First of all, they are dreadlocks, an immediately recognizable feature of Puli (pronounced “poo-li” – “pulic” is plural). The naturally occurring cords of the coat are woolly, thick and weatherproof. Either corded or brushed out, pully coats require a lot of attention. Below the dreds is a compact but powerful dog, standing 16 to 17 at the shoulder. Pulik is remarkably agile and light on his feet, earning a reputation as the “acrobat of the dog world”.
Pulik is believed to have been brought to Europe by Magyar about a thousand years ago, the same Asian nomads who introduced Vizsla to the West. Pulik grazed large flocks of sheep in the Hungarian plains, and the corded coat protected them from the region’s brutal winters. Today the shepherd instinct of the breed remains strong. Pulic would try to keep anything in the herd: birds, other dogs — even children, with a gentle tug on the diaper.
Puli is a compact, square-looking, well-balanced dog of medium size. He is vigorous, alert and active. Striking and highly characteristic is the shaggy coat, which, with its light-weight, distinctive movement, fitted her for the strenuous work of herds of herds on the Hungarian plains. Agility along with strength of body and mind is of prime importance for the proper fulfillment of this age-old work.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
Pulis can be held with a corded, brushed or clipped coat. Until a pully pup is 8 to 10 months old, there is no work other than regular bathing and grinding of the ears and toe nails. When the undercoat of the pulley starts coming in, the coat will start to look thick and tangled on your fingers. You will start to feel a natural separation in the coat, where the hair seems to stick close together to the skin. This is the beginning of a cord. At this time you can pull these soft bunches with your fingers and separate them from each other. The cords are simply “organized mats” that have tightened over time. This is a process that will be repeated several times over the course of about six to nine months. Once the coat has separate strands, you just bathe the dog and separate the cords when needed – a good time to do this when you are watching TV and need to do something with your hands Ho. The breed’s national parent club, the Puli Club of America, offers several articles on grooming on the club’s website.
This is a breed that needs to be mentally active. Pulic is incredibly intelligent, agile and loyal, which enables him to learn quickly, and they strive to please their owners. However, they do not take fools lightly (a joke that you need to be very smart to own a pulley), and they require a firm but fair hand. This is a dogmatic breed that you have no problem insulting in public – so prepare yourself. Pulik are rearing dogs, and as such, many of them do not give up control easily. They will follow orders, but they do things in their own way. They do not care for repetition. It is important to socialize appropriately, especially with puppies.
Puli is a high-drive dog that needs both physical and mental stimulation. In fact, mental exercise is as important as physical exercise for this breed. Respected breeders have warned people not to overdo physical exercise when the dog is small and the growth plates have not yet closed or closed. Puli excels in canine sports including animal husbandry, obedience and agility, among other activities.
Pulis should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared at home with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight levels. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not. Contact your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Reputable breeders test their breeding stock for health problems that can occur in any breed. Breeders who are members of the Pulley Club of America agree with the club’s guidelines, which include the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) test to determine if the fertility stock is free of the underlying disease. CHIC tests required by the parent club of the breed include OFA or PennHIP screening for hip dysplasia, OFA test for patella, OFA test for degenerative myelopathy (DNA test), and CERF eye test (to be updated every three years) . Additional tests that can be performed, but are not required, include OFA and BAER (hearing) tests for the elbow, heart, and thyroid. If you are considering getting pulleys, ask the breeder if they test for these conditions, especially the club’s required tests.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: