The Puli is a medium sized dog, weighing in at around 30 lbs, but his unusual appearance makes him seem larger. He is instantly recognizable – his hair coat lies in cords, giving him the look of a dreadlocked Rastafarian. Typically, the Puli sports black hair, but the breed also comes in white.
The Puli has a long history of being a working dog, helping Hungarian shepherds for over 1,000 years. When Hungary was invaded in the 16th century, the breed was nearly destroyed. Western Europeans began to repopulate the area and with them they brought their sheep and sheepdogs. Their dogs bred with the native Puli, creating the Pumi breed. Pumis became so popular that the Puli was almost lost again, but in 1912, reconstitution of the breed began, and it has since come back nicely.
Despite its cumbersome appearance, the Puli is actually a very quick dog. He is fun loving, but because of his history of shepherding, he is a little wary of strangers. The Puli bonds closely to its owners and trains easily, making him a natural for activities like agility.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend have what may be the most popular Puli on the block. Their Puli, Beast, has nearly 500,000 Facebook friends!
No matter how popular they become, though, Pulis are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pulis are prone to include eye problems such as cataracts, lipid keratopathy and retinal dysplasia; and joint problems such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Puli has the misfortune of inheriting more than a corded coat, you’re protected.