The Hungarian Puli is a lively, agile and loyal breed that is instantly recognisable thanks to their ‘dreadlocked’ coat. Originally used as herding dogs, they have been bred to work closely with humans and as such are very affectionate and faithful companions. Some highlights:
Pulis make great family pets, they thrive on the company of their human family including children
Intelligent and easy to train
While Hungarian Pulis are wonderful companions, they can also be high maintenance and in some ways challenging so make sure you have the time and patience needed to care for them properly. Some downsides to the Hungarian Puli:
Extremely high energy requiring a lot of daily exercise and stimulation
Due to their strong will and stubbornness, they aren’t the best choice for first-time owners
High prey drive and instinct to herd
The Hungarian Puli has a very distinctive appearance, with a thick corded coat that makes them look far bigger than they actually are. Underneath a Puli’s mop of fur, they are actually quite lean with a slender, sturdy body and a small head. You will always find these unique, agile dogs with a friendly, lively expression on their face.
The Puli is a medium sized dog. Males are 40 – 44cm and females are 37 – 41 cm at the withers.
Fully grown Pulis will be between 11 - 16kg with males generally being slightly larger than females.
Puli have a solid, single-colour coat. The most common Puli coat colour is black although white, grey and fawn also exist in fewer numbers.
You will find this breed to be intelligent, lively and very loyal to their family. They can be wary of strangers but are more confident if they have been well socialised from a young age. Overall, they are loving protectors that aim to please their owners.
Yes, they were bred for herding and guarding so they are excellent watchdogs.
They do bark but only tend to bark if there are strangers nearby or they are concerned about something. When they are young they may start to get into the habit of barking excessively, if you find this is the case then consistent, firm training should put a stop to the barking.
Hungarian Puli are highly intelligent and eager to please which means they are easy to train. Be consistent and you will find your Puli will excel during training.
Hungarian Pulis do have a playful, fun side to their nature. They are very entertaining and mischievous and will definitely have you laughing and smiling at their antics.
If they have been well socialised and well trained then they are great around children. Hungarian Pulis are very playful and very friendly but can become overexcited. They are protective of their family and may also try to herd children and other pets to keep them away from perceived danger.
They are friendly with other pets, particularly if they have grown up together. Positive, early introductions are important to ensure that your Puli accepts other pets in the home.
As this breed is so attached to their family they are not happy when left alone for long periods of time. A Hungarian Puli is best suited to households where there is at least one person at home otherwise they could suffer from separation anxiety.
Yes, generally Hungarian Pulis love water. They will often jump into water whenever they have the opportunity. You need to be careful to make sure your Puli is properly dry after swimming as moisture can get caught in their cords and this can result in skin flare-ups.
The average lifespan of a Hungarian Puli is between 10-15 years.
The Hungarian Puli is a very energetic dog that needs at least an hour of exercise a day. They thoroughly enjoy long walks and playing, if you have a secure back garden your Puli will love to spend time running freely in the garden too.
Hungarian Pulis are generally healthy and robust but the following health issues seem to affect the breed most:
Progressive Retina Atrophy (PRA)
You may think all of that fur must take a lot of maintenance but actually caring for a Hungarian Puli is nowhere near as daunting as it may first appear.
If you have a secure, enclosed garden space for your Hungarian Puli this is ideal. They are not the best dog to have in an apartment because they are so energetic and need stimulation.
The type of feed and amount given to your Hungarian Puli depends on age, veterinary advice and also the feeding schedule of the breeder. Whatever feed you choose it should be nutritionally balanced and if you change your dog’s diet it needs to be done gradually to avoid causing an upset tummy.
During the first 6 to 12 months a Hungarian Puli is high maintenance because their cords are only just starting to develop meaning you will need to separate them by hand to create smaller cords. Once the cords are formed the grooming requirements drop down to almost nothing, they never need to be brushed. You will need to check their ears for dirt and wax build up and maybe occasionally wash their legs when they come home from a walk covered in mud.
No, they do not shed.
As a rough guide in pricing: Cost to buy: roughly £700 + for a well-bred Hungarian Puli puppy Other costs (Vet, Food etc): £75 per month
You can read our general buying guide here (/advice-on-buying-a-puppy/), with the most important thing being going to view your Hungarian Puli Puppy, seeing it with its mother, and checking the quality of the breeder. More specifically, here is some Hungarian Puli puppy buying advice:
As a Hungarian Puli puppy can be sold for a large sum of money be aware of amateurs who are breeding Pulis puppies frequently without concern for the welfare of the dogs. If a breeder always has puppies available this can be a red flag of poor breeding practices.
Be aware of scams where Pulis puppies are advertised far cheaper than usual. Make sure you see the puppies and visit the breeder before you pay anything for the puppy (that includes the deposit).
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