Truly said, several first pages in the puli breed book are missing. Our roots probably touch to the Mesopotamiam times 7 - 8 thousand years before us. In the tomb of a summerian shepherd, scientists revealed hair residua whose structure was very similar to our coat. Was it really a piece of our coat? Also, in the tomb of an eight-year girl living in the same period, a complete puli statue was found. Well, we were always beautiful and playful! The research of Sandor Palfalvy, a hungarian emigrant, showed that we had accompanied Summers overcoming the Carpatians and seating the places located in the temporary Hungary. Shepherding has became our life. In ruins of the Mesopotamiam town Ur from 35th century B.C., British archeologists found aluminium sheets where Kuth´s and Bana´s family possession is written in vedge-shaped signs, including two my ancestors.
Some older references speculated that puli had developed from
tibetan terrier six thousands year ago. I do not know but I would like
to play with any "rasty-haired" dog, e.g. portuguese water dog whose
origin is not clear for me. It resembles me leaving the bathroom. The
name puli firstly appeared in the Code of Hammurabi, a Babylonian king,
2250 years B.C.
Sceptic people who do not believe that we have come to the Danube valley earlier than Hungarian people themselves estimate that we came here around 1000 years ago together with nomad Hungarian warriors from Siberia and India. Shepherds preferred dark colour of our hair - we were well distinguishable from a light sheep coat during running among them. Our price was comparable with shepherd whole-year salary if the puli was healthy, intelligent, and clever. During the 16th century turkish warriors almost eradicated us from the current Hungarian territorium. After them shepherds from West Europe living in Hungarian valley crossbred us with French and German shepherd dogs. New breeds of dogs appeared - pumi and mudi.
Since 19th century an effort of Hungarian shepherds to create a high-quality puli breed have been developed. On the other hand, the transformation of the shepherd work from extensive kind to more intensive farming in 19th century limited the necessity of having us for herding. That is the reason why our numbers dramatically decrased in these times. In 1912 Dr. Emil Raitsits, a professor of Hungarian university, started a rescue programme of us. Together with Adolf Lendl, a Budapest zoo director, reserved a part of zoo for their experimental cultivation programme. The two basic types of puli were established: shaggy puli and curli-haired puli. The standards suggested in 1915 were approved by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1924. According to them puli were divided into three categories: i) original working shaggy puli; ii) luxury puli; and iii) dwarf puli. In 1935 puli categories were re-classified into four classes: large police puli (
World War II and their results brought a big threat for puli cultivation in Hungary and all over the world. A millitary duty, poverty, insufficient drugs, and finances for dog cultivation devastated our numbers. Fifteen years after the war, fortunately, due to the national feeling of Hungarian people our numbers stabilized and achieved the state before the war. In 1959 the Hungarian Puli Club was established. It has rejected toy puli and police puli from the cultivation standards.