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Puli

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Puli

The coat on the Puli is very unique. They have a weather-resistant, double coat. The outercoat fuses with the undercoat causing long cords to develop and hang from their body. The coat is black, any shade of gray, apricot and the rarer white is permissible. Puppies are born with a downy coat. Their cords begin to form around 3 to 4 months and take about 2 years to form completely. The head and muzzle are large and short. The triangular ears are elongated and lie close to the body. The eyes are dark brown and the nose is black. The mouth is strong with teeth that meet in a scissor-like bite. The body is broad and muscular with a deep chest and a level topline. The shoulders should be laid back and the legs straight, well-boned and muscular. The rear dewclaws must be removed. The large feet have well-arched toes and black, firm pads. The tail should curve tightly over the back.

Temperament Pulis are lively and cheerful. They are very loyal to their families and property. Though they may be wary towards strangers, they are never aggressive, giving a vocal warning if they feel threatened. This breed is not recommended for small children, although if they are raised with the children, they will do just fine. They are very intelligent and easy to train but can tend to have a mind of their own.
Height, Weight Male Height: 16-17" ; Weight: 25-35 lbs.
Female Height: 14-16" ; Weight: 20-30 lbs.
Health Problems The Puli is prone to hip dysplasia and glaucoma.
Living Conditions This breed will adapt to its surroundings be it an apartment or a farm. They do well in any climate. They are active indoors, but do better with a yard.
Exercise This breed loves to exercise and will meet its own needs for exercise if kept outdoors. Some are very fond of water but some in the breed cannot swim. Always supervise around water.
Life Expectancy 12 or more years
Grooming The long and shaggy coat of this breed should never be trimmed. Regular coat separation and bathing is necessary. It takes a long time for this breed's coat to dry; sometimes up to 2 days! Check eyes and ears regularly and clip nails often. They shed very little if at all.
Origin The origins of this breed are unknown; however, it has been documented that the Magyars, a tribe of nomadic Huns, brought Puli's to Hungary around a 1000 years ago during the 9th century AD. The breed was thought to have originated from Tibetan Terrier although this has never been proven. They were initially bred for their ability to work. They were used to herd and protect flocks. Lighter colored Puli's were used to guard and the darker colored Puli's were used to herd and drove. Hungary was involved in several wars and after World War II, the Puli breed was close to extinction. However, due to the assistance of Emil Raitsits, a controlled breeding program was established, ensuring the survival of this breed. In 1936, the AKC was the first to recognize this breed. They have since been successful as police dogs and have placed well in shows and obedience competitions.
Group Herding