Easily recognized by the mop-like corded coat that resembles dreadlocks, Pulik (plural) are working dogs from Hungary where they were bred as herding dogs. They make wonderfully loyal, smart, loving, and energetic companions. If you want to find out more about the Puli, also known as the Hungarian Water Dog, please keep reading. The following dog breed information will help you decide if a Puli is a good fit for your family.
The average Puli stands 16-17 inches tall and weighs 25-35 pounds. The average lifespan of a Puli is 10-15 years.
Pulik are quite playful and extremely affectionate with family members. They are reasonably tolerant and patient with young children and can get along with other dogs with the proper socialization.
While not overly aggressive or reserved with strangers, Pulik make excellent watchdogs given their vigilant nature and naturally protective instinct. This is a very adaptable breed that can easily adjust to changing routines. This breed can adapt well to apartment living. However, first-time pet parents should consider other breeds given that the Puli has specific grooming needs. Pulik tolerate cold weather very well and hot weather moderately well.
It is quite easy to train a Puli because these dogs are not only smart but also eager to please and quick to learn. However, they require a firm hand to control them as they do have a headstrong nature. Pulik have moderate to high energy levels and are very easily bored. They need a job to do, and keeping them mentally busy is important to ensure they stay out of trouble. This breed has a strong prey drive and extreme wanderlust potential, and therefore must be kept on leash or in a fenced yard when outside. The barking level of a Puli is moderate.
The Puli’s long, corded, weatherproof, double coat requires bathing when needed and separation of the cords with your fingers in terms of grooming care. The coat does not shed much at all. Pulik are not heavy droolers but may drool occasionally.
Overall, Pulik are agile and powerful working dogs that make wonderfully loyal family companions. They have a characteristic corded coat that is dense and wooly and requires a lot of grooming care.
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