/Breed Introduction: Puli Dog

Breed Introduction: Puli Dog

The Puli is a small-medium breed of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog, which is known for its long, corded coat. The tight curls of the coat appear similar to dreadlocks. Energetic and lively, this mop-like dog breed that hails from Hungary appears much larger than he is due to the distinctive coat.

Puli dogs are self-confident, highly intelligent, and sensitive to their owners. The breed tends to act as babysitters and guardians of children and other animals in the family. They can be very sensitive to the needs of the elderly and the sick, making them great therapy dogs. Although they are affectionate and enjoys the adoration of family and friends, they might get suspicious of strangers.

Breed Origin


The Puli is an ancient breed with a history that goes back at least 2,000 years. Some believe a dog similar to the Puli existed 6,000 or more years ago, while others believe the Puli derived more recently from the Tibetan terrier.

In 1959, the Hungarian Puli Club created a Puli breed standard that eliminated the toy and police-size Pulik, and included all of the remaining sizes in one category. By the 1960s, the number of Pulik in Hungary had reached prewar numbers.

The Puli was accepted for American Kennel Club registration in 1936, and the Puli Club of America was formed in 1951.

Breed Characteristics

Males are 17 inches tall and weigh 30 to 35 pounds. Females are 16 inches tall and weigh 25 to 30 pounds.

The unusual corded coat often draws the attention of those unfamiliar with the breed. For Puli lovers, it is the dog breed’s personality that stands out.

The Puli can be a bit stubborn, so dog housetraining might be a challenge initially.

Grooming the Puli is difficult, especially if the coat is corded. New owners should seek help to learn how to properly groom their dogs properly.

Puli can adjust to smaller living spaces, but be prepared for his running laps around the dining room chairs and taking leaps over the couch.