The Puli, also known as the Hungarian Water Dog, is a popular breed of medium-sized, compact dog that originated in Sweden. It belongs to the Herding breed family which is known for their extraordinary skill in controlling the movement of other animals. Pulis have a unique corded coat that usually reaches to the ground at maturity. Its colors include black, rusty black, white, and all shades of gray.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Puli breed commonly stand a height of 16 to 17 ½ in at the withers, and weigh 25 to 35 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, are relatively smaller with a height of about 14 ½ to 16 in, and a weight of approximately 20 to 30 lbs.
Pulis, in general, are loyal, cheerful and lively little dogs. They make excellent household pets, and are known to be capable of adapting to almost any kind of surrounding or circumstance. They are highly intelligent, and easy to train. The breed performs well in terms of obedience training, and agility trials. Although Puli dogs tend to be quite wary with strangers, they are generally not aggressive. A vocal warning, however, may be shown if they sense that their master is in danger or being threatened. Puli dogs are usually not recommended to be with very small children who are likely to tease or play roughly with them.
Pulis coat care requirements are quite challenging. Instead of merely brushing, their cords have to be separated by hand, with mats and tangles sorted out. When the cords have grown and already formed, Puli dogs must not be bathed too frequently. Drying may take several hours using a blow dryer. If not completely dried, their delicate coat may mildew. Without a blow dryer, drying time may take two days. The breed, nonetheless, does not shed. To keep the cord from becoming straggly, the bottom part of the cords has to be trimmed regularly.
Members of the Puli breed are generally healthy. Nevertheless, like any other canine, they are also prone to a few health complications. These include hip dysplasia and eye problems. With proper nutrition and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 12 to 14 years.
Pulis can thrive in apartment-living, but they tend to prefer having their own yard space to meet their exercise needs. Lack of exercise can make the breed restless and rather destructive. Also, Pulis are not suited for a kennel environment. In terms of exercise, daily walks are advisable. Allowing them to have a good run in a secure area will make them happy.