Hungarian Puli


A fun, lively and intelligent dog which loves people. They are busy dogs that like to make sure that everything they are involved in is being run properly and that all is well with their people and property. Lots of energy and very playful. Has a corded ‘dreadlock’ coat.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. 1-1.5 hours a day. The Puli is much less demanding than its larger relative, the Komondor. Does enjoy lots of play time and free running.

Size: 15-17 inches

Weight: 22-33lbs

Colour: Mainly black, white, cream or chocolate

Town or Country: Both – best on country or urban fringe with access to open spaces

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Active, sporty and country families, singles and couples who would like a fun, trainable and moderately protective dog, and see grooming as beneficial bonding time. Suitable for first time owners who would prefer something a little more challenging than a standard toy/companion dog.

Group: Pastoral

Originally From: Hungary

Original Purpose: Working. Herding sheep

Living Space: Medium

Coat: Long dreadlocks

Grooming: High as a puppy, like the Komondor. A fully mature coat takes about 2 years to form. Help will be needed to ensure the dreadlocks do not turn into a single matted mass over the whole dog. Drying after a bath takes at least a day. Check regularly for parasites (fleas and ticks). Will need to be vigilant about picking bits out of the coat after exercise.

Children: High. They love to be entertained and make great playmates for children.

Sociability with strangers: Medium. As a herd and guard they will bark to alert you to strangers. Also they can be wary of strangers and take a while to accept them. If annoyed, they have been known to bite strangers. Early socialisation is required.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High

Trainability: Medium. Pulis are very intelligent and fairly easy to train with positive and kind methods. However they can be obstinate and strong willed. Training must start immediately. Well-trained Pulis excel in agility and obedience.

Noise Level: Medium – will bark to alert to strangers

Known Health Issues: Retinal (eye) dysplasia and hip dysplasia

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Attention to the coat while maturing (2 years)

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