A guide to the Puli

“No other breed can be mistaken for the Puli, a compact but powerful herder covered from head to tail with profuse, naturally occurring cords.”

Bred to work closely with humans, these agile and faithful little dynamos are quick learners. First, there are those dreadlocks, the instantly recognizable feature of the Puli (pronounced “Poo-lee”, “Pulik” is the plural). The coat’s naturally occurring cords are wooly, dense, and weatherproof. Either corded or brushed out, Puli coats require lots of attention. Under the dreads there’s a compact but powerful dog, standing 16 to 17 inches at the shoulder.

A Puli and Pulik are remarkably agile and light on their feet, earning a reputation as the ‘acrobat of the dog world.’

Key Stats

Life Expectancy:
10 – 15 years
25 – 35 pounds
16 – 17 inches

n terms of size, the Puli is a compact and agile dog, with a sturdy build and a distinctive silhouette. The breed typically stands between 16 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs around 25 to 35 pounds. The head is moderately long, and the eyes are dark and expressive, giving the Puli an alert and intelligent expression.

Pulis are known for their intelligence, agility, and boundless energy. They are highly trainable and excel in various dog sports and activities, including obedience, agility, and herding trials. Despite their herding instincts, Pulis are also known for their affectionate and loyal nature towards their families. They form strong bonds with their owners and are often good with children, making them a suitable choice for families.

While Pulis are generally good-natured and adaptable, they do require regular grooming due to their unique coat. Proper care involves separating and maintaining the cords, as well as occasional bathing. Regular exercise is also essential to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

An overview of the Puli

A puli dog looking across the camera towards the hills, surrounded by green rolling fields
Difficulty Overview
Potential Positives
  • Hardly any mess from hair & drool
  • Family dog
  • Eager to please with training
Potential Negatives
  • High stimulation required
  • Can be very noisy
  • Very protective
Family affection
Good with other dogs
Good with other children
Shedding Level –
Drool quantity –
Openness to strangers
Protectiveness –
Ease of training
Barking level –

“Naturally this overview is generic to a breed and not every single of its kind. However the information and stats we provide in our breed overviews can really make a beneficial impact on your decision making in regards to a specific breed.”

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