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.