Hungarian Puli

The Hungarian Puli is an instantly recognisable dog with its trademark long corded coat. Originally bred as a herder, the corded coat provided protection against the elements. The Puli is a medium-sized nimble and athletic dog with a high level of intelligence.

Hungarian Puli Breed Group

The Hungarian Puli belongs to the pastoral group of dogs.

Size of the Hungarian Puli

The Puli is a muscular medium-sized, squarish dog.

Country of Origin


Hungarian Puli Introduction and Overview

The Puli is a medium-sized dog with a distinctive long corded coat. It was used by shepherds in its native home of Hungary as a herding and guarding dog. Although called the Hungarian Puli, it is believed the breed actually originated from Asia over a thousand years ago before arriving in Hungary.

The thick, protective coat provided ample protection against the harsh weather in winter, as well as protecting the Puli from attacks from predators, such as wolves.

Pulik is the plural for the Puli, not Pulis! The Puli is thought to have played a part in the development of the Poodle through history.

The Puli is often confused with another corded dog from Hungary called  the Komondor. The Komondor is much larger in stature than the Puli.

Hungarian Puli temperament

The puli is an energetic, enthusiastic and friendly dog. It tends to  form a strong bond with his owner and is really a one-owner dog.  The puli can be very wary of strangers, and may growl, or in extreme cases snap at people if the dog feels threatened. Early socialisation and regular training should be be introduced at an early age to prevent herding and to encourage good social skills. Pulis are normally good with children, but care should be taken around small pets. This dog has a natural herding and guarding instinct, and rounding people up is quite common in the breed as well as being overprotective of food and toys.

Colour Varieties of the Hungarian Puli

The Puli comes in 4 colours which include:

  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Grey
  • White

Size and weight of the Hungarian Puli

Height bitch 37-41cms

Height dog 40-44cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 10-13kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 13-15kgs

Exercise requirements of the Hungarian Puli

The Puli is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. It can live in a town, and even adapt to living in an apartment if it receives the physical and mental stimulation it requires.

Is the Hungarian Puli a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Puli is fairly easy to train, so suited to a novice owner. However, prospective owners should be aware of the high and rather demanding task of maintaining the coat.

Hungarian Puli coat length

Long. The coat forms long cords that can reach to the floor.

Grooming requirements of the Hungarian Puli

High. The long cords require regular attention, as they are prone to attracting twigs and other bits of debris. The cords can easily clump together on the feet and abdomen and rear end, so need to be groomed to keep them matt free. The cords should be gently teased apart to form thinner cords.

The coat should not be clipped or shaved. Consult a professional dog groomer for more advice on caring for this unique breed.

Ears need to be plucked, cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


Yes. This breed does not shed, so may be a suitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Hungarian Puli

The Hungarian Puli is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded inthe breed and consult their breeder:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Hungarian Puli

A healthy Puli should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-15 years.

Approximate Hungarian Puli pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay between £400-£600 for a pedigree Puli puppy. Litters are not common so you may have to be prepared to wait for a puppy. Just 49 Puli puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2014. There are generally 4-7 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Hungarian Puli would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 15kgs requires 237gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 10kgs bitch is around £4.50

The weekly cost of feeding a 15kgs dog is around £6.00

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the pastoral group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment