The Puli (plural Pulik) is a Hungarian herding breed of Asiatic origin. His original ancestors most probably came to the Carpathian region with the nomadic Magyars in the 9th century. This sheepdog worked outdoors on the vast Hungarian plains, herding and guarding the flocks in all kinds of weather. Considered unmatched as working sheep, Puli's value was equal a shepherd's yearly salary. The Puli was not to be sold or given to anyone other than a shepherd or a family member. He truly has earned the distinction as the acrobat of the dog world while rounding the flock, even jumping on the sheep or even running over their backs to cut off or turn back a runaway.

The Puli is a medium-sized dog averaging 16 to 17 inches in height, with so striking an appearance that it would be impossible to confuse it with any other breed. His shaggy, corded coat covers the head like an umbrella and forms a profuse cover for the body, right down to the tip of the tail. It can also be kept in a brushed coat, which demands frequent grooming to prevent cords from forming naturally.

PuliPhoto courtesy of Hungary White Puli Kennel

Only certain colors are accepted in this breed which are solid colors of rusty black, black, all shades of gray and white. The fully pigmented skin has a bluish or gray cast whatever the coat color.

Pulik are quite territorial and make excellent watchdogs. Very intelligent and devoted, these dogs form close bonds with their owners and love being around children. They keep puppy-like behavior their entire life and need a lot of exercise. Pulik need lots of space and are not suited to be strictly indoor pets.


  1. FCI Standard N° 55/13.09.2000/GB
  2. American Kennel Club. The Complete Dog Book
  3. Mary Ludington, Patricia Hampl. The Nature of Dogs
  4. Beatriz Scaglia. That's a Good Dog

Keywords: Puli, sheepdog, Schäferhund, chien de berger, perro de pastor

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