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Facts About the Hungarian Puli: The Mop Dog

Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about animals and their various characteristics.

You can probably guess how this breed got the nickname "mop dog."

You can probably guess how this breed got the nickname "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 are traced back to the Magyars, who brought it into Hungary.

Physical Characteristics

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 Hungary, there are some Pulis with a brownish fako color, also described as the color of a whole wheat roll. Its eyes are dark brown with a naughty sparkle.

The Puli's entire coat is made up of long, twisted strands of fur that almost reach the ground. The eyes and nose are also covered by these strands. Their head is somewhat oval, 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.

Temperament

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 goats 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.

Cords need regular trimming to prevent the dog from tripping over its own hair.

Cords need regular trimming to prevent the dog from tripping over its own hair.

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 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 dry their coat thoroughly, 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 its strength, cataracts and hip displacements can occur in the case of some dogs. Check with the vet for necessary vaccinations.

THe Hungarian Puli at Play

© 2012 Nithya Venkat

Comments

puligan on January 29, 2019:

There is also silver maszkofako. I have 2 females, one black one and silver maszkofako.

Sasvári Szilvia on March 04, 2018:

There are two other colors too, the gray and the "masked" . It's wonderful to live with a puli!!! Greatings form Hungary: Szilvia

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 14, 2017:

ChitrangadaSharan thank you and am glad you enjoyed.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 12, 2017:

What a cute dog! Very nice and informative hub about Hungarian Puli. I wasn't aware of so many details about this. The hair is its beauty but I am sure they need lot of care and cleanliness. Nice pictures and an interesting hub.

Enjoyed going through your hub though I don't have dogs as pet!

Thanks for sharing!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on October 10, 2014:

Raimer Gel I understand, thank you for your visit.

Raimer Gel on October 09, 2014:

*haired

Raimer Gel on October 09, 2014:

I think that kind of dog takes a lot of time and money to raise. I might opt for short-hared pups instead.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on October 03, 2014:

Paula Atwell thank you, the dog is really cute!!

Phyllis Doyle thank you and yes the coat needs a lot of care. Glad you enjoyed reading.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on October 02, 2014:

What a fun and frisky frisbee partner! This is such a cute dog. I would not have one for a pet for two reasons. I do not have proper room and a yard for it and could not take the time to maintain its coat properly - but, what a delightful dog. I enjoyed reading this hub, Vellur. Voted Up, I, and H+

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 02, 2014:

Wow, really mop-like. If the dog walks around the house, does it get clean? What a cutie!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 22, 2014:

bravewarrior yes they are very sweet, even though I never had one, I was fascinated and I wrote this hub. Thank you for stopping by.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 22, 2014:

My parents had a Puli a long time ago. She was dark, as in the first video. However, they brushed her daily, so she didn't have dreadlocks. She was an awesome family dog. Although I didn't grow up with her, she knew me whenever I came to the house. They are very sweet dogs.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on February 12, 2014:

Peggy Maynard I do not know where you live.

Peggy Maynard on February 11, 2014:

Where can i shop for a puli? I live in WW.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 27, 2012:

Jools99 thank you for stopping by, these dogs are adorable.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 26, 2012:

Oh I want one! Except I'd be scared of him shaking himself near me when he got wet :o), what an amazing looking dog!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 26, 2012:

Hi Suhail I hope you find the dog of your dreams. Am sure you will find one with all the research that you are doing. All the very best.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on September 26, 2012:

I am a fan of Hungarian dog breeds. I have a Kuvasz boy, who is my hiking partner. I love Komondor, Puli and Viszla. I am researching for my second dog to have after about 6 months. Komondor and Puli, along with Chesapeak Bay Retriever, American Water Spaniel, and Bergamasco, appear favourably. I am cut between having a dog that is good for protection, hiking, and love for water activity. Hence, the difficulty in making up my mind.

Great hub on a great dog breed though.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 11, 2012:

mary615 thanks for stopping by and this dog is great.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 10, 2012:

Beautiful dog, but I can't see him living in S. Fl. where it gets hot! I'm too lazy to have to groom this dog, but he is pretty.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 10, 2012:

Docmo am glad you came to know about this wonderful breed. Thank you for stopping by.

Sunshine625 just imagine the mop dog doing floors and windows -what a sight it would be!! Yes all the strands should make the dog really really hot, I guess the dog is used to it. Thank you for your visit.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 10, 2012:

This dog seriously looks like a mop, how adorable! Does he do floors and windows? :) I would think with all those strands of fur he would get overheated in hot and humid weather. Thanks for sharing!:)

Mohan Kumar from UK on August 09, 2012:

What a cutie, Nithya. I didn't know of this breed. Thanks for the info and cute pics.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 29, 2012:

midget38 thank you, they are charming indeed. Thanks for sharing and the vote too.

unknown spy I am glad you came to know about them. They are cute and fun to play with.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 29, 2012:

wow a cute but strange dog to me. I never seen one before. enjoyed reading your hub.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 29, 2012:

Vellur, this hub definitely will be shared! This is so informative, and not many know about this charming breed. I love the photo of it jumping, captures its charm perfectly. Voted up!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 23, 2012:

rajan jolly thank you this dog is amazing. Thank you for your sharing and the vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 23, 2012:

Nithya, this is an amazing looking dog. This is the first time I'm hearing about this dog. Inspite of all that coat of thick hair, I'm amazed the dog not only survives but is a great watch dog.

Thanks for sharing this. Voted up all the way and shared.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 23, 2012:

teaches12345 thank you, they are adorable indeed and full of energy.

Katrine DM thank you for your visit and am glad you have come to know of such a wonderful dog.

Ruchira thank you for stopping by, the Hungarian Puli sure is adorable. Thank you for the vote and the share.

Jenna Pope am really sorry your dogs are no longer with you. They are great and fun to have.

Jenna Pope from Southern California on July 22, 2012:

We had two Hungarian Pulis and they were the best dogs ever! One died at 18 years old and the other at 17. I would love to get another because they are such loving, funny pets. Voted up!

Ruchira from United States on July 22, 2012:

he sure is adorable, nithya. never heard of a hungarian puli until now :)

thanks for an enlightening hub. voted up and shared across

KatrineDM on July 22, 2012:

Incredible, it really looks like a mop! This dog is amazing, I have never heard of this breed. Thanks for sharing.

Dianna Mendez on July 21, 2012:

What an adorable dog! I love the dreads and the sweet look on the face. Just makes you want to hug it!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 21, 2012:

billybuc thank you, the Hungarian Puli is adorable and makes you smile.

Jackie Lynnley thank you, you are right, the hair on the eyes is a source of annoyance, but I guess the dog is used to it.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 20, 2012:

Beautiful dog, but poor thing. That hair in the face, I feel so sorry for it. Mine would have to wear a barrette or a ponytail! Great fun hub though, thanks!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 20, 2012:

That dog is nothing short of adorable. How could you not laugh when you are around that dog? Great hub and thanks for the info and the smile.