Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Puli

Puli
Puli
The Puli is one of the unique herding dogs of Hungary and has been in Hungary since the Magyar invasion of the 10th Century. It has been part of the lives of the Hungarian shepherds for more than 1,000 years. They were bred to be their sole companion and workmate during the long days and months of isolation on the grazing lands of the vast Hungarian plains.

Best at working sheep, they are built for endurance and so make an efficient and effective drover and gatherer. The breed's unusually thick, corded coat, helps it withstand extremes of weather. It was not until early last century that dog fanciers and zoologists began to study and document the breed. The Puli has become popular and established in its native country where it is now regarded as a national symbol and very much a national treasure.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

This robust dog can live to 15 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

The most striking and distinctive feature of this medium-sized, active dog is its shaggy, corded coat. The coat can reach the ground by about four years of age and, with its tail curled over the back, it is hard to know if they are "coming or going". The Puli is a remarkably active, agile and light-footed breed, and it is highly regarded for their intelligence and trainability. It is a sensitive one-man, or family dog, which makes an intensely devoted and loyal companion. Loving and affectionate, it is wary of strangers, but extreme timidity, or aggression, are serious faults with this breed. The Puli must be part of the household and does not take to isolation from its family, or being confined to a kennel.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

The Puli is wary by nature and can be reserved with other dogs. They must learn early to be accepting of other dogs and pets. It has a dominant nature and likes to be the top dog. This could lead to some conflict with adult dogs of the same sex.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

The Puli's coat will naturally develop cords and, although the dog does not need brushing, they must still be groomed. A Puli in a full, floor-length coat, requires considerable work to maintain a clean and neat appearance. The full-length coat easily collects dirt, twigs and leaves, and, these can be difficult to remove. To keep the Puli's coat in glorious condition requires devotion on the part of its owner. Bathing is essential and a heavily corded dog may take an hour to wash and up to six hours to dry, with a blow dryer.

The most intensive grooming period is when the Puli is between 9 to 18 months of age. The coat must be worked regularly, using your fingers, to separate the developing cords. The assistance of the breeder is recommended at this time, so that the correct grooming technique can be explained.

IDEAL OWNERS

The Puli is best suited to an active, outdoor lifestyle. They are a "smarty" and make a great companion and games dog. Their intelligence, trainability and overwhelming desire to please, make them an excellent dog to own.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Puli is the dog for you and you realise that this dog’s heavily corded coat needs a lot of looking after, contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
Royson Valore Rustufarion NSW Contact
Jean and Barrie MacDonald Hunson TAS Contact
Kim Stone Stonecrest QLD Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)