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The Puli, the hairiest dog in the world

Did you know that the Puli is the hairiest dog in the world? Although it has big braids similar to dreadlocks, this dog does not come from Jamaica, but rather from Hungary, hence the name Hungarian Puli. A breed that is efficient in herding and guarding.

Characteristics of the Puli

The Puli has a physique that is out of the ordinary, to say the least. It has a physical appearance similar to that of the Komondor. The dog has a coat so thick that it is relatively complicated to describe its body and head. The standard speaks about an animal of robust constitution and of average size which measures between 37 and 41 cm if it is a female and between 40 and 44 cm if it is a male. The weight varies from 10 to 15 kg. As far as the head is concerned, we know at least that the skull is thin and small and that the stop is not very accentuated. The dog has a black and small nose, dark and tense lips and a non-pointed muzzle. From what can be discerned of the eyes, they appear to be dark brown and of medium size. The ears are drooping and of medium size. Now it's time to talk about the famous coat that the Puli is known for. The dense tufts of hair with a coarse texture form rope-like strands or highly structured flakes. The entire dog is covered with these twists, the length and density of which will vary depending on the area of the body. The coat can be white, apricot, gray, black or rusty black.

History of the Puli breed

The Puli is an ancient breed. Originally from Hungary, it is said to have been introduced into the country during the invasions of the Magyar nomads. Specialized in herding, it underwent very drastic selections since the subjects less efficient in the task were directly eliminated by the breeders. Because of these practices, the dog became fast, very rustic, but especially of a rare intelligence. It almost disappeared around the 19th century without the intervention of enthusiasts who established its standard in 1915. The Puli is not well known outside its country of origin. However, its popularity rose when the boss of the social network Facebook Mark Zuckerberg was seduced by the hairball and adopted it.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Puli

The Puli is very endearing. It is an affectionate animal that tends to be clingy if it feels it lacks affection. It is rather calm and reserved and at the same time very clever and lively. It can get along with children with whom it likes to play. The Puli is also a good watchdog, as it is wary of strangers and knows how to distinguish malicious people. They are easy to train and adapt easily to urban life, provided they are given appropriate physical activity.

Puli Diet and Key Health Concerns

The Puli has a life expectancy of 14 years. It is robust, but this does not prevent it from being affected by certain diseases such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, patella luxation, skin problems, heart problems or progressive retinal atrophy.