Puli

Herding Group

Brown Puli dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females ~16 in, Males ~17 in

Weight

25-35 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-15 yrs

History

The Puli originated in Hungary about a thousand years ago. It is believed that their ancestors were brought to Europe by the Magyars. Pulis were bred to herd and guard livestock alongside the larger Komondor. Komondors would guard at night while Pulis would guard during the day. If a wolf or other predator approached, the Puli would sound the alarm and the Komondor would come to fight the intruder. Their long, corded coats helped to protect them against the region's brutal winters.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Pulik will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆☆

Common Traits

Very in-tune to the emotions of their family and make great therapy dogs

Highly intelligent and are known to get bored of repetitive or uninteresting training

Take on the role of babysitter and guardian to children and other animals

Great jumpers that can easily clear a 6 foot fence

Strong-willed and bossy- they have been known to herd people, demand it's time for bed, etc.