There can be no mistaking the Puli, although the casual observer may well be confused as to which way the dog is heading. It may also come as something of a surprise to find that his coat seems to glory in getting itself into the sort of tangle that in another breed would be regarded as having been neglected by its owner. But in his native Hungary, the Puli needs a thick coat that will not only withstand intense cold but also keep out the rain as he goes about his work as a herder for the flocks.
The origins of the breed are obscure. Much of Hungary’s culture derives from the Far East and as the Magyars moved westwards and into Hungary they brought with them many things, including dogs. There are those who can see in the Puli a likeness to the Tibetan Terrier as well as to other mid-European breeds, and there is also a resemblance to the Poodle, whose coat will cord similarly, given the opportunity.
The Puli is a highly intelligent and trainable dog and makes an excellent house-dog as he is a great barker at the least sound. His natural disposition is friendly and he is consequently highly companionable. He is not, however, a dog for the idle, as his coat, which starts life fluffy and only cords as he matures, requires a great deal of attention. He is an active chap who does not appreciate a life of sybaritic ease and so also demands a fair amount of exercise.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Town or Country
Type of home
Small or Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Pastoral Breed Group
The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.
Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.