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Difference Between Komondor and Puli dog

Komondor vs Puli dog

At first glance, the Komondor and the Puli dogs might look the same and might attract attention due to their unique looks.

Both the Komondor and the Puli dog are breeds that originated in Hungary. In the old days, both the Komondor and the Puli dog were working dogs whose primary duty was to protect, safeguard, and herd the flock or livestock of a Hungarian farmer or shepherd. These dogs are well loved and are considered indispensable on the farm.

A great distinguishing factor of both breeds is their unique look – which consists of a coiled, wavy coat that looks like dreadlocks. The dogs’ coat protects the animals from hot and cold weather, vegetation, as well as enemies and predators. It is waterproof and has little or no shredding. The coat can be a problem in terms of grooming. Bathing a Komondor or Puli is a task. Drying the animal is also time-consuming since the individual cords must be dried properly to prevent mildew. Baths should be given in times of necessity, and the coat should never be brushed or combed. The individual cords must be separated by hand.

The coat of a Komondor is always white compared to the variety that a Puli has. Pulik (the plural form of Puli) can have white, black, or gray coats. The black coat is usually the best in hiding dirt while the white coat of the Komondor serves its purposes by blending with the sheep, a sleuthing ability from its herding days. Aside from the color of the coat, the Komondor and Puli differ in size. Everything about the Komondor is larger and more massive while the Puli is smaller in comparison. The weight of a Komondor is usually 130 pounds on a scale while the Puli only weighs about 25-30 pounds. The Puli is also shorter by a foot compared to the Komondor. The Puli’s smaller frame makes it more manageable in the grooming department.

As mentioned, the Puli and the Komondor used to work together in guarding and herding livestock. The Puli serves as the herd dog for the day while the Komondor takes the night shift. In case of large predators near the pack, the Puli often requires the help of the larger Komondor for both offense and defense.

Both dogs have similar and different traits. They share the following characteristics – protective, gentle, loyal, obedient, devoted, sensitive, loving, headstrong, tough, reliable, loves the outdoors and exercise, stubborn, independent, energetic and determined. The following traits are exclusive for the Komondor – lazy (since it is recovering sleep from the previous night’s shift), has predator control, serious, confident, commanding, territorial, aggressive, willful, smart, shows respect, easily bored, and starts a fight with other dogs. On the other hand, the Puli has its own traits like being quick, agile, intelligent, playful, calm, and a lack of aggression.

Both the Komondor and Puli are great as family pets since they protect the family and the home. They both can live from 10 to 12 years (the Puli can surpass that for longer years). Both breeds can have a litter of three puppies and can adapt to different climates. Both the Komondor and the Puli can have hip dysplasia. In addition, the Puli can have eye inflammation since its hair covers its eyes.


1.The Komondor is larger compared to the Puli. On the other hand, the Puli can have a variety of coats – black, white, and gray compared to the Komondor’s white coat.
2.As herding and guard dogs, the Puli takes the day shift while the Komondor is only on standby for a predator. In the night, the Komondor does the guarding.
3.The Komondor is heavier and taller compared to the Puli.
4.The Puli’s energetic and playful behavior is a contrast for the Komondor’s commanding, aggressive, and serious demeanor.

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