Hungary’s native herding dog, the Puli, has an unclear origin. The word "Puli" was recorded for the first time in 1765, and some etymologists believe the name has a Sumerian origin and means "herding while attack." Others believe the name originates from the German "Pudel," or poodle.
The Puli is a small-to-medium sized dog that is known for its special tight-corded, dreadlock-resembling coat. The breed is mostly black, but also white, off-white and gray. It is 15–16 in (40–45 cm) tall and weighs 23–25 pounds (10–12 kg). Though it has long ears, usually only its tongue is distinguishable from the rest of the body. Contrary to popular belief, the Puli can see extremely well.
Pulis are hard working, noisy, sensitive, and down-to-earth. Their intelligence and agility enabled them to survive through millennia while herding animals. They now earn titles at agility competitions. They have a lively character and are instantly likable. Early training for this breed is a must or their bad habits will stay. Their moping demonstrates their sensitive nature after a harsh word from their master.
Like every other working dog, these high-energy, intelligent dogs need space, exercise and something to do. If they don’t get enough activity, they become mischievous and create trouble.