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A Selection of Short Stories on the Hungarian Puli

Hungarian Pulis were originally bred for herding

Many years ago we owned, bred and exhibited Old English Sheepdogs, before the arrival of our first Hungarian Puli puppy we were astounded to be informed the Puli would make the Bobtails look incredibly stupid. That their herding instinct and agility was hard to surpass, at the time we were not at all certain about this comment.

"Jason" moved in when he was just over ten weeks of age, about the same time as a litter of Old English Sheepdogs arrived. When the puppies were old enough they were allowed to have a play time with us and the other dogs in the house, Jason though took control and the puppies which were restricted to a metre square in which to play ....

The puppies became use to, and accepted his organisational skills, which certainly helped the late autumn day I was at home alone with my youngest son .... We had spent most of the day cutting down a very overgrown hedge and making a really big pile of rubbish .... near to the kennel. The weather suddenly turned into a horrendous storm, rain thrashed down and the wind was soon blowing a gale.

I had to fight against the wind to close the kennel door, having settled mother and puppies down for the night, when, without warning it flew off .... "mum" stunned by what happened flew out of her part of the kennel knocking over the partition keeping the puppies in - who thought it great fun to follow her, and before I could stop them, they were all outside .... and off into the darkness of the garden, and that big pile of rubbish ....

My son, wondering what was keeping me outside for so long, came to investigate followed by Jason. Without all that much of a problem Jason rounded up the puppies - and somehow we managed to get them back into the kennel and make a temporary repair to the door. Even at such a young age the Puli knew exactly what was expected of him - and got on with the job.

Pulis though, are not always quite so good, intelligent yes, for they can easily turn things into a game, finding a hole in what is considered to be a well protected garden is no problem. Running off, and refusing to return can become quite a worry, which is why it is important to train them to return at a young age!

Hungarian Pulis are very Intelligent

They listen to what you tell them, and others all the time, they have an inbred instinct ....

Over hearing part of a telephone conversation about exchanging a grey top hat, costing in the region of £250.00 and worn a few days previously at Royal Ascot, for a pure silk model, a Hungarian Puli puppy is thought to have believed he was to be replaced!

The grey top hat, unfortunately left in a conveniently reachable place, fell victim to the Puli's revenge and was redesigned to have a wavy rim. The owner, initially furious about the occurrence, later saw the funny side - but simply has not been able to figure how the Plui knew he was talking to his hatter, or why he should want to exchange the Puli for a hat ....

It is amazing how a Hungarian Puli

Knows what you do not want him to do, or touch, take for example a chair reportedly used by Napoleon. The chair was in pristine condition, and valued at around £10,000-00, well that was until a Puli took a particular dislike to it .... and has re designed the chair with the addition of a few teeth marks.

Furniture, furnishing and clothing are usually high on the list of items good for a game when owners decide to leave their Puli at home for a few hours alone. Boredom soon takes over, and a Puli is very good at finding some way to bring this to his owners attention.

Hungarian Pulis do not give up

Moving into his new home, the proud owners showed their new puppy his bed and the cage where he was to sleep, in the warmth of the kitchen. No way they declared was he to enter their bedroom .... no way he declared am I staying in the kitchen. The first night the Puli howled.

Being determined the owners plugged their ears and tried to get some sleep. However, half way though the night "dad" left the comfort of his bed and went to sleep in the kitchen with the puppy. Saying the puppy misses his Mum and litter mates, keeping him company will help him to settle.

The next day "dad" was very stiff and sore, the puppy was as sweet and loving as possible, doing all the usual puppy things, his new owners admiring him and saying oh you are such a sweet lad.

Ah .... I can win them over about the sleeping arrangements, he thought, they know how cuddly and lovely I am .... Oh no you cannot said they.

Bed time arrived, again he howled, again his new dad ended up sleeping in the kitchen. After a few nights, the puppy reluctantly had to admit defeat and fell asleep more or less as soon as he went to bed, this partly due to a new regime of a good old romp organised by "mum and dad" just before bedtime ...

As morning approached he woke feeling lonely, he was still missing his brothers and sisters, and where was "dad"?? Then a thought crossed his mind .... instead of howling he would do what they had done to wake Mum up .... rattle the cage door .. and oh, what a fantastic noise that made on the hard kitchen floor.

Woken by the racket his new mum and dad rushed down to the kitchen in fear of what they might find .... well, thought the puppy, that really got your attention! In fact this is quite good fun ....

During the day time the new owners noticed that the puppy was quite happy to go in and out of his open cage and often had a short nap there - so they decided to try this at night ... but keeping the kitchen door closed.

For a Puli opening a kitchen door (or any door or gate which is not padlocked) is no problem - getting closer to the bedroom again became a good idea .... but there was an obstacle he had not considered, the stairs! Sitting at the bottom whining soon got the necessary attention ....

Realising the puppies capabilities and not wanting him to tumble, the kitchen door would be secured the next night to ensure that the puppy would not attempt to climb the stairs.

No problem thought the puppy, who during the day taught himself the art of getting up the steps, much to the horror of his owners who found him siting at the top looking very pleased with himself!

We will have to buy a gate said the owners, but wait, he will only rattle that like he does the cage.

Well, maybe he can sleep on the landing, in his bed .... This worked fine for a short time, but naturally the bedroom door proved no obstacle .... His owners were then heard to say .... well maybe he could have his bed in our room, but there is no way he is going to be allowed on to the bed .... Oh yes, thought the Puli puppy as he snuggled up in the duvet between his master and mistress ....
Dogs - This article has been reproduced courtesy of Sue Hopgood - Kiskoras Hungarian Pulik

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