Hungarian Puli

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The Full Hungarian Puli Description

The Puli is a Hungarian herding dog with a corded coat. He has a lively and impish personality. They are medium sized, vigorous, alert, and active.

Did you know?

The Puli has been part of the lives of Hungarian shepherds for more than 1,000 years.
The first standard for the Puli was written in 1915 and, in 1924, the standard was approved by FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale).

So you want to own a Puli?

The Puli's coat is unique. It is dense and profuse and either wavy or curly. If allowed to develop, the coat will form natural cords. If you let your Puli's coat develop cords, the dog does not require brushing, but must still be groomed. The coat really requires a great deal of work to maintain and it easily collects dirt, leaves, and anything else, which can be difficult to remove. Some coats require less time than others to care for, but it must be stressed this is a big job, which a Puli owner must be devoted to.
Bathing is required as the owner wishes, but a heavily coated Puli can take up to an hour to bathe and may take up to three days to air dry and six hours plus to dry with the use of a blow dryer.
The Puli is a sensitive, one person, or one family breed who makes an intensely devoted companion.

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Sturdy, muscular, wiry, with fine bone. Whole well covered with long (according to age), profuse corded coat. Long hair overshadows eyes like an umbrella. Viewed from side, trunk and limbs should present square figure.


Herding dog, medium-sized, nimble and extremely intelligent.


Lively, wary of strangers, but not displaying nervousness or unprovoked aggression.

Head and Skull

Disregarding hair, head small and fine with slightly domed skull. From front it appears round, from side almost elliptical. Muzzle one-third length of head, with well defined stop, not snipey but bluntly rounded. Arches of eye socket well defined, nose relatively large and black, eye rims and flews black in all colours.


Medium size, dark brown with lively expression.


Set slightly below level of skull, V-shaped, pendant, of medium size, covered with long hair. Length of ears about half length of head. Ears do not appear noticeable, even when alert.


Roof uniformly dark or variegated with deep pigmented spots on dark base. Flews tight and black. Tongue bright red. Jaws and teeth strong with perfect scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Set at an angle of 45 degrees to horizontal, of medium length, tight skinned and muscular. When fully coated, neck appears to merge with body.


Shoulders well laid. Elbows tight. Forelegs straight and muscular, and viewed from any angle, vertical.


Withers slightly higher than level of back, which is of medium length. Loin short and broad, belly slightly tucked up. Ribs deep, rib cage broadening from behind elbows and well sprung. Rump short and slightly sloping but this is not obvious because of tightly curled tail.


Strong, and well muscled. Pelvis forming an angle of 90 degrees with thighbone. Well bent stifle. Hocks set fairly low. When viewed from the rear, the legs should be parallel, with feet turning neither in nor out. Wide pelvis desirable, especially in bitches.


Short, round, tight. Hindfeet slightly longer than forefeet. Nails strong, black or slate grey. Pads springy, dark grey in colour.


Medium length, curled tightly over rump-loin area; long hair of tail mixes indistinguishably with similar hair of rump so that tail does not appear separate.


Stride not far-reaching. Gallop short. Typical movement short- stepping, very quick, in harmony with lively disposition. Movement never heavy, lethargic or lumbering.


Correct proportion of top and undercoat creates, naturally, the desired cords. Matting and felting to be avoided, and a combed coat is as undesirable as a neglected one. Coat generally longest on hindquarters, shortest on head and feet. Some dogs will grow a floor-length coat.


Acceptable colours black, rusty-black, white and various shades of grey and apricot. Black sometimes appears weathered, rusty, or with slight intermingling of white hairs. Grey and apricot in all their shades may have an intermingling of black or white hairs, with or without black mask, ear tips and tail tip. The overall appearance of all variants must be that of a solid colour. A white spot on chest of not more than 5 cms (2 ins) is permissible. A few white hairs on feet also permissible. Body skin should be well pigmented and slate grey in colour, especially in blacks and greys.


Height: dogs: 40-44 cms (16-171/2 ins); bitches: 37-41 cms (141/2-16 ins). Weight: dogs: 13-15 kgs (29-33 lbs); bitches: 10-13 kgs (22-281/2 lbs).

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