The Puli is one of the unique herding dogs of Hungary and has been in Hungary since the Magyar invasion of the 10th Century. It has been part of the lives of the Hungarian shepherds for more than 1,000 years. They were bred to be their sole companion and workmate during the long days and months of isolation on the grazing lands of the vast Hungarian plains. Best at working sheep, they are built for endurance and so make an efficient and effective drover and gatherer. The breed's unusually thick, corded coat, helps it withstand extremes of weather. It was not until early last century that dog fanciers and zoologists began to study and document the breed. The Puli has become popular and established in its native country where it is now regarded as a national symbol and very much a national treasure.


This robust dog can live to 15 years of age.


The most striking and distinctive feature of this medium-sized, active dog is its shaggy, corded coat. The coat can reach the ground by about four years of age and, with its tail curled over the back, it is hard to know if they are "coming or going". The Puli is a remarkably active, agile and light-footed breed, and it is highly regarded for their intelligence and trainability. It is a sensitive one-man, or family dog, which makes an intensely devoted and loyal companion. Loving and affectionate, it is wary of strangers, but extreme timidity, or aggression, are serious faults with this breed. The Puli must be part of the household and does not take to isolation from its family, or being confined to a kennel.


The Puli is wary by nature and can be reserved with other dogs. They must learn early to be accepting of other dogs and pets. It has a dominant nature and likes to be the top dog. This could lead to some conflict with adult dogs of the same sex.


The Puli's coat will naturally develop cords and, although the dog does not need brushing, they must still be groomed. A Puli in a full, floor-length coat, requires considerable work to maintain a clean and neat appearance. The full-length coat easily collects dirt, twigs and leaves, and, these can be difficult to remove. To keep the Puli's coat in glorious condition requires devotion on the part of its owner. Bathing is essential and a heavily corded dog may take an hour to wash and up to six hours to dry, with a blow dryer. The most intensive grooming period is when the Puli is between 9 to 18 months of age. The coat must be worked regularly, using your fingers, to separate the developing cords. The assistance of the breeder is recommended at this time, so that the correct grooming technique can be explained.


The Puli is best suited to an active, outdoor lifestyle. They are a "smarty" and make a great companion and games dog. Their intelligence, trainability and overwhelming desire to please, make them an excellent dog to own.


If you have decided that the Puli is the dog for you and you realise that this dog’s heavily corded coat needs a lot of looking after, contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)