Hungarian Puli

Hungarian Puli

Group: Herding Group

Origin: Hungary

Height: 14 to 18 inches (36-46 cm)

Weight: 22 to 33 lbs (10-15 kg)

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Breed Profile

The Puli is believed to have been brought to Hungary from Central Asia about 1,000 years ago and, for centuries, he was treasured for his sheep herding abilities.

The Puli is an affectionate, intelligent and devoted companion. His suspicion of strangers makes him a good watchdog. With his herding nature, he is agile, light on his feet and able to instantly change direction. He enjoys having a job to do and is best suited to country living environments.

One striking characteristic of the breed is his heavily corded coat which is a dense and weather-resistant double coat forming cords that may vary from wide, flat strands to small round cords. Accepted colours for the Puli are black, reddish black, grey or white. It can take four to five years to grow the coat to the ground.


Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Puli puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)

Additional Health Resources:


Grooming Information

  • Grooming your Puli
  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Is a Dog from the Herding Group Right for You?
  • Herding Dogs — A section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website which includes training and general information about Herding/Stock Dogs; listing of Stock Dog Clubs and Associations; listing of upcoming shows and events; and more.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit:

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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