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The Puli is a Hungarian Shepherd of Asian origin. Their ancestors most likely came to the Carpathian Basin, brought by the ancient nomadic tribes of Magyar, who lived by raising livestock.


Country of Origin: Hungary


GENERAL APPEARANCE L :  Medium-sized dog with a strong, square and thin build, but without very light bone. The slightly lean body is well muscled throughout. The construction of the individual parts of the body is difficult to judge, because the entire body is covered by a strongly developed coat, which tends to form curls and strings. It is recommended to touch the dog when it is being judged. The coat on the head is so abundant that it appears round and the eyes are almost covered. The heavily haired tail, curled over the back, gives the appearance of a slight elevation of the topline in the region of the rear.


• The length of the body is equal to the height at the withers.

• The depth of the chest is slightly less than half the height at the withers.

• The length of the muzzle is 1/3 of the total length of the head.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT : Active temperament and with an extraordinary ability to learn. He loves children and is an excellent guard dog. Its current form has adapted it for sporting use.

HEAD :  front view, round; profile view, it appears to be elliptical.


Skull : Narrow and thin. Superciliary arcades strongly developed.


Stop : Only checked.


Truffle :  Relatively small; black.

Muzzle :  Not pointy; straight nasal bridge.

lips :  Firm, with dark pigmentation.

Jaws and Teeth :  Complete scissor bite according to the dental formula (42 teeth).

eyes :  Medium in size; dark brown; set slightly obliquely and medianly separated from each other. The expression is lively and intelligent. The edges of the eyelids are well adherent to the eyeball and well pigmented.

Ears :  Inserted at a medium height with a wide base. The ears are pendant, V-shaped, with rounded tips.

NECK :  Medium size, firm, well muscled. It forms an angle of approximately 45° with the horizontal and is covered by a dense coat.


Top Lines :  Straight, giving a slight impression of being raised towards the back due to the carriage of the tail

Withers:  Only slightly projected from the topline

Back:  Of medium length, straight, dry and muscular

Loin :  Very heavily muscled and short

Croup:  Short, slightly descending.

chest :  Deep, long, with well sprung ribs.

TAIL:  Set on medium and carried in a flat curve over the croup. Well covered by a dense coat. When stretched, it should reach the hock.




Shoulders :  Scapula oblique, firmly resting on the rib cage. A vertical line from the withers touches the front of the chest at its deepest point. The angle between the scapula and the forearm is 100° to 110°

arms :  Moderately long and well muscled.

Forearms :  Long, straight, with dry muscles.

Paws :  Short, round, firm, with fingers close together. Black or dark slate gray nails. Dark colored and elastic cushions. Feet parallel, pointing forward and moderately spaced apart.

HINDQUARTERS :  The legs are a medium distance apart and parallel. The angle between the pelvis and the thigh is about 100° to 110°. Knee angulation is 100° to 110°

Hocks :  Dry, with well-defined contours.

Paws :  Not as tight and compact as the front ones; otherwise they are equal.

DRIVE :  Very active and vigorous. Short steps. Movement is typically bouncy and bouncy. The dog has a tendency to spin on its own axis.

  • COAT


By :  The coat of puppies is dense, wavy or curly. Later, they form tufts of fur, developing tassels and cords. The coat consists of an outer hair  rustic, rough and a finer undercoat. The relationship between these two coat types determines the coat's characteristic. If the top coat is more predominant than the undercoat, the coat structure is atypical and the coat is slightly raised. If the undercoat is predominant, which is undesirable, this results in a felted coat with a very soft texture that is difficult to comb. The correct proportion between the 2 coat types, which is genetically fixed, produces the aesthetic tassels or cords, which are easy to care for. The cords on the loin, croup and back of the thigh are the longest (20 to 30 cm). They are shorter on the head and limbs (10 to 12 cm). The coat on the head is ideal when the hair forms a strong corded structure covering the facial region. Combed or neglected coat, both are undesirable

  • COLOR:

  1. Black.

  2. Black with small hints of rust or gray shadings.

  3. Fawn with a distinctive black mask.

  4. Gray in any shade.

  5. A white patch on the chest, not exceeding 3 cm in diameter, is allowed. White between the fingers is not considered a fault.

  6. Pearl white fur, without any shade of reddish yellow.

SIZE : Males: 39  cm at 45  cm  

            Females: 36  cm to 42  cm  

  • FAULTS  


Any deviation from the terms of this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well being of the dog.  and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.


• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.  

• Tail carried sickle or horizontal.

• Short or soft hairs, growing separately.

• Color faults. Markings and stains are undesirable.

• Sizes deviating from the limits mentioned in the standard.



• Males must have both testicles, of normal appearance, well let down and accommodated in the scrotum.

• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with typical breed conformation should be used for breeding.

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