American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Puli


History

Over 1,000 years ago, after unknown Hungarian shepherd dogs were bred together, originated the small sheep herding dog, the Puli. This breed was favored by farm owners who preferred a solid black dog to herd their sheep so they were easier to watch from a far, not blending in with the color of the sheep.

Appearance

Unlike many other breeds, the Puli has a one of a kind appearance. This breed starts to develop "dread- like" chords for its coat at around 6 months. From head to toe, this breed carries around these knotted chords as its "hair"! Their head is oval shaped, with long pendant shaped ears covered in knots that hang alongside of their face. This breed has almond shaped eyes only in dark brown or black. Commonly their color is black, brown or apricot, and in rare occasions can be solid white. Males and females both can reach 14-16 inches in height while males typically weigh 25-35 pounds and females weigh 20-30 pounds.

Temperament

The Puli is a very smart, friendly and loving breed to own. Fantastic around children, elderly and other pets, this breed is a wonderful addition to any family. This breed does require a firm, but calm owner who uses positive reinforcement training methods only. This breed loves to play and run. They require a daily walk, as well as playtime with their family to remain happy and well behaved. The Puli will remain reserved around strangers, but still friendly. This breed is suitable for both apartment and country living.

Grooming

This breed should be groomed by a professional groomer as often as the owner feels is needed. When bathing within your home, this breed is extremely hard to dry due to their "chords" for hair. It can take several hours, to even day for this breed to dry. If this breed is not dried correctly, it can leave mildew as well as a stench within their "chords".

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Puli breed prior to adding one to your family, to ensure you can promise a life long commitment to the dog. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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