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More than one string to their bow

Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Original Name : Puli

Type : Lupoid

Male size : 15¼- 17¾ inches, ideally 16¼-17 inches

Male weight : 28½-33 lbs

Female size : 14-16 ½ inches, ideally 15-15¾ inches

Female weight : 22-28½ lbs

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : Hungary


Pulis are robust, medium-sized, square-bodied dogs with fine but not overly light bones. Although somewhat lean, the body is very muscular throughout. The hair is so luxuriant on the head that it makes it look round, covering the eyes. The tail, abundantly coated, is curled forward on the croup, which causes the topline to appear to rise from front to back.


Round when viewed from the front, seemingly elliptic viewed from the side.



Straight topline, which seems to rise slightly due to the position of the tail. The withers protrude only slightly, the back is of medium length, straight, firm and muscular. The short loins are very muscular.



Black, black with a subdued shading of rust-colored or gray; fawn (fakó) with distinct black mask; pearl white without any russet gold.



Set at medium height, broad at the base and hanging. V shaped pinna rounded at the tip.



Set at medium height and carried in a flat curl over the croup. Covered with dense hair.



Fairly coarse topcoat and finer undercoat. The ratio of one to the other, which is regulated genetically, determines the overall character of the coat, which forms tuffs and cords. It is easy to maintain.


Pulis are members of a Hungarian herding breed with Asian origins. There primitive ancestors most probably accompanied the Magyars, a nomadic people that lived from cattle breeding in the Carpathian basin.These are lively and very enthusiastic dogs that love children and make outstanding guard dogs. Their conformation is well suited to sports. The body length is the same as the height at the withers. The height at the chest is a little less than half the height at the withers and the muzzle is around a third the length of the skull.

Did you know ?

It’s tough to give precise information about the various parts of the Puli’s body, because it is entirely covered by a thick coat that tends to form tuffs and cords. That’s why touch is so important to evaluate these dogs.


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