Brief historical summary
The Puli is a Hungarian herding breed of Asiatic origin. His
original ancestors most probably came to the carpathian basin
with the migrating ancient Magyars, who lived as nomads on
Dog of medium size with strong constitution, square build and
fine, but not too light bones. The somewhat lean body is well
muscled all over. The construction of the individual body parts
is difficult to judge, as the whole body is covered by a
strongly developed coat, tending to form curls and cords. It is
therefore useful to touch the dog when judging. The coat on the
head is so profuse that the head appears round and the eyes are
covered. The profusely coated tail, curled forward over the
back, gives the appearance of the topline rising slightly
towards the rear.
The body length is equal to the height at the withers. The depth
of the brisket is slightly less than half of the height at the
withers. The length of the muzzle is one third of the total
length of the head.
Of lively temperament, extremely able to learn. Loves children
and is an excellent watchdog. His present shape has adapted him
to sporting use.
Seen, from the, front, round, seen from the side appears to be
Skull: small and fine. Superciliary ridges strongly developed.
Stop: barely developed.
Nose: rather small, black.
Muzzle: not pointed; bridge of nose straight.
Lips: taut, with dark pigmentation.
Jaws/teeth: complete scissor bite according to the dentition
formula. 42 teeth.
Eyes: of medium size, dark brown, set in slightly oblique and
medium wide apart. The _expression is lively and intelligent.
Rims of lids close-fitting to the eyeball and well pigmented.
Ears: set on at medium height with broad base. The pendant
leathers v-shaped with rounded tips.
Neck: Of medium length, taut, well muscled. Forms an angle 45
degrees to the horizontal and is covered by dense coat.
Topline: straight. Giving the impression of rising slightly
towards the rear because of the tail carriage.
Withers: only slightly projecting from the topline.
Back: of medium length, straight, dry and muscular.
Loin: very strongly muscled, short.
Croup: short, slightly sloping.
Chest : deep, long with well arched ribs.
Underline: gradually rising towards rear.
Set on at medium height and carried in a flat curl over the
croup. Well covered by dense coat when stretched out, it reaches
to the hocks.
Shoulders: Shoulder blade sloping, tightly fitting to the
brisket. A vertical line from the withers touches the front part
of the chest at its deepest point. The angle between shoulder
blade and upper arm is 100 to 110 degrees.
Upper arm: Medium long, well muscled.
Elbows: Lying closely to the brisket. Angle between upperarm and
forearm:120 to 130 degrees.
Forearm: Long, straight, with dry muscles.
Forefeet: Short, rounded, tight with well knit toes. Nails black
or dark slate grey. Pads dark in colour and springy. Feet
parallel, pointing forward and medium wide apart
The legs are medium wide apart and parallel. The angle between
pelvis and upper thigh is about 100 to 110 degrees. Angulation
of stifle joint 100 to 110 degrees.
Upper and lower thigh : long and well muscled.
Hock : dry, clean-cut.
Hind feet: a little flatter than front feet, otherwise similar.
Very lively and spirited. Steps short. The gait is often
typically mincing and jumping. The dog has a tendency to spin
Without wrinkles, tight, with strong pigment. The bare skin is
black or slate grey nail in all coat colours.
Hair: The puppy coat is dense, wavy or curly. Later, there are
tufts of hair developing to tassels and cords. The coat consists
of a coarser top coat and a finer undercoat. The relation
between these two types of hair determines the character of the
coat. If the topcoat highly predominates the undercoat, the coat
structure is untypical and the coat sticks slightly out. If the
undercoat is too highly predominant - which is undesirable -
this results in a matted coat of too soft texture, difficult to
groom. The correct proportion between the two types of hair,
which is genetically fixed, produces the aesthetical tassels or
cords, which are easy to groom. The cords on the loins and the
croup and at the back of the upper thighs are longest (20-30cm).
They are shortest or the head and at the limbs (10-12 cm). Coat
on head is ideal when the hair forms a strong structure of cords
covering the facial region. Both a combed out and a neglected,
tousled coat are undesirable.
Black with few rusty coloured or grey shadings.
Fawn with a distinct black mask. A white patch at the
forechechest, not exceeding 3 cm in diameter, is permitted.
White between the toes is not regarded as a fault.
B) Pearl white without any russet gold (semmelblond).
Any colour or marking deviating from the above, is
Size and weight
Dogs: 39-45cm, ideal height: 41 - 43 cm
Bitches: 36.- 42 cm, ideal height: 38 - 40 cm.
Dogs: 13 - 15kg.
Bitches: 10 - 13 kg
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a
fault and the seriousness with which the fault is regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree.
One or more missing teeth (incisors, canines, premolars 2-4,
molars 1-2). More than two missing pm1. The m3 are disregarded.
Over- or undershot, wry mouth.
Tail, carried in sickel shape or horizontally.
Short, smooth, separately growing hairs.
Faults in colour. Undesired markings and patches.
Size deviating from the limits mentioned in the standard.
NB: Male animals must have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.