Puli

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Other names Hungarian Water Dog, Pulik

Adult size Medium

Variants Black, Grey, Fawn, White

Coat type Long hair, Wooly

Weight 10 - 15 kg

Height 37 - 45 cm

Life expectancy 12 - 16 years

Required daily excersie At least 30 minutes

Good with small children Yes

Non-shedding Yes

Hypoallergenic Yes

Description

The Puli is one of the most recognisable breeds out there, in all parts thanks to its distinctive wooly coat, bearing somewhat of a resemblance to dreadlocks. Originating from Hungary, these dogs are deceptive in size, as their thick coat makes them appear much larger than they actually are. This coat typically appears in black, but also occasionally can contain a spattering of grey or white. Historically bred for usage as sheepdogs, Pulis love the spotlight and are nowadays content in being the family dog. They are still however held in very high esteem for their working traits, Hungarian shepherds sharing the belief that “He is not a dog, he is a Puli”.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

Naturally protective due to its origins as a sheepdog, Pulis make great family pets and are very good with young children. Such is their easygoing temperament, Pulis can live comfortably in an apartment-type setting provided they get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. These dogs love the outdoors however also enjoy being close and affectionate with their owners, so to keep them in good stead its important to ensure that they are not left alone for extended periods of time. Pulis are known to be quite vocal and tend to bark a lot, important to keep in mind when considering if this breed is right for your home. Additionally, these dogs are ideal for people who are prone to allergies, as the their coats do not shed.

Common Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Cataracts.