Non-sporting Breeds

Hungarian Puli

Hungarian Puli
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 16-17 in (40-44cm) Bitch: 14-16 in (37-41 cm)
Weight: Dog: 28-33 lb (13-15kg) Bitch: 22-28 lb (10-13kg)
Coat: Dense and weatherproof; outer coat wavy or curly, undercoat soft and woolly; correct proportion of each creates the desired cords
Color: Black, rusty black, white, or various shades of gray and apricot; overall appearance of solid color

The Puli (plural Pulik), one of the best known of the Hungarian sheepdogs, is said to be a descendant of Sheepdogs brought to Hungary by the Magyars over 1,000 years ago. It has herded sheep on the edge of the Hungarian plain for many centuries and, more recently, has been used for police work. In 1935, the Puli was imported into the US by the Department of Agriculture with the aim of improving local sheep- and cattle-herding breeds. However, the Puli was not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1936. The Puli is a loyal, devoted, obedient, and intelligent dog that is good with other pets and slow to anger. It is, however, reserved with humans outside its own family. The breed requires a good amount of exercise and the cords of its coat, which give it a somewhat unkempt look, have to be separated by hand, brushed, and combed.
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