The Puli is unique, and it's distinctive corded coat is a hallmark of the breed. Most people unfamiliar with the Puli assume the corded coat is a lot of work.  People are often surprised and disbelieving when I disagree.  However I am a little biased because I do not consider grooming a Puli work.  I enjoy running my hands through the coat and find it very therapeutic. 

Grooming an adult Puli can be done sporadically and often while you are relaxing watching television or having an afternoon cup of tea. I must admit that adolescent coats do require some concentration and can be overwhelming to a newcomer.  I don't think there is a better way to explain how to cord the coat than to be shown by an experienced Puli owner.  This is something I discuss with all prospective Puli owners and demonstrate when people visit our Pulis.

  • Puppy coats are very easy to care for and requires minimal grooming.  A puppy coat will begin to develop cords from about 9 months of age. Bathing to keep yoru puppy clean and fresh and the occassional brush is all that is needed.

  • An adolescent puppy coat between the age of 9 to 18 months can be high maintenance often requiring weekly grooming for several months until the cords are well formed and become solid. The dog's coat will need to be helped along to form the lovely cords so unique to this breed - this involves gently separating matts into cords using your hands. As the coat grows longer the intensity of the work required will ease. No brush required - all you will need is some conditioning spray to keep the coat looking healthy and your hands, and bathe your Puli when needed.

  • An adult coat requires periodical maintenance. This includes keeping the Puli clean, bathing them when required and keeping the cords separated. Bathing and drying an adult coat takes time, as you must allow the best part of a day for the cords to dry (depending of course on the weather - less in the heat of summer, and longer on a cold wet day). The frequency of bathing your Puli will depend on how clean you keep them and if they are to be a house dog. I like to wash my dogs every 4 - 5 weeks, or more frequently when they are being exhibited at dog shows.

Another option available to Puli owners is to keep the coat shorter, whether to grow the cords and keep them trimmed at a few inches long (thus making bathing, grooming and general keeping clean quicker and easier whilst still keeping that distinctive Puli look) or to have them clipped (which generally keeps the coat  soft and curly, requiring periodical brushing and making their appearence much like that of a poodle). 

It is always best to seek the advice of an experienced Puli owner, and of course to meet the dogs and see how they are groomed, before you make any decisions.  Rustufarion Pulis are out 'meeting and greeting' the public at many functions during the year, so if you would like to find out more visit our Events pages for details on our upcoming events or send us an e-mail.

Royson Valore

 

 

Puli puppy coat - soft and fluffy.

 

The adolescent coat as it starts forming solid chords.

 

The finished product!

 

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