Hungarian Pulik, the plural of Puli, are an ancient breed of herding dog known for their distinct coat, incredibly high intelligence, tireless work ethic and instinctual herding skills. They've been herding sheep for millennia, and legends tell of the breed being at least 6,500 years old and kept by Sumerians 5,600 years ago. Puli have been the working partners of the Komondor since the 9th century, and together they form an incredibly strong security team. The Puli works during the day, keeping an eye on everything while the Komondor rests, and when their alarm bark becomes serious, the Koms make their presence known. The Puli is extremely devoted to their family and very reserved with strangers. Packing high energy in a small frame, they are a great help on the farm. At 8 months old our puppy decided it was time to start his career, so he took it upon himself to herd the flock, and now he's mastering the routine.
Don't let the small size fool you, they are alert alarm systems, ready to bark at and willing to attack any intrusion, if necessary. Pulik are very protective, lightning quick, and not afraid to use teeth if they think the situation is not being handled properly. They are not for the feint of heart, and must be socialized extensively if you wish to show or have company with the Puli present. They are very slow to accept newcomers, which is an advantage for those looking for a working partnership on a farm or security at home, but should be noted. If kept in a house with children, supervision is essential early, as they will not tolerate teasing. We only say this to raise awareness and prevent incidents, the breed is amazing and super smart, and with their family they are a happy to please fluff ball brimming with love, but they are quick to protect and defend if they feel threatened.
The Puli practicing stealth herding, aka attack the ball mode.
Puli intelligence is legendary, as the Hungarians say, "It's not a dog, it's a Puli". The USDA imported a handful of breeding Pulik in the 1930s for intelligence testing. A sampling of other herding dog breeds scored on average 12-14 on the tests, while the Pulik scored 75-85! The scientists wanted to see if they could cross this intelligence into other breeds and started experimentation, but budgets were lost to war, and the program was disbanded. World War II devastated the population, and the breed was almost lost. Still rare today, we are working to preserve superior genetics, and will have exciting news to announce soon.