When caring for the naturally forming Zotthaar coat, one must forget everything one has ever heard about hair care in dogs. The Puli skin of a puppy is initially only cared for with the hands. When the animal is older, the owner only needs scissors later. Until the age of about 10 months, the only care you can give your puppy is to massage the skin with your hands extensively, i.e. to scratch the dog. You can already take the forming hair tips between thumb and forefinger of both hands and pull them apart up to the skin.
Maintenance of the cord begins
With sexual maturity, the Puli begins to shed the baby's hair in the form of delicate fluff. At the same time the growing hair begins to mat from the skin. The now required cord (pulling the hair ends apart) will now begin. With you take the twisted hairs into each other and divide them by pulling them apart. In this phase you determine the thickness of the cords. When doing this, you must ensure that the cord is not applied too thinly. Otherwise, they'll abort. Depending on the structure of the coat, the baby's coat may be removed between the cord. This is how the cords are created, which go down to the skin. It is relatively difficult to describe the corddress. So we made a video that says more than a thousand explanations.
However, it does make sense to talk to an experienced Puli owner and have the corddress shown. In the process, a large number of questions are clarified all by themselves. You are welcome to visit us at one of the many Puli meetings or join us on Puli walks. Of course we would be happy to show you how to shag. Then you will also see very different coat structures. However, the cord always remains the same.
The cord are on, now follows the normal coat care
With a well-applied cord structure, you only have to make sure that the cord are taken apart again down to the skin. Otherwise, the regrowing coat would form a coat plate, because the living hairs rotate around the dead hairs. If you take a villi in each hand and slowly pull it in the opposite direction, you will separate the hairs that have grown together at the bottom. The shaggies have gotten a little longer. During this time occasional regrowth is sufficient. Often this is offered in the context of a cuddling action in front of the television.
The Puli is only bathed if it has rolled in faeces or similar or if it has soiled its bottom in case of diarrhoea. Otherwise, it is up to the visual and olfactory perception of the owner how often the Puli is bathed. Normally it is sufficient to wash the Puli twice a year. Normal, regreasing hair shampoo is sufficient, in case of contamination by mud or soil clear water is sufficient. In fully-haired males it is advisable to occasionally wash the lower cord in the abdomen area briefly.
An adult Puli loses almost no more hair, a possibly tearing off villi can be easily lifted.
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In the area of the paws, the hair should be cut back occasionally so that no matting forms under the pads. The auricles should be checked and cleaned if necessary. This should be done at all with every dog with drooping ears. If there is a lot of hair in the ears, it is advisable to pluck it out. Address your Züchter to it. He will gladly demonstrate all this to you on his own dogs.
What husbandry conditions does a Puli need? The Puli needs the close contact to his family, which replaces his pack. He is not suitable as a kennel dog, which does not mean that he does not like to be outside. A life as a house dog with free run in the garden, that pleases the shaggy animal best. If you cannot offer him a garden, you must be prepared to take him out for a walk several times a day. If you have one or more dogs, the changeover and acclimatisation will be easier for your Puli and he will quickly become the guardian of the pack. A part of the education and movement is then taken over by the pack, which contributes to a relief.
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