How Much Does a Puli Dog Cost?

Last Updated on December 27, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

The Puli dog breed is an ancient breed with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. Some believe that a Puli-like dog existed more than 6,000 years ago. Others believe that the Puli dog breed originated as descendants of the Tibetan Terrier.

More than 1,100 years ago, Hungarian tribes brought the Puli dog to Hungary, where they became highly prized for their herding abilities. Most shepherds preferred black dogs because they were easier to spot among the sheep.

It is believed that the Puli was a great sheepdog was bred to herd sheep, while the large Komondor was used to guard them. In those days, a good Puli dog cost about as much as a shepherd’s earnings for a year.

How Much Does a Puli Dog Cost?

Depending on the pet’s history, age, breeder, quality, lineage, where you live, inclusions, and popularity at the time of acquisition, the cost of a Puli puppy would be $850 to more than $1,600. As there are only a few breeders these days, the prices may be a little high in some areas.

So, the costs may be even higher than this price range. Actually, in the United States, fewer than one hundred Puli dogs are registered every year. A more expensive dog will have a premium lineage and breeding rights, making it a flawless show dog.

For instance, we were able to find only ten active listings for Puli dogs on the Puppies.com website, with prices anywhere between $620 and $1,100.

On another website, EuroPuppy.com, the price of a Puli dog starts at around $1,800 and goes up to $2,200 for a champion bloodline.

According to NextDayPets.com, currently, the average price of a Puli dog is $1,400.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

The adoption fee should include a health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, and registration paperwork. Also, if the dog is shipped, it should come with an airline-approved travel carrier. Plus, a good breeder should provide a starter kit with food and other samples, deworming, a microchip, and genetic testing.

Which are the additional expenses?

Similar to any other dog, you will have to budget for basic necessities like dog food, vet visits, accessories, dog grooming sessions, and medication. Plan on spending more than $610 for owning a Puli dog. In case you haven’t had a dog before, you should budget for the initial costs, such as a leash and collar, toys, crate, bowl, and bed, as well.

As we said in the beginning, it may be pretty hard to find a Puli dog locally, so you will have to pay for delivery fees. These costs may be anywhere between $210 and $520, depending on how the dog is shipped.

You might also like our articles about the cost of a Bichon Frise, a Teddy Bear Dog, or a Cockapoo.

It is highly recommended to enroll your Puli puppy in obedience classes to learn the basics of stay, lay down, and sit.

Puli dog overview

The Puli dog is compact, square, well-balanced, and of medium size. He is full of stamina, always alert and active. Its main characteristics are its coat and distinctive gait. It is a rather agile dog, as its agility, combined with mental and physical strength, is of prime importance in the characteristic of this age-old dog breed. Ideally, males have a height of 43 cm, and females have a height of 40 cm.

The distinctive Puli coat, which can take around four years to grow and fully shed, comes in solid colors of rusty black, black, and all shades of gray and white. It also has an undercoat below its long hair. In Hungary, a common color is fako, which is described as the color of the inside of a whole wheat roll.

His eyes are very hard to see among the abundant layers of fur and his nose is small and black.

Purebred Puli dogs are known for their fur, which closely resembles Rasta dreadlocks. These shepherd dogs were meant to work in the fields and guard flocks of sheep both during the day and at night. The modern Puli dog is an active, extremely energetic dog that accepts exactly as much attention as its family is willing to give it. With enough socialization, it will become a very affectionate pet with a great temperament.

The average lifespan of a Hungarian Puli is between 12 and 15 years, and if you buy a female of this breed, you should know that she will give birth to approximately five or six puppies in a litter.

Breed information and characteristics

Puli PuppiesThese dogs have a strong instinct to chase, which is why, unless the dog works on a farm, a leash is required when taken outside.

Puli dogs have been taught for centuries to make their own decisions when working, so even the modern Puli is very independent and dominant. This makes them quite difficult to train. You have to start the training early before any habits start to take hold of him.

The Puli is, in general, a very resistant dog, showing few native sensitivities. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the coxofemoral joint that results in pain, lameness, and consecutive arthritis.

Progressive retinal atrophy is a disease that causes the degeneration of nerve cells in the retina. The condition usually starts in old dogs and can lead to blindness.

Puli is a dog that does not have special requirements in terms of food. It gets along well with all types of food, whether it is special or from the master’s table.

The American Kennel Club recognized the Puli in 1936 as a member of the shepherd class. At the moment, the Puli dog breed is included in the shepherd dog group and is recognized by the following international organizations: AKC, UKC, FCI, KCGB, NKC, ANKC, APRI, NZKC, ACR, and CKC.

This dog should only be bought from a reputable breeder to ensure that you’re getting a healthy dog.

Tips for saving money

As these dogs are very rare, you shouldn’t be surprised to see that your adoption bill totals more than $2,100. This is why it is highly recommended to visit a rescue group or local shelter, if available, to look for a dog that closely resembles Puli.

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