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Puli Characteristics: The faithful and spirited Puli is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Herding Dog Group (AKC:1936).

The Puli, is characterized by its dark colored, endearing, shaggy appearance with an intelligent, lively expression. Its profuse amount of corded hair that gives the impression that the dog is much bigger than it really is.

Other characteristics include dark brown, medium sized, slightly slanted eyes;  V-shaped, pendant ears; a medium length tail that curls tightly over rump-loin area and a lively, nimble gait. The temperament of the Puli can be described as Energetic, Loyal, Obedient.

The coat type of the Puli is described as curly, wavy or corded coat in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Puli demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Farm Dog and is known by its nick name the "Hungarian Sheepdog". The origin of the Puli dog breed was in Hungary where it was developed in the 9th Century.

Puli Breed Group and Dog Type - Herding Dog Group (AKC:1936): The Puli is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Herding Dog Group (AKC:1936).

Other names for the Puli: The Puli is known by the nickname of the "Hungarian Sheepdog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Pulik, and the Hungarian Puli.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Puli" derives from the Tibetan word 'Puli' meaning 'herding' or 'rounding up'. The Tibetan Plateau is south of the Mongol Steppe that was inhabited by the Magyars who migrated to Hungary. The Magyars used the Tibetan word to describe their herding dog.

Puli History and Origin: The country of origin of the Puli breed was in Hungary during the 9th Century. The Puli is believed to have descended from the Tibetan Terrier, a herding dog, from ancient Inner Mongolia. The sheepdog was brought to Hungary by the Magyars, a nomadic race of warriors from the Mongol Steppe regions who migrated to Hungary in 896AD.

The corded coat originally protected the dog against the harsh weather conditions and its thick skin protected the dogs predators, such as the wolf in  its homeland in Hungary. The Puli was trained to work with the bigger Komondor guard dogs by alerting them to danger. The Puli and the Komondor both have distinctive long, thick, heavily corded coats that resemble dreadlocks. The ravages of WW1 (1914 - 1918) took their toll on the Puli breed which was on the verge of extinction until dedicated, determined breeders made considerable efforts to preserve the breed. The Puli was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936.

Puli Height: The Puli breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 16 - 17? inches (41 - 46 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 14? - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm).

Puli Weight: The weight of a medium sized zzz male is 25 - 35 pounds (11 - 16 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 20 - 30 pounds (9 - 14 kg).

Puli Coat Type: The coat type of the Puliis described as a curly, wavy or corded. The long, thick, heavily corded coat of 'cords' that resemble dreadlocks, tassels or mops. The corded outer coat (guard coat) is coarse, the undercoat is soft. Puli puppies have a fluffy and soft outer coat which grows wavy and curls until the coat grows and becomes corded. The corded outer coat takes about two years to mature.

Puli Coat Colors: The colors of the Puli breed consist of assorted solid colors, usually consisting of black but occasionally white, gray, or cream.

Puli Grooming - HIGH Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Puli is categorized as high in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The high grooming needs of the Puli is considered to be high-maintenance and requires daily brushing and combing. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Puli Litter Size: The litter size of the Puli breed ranges from 4-6 puppies. Puli puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Puli puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Puli Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Puli dog breed is described as Faithful, Energetic, Loyal, Obedient and Spirited.

Puli Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Puli requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a lively, nimble gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Puli Diet: A fully grown Puli should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Puli Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Puli breed include Hip dysplasia, Eye Problems. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Puli dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Puli Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Puli breed is 12-16 years.

Puli Male Dog Names: Male Puli names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Puli breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Puli names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male Puli dog names are: Nike *** Barend *** Jaap *** Kiva *** Larz *** JoJo *** Jelle *** Ollie *** Pieter *** Prada *** Willem.

Puli Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Puli girl dog. Our top choice of good female Puli names are Molly *** Edda *** Lena *** Mia *** Skye *** Margo *** Wilma *** Sofie *** Anika *** Kiki.

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