Breeds of dogs: Puli

Breeds of dogs: Puli

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Hungary.
F.C.I classification: Group 1 - shepherd dogs and cattle dogs (excluding Swiss cattle dogs)

Puli is a very ancient breed. It was probably introduced to Hungary by the Magyars. Its origins are Asian. The breed appears to have descended from the "Tibetan Terrier".

General aspect

Dry dog, well muscled in all regions of the body. The aspect that characterizes the breed is obviously its singular, very thick and thickly textured coat. Its particular coat is called "cordate".


Very intelligent dog, very lively and docile. He is an extremely affectionate dog with the owner. It is a good companion for children. Over the years it has become almost exclusively a companion and show dog, although it maintains the characteristics of a shepherd. However, he has a good attitude towards guarding. Very brave. Easy to train. He loves water very much; in the past it was used as a retriever dog. Rustic and very robust dog. It can be kept both at home and in the garden. The hair is not easy to keep clean. It is always recommended to prevent the dog from getting dirty, even if this happens easily.

Puli (photo website)

Puli (photo website)

Ruffo, male of Puli breed (photo Ugo Festini - Florence)


- males between 40 and 44 cm
- females between 37 and 41 cm.

Trunk: gives the impression of solidity: the height at the withers barely exceeds the length of the trunk.
Head and muzzle: the head is small, fine; seen from the front it looks round, seen from the elliptical side. The skull is rounded, the nasal bridge rectilinear and shorter than the skull, the stop clearly marked.
Truffle: the truffle is dark and broad.
Teeth: the teeth are correct and complete.
Neck: the neck is robust.
Ears: they are hanging, in the shape of a "V".
Eyes: they are brown in color, with a lively and attentive look.
Limbs: straight, muscular.
Shoulder: with correct angle.
Tail: curved flow on the kidneys.
Hair: it is so thick that it is difficult to examine the various parts of the body; the head seems round because of the hair that falls on the eyes, hiding them. The coat is made up of a coarse textured fur and a fine undercoat: the right proportion between coarse and fine determines the "narrow" felt shape that is the desired one. If there is too much hair, the coat remains sparse, open; if there is too fine, excessively extensive felting occurs. The so-called "cordate" coat is composed of uniform, descending and closely wavy hairs. Small bioccoli of this shape have a tendency to felt less, rather forming long cords. The hair is longer (from 8 to 18 cm) on the rump, on the kidneys, on the thighs (in some cases it almost touches the ground when the dog is upright), while the shorter one is on the head and feet.
Allowed colors: depending on the variety, black, black with reddish shades, various shades of gray; or white.
Most common defects: smooth hair, short hair, not stranded hair, incorrect teeth, defective back, non-standard sizes, colors not allowed by the standard, depigmented truffle, incorrect gait, insufficient musculature, badly worn tail, atypical head, aggressive or shy character, limbs not straight .

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: puli Dreadlock Update (September 2021).