Virtually non-shedding; the coat, whether corded or brushed out, requires constant care.
Intelligent and possessing an excellent sense of humor, Pulis retain their "puppy" attitude nearly their entire lives. The breed loves their family and home, and as such, is naturally protective and suspicious of strangers. Although they love the farm, Pulis can thrive in a variety of living situations due to their medium size, but owners must provide daily opportunities for exercise. The corded coat takes time to maintain - thorough drying after bathtime is especially important to prevent mildewed cords.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Puli is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Thorough drying after bath time is especially important to prevent mildewed cords. Beyond regular weekly grooming the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The breed loves their family and home, and as such, is naturally protective and suspicious of strangers. Although they love the farm, the Puli can thrive in a variety of living situations due to its medium size, but owners must provide daily opportunities for exercise. Pulik are adept at sensing inherent weakness in humans and, at that point, they quickly assume that, if a person isn’t in charge, then by some magic formula, they must be the leader! Most Pulik assume that those around them are there to serve their needs.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease, patellar luxation, and degenerative myelopathy. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pulik are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Puli can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.