PULI DOG

This is a dog! And a very smart one. The Puli history is linked with sheep herds in its native Hungary. It is agile, light on its feet, and surprisingly muscular under the thick mop.
 
Light feet and heavy strings, the Puli is a miracle of a small dog that is able, hard working. It is very flashy with its thick weather resistant coat, made by woolly, round or flat cord. It stands at 43 cm, the female at 40 cm; it is well built, medium bones, and square in proportion. The head is small sized, medium eyes, and dropping ears, high inserted, never erect. The skull is lightly rounded and wide, a defined stop, but not abrupt. The muzzle has 35% length in relation to the skull, according FCI. The neck is medium length, with dense hair. The chest has a moderate width and depth, short kidneys, slightly tucked stomach. The tail is carried well over the back, covered in long hair, which mixed with hair in the rump. Shoulders well sloping back and straight forelegs with round and compact feet, with well arched fingers. Well developed hindquarters and in balance with the forequarters. Color: completely black, black with reddish or white tonalities, besides several grey varieties. A small white spot is admitted at the chest, not over 5 cm, as well as some white hairs between the fingers according to the FCI. The KC also admits the apricot and the white; the skin has a grey clay color, displaying tonalities that vary according to the hair color.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR                 
Only a portion of its cousin’s, the Komodor, size, the Puli is more functional as a domestic dog. The ringlet coat requires regular but not excessive attention. The puppy grows slowly along with its strings, and it will not have its adult coat until it is a couple of years old. 
The Puli loves to play. It prefers an active owner that has time for it; children are ideal and tireless playmates for the Puli. A well bred Pulis is not aggressive, although it protects the family by nature. Despite the cord camouflage, it can’t hide a stubborn trait. Teaching needs to be kind but firm. A dominant Puli can be very unpleasant, although it is generally willing to learn and enjoy time with its owner. It is also outstanding as a vermin exterminator, and it will need to be trained in that sense if this trait is not desirable for its owner.
 
DEVELOPMENT
Well socialized Puli puppies will be curious and very direct within their curiosity, kind with people, and pleasant in general. The mother can be somewhat suspicious, but not too nervous.
 
The weigh at birth may vary in the breed. The Puli puppies have short and straight hair, which grows along with it. Most are born solid black, and maturing requires acquires its adult black color or grey tonality. The Puli may also be white, and these specimens are born white, for which color selection is quite easy. Ears and tail are left natural, although dewclaws are removed during the first weeks. The Puli is a robust, energetic breed, and these qualities are noticeable especially during puberty. Plenty of exercise is necessary as well as obedience training. More time should also be devoted to the adolescent hair when the adult hair emerges. The hair can be brushed to the point of making it straight if the owner prefers not to have it with ringlets. The traditional cord coat emerges after four or six months. The Puli is an intelligent animal and many times bold, for which the young male may tempt its owner.
 
HEALTH
Don’t buy a Puli out of an whim. This novelty can live from 15 to 18 years! This is a long commitment with a living creature. If you accept this commitment, the Puli will not let you down. 
 
Being an exceptional breed, there is little veterinarian information about the Puli. However, its exceptional longevity (more than 15 years) is a testimony of its good health. It origins as a working dog, along with limited and responsible breeding, assumes a strong and disease resistant dog. Skin problems are very probable in specimens with unkempt hair. Although it needs little to no grooming (its appearance has been described as disheveled many times). The owner should commit to devoting at least an hour per week to keep its Puli knot free, removing the dead hair from the thick undercoat. Excess hair in the ear and anus area should also be trimmed to avoid infections. Although eye injuries are not frequent, they can easily hide under the abundant hair, for which it should be controlled. The Puli is lively, energetic and noticeably intelligent. It needs daily exercise and mental stimulation for a good physical condition.