Did you know?
A weird law still on the books in Paulding, Ohio allows police officers to bite a dog to get it to be quiet!
Why, that dog is practically a Phi Beta Kappa. She can sit up and beg, and she can give her paw – I don’t say she will, but she can. – Dorothy Parker
Considered the national treasure of Hungary, the Puli was first brought to that country from central Asia by invading Magyars in the 800s A.D.
The Puli is an expert sheep herder and guardian of the flock. He will also hunt birds and small game and retrieve from land and water.
These dogs at work are a wonder to behold! They can run across the backs of sheep to get from one side of the flock to another. They also jump on the back of a runaway and ride it until the animal is tired. Then they will herd it back to the flock.
Photos displayed courtesy of Ann Tober, Windkist Kennels, Alberta
The Puli stands up to 18 inches at the shoulder and has a remarkable long, shaggy, double coat that curls into natural cords. It may be black, reddish black, grey, or white. Although the coat does not shed, it requires some special grooming to keep it free of mats. The coat is water-repellent, insulates against extreme cold and heat, and protects the dog from attacking animals.
Pulis are active, lively, amusing, and high-spirited members of the family. They are loyal and faithful companions who should not, therefore, be left outside in a kennel. The breed really are herding dogs at heart. This instinct may show up in attempts to herd children or family pets! Excellent watch dogs, they are also responsive, obedient, and agile.
Obedience training is important for the Puli. He is a highly intelligent dog who may find some aspects of training boring. Innovative and creative techniques may be required. His owner must be a strong leader with the time and energy to train, groom, exercise, and socialize the dog. As a working dog, the Puli is very energetic. Once full-grown, he makes a great jogging partner as he will happily keep up with the most athletic runner.