What is a Puli
The Puli is a medium sized dog, sixteen to seventeen inches tall at the shoulder, from the herding group. They usually weigh between 25 and 35 pounds. Pulis can be black, gray, apricot or white, and these easy to train dogs can be found working jobs that vary from herding or tracking dogs to therapy dogs. The Puli breed dates back over a thousand years in Hungary.
Is the Puli for you?
The Puli is a wonderful family dog, great with children (although very young children should be supervised in play with a Puli puppy) and protective of their family. Pulis need lots of exercise, as all herding dogs do, so if you can’t provide a large fenced in yard, be prepared to take lots of long walks. And of course that wonderful coat needs lots of care.
How to find a Puli
If you don’t have your heart set on a puppy, you can contact your local rescue league. Try http://www.pulirescue.org/. They can provide you with lots of information on the Puli, and get you on the list for adoption. If you do want a puppy, the American Kennel Club will have a listing of breeders in your area. Be wary of “backyard breeders” who keep Pulis and sell litters from their own home, without having a dedication to the breed. Read my article about questions to ask a breeder before purchasing a puppy. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2247065/five_questions_to_ask_a_breeder_before.html?cat=53 “Papers” does not mean “quality,” and a dog with registration papers can still have come from a puppy mill.
Cost of Pulis
You can expect to pay between $600 to $1000 for your Puli puppy, possibly more. You “get what you pay for”, and this is especially true for purebred dogs. The cost of your puppy will depend on where you live, the sex of the dog, the color, whether you will agree to neuter/spay, the lineage of the parents, and other factors. A puppy that comes from champion lines will cost more, especially if both parents are show quality. The cost of stud fees is usually a factor in price, as well as many other considerations. You may have to pay shipping costs as well (don’t pay more than $250 for this) if you choose a breeder not within driving distance from your home.
Interesting Puli facts.
- The Puli’s wooly cords are actually useful, protecting him from the cold.
- Despite those wild curls, Pulis don’t shed much at all.