The Puli: A Complete Guide

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The Puli breed is the epitome of what it means to be loyal.

This dog is fiercely dedicated to family and is the ultimate companion and guardian for families and flock.

These are only a few of the qualities that are a true testament to what it means to be man’s best friend.

The Puli is extremely smart, alert and practically buzzes with energy. This enables it to keep up with children, who too are small powerhouses of energy.

Not only are the Pulis child-friendly, but they are also friendly towards other animals or pets.

The modern-day Puli is popular as a pet or even a show dog.

It is skillful and nimble and was used as a herder back in the day. In some places, it still puts its herding skillset to use.

Adopting or buying the perfect puppy to add to your family is a task that cannot be undertaken blindly.

There are things that need to be taken into consideration and one needs to familiarize themselves with the breed and what it takes to give the perfect dog a home.

The guide that follows makes the process of picking and choosing a puppy easier and breezier. The Puli guide aims to educate the reader about the ins and out of the Puli breed, all in one place.

The guide provides a moment of reflection, providing insight into what to consider before choosing a particular breed and which questions to keep at the forefront of the mind to badger the breeder with.

The guide also covers what to expect from a Puli, how to live with one and take care of the dog in every aspect from diet to exercise while ensuring the whole process is stress-free, memorable and joyous.

Without further ado, let us dive in.

The Puli Puppies – Before You Buy…

A grey Puli with long hair
Puli is so attractive.

Before you come to the conclusion that the Puli is for sure the breed you want to open the door of your home and heart to, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I able to afford a Puli puppy?
  • Is finding a breeder that is reputable an easy task?
  • Do my family and I have the patience, love, and commitment needed to add a Puli puppy to the inner sanctum of our home?

If these questions are answered positively and you are willing to shoulder the responsibility, you are more than ready to provide a loving home to the dog that is reputed to be the ‘acrobat of the dog world’.

What price are the Puli puppies?

The average price of a Puli puppy ranges from $1000 – $1200 US dollars.

Apart from the initial price, the average of maintaining a Puli is around $25 a day. This includes ongoing expenses for food, veterinary fees, and canine insurance.

How do I find reputable Puli breeders?

Locating a reputable breeder who has top-notch, premium-quality pups, which do not have any covert flaws or genetic conditions, is an important process.

The following statements are some of the questions that should be given thought:

  • If you are in the United States, find out if the breeder is a member of the Puli Club of America. All member breeders are bound to abide by the PCA Guidelines for Breeders.
  • Extremely important: Does the breeder have certificates for both the parents from CERF (Canine Eye Registry) and OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)?Have both, the sire and dam, as well as the grandparents and great-grandparents gotten tested for DM clearance (Degenerative Myelopathy) and Patellar Luxation? This helps make sure that the breeding stock does not face the risk of inheritable diseases of any kind.
  • Do the breeders abstain from breeding the bitch in her first season and also avoid breeding her more than 2 out of 3 consecutive heat periods while keeping the health of the bitch at the forefront of their minds in all conditions and times?
  • Are the puppies handled by the breeders from the very beginning, thus starting the socialization process at the earliest possible stage?
  • Are the breeders open to taking back the puppy from the owner at any life stage?
  • Do the breeders have a written contract that outlines the rights and the guarantees an owner has?
  • Are both, the sire and the dam a champion?

3 Little-known facts about the Puli puppies

One black and one white Puli sitting down
Pulis are energetic and curious.

Every animal has certain quirks and characteristics that set it apart from others. The Puli is notable for the following facts:

  • It has a very interesting origin

Hailing from Hungary, this breed has an Asiatic origin.

The Pulis are speculated to be descendants of the Tibetan terrier, which was brought by nomadic tribes to Hungary before A.D. 900. Puli has two meanings: “drover” and “destroyer.”

  • The Pulis are instinctual herders

They are compact and small, thus are extremely nimble.

The Puli can herd and direct sheep on to particular paths by hopping on to their backs.

Pulis are shepherds by nature and are programmed to herd a flock of sheep or livestock, regardless of whether or not they have been raised as a family dog or have never been trained as herders.

  • They adapt easily

The Puli is not particular about its living conditions.

It adapts easily, whether it be to a farm or an apartment.

The Puli adjusts nicely in all climates. Whether it is the heat that beats down on Australia and Florida or, in contrast, the cold that shrouds Denver in winters.

This bundle of energy is very active indoors and can adjust to apartments and does okay with an open space outdoors.

Physical Traits of the Puli

When looking for a dog, specifics like weight, height, size, and lifespan are important to note.

How big is a full-grown Puli?

A full-grown Puli weighs between 25 to 35 lbs, regardless of whether it is male or female.

However, the height varies between the genders, with the males growing to at least 17 inches while females grow to 16 inches.

What is the life expectancy of the Puli?

The Puli has a long lifespan, ranging from 12 to 16 years. Thus, there is room to make countless memories with the dog without any rush.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Puli

Several Puli's playing in the grass
Puli has a confident, vivacious and self-possessed attitude.

The Puli is a vivacious dog breed. They are full of energy and are extremely curious.

They like to be kept busy and love to take part in all activities.

The Puli is a companion for the entire family rather than one person. They are extremely dedicated and loyal and remain loving and happy until old age.

This dog breed makes for excellent company for children and the elderly. Pulis are drawn towards kids and will prove to be doting playmates for toddlers.

They have a protective streak when it comes to the children in the family and direct them around, tugging gently at them to draw them away from any type of danger they sense.

They can also be great therapy dogs since they are very perceptive towards the needs of the elderly.

Pulis also make for amazing jogging or hiking partners. This is due to the fact that they have a lot of energy and are also drawn to the great outdoors.

The Puli never fully become mature in terms of behavior. They behave like puppies for the entirety of their lives.

They are smart and very intelligent, so much so that some owners believe their Puli to be more intelligent than them.

They are also strong-willed, headstrong and tough and might be aggressive towards other dogs at times.

They are moderately easy to train. They have a mind of their own and need to undergo socialization and training in the right hands to be easily managed, as they have a sense of independence that makes them manipulative and willful.

They attempt to boss the owner around, without them even realizing it.

The Pulis are also watchdogs by nature. They are suspicious and actively inform the owner if they sense any danger.

They do not welcome strangers into their territory, eyeing them with suspicion, and can be prone to barking excessively when they are present.

This can be curbed by extensive exposure to friendly people so that they can identify the “good guys” from unwanted intruders.

In the absence of careful socialization, they can be aggressive towards everyone and this may lead to biting.

The Puli Diet

The timeline for feeding Pulis is as follows:

Puli puppies between 8 and 12 weeks require 4 bowls of food a day, whereas pups that are 3 to 6 months old should be fed 3 meals in one day.

Pulis aged 6 months and up to one year require two meals in a day. After the one-year mark, feeding comes down to one meal per day.

For some adult Pulis, 2 smaller servings might be easier to consume.

Top-quality dry dog food inculcates balanced nutrition for fully grown Pulis and can be mixed with broth, water or canned food, thus ensuring that all requirements are fulfilled.

Pulis also enjoy eating cooked eggs, cottage cheese, and fruits and vegetables, but it is essential that the add-ons should be less than ten percent of his or her daily nutrition intake.

Puli pups have to be given premium-quality, branded puppy food.

Food from the dinner table should be limited as it can lead to issues with teeth, bones, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, picky eating habits, and may also lead to obesity.

Water should be fresh and portable, and all dishes and bowls should be kept clean.

How much Exercise does a Puli need?

The Puli needs to exercise daily. Much like humans, these dogs need to exercise as a part of their routine to maintain good health, to stay in shape, and to recharge their minds.

It is also a foolproof way to ward off a Puli’s boredom. Boredom has the ability to lead to difficult and uncooperative behavior.

Games and activities that are interactive can curb a Puli’s desire to chase, dig, chew and retrieve.

Exercise requirements for Pulis are decided by age and level of health. However, a mere ten minutes outside and a handful of walks around the block are not enough.

For Pulis that are 6 to 18 months old, activity needs are a bit higher.

The Puli Health and Conditions

In general, Pulis are healthy all around. However, as with all breeds, they are vulnerable to certain health conditions.

Not all Pulis will get any or all the following diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you choose to bring a Puli into your life.

As mentioned before, when buying from a breeder, make sure that there are health certificates from the OFA and CERF.

Some common diseases are:

  • Hip Dysplasia:

This disease is an inherited condition where the thigh bone doesn’t fit comfortably into the hip joint.

Some dogs show no pain, while others display discomfort openly, such as lameness on one or both rear legs. It may lead to arthritis. These dogs should not be bred.

  • Cataracts:

This involves opacity in the lens of the eye leading to poorer eyesight and cloudy vision. These occur usually in old age and can be removed.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA):

These are eye diseases in which the retina gradually deteriorates. Initially, affected dogs become night-blind; but they become wholly blind as the disease progresses.

My final thoughts on the PuliA white Puli running

All dogs are a gift for mankind.

This particular one is perfect for those who want a unique dog which is a companion, a friend, a guardian and a protector, all in one package.

The Puli has a confident, vivacious and self-possessed attitude and lives off physical activity and exertion and thus is perfect for those who love the great outdoors and exercise.

The acrobat of the dog world is bouncy, energetic and curious – it is certain to liven up to your day with its antics.

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