Facts About the Hungarian Puli: The Mop Dog
This article is a result of my fascination with the Hungarian Puli. This breed holds me in wonder, and whenever I see a picture of a Hungarian Puli, I am amazed at the mere appearance. If this dog flops on the ground, you might just mistake it for a large twisted thread mop.
This dog has been declared as one of the national treasures of Hungary. The origins of this breed is traced back to the Magyars who brought it into Hungary.
Also referred to as the "mop dog" or "Hungarian dog," this dog is medium sized covered by a corded coat. Most Pulis are black and some are white or gray in color. In Hungary there are some Pulis with a brownish fako color also described as the color of a whole wheat roll. It's eyes are dark brown with a naughty sparkle.
The Puli's entire coat is made up of long, twisted strands of fur that almost reaches the ground. The eyes and nose are also covered by these strands. Their head is somewhat oval in shape and their black snout pokes out through their hair.
The height of the female Puli ranges from 36 cm to 42 cm, and the height of the male Puli ranges from 39 cm to 45 cm. The Hungarian Puli's strands of fur grow as it grows in height. Interestingly, shedding stops once the dog stops growing.
This dog is very strong and runs like the wind. It has muscular legs and also has a bit of a wild streak. The Hungarian Puli needs to exercise daily and needs wide open spaces to run freely.
The Hungarian Puli has a calm and steady temperament, but all hell breaks loose when this dog is provoked. This breed should be trained very early, and they are ready to be trained when they are just four-months-old. They are strong and aggressive by nature because they are guard dogs, so they must be taught how to behave. Bad behavior should also be corrected as soon as it appears.
By nature, the Puli is very protective and will guard the house against intruders. They can also efficiently guard livestock and will take pleasure in protecting herds of goat or sheep. The Hungarian Puli is very friendly with family members and children, but they are hostile to strangers. With that said, they do easily make friends once they see that the person is not harmful. Because they are active guard dogs, this breed is best for families who live in the countryside.
Taking Care of the Hungarian Puli
This dog's coat needs extra attention because it is corded. As the puppy grows, the cords need to be separated so that they don't get intertwined into a huge knot. Once the cords touch the ground, it needs to be trimmed to prevent the Puli from tripping on its own hair. Their nails also need to be regularly trimmed.
Just like any other dog, the Hungarian Puli needs regular baths. After a bath, however, you must take the time to thoroughly dry their coat and this may be time-consuming because their hair is so thick and twisted.
Remember to take the dog out every day for exercise. The Hungarian Puli makes an excellent jogging partner. Despite it's strength, cataracts and hip displacements can occur in the case of some dogs. Check with the vet for necessary vaccinations.
Never make a hasty decision when considering a pet dog. Take your time, do some research, and see if you have the time to look after the dog and keep the dog happy.
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THe Hungarian Puli at Play
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