This robust dog can live to 15 years of age.
Average size and weight
37cm to 44cm
10kg to 15kg
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
The most striking and distinctive feature of this medium-sized, active dog is its shaggy, corded coat. The coat can reach the ground by about four years of age and, with its tail curled over the back, it is hard to know if they are ‘coming or going’. The Puli is a remarkably active, agile and light-footed breed, and it is highly regarded for their intelligence and trainability. It is a sensitive one-man or family dog, which makes an intensely devoted and loyal companion. Loving and affectionate, it is wary of strangers, but extreme timidity, or aggression, are serious faults with this breed. The Puli must be part of the household and does not take to isolation from its family, or being confined to a kennel.
Compatibility with other pets
The Puli is wary by nature and can be reserved with other dogs. They must learn early to be accepting of other dogs and pets. It has a dominant nature and likes to be the top dog. This could lead to some conflict with adult dogs of the same sex.
The Puli's coat will naturally develop cords and, although the dog does not need brushing, they must still be groomed. A Puli in a full, floor-length coat, requires considerable work to maintain a clean and neat appearance. The full-length coat easily collects dirt, twigs and leaves, and, these can be difficult to remove. To keep the Puli’s coat in glorious condition requires devotion on the part of its owner. Bathing is essential and a heavily corded dog may take an hour to wash and up to six hours to dry, with a blow dryer.
The most intensive grooming period is when the Puli is between 9 to 18 months of age. The coat must be worked regularly, using your fingers, to separate the developing cords. The assistance of the breeder is recommended at this time, so that the correct grooming technique can be explained.
The Puli is best suited to an active, outdoor lifestyle. They are a ‘smarty’ and make a great companion and games dog. Their intelligence, trainability and overwhelming desire to please, make them an excellent dog to own
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