Puli

Description

The Puli is an average size breed, but the profuse amount of thick cords that cover its entire body gives it a much larger appearance. The coat is comprised of two layers. The top layer is curly and thick. The bottom layer is also thick, but tends to be softer than the top layer. The legs are all strong and average in length. The back legs bend forward. The front legs are straight. The breed has a chest that is wide and deep. Along with the rest of the body, the head is medium size. It has triangular-shaped ears that hang low. It has a definite stop.

Temperament

The Puli is a breed that loves being in the company of people. It is affectionate and good-natured. It gets along fine with everyone in its household, including other pets. Its patience and even temper make it a good pet for children. The breed does not easily trust strangers. The high intelligence of this bred makes it easy to train. Socialization training is essential for this breed to prevent it from becoming too timid. It is an obedient breed.

Height and Weight

The male and female Puli both weigh about 20-40 pounds. The male Puli stands about 17 inches tall and the female Puli stands about 16 inches tall.

Health Problems

The Puli is associated with a few health problems. The most common conditions this breed may develop include cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). The breed may also develop hip dysplasia, a condition that tends to affect many breeds.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Puli is not suitable for indoor living conditions. The breed is recommended for outdoor living. While it can adapt to suburban living conditions, it is best for this breed to live in a rural area where it can have plenty of room to roam free. Due to its thick coat, the breed is also recommended for cooler climates.

Exercise

The Puli has a significant need for exercise. It is very energetic and is able to endure physical activity that is very demanding. The breed should obtain most of the exercise it needs while running around on its own. Running or jogging along with its owner is a good form of daily exercise for this breed. The breed has a very thick coat and should not engage in vigorous physical activity when the weather is very warm.

Life Expectancy

The Puli has an average life expectancy of 15 or more years.

Litter Size

The Puli typically has 4-7 puppies.

Grooming

The Puli has a coat that does not shed heavily, but does require grooming. The coat should be brushed to keep it free of tangles and to prevent it from becoming matted. Bathing the coat may prove too cumbersome for an owner. A professional groomer is recommended to bathe the coat of the Puli.

Origin

Hungary

Group

Herding

Color

The acceptable colors of the Puli’s coat are white, gray, black, and orange.