(AKC Herding Group)

The Puli is a sturdy shaggy-looking dog with a totally encompassing coat hanging in long felt strips, much like the Komondor's. The full adult coat can reach all the way to the ground. The coat comes most often in a weathered black, but sometimes in gray, white, or, more rarely, apricot. The tail curls closely over the back. The skull is slightly domed. The almond-shaped eyes are dark brown with black lids. The medium-sized ears hang down, blending in with the rest of the coat. The body is square proportioned, with medium bone.


Nomads from the East brought the Puli to Hungary almost 1,000 years ago. This small sheepdog has been used for centuries in Hungary and is still very popular there today. In many ways he resembles the Tibetan Terrier, from which he may have originated. The Puli almost became extinct during the many wars involving Hungary, but a man named Emil Raitsits reestablished the breed. Lighter colored varieties were used to guard sheep and darker types were used as herders and drovers because sheep work better for dark-colored dogs. The Puli has also been successful as a police dog and in obedience competition. The breed was first recognized in the United States in 1936.

Key Facts:



Energetic and very protective. An excellent watchdog. Lively and brave. Independent and sometimes very willful. Affectionate with the family. Can be quick tempered, so not recommended for small children. Beware—some breeders breed for "sharp" temperaments. If you purchase your Puli from a poor breeder or raise him incorrectly, you might end up with a bossy dog.