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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. 

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


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. 

Vet Rating

History and Origins

Ideal Owner

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Hungarian Pulis

Training Hungarian Pulis

Suitability for Family Life

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!). 
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