This energetic dog is smart and tough. It is alert and wary toward other dogs and is protective of family. It barks a lot.

Breed Overview

This shaggy-haired dog originated in Hungary and was used to herd sheep. Pulik (plural for Puli) are busy, curious, and protective, yet headstrong and touch. They are very protective of their family and may have troubles getting along with strange dogs. However, with proper socialization from a young age, they will do well with other dogs. These dogs are barkers but with plenty of exercise and training, they make an excellent companion and watchdog. Pulik make good pets for families with older children and experienced dog handlers. They are also good pets for active people and those with lots of land as they are happiest with plenty of space. A good walk or game each day will keep them content. Though they don't shed, their coat requires plenty of attention including daily brushing. If the coat is corded, they must be separated regularly to prevent matting and suffocating the skin.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

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

Breed Traits

Busy, Curious, Herding group,

Health Concerns

Common Health Concerns for Puli:
Less Common Concerns for Puli:
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