(Original Title: Puli - Facts You Must Know Before Adopting a Puli)
|Puli "Ch Banhegyi Ancsa with Mornebrake" (Ancsa) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Puli is a medium-sized breed with a fairly muscular sturdy build. This squarely shaped dog has the height that ranges between 16-17 inches for males, and 14-16 inches for females. The typical male weighs between 25-35 pounds, while the female is around 20-30 pounds.
The Puli has a dense and waterproof double coat. Their outer coat is curly or wavy, while their inner coat is woolly and soft to touch. Puppies don't form cords until they reach 6 months, and will require a lot of care to make these cords presentable. They come in black, white, rusty black, and shades of apricot and gray, with overall appearance as that of a solid color.
A very active breed, the Puli loves to run around outdoors. Some can even swim. It is important to supervise them while swimming as it is better to be safe than sorry. They mostly enjoy joining with their owners and other companion dogs in playing.
The Puli is a highly intelligent breed and quick to learn. These energetic dogs have a great deal of enthusiasm and love to socialize and play. With a lot of agility and endurance, they can be too obstinate resulting in challenging training. They are best for confident and assertive dog owners with some experience in dog ownership. They are quick to their feet, with an inquisitive nature. It is therefore advisable that they are allowed to play in a securely fenced area.
The medium to small-sized Puli is a Hungarian herding breed and a livestock guardian known for a long and corded coat. Appearing similar to dreadlocks, the coat of this breed is virtually waterproof.
The coat of the Puli will not form cords until it reaches 6 months. At this time, the mats that are formed will be needed to be pulled apart by hand on a regular basis. Clumps are torn apart by hand as well, starting from the tip of their skin. Keeping their coats neat will be easier if these are done constantly.
Bathing the Puli is basically simple. The part that takes a while is drying their coats. Blow drying their wet coat may take hours, and if they are only air-dried, it may take up to two days.
Among the most intelligent breed of dogs, the Puli is an eager worker that can be easily trained to follow directions and commands. It is ideal that they are trained alongside older Puli. Although, the younger should never get too used to being an assistant as this will decrease the ultimate goal, which is teaching him to be responsible in caring for a flock.
The Puli is a cheerful family pet that is highly adaptable and lively. With a mind, if their own, these dogs are obedient, and a barker if threatened.