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Group: Herding, UKC/AKC
History: One of the oldest breeds, the Puli was believed to have been a descendant of the Tibetan Terrier.This breed has been used as a sheepherding dog for more than a thousand years.They worked alongside the Komondor as sheepdogs.It wasn’t until the 16th century when Hungary was invaded by Western Europeans, who brought their sheepdogs and terriers with them ,that the Puli and the European dogs bred ,leading to the Pumi.The Puli and Pumi were cross bred so often that they looked identical.During the 20th century the original Puli breed was revitalized by a breeder.This playful dog was first introduced to the US in 1920 and continues to be a most popular breed.The AKC notes them as “possessing an excellent sense of humor.”
Description:Powerful, averaged sized dog with a straight muzzle , large black nose and V-shaped drop ears.
The dreadlocked Puli’s most recognizable feature is its mop like coat, which naturally clumps into many woolly cords.Although this affords the Puli protection from harsh climates, it also makes it hard for this breed during the summer months.The Puli’s coat provides waterproofing and does not leave much in the way of shedding.
The Puli’s outer coat can be wavy, curly or left to form cords.The double coat is profuse and thick with a wooly undercoat.Coloring ranges from different shades of black, gray or white.Interestingly enough the Puli’s skin can either be blue or gray.
Height: 15-18 inches
Weight: 30 pounds
Temperament: Active and playful, theses dogs make excellent family dogs.They must be exercised and do well in homes with children.
Activity Level: High
Special Needs: Grooming, protection from the heat .This breed requires plenty of extra care.Cords need to be dried after bathing or grooming to prevent mildew.Cords also need to be kept thin and clean.Their cords can grow to reach the ground but most times are trimmed or just cut shorter.
American Kennel Club-The Puli
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