Everything you need to know about this special dog breed: the Hungarian puli


The long coat of these dogs was developed by humans. It is a coat that does not change and therefore continues to grow. By splitting the fur and then twisting it (looks like braiding) they get these dreadlocks. It can take years before the hair is fully formed.

Wet hair

Such a coat is of course iconic for this dog breed, but it does have a number of drawbacks. For example, if the fur gets wet, it will stay wet for a very long time. Only by blow drying it dries faster, otherwise it can even stay damp for days.

As a result, these dogs cannot swim well. If their fur gets wet, it becomes very heavy and they can drown.

Also, the hair can form large plaques if it is not kept up and split regularly. In addition, this could cause the fur to obstruct their view as the hair falls in front of their eyes. As the owner, you can solve this by putting some bows in it, as Piet did.

a work suit

The coat was created for a specific purpose. Since they are herding dogs that tend and defend large herds against wild dogs or wolves, they must be able to stand their ground. With this coat they succeed a lot better.


It also protects them against wind and weather, because it can get quite cold in Hungary. In addition, the coat also offers a lot of protection during dangerous situations. For example, if they are attacked or bitten, there is a good chance that the opponent will bite the fur, which is therefore not harmful to the puli. These dogs are in fact wearing a full-fledged work suit.

Tracking is key

This breed of dog does not require much additional grooming or maintenance than other dogs. After all, once the coat has been twisted into dreadlocks, it will continue to grow that way. Then it’s just a matter of keeping it up. So make sure to split long sections of hair once in a while. Split the hair well down to the skin.

In addition, there are also owners who keep the fur completely short or shave all the hair off. If the functionality of the coat is lost, this is also a great solution. If the hair really starts to drag on the ground, it only forms a limitation for the dog and that is of course not the intention.

Cushion animals

The Puli is a very independent dog that likes to work. It is the job of these dogs to keep the herd together. They can also have this feeling with the family and especially with children. If these threaten to spread too far apart, the puli may tend to push them back together.

So the puli is certainly a family dog, but it is not a dog that approves of everything or gets excited about everything. They are observant of strangers and they are watchful of their ‘herd’. This, of course, was why they were bred in the first place. It’s in their genes.

Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.

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