The Puli has been assisting shepherds with their flocks in what is modern day Hungary for over a 1000 years. Puli ancestors were similar to the Kuvasz and Komondor and the breed nearly vanished in the 1600’s due to interbreeding. Fortunately for us, the breed was resurrected in the early 1900’s and the durable, charismatic Puli survives as a hard-working stock dog and good-humored companion. Their wooly coat is traditionally allowed to cord to form a weather-proof layer of protection from the elements. A corded coat does require maintenance, especially thorough drying after bathing to prevent mildew in the cords. They are lively and intelligent and are likely to excel in herding, obedience, agility, conformation, therapy, and other avenues which satisfy their natural proclivity to work and please. Pulik can adapt to a variety of living situations as long as they are receive adequate exercise and attention. They are naturally protective the home and people they adore.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.