Puli dog, a Hungarian Sheepdog with an extraordinary fur, adorable, for my taste, certainly is a characteristic that makes it unmistakable. Puli means conductor, indicates the role that this breed has played in its land for centuries: conductor of flocks. We cannot remain silent, however, also about how efficient this animal is for bringing back to the water, so much so that in addition to Puli, it is also called the "Hungarian water dog".
Puli dog: origins
This ancient breed was probably introduced in Hungary by the Magyars, before being Hungarian, therefore, she is Asian and should descend from “Tibetan Terrier". The fur might suggest it. Compared to the other Hungarian dog also known to us, the Komondor, the Puli dog she is more agile in her movements, but at the time of the Second World War she still got away with it.
It risked extinction but they saved it and then came back into vogue, as well as for the custody of livestock, also for hunting. At the time if he was in the company of the sheep, to be their guardian and conductor, the Puli dog he worked almost exclusively during the day, so that, so dark, he could be seen.
Conversely they made dogs from Hungarian shepherd white-haired, used for night work. Real custody shifts organized according to colors. The standard of this breed it was drawn up in 1921 but it took a long time to see some specimens taking part in international exhibitions.
Puli dog: appearance
It is a lean, well muscled dog Puli dog, at the withers a male measures between 40 and 44 cm and can weigh 13-15 kg. A lot of hair, it has mass but is not massive, it is agile and slender. The perception of the head with the hair is also distorted, it seems small and round because a sort of fringe falls on the eyes, hiding them. If you look closely, they are brown in color, complicit in the lively and attentive gaze of the breed. The stop of Puli dog it is well marked, the ears stick out but are hanging in the shape of a "V".
Finally, let's talk about the coat, which is the first and almost the only characteristic that is noticed of this beautiful breed. Depending on the variety the colors allowed are black, black with reddish shades, various shades of gray and white. The coat is thick, composed of a thick hair texture and a fine undercoat: the right proportion between thick and fine determines the “tight” felting as it must be, for the strict standards. If the percentage of thick is too much, the coat appears sparse, vice versa if the thin part prevails, one has one felting excessively extended.
When we talk about a "corded" mantle we mean the one with uniform hair, descending and closely wavy forming small curls very similar to long cords. And there is less danger of them felting. The hair of the Puli dog it is not homogeneous throughout the body but longer, from 8 to 18 cm, on the rump, on the loins, on the thighs: it almost touches the ground.
Puli dog: character
Very intelligent, lively and docile, the Puli dog he is also very brave and at the same time devoted to his master. Even with children he is an excellent playmate, treats them as if they were his own puppies and is never aggressive with them, indeed, very accommodating.
Although it retains spontaneous sheepdog characteristics, today this animal is almost exclusively seen as pet dog, with a good attitude to guard. Or as show dogs. Even if they always are, from the way they are exposed to the eyes of people on the street who notice the hair so particular.
The Puli dog it is easy to train, it can be kept both in the house and in the garden, just respect it in its need for frequent walks. And if we want to make him happy, let's also offer him some baths since he loves water very much: in the past it was used as a retriever.
Puli dog: breeding
In Italy it is a real challenge to find farms of Puli dog, at the ENCI there are none, and in 2015 there are registered ... there is only one example. Three were in 2014 but nine in 2006. Rare dog and also downhill. Of course, the absence of farms does not help, they flock to Hungary and neighboring Eastern European countries.
Whoever decides to take a copy of Puli dog absolutely must take into account the time to devote to keep the hair clean. Not only for grooming, it is necessary to always be careful that it does not get too dirty and that, worse still, strange parasites do not settle in its very thick coat causing diseases that can even become serious.
With a little attention, however, a Puli dog it can live 12 years and more is considered a rustic and very robust breed.
Puli dog: puppies
As puppies, the specimens of this breed have a coat that is still evolving. The cords begin to form naturally around six months of age, when the soft fluffy undercoat it blends with the rough outer coat. Both in this phase and in all the following ones, the Puli dog does not shed so it is a perfect breed for those who are allergic.
Puli dog: price
A puppy of Dog Puli can cost around 750 euros, the problem is where to find it. And if it is found abroad, in very remote places, then there are travel costs and additional documentation. This should not lead us to comfortable shortcuts without any certainty. The Puli dog it is an animal that enjoys excellent health but, above all for the hair, must be taken care of very well immediately. In a breeding that is therefore certified and that provides us with all the sanitary and other certainties.
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