Some believe that Tibetan Terriers and sheepdogs of France and Germany played a role in this breed’s development in Hungary in the Middle Ages. The Puli’s small size, speed, and agility made it an excellent sheepherder; the unusual corded coat is the breed’s natural protector. Crossbreeding nearly led to the Puli’s extinction, but Puli devotees worked to reconstitute the breed in the early 1900s. Today the Puli is more a trusted watchdog and companion than sheepherder.


Medium, 30 to 35 pounds; females 16 inches; males 17 inches.


Rusty black, black, gray, and white.


Energetic, curious, and smart. Protective of family, suspicious, and watchful; barks and can be aggressive toward other dogs. Home loving and affectionate.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner who can handle firm and fair training.


Daily exercise, a job to do (herding children or sheep), serious coat care (cording and cleaning), training.

Life expectancy:

12 to 16 years.