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Puli

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A Good Watch Dog

Busy, Curious, Herding group

Pulis are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Pulis, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Puli and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 17"; Female: 16" Weight:25-35 lb Lifespan:10-15 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She is an athletic dog that excels at dog sports like agility and herding. Her corded coat needs to be dried thoroughly after bathing or playing in the water to prevent mildew.

Grooming: No brushing is needed for her corded coat. Frequent care is required to keep the coat clean and the cords separate and manageable.

Dental: Pulis generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is faithful and intelligent. She is adaptable to many living situations as long as she is given enough exercise and has a confident leader.

Positive Traits:

  • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

  • Protective of family: good watch dog

  • Easily motivated and trainable

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Highly active and eager to have a purpose

  • Alert, curious, and busy

Negative Traits:

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

  • Suspicious of strangers

  • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

Whether you are considering adding a new Puli to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Puli will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Puli you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Puli may encounter: 

Diabetes

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Knee Problems

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Retinal Dysplasia

The Puli, or Hungarian Puli, is an ancient sheep herding dog of Hungary. Pulik are agile and acrobatic herders: they will jump on the back of a sheep to change its direction. They have a characteristic corded coat that can take four or five years to fully develop. The Puli is an affectionate and energetic family pet. They are eager to please and thrive on love and attention from their whole family. Known for their sense of humor and animated character, the Puli often retains puppyish characteristics well into adulthood.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Puli shows signs of the following:

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She is an athletic dog that excels at dog sports like agility and herding. Her corded coat needs to be dried thoroughly after bathing or playing in the water to prevent mildew.

    Grooming: No brushing is needed for her corded coat. Frequent care is required to keep the coat clean and the cords separate and manageable.

    Dental: Pulis generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is faithful and intelligent. She is adaptable to many living situations as long as she is given enough exercise and has a confident leader.

    Positive Traits:

    • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

    • Protective of family: good watch dog

    • Easily motivated and trainable

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Highly active and eager to have a purpose

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

    • Suspicious of strangers

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Puli to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Puli will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Puli you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Puli may encounter: 

    Diabetes

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Knee Problems

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Retinal Dysplasia

  • History

    The Puli, or Hungarian Puli, is an ancient sheep herding dog of Hungary. Pulik are agile and acrobatic herders: they will jump on the back of a sheep to change its direction. They have a characteristic corded coat that can take four or five years to fully develop. The Puli is an affectionate and energetic family pet. They are eager to please and thrive on love and attention from their whole family. Known for their sense of humor and animated character, the Puli often retains puppyish characteristics well into adulthood.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Puli shows signs of the following:

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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