Hungarian Puli

Breed origin: Hungary
Original purpose: Sheep herding dog.

AKC recognized: 1936
AKC group: Herding

Size: Height: males 16 to 18 inches; females 15 to 17 inches
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Color: Solid colors of rusty black, black, all shades of gray, and white.

Life span: 10 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Puli is affectionate, intelligent, alert, active, agile, vigorous, and loyal. They are suspicious of strangers and naturally protective, and make excellent watchdogs. Because they are very independent and strong-willed, obedience training must start in early puppyhood. They remain playful well into old age.

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Good watchdog? Excellent

Protective? Yes

© Misulka (Miroslava Kopecka) |
Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, herding, tracking

Grooming requirement: The unique corded coat is the result of a controlled matting process. The cords begin to from naturally around nine months of age. Newly-formed cords need to be separated by hand, otherwise the hair may form a solid mat instead. When a bath is required, care needs to be taken to soak the coat and also to rinse the shampoo off very well. After a bath, the coat takes several hours to dry, and it must not be allowed to stay damp, otherwise it can lead to mildew.

Additional photos of Puli

Recommended books for further reading:

Puli (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Ann Arch and Michael Trafford
Published in 2006
155 pages

Hungarian Puli
By Ann Arch
Published in 2000
176 pages

This Is the Puli
By Leslie Benis
Published in 1976
320 pages

How to raise and train a Puli
By Ellanor H. Anderson
Published in 1964
64 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Puli Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Puli Club of America Rescue Trust

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