Monday, June 22, 2015

Rare breed Monday: Puli

The Puli is a Hungarian or possibly Croatian dog breed used for herding and guarding livestock. The dogs are fairly small, and easily recognizable because of their long, corded, and waterproof coat.

These dogs are active and intelligent. They may look bulky and slow, but the thick coat hides a dog that is fast, agile, and able to turn around corners like a sports car.

Many Pulis keep a playful behavior their entire life, but they can also be quite focused if they have a job to do. If you’re considering a Puli, remember that this is a herding breed, and they will herd.

This is an old breed, believed to have been introduced to Hungary more than 1,000 years ago when they migrated with the Magyars from Central Asia. The breed itself is believed to date back at least 2,000 years, and some scientists believe it may be as old as 6,000 years.

In Hungary, the Puli would often work together with the Komondor. The Puli herded and guarded the sheep at day, getting help from the Komondor if large predators attacked. The Komondors would keep guard at night, patrolling the area around the flock.

Pulis are generally black, but they can also be white, gray, or cream.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. They are also in the same family with the Pyrs and Kuvasz. Don't think we would like the dreadlocks though.

    1. That reminds me, happy birthday to your Kuvasz sister! =D