The PuliThe Puli is also known as: Hungarian Puli, Hungarian Water Dog
|Group classification: Herding||Country of origin: Hungary||Date of origin: 9th century|
|Weight (M): 27 - 35 lb||Height (M): 17"||Life expectancy: 11 - 15 years|
|Weight (F): 25 - 33 lb||Height (F): 16"|
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General Description of the Puli
The Puli (pluralized as Pulik) is a compact, squarely proportioned dog notable for its distinctive corded coat. The head is of medium size, with hanging v-shaped ears that are largely obscured by the coat. Eyes are almond shaped, large, deepset and dark brown in color. The stop is well defined, and the muzzle is straight and strong, ending in a black nose and filled with powerful teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The body is strong and athletic, enabling the Puli to change directions quickly and move with an effortless stride. The tail is carried over the back, blending into the topline. A soft, dense and woolly undercoat is covered by a wavy or curly outer coat, also woolly, that forms into cords in adults; the coat is very long and will reach to the ground if left untrimmed. Coloring is solid black, gray, rusty black or white.
The Puli is an opinionated little ball of energy, and longtime owners of the breed insist that it has the most unique personality in dogdom. The dog is smart and mischievous, with a great sense of humor and an uncanny ability to get what it wants. The Puli is also very busy and curious, and seems to be able to easily pick up on the moods of his family and the goings on of the house. Pulik do not get along with strangers and, oftentimes, with other dogs; aggression toward these two groups is common. Though occasionally overly boisterous, the Puli is good with children and tolerates other pets admirably. The dog’s protective instincts and great love for barking make it an excellent watch dog and a passable guard dog.
Caring for a Puli
Owning a Puli is a big responsibility. The Puli is energetic and busy, and is always on the lookout for a job to be done. To ensure that your dog does not become hyperactive or pestering, daily vigorous exercise is a must. Ideally, an activity or game should allow your Puli to express his herding instinct. This dog can live outside in temperate climates, but is happiest when allowed to sleep inside. You have two choices with coat care: if you choose to brush, expect to brush the coat every day or two; if the coat is left corded, the cords need to be separated regularly to prevent matting and dirt build up. The ground-touching coat will pick up dirt and other debris. Bathing a Puli takes quite a long time, and drying may require up to a day. Pulik live for a long time, and do not carry any hereditary illnesses other than canine hip dysplasia.
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