The Puli, also known as the Hungarian Puli and the Hungarian Water Dog, typically weigh between 25 to 35 pounds. Puli’s are fun-loving and affectionate, and enjoy being in the company of their family. They are characterized by their long, corded coat that resembles dreadlocks. In his native Hungary, the Puli needed a thick coat to withstand the intense cold and keep out the rain whilst herding flocks of sheep. They are also smart, hardworking, and athletic. Being suspicious of strangers, he makes a good watchdog. He's also a strong-willed dog who requires a firm but kind owner.
Common Health Conditions
- Puli’s are prone to degenerative myelopathy (spinal cord disease) that causes weakness and poor nerve function in the hind legs.
- Bordetella infection is often referred to as ‘kennel cough’. The disease results in inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. Various types of respiratory disease can affect many dog breeds, including Puli’s.
- Teeth abnormalities are often genetically induced, and are relatively common in dogs. Oligodontia is a condition where only a few teeth are present and is often found in Puli's.