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The Pulik (Puli, singular) have been Hungarian sheepdogs for over 1000 years. They may have developed out of the Tibetan Terrier and sheepdogs from France and Germany. They are closely related to the other Hungarian sheepdogs, the Komondor and the Kuvasz. The Pulik were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. They are used in the United States as guards, watchdogs, companions more than sheepherders. His most striking characteristic is his coat (described below).
By nature, the Puli is affectionate and intelligent but is extremely energetic so needs lots of exercise. A great deal of time is needed to care for the corded coats. He fits well either in the home or the hills with the sheep.
The Puli is a compact, square appearing dog. His head is of medium size, in proportion to his body. His skull is slightly domed with a defined (the stop) drop to the muzzle between the eyes. His eyes are almond shaped, large and deep set. They are dark brown with black or slate gray eye rims. His ears are triangular in shape and are set a bit higher than the level of the eyes and hang down about half the head length. His nose is always black. His teeth meet in a scissors bite. The neck is strong and muscular while the back is level, strong and of medium length. His tail is carried over the back and blends with the backline. Sometimes the Puli is born with a natural bobtail but it is never docked. His legs are straight and strong with compact round feet. He has a dense, weather resistant double coat that profusely covers all parts of the body. The outer coat is wavy or curly but not silky. The undercoat is soft, wooly and dense. The coat clumps together, and if allowed to, will cord naturally as an adult. The cords might be brushed out but only corded coats can be shown in Hungary, Mexico and Canada. The cords are wooly and lay either flat or round. The coat will grow quite long until it reaches the ground. Only solid colors of rusty black, but black, gray and white are acceptable. The gait is light, quick and agile. The Puli covers ground smoothly, tending toward a single track as his speed increases. Average height is between sixteen and eighteen inches at the withers. Average weight is between 27 and 33 pounds.

gceditor@aol.com of New York writes on 6/5/00:

The love of our lives.
Together my mother and I have three Pulik: a 14-year-old, a 6-year-old, and a 2-year-old - all spayed females. Two are corded (the younger ones) and one is brushed. They are wonderful animals. They each have a distinct personality and most importantly, a sense of humor. Each of our Pulik (we had a male in the 80s) came to us from a broken home. They are deeply loyal, loving pets. They pick their person and they are the boss. My personal Puli is the 6-year-old. She has a spectacular coat, she is extremely social, and is beloved by all who meet her. She likes to dance to swing and Big Band music, doesn't really like dog food (she's not a dog, she's a Puli!), and loves to be spoiled - hugged, kissed, carried around, taken for rides, given treats, etc. She has the prettiest Puli face I've ever seen. The baby is still a silly puppy - she has a gorgeous jet black coat with thick cords. She's the funniest because everything is new to her. Our old lady is the grande dame. She can be curmudgeonly, but is devoted to her mother and keeps the little ones in line.

gardinmh@voicenet.com of Pennsylvania wrotes on 4/7/00:

Our Puli, a two year old bitch, has brought immeasurable joy into our lives. She exhibits the breed characteristics of intelligence, agility, exuberance, affection, and loyalty. She is the most affectionate animal we have had in thirty years. She is perceptive and seems to know when we need hugs and kisses (yes, she hugs!). She is a clown, and entertains us playing with her many stuffed toys. Everyone who spends time with her, from three year olds who are afraid of dogs to 80 year olds who hate dogs, falls in love with her. She is a house dog, but has the run of a half-acre yard several times a day, and she needs it! She gets along well with our aged Kerry Blue, but he can't keep up with her. Her favorite playmate is the six-month old spaniel next door. If you want love, loyalty, and entertainment, and don't mind keeping up with the coat, the Puli is for you. You can always keep the Puli brushed out, and let a groomer do the work, if you don't feel you can handle the corded coat. The Puli is well worth the trouble.

janemc_99@yahoo.com of Lexington, KY writes on 10/9/99:

Highly intelligence and extremely sound
I have found Pulik to be extremely intelligent and loyal dogs and still have the confirmation and soundness to do what they were intentionally bred for and that is herding. Most dogs have lost either their instinct or are bred to have a confirmation that cannot withstand the athletic abilities to herd. These dogs are very loyal and although they have a stubborn streak, it is that streak that makes them a very good herding dog. Why these dogs are not for everyone, if you want a dog who just lays around and loves you, then this is not the breed for you. If you want a higly intelligent, very active dog, then the Pulik could be the breed for you.

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