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Life Span
12 - 16 years
25 - 35 pounds

Energetic, Agile, Loyal, Obedient, Intelligent, Faithful

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    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Puli good with children?

    Yes, the Puli is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Puli naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Puli friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Puli is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Puli is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Puli friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Puli is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Puli is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Puli like to cuddle?

    The Puli appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!

    Does the Puli like to play?

    The Puli is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Puli make a good service dog?

    The Puli is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Puli good for first-time owners?

    The Puli is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Puli be trained?

    The Puli is about average when it comes to training potential. The Puli can be seen in competitions and can have advanced training, but it would require much dedication and oftentimes professional training.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Puli shed a lot?

    The Puli sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Puli easy to groom?

    The Puli requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Puli need a lot of exercise?

    The Puli has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.

    How smart is the Puli?

    The Puli is very smart. Above-average intelligence means they can pick up on cues and signals quickly when it comes to training. But it also means that they need to be challenged mentally, in addition to their standard exercise needs.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Puli bark? Does the Puli bark too much?

    The Puli barks all the time. They are big talkers, and want to show it! In general, barking and being expressive can be beneficial, such as for guarding property or livestock. But it is important to consider whether heavy barking suites your lifestyle.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Puli a good guard dog?

    The Puli is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Puli is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Puli good at staying alone? Is the Puli independent?

    The Puli is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Puli a good apartment dog?

    The Puli is not the best dog apartment living, but it can work if the owner is dedicated to exercising and training their Puli

    How big is the Puli?

    The Puli is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Puli tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Puli?

    The Puli does not tolerate hot weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Puli if you live in a very hot weather climate. At the minimum, they would need a home with air conditioning.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Puli tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Puli?

    The Puli does very well in cold weather, and loves the snow. They were built for it!
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Puli try to run away?

    The Puli does not have a large drive to run away. They can still be distracted and run, so precautions should be taken, but overall they have a less than average urge to run away.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Puli a healthy dog? The health of a Puli should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Puli is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Puli?

    The Puli has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Puli into your home. Can you give your Puli enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Puli drool?

    The Puli does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Puli have a large prey drive? Does the Puli like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Puli has average prey drive. They will probably enjoy chasing after birds and other small animals at the park, and it may be an issue at the home if you have small animals, but with some training and introduction can usually learn to live with them.

    Is the Puli atheltic?

    The Puli is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
  1. Herding
  2. Nordic Watchdog and Herder
  3. Puli
The Puli is a purebred dog that belongs to the Nordic Watchdog and Herder sub group, which falls under the larger Herding dog breed group.
Herding group: The Herding group dogs all share an instinctual ability to control the movement of other animals. They have traditionally been raised on farms to help herd and protect valuable livestock. They are intelligent, and have been bred to treat each day like they have a "job" they must do. Their innate herding ability is such a big part of who they are, that they are known to even "herd" their owners, children, or other small dogs. Some can seem stubborn and even obsessed with their herding, since they take it seriously! They have high expectations, and must be stimulated mentally just as much as physically. The reward to these "high expectations" is that they can be trained very well, and are oftentimes used in competitions. Certain breeds such as the well known German Shepard are also used by Police forces, because of their discipline, intelligence, and ability to be trained.
Nordic Watchdog and Herder sub-group: Nordic watchdogs can be the perfect dog for someone who wants a watchdog but still wants a dog who loves everyone. They are not a big dog, and very loving, but extremely alert, so their ability as a watchdog really comes in the form of keeping watch, rather than protection. Nordic watchdogs would be great in an active family. They are playful, and love to exercise. Nordic watchdogs are a special breed, but not very common, especially in the Americas.

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