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Hungarian Puli

Recognisable by their trademark corded coat, which will reach the floor in the mature adult dog, the Hungarian Puli is a striking looking dog. Under that coat there is a muscular, sturdy dog of medium size with lots of energy and a lovely personality. 

The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Hungarian Puli breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Multifocal retinal dysplasia which is an inherited eye condition that can seriously affect a dog's vision.
- Bardet–Biedl Syndrome which is an inherited condition that can cause vision loss as well as affecting other organ systems.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- Eye screening scheme

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Weight:  13-15kg for males and 10-13kg for females
Height:  40-44 cm for males and 37-41 for females
Colours:  Black, rusty black, white and various shades of apricot and grey 
Size:  Medium
UK Kennel Club Groups: Pastoral


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 1/5
Little Hungarian Puli is standing near the forest


A lively, animated and intelligent breed, the Puli loves to spend time with their owner. Quick to learn with kind and fun training, these dogs are happiest when doing something together with their person or with their family. So, if you can’t incorporate your Puli into your day to day life, this is probably not the breed for you. Like all herding dogs who are bred to make quick decisions and use their own judgement when the need arises, they have an independent mind that can lead them into trouble if left bored, under-stimulated or unoccupied. 

Man is watching a television with his pet - Adult Hungarian Puli

History and Origins

Country of Origin – Hungary 
Known as a sheep herder on the plains of Hungary since at least the 9thcentury when it arrived with the invading Magyars as they spread west from Siberia, the Puli was highly valued by the nomadic shepherds for its working ability, and, relatively isolated, they have remained almost unchanged over the centuries. 

The Puli worked closely with its larger cousin, the similarly corded Komondor but while the Komondor would live with and guard livestock from predators and thieves at night, the quick moving Puli excelled at herding and moving the same animals during the day. 

Today’s modern Puli sports a much thicker, heavier coat than their working ancestors which requires much more maintenance than would have been possible for a working dog. In fact, originally the dogs would have been shorn with the sheep each year to keep them cool in the summer - but despite that beneath the coat the breed remains remarkably similar. 

Did you know?

Did you know?

  • The first Puli recorded in the UK show-ring was a dog called ‘Clive of India’ in the 1950’s. Not much is known but he was owned by a Miss Turpin who bought him from a German Ex-serviceman for a pack of 20 Players cigarettes! 
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg owns a white Puli called ‘Beast’ who has his own Facebook fan page (of course he does!).