Over 1000 years ago, the Magyar brought the Puli to Hungary, where they were prized as herding dogs. They were extremely valuable to shepherds, and a good Puli would cost a year's wages. While their coats come in many different colours, the shepherds preferred the black Puli, (or Pulik, which is the plural form) because they were more easily visible among the herds of sheep. Owners of the Puli had extremely high standards of expectation from their dogs, and quickly dispensed with any dog that did not perform its duties. Many believe that this is a factor in the high intelligence level and vigorous health of today's Pulik.

Appearance and Coat

The most outstanding feature of the Puli's appearance is his corded coat, which resembles dreadlocks. Puppies are born with a light wave to their coats, and at about a year old, the adult coat begins to develop. The cords must be shaped by hand on a regular basis, and by four years of age, the coat can reach the ground. Pulik that are used for showing must maintain the corded coat, but some pet owners prefer to trim the coat, as it takes a great deal of dedication and skill to keep the cords looking their best. Many people feel that the distinctive coat is what gives this breed its personality, but fail to take into account the effort it takes to maintain it. Find a...

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