The name Puli is a medium sized dog that comes in a compact shape that looks square. The dog is finely boned and has well formed muscles are around its body. The most notable build of muscles is seen around the chest region. The head is domed in shaped and comes is a good proportion of the body. The muzzle is of a characteristic shape as from the side vies seems as a continuation of the head, and the head from this view coming down to look as an egg.

The muzzle terminates to a blunt halt where there is a black nose located. The nose has wide nostrils which come out of the early termination of the muzzle. The length of the front and back legs is equal. This ensures that the top line of the dog is level and equal in shape. The tail is seen curling tightly over the top line at the back. The shape of the eyes is almond shaped and the color of the eyes must be brown. The ears of the Puli are medium sized in shape and they ought to all have black pigmentation.


The Puli has a unique coat as the hair on is looks corded. When fully grown, the length of the curled hair of the Puli can even touch the ground when the dog is standing on all its fours. Common permitted color for the Puli to have include apricot, grey and black. Average height of the Puli is 14. 5 inches – 17.5 inches. The weight range on the other hand is 20 – 35 pounds.


The Puli is an ever cheerful and lively dog that is a very loyal companion. This dog does well as a family pet and does well to new family members and new friends in the family environment. This dog is genetically intelligent and this trait makes the dog a perfect candidate of training. Classes take a very short time as the dog loves to impress and please their master.

The Puli is a very strong minded dog and ill in some instances assume the pack leader status when they feel their owner is lacking in leadership. This is quite bad as it does make the dog very difficult to manage. Numerous behavior problems come up.

The Puli is very shy when meeting new people. It loves to keep its circles closely guarded. As such, it may tend to become defensive of their owner once they seem to be engaging with strangers. If they do not bark, they will normally keep their distance.

Health Problems

No major health problems noted with the Puli


The Puli has relatively low mortality rates. Average lifespan is 12 years.


Grooming in the early months of life is recommended to prevent the undercoat and the inner coat from tangling. Washing should be rarely done and when done, be done by a professional groomer as it is very often that the coat does not dry.


The Puli is a dog native to Hungary and was used as a sheep dog. It was officially recognized by the AKC in 1936.