Puli is a shepherd dog from Hungary. Medium size, quite well built. A characteristic feature is his coat: long, twisted into cords, black, white, gray or fawn. Intelligent, active, barking, alert, distrustful of strangers. A good companion dog.
Puli is an old breed of herding dogs. They have been working in the fields for hundreds of years, herding sheep. They also acted as guardians of farms and property.
Puli establishes a deep bond with the owner. He wants to accompany him everywhere and is very sensitive to his moods. The pool family is cheerful and enjoys playing around. However, when needed, he can be calm and not imposing himself.
Puli retained great intelligence and a desire to work. Many of them still show a strong pastoral instinct. Distrust of strangers and a strong sense of their own territory make them good guard dogs.
Puli. Training and education
As typical shepherd dogs in the pool, they willingly cooperate with people and their upbringing should not cause problems even for a beginner guide, provided that he learns the basic principles of dealing with a dog and tries to implement them.
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Since the pot began to be exhibited, their appearance and character have changed somewhat. Contemporary pools have longer hair and feel good as companion dogs and easily adapt to city life.
Puli. Advantages and disadvantages
- he puts a lot of garbage and dirt on his clothes
- The corded robe dries after a few days
- sometimes barking
- requires movement and attachment
- emotional, he endures separation from a human being badly
- very attached to the family
- susceptible to training
- you can do dog sports with him
- non-conflict with other dogs
- alert but not an aggressive watchman
- healthy and resilient
Puli is a breed that enjoys good health and is long-lived. Occasionally, dysplasia of the joints occurs, which usually has no symptoms or hereditary eye diseases.
The pot does not require any special nutrition, as a country dog he often had to settle for very poor and simple food. However, Puli can be picky, especially when it comes to dry food, they prefer moist or home-cooked food.
A distinctive feature of the breed is, of course, the garment that creates the strings. It reaches the ground in a 4- or 5-year-old dog. Cords begin to form around the age of 9 months. The one-year-old dog usually has hair twisted so much that it cannot be combed.
So if someone suddenly changes their mind and wants to comb their pot, they will have to sharpen it (a combed or clipped dog cannot be displayed). The cords form themselves, you only need to separate them against your skin. Otherwise, they will merge – which not only looks ugly, but also prevents skin ventilation.
The pool is unlikely to be bathed. The face, buttock and paws may need to be washed. Drying the dog after bathing takes several hours. The strings can first be unscrewed sensitively, then – dried with a towel. Finally, dry the dog thoroughly with a dryer. Do not leave your coat wet because it can … moldy!
In winter and rainy days, it is worth thinking about a waterproof suit that will protect the coat from getting wet with snow or save us the work of bathing and drying the dog.
Puli is a very old Hungarian breed. Her ancestors came to this area from Central Asia with the ancient Magyar tribes over a thousand years ago. It has been documented that the pools worked on the Puszta (Hungarian steppe) as early as the 9th century AD, but probably existed much earlier, perhaps even 4,500 BC
Wandering shepherds from the Hungarian plains valued their dogs very much. They could pay for a good pot even the equivalent of their annual earnings. At the same time, they ruthlessly eliminated dogs that did not exhibit any functional features. Puli had to be healthy, fit and willing to work to survive.
The contemporary breeding of dogs of this breed began in 1910. The most popular Puli enjoy in their homeland. They are not popular in any other country. Although they have been living for a long time, they still remain a rare breed and they are rarely found at exhibitions.
Puli – group I FCI, section 1, reference number 55
- Country of origin: Hungary
- Character: intelligent, faithful, likes children, distrustful of strangers, excellent guardian
- Size: dogs 39-45 cm (ideal height 41-43 cm), bitches 36-42 cm (ideal height 38-40 cm)
- Weight: dogs 13-15 kg, bitches 10-13 kg
- Coat: consists of tougher topcoat and soft undercoat, creates strings, the longest (20-30 cm) on the loins, croup and thighs, the shortest – on the head and limbs (10-12 cm)
- Color: black, black with red or gray coating, fawn with black mask or pearl-white
- Lifespan: 13-15 years
- Vulnerability to training: high
- Activity: medium – likes movement, but easily adapts to life
in the apartment
- Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: resistant
Pool-like dogs have lived in Mesopotamia for 2,300 years BC. In Eridu nad Euphrates, where one of the oldest cities on earth was dug, archaeologists found the tomb of the Sumerian princess, in which, in addition to traditional treasures and favorite objects, there was also a figurine of a dog resembling contemporary dogs of this breed. The age of the find was estimated at 6000 years.