Hungarian Puli, Hungarian Water Dog
- 22-33 lbs
- medium-sized herder
- v-shaped, hanging ears
- tail curled and carried over back
- coat naturally forms cords
History of the Puli
The Puli has herded sheep in Hungary since at least the 9th century. Their name first appeared in 1751 writings and is said to derive from ‘Puli Hou’ or ‘Hun destroyer’. An ancient breed, their ancestry is unknown. Some have guessed that they may have come from Tibet and share a root stock with the Tibetan Terrier. Their ancestors would have arrived in Hungary with the Maygars over 1,000 years ago. Originally there were four sizes, large, medium, small, and dwarf, but it was the versatile middle size that won out when the breed characteristics became fixed for showing.