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Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor" Compare Puli and Kuvasz. Which is better: Puli or Kuvasz or Komondor?
Name Puli Kuvasz Komondor
OriginsHungary Hungary Hungary
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank142157163
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Other Names Hungarian Puli, Hungarian Water Dog, Puli Dog, Puli Kutya, Pulik Hungarian Kuvasz Mop Dog, Hungarian Sheepdog, Hungarian Komondor
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set No set
Price $1000-$1200 $500-$1200 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor

Size Medium Giant Large
Weight Male: 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg), Female: 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg) Male: 106-137 pounds (48-62 kg), Female: 82-110 pounds (37-50 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 30 pounds (13.5 kg), Female: 25 pounds (11.5 kg) Male: 121 pounds (40 kg), Female: 96 pounds (48,5 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg)
Height Male: 16-17½ inches (41-46 cm), Female: 14½-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 16-17.5 inches (43.5 cm), Female: 14.5-16 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm)

Hair & Care - Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor

Coat Dense Curly Wavy Thick Double Woolly Ribbon Tangled Heavy Corded Dense Wavy Double Coarser Topcoat Moderately Harsh Slightly Stiff Finer Downy Undercoat Thick Coarser Topcoat Finer Undercoat Shaggy Dense Wavy Corded
Colors White Cream Silver Brown Black White White Ivory
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Kuvasz requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Komondor requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Pulis shed none to minimal.
Kuvaszs shed above average.
Komondors shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor

Temperament Agile Faithful Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Smart Home-Loving Clownish Intelligent Patient Independent Loyal Protective Brave Fearless Self-Confident Faithful Dependable Affectionate Fearless Independent Calm Gentle Steady
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Puli's has great intelligence.
Average: Kuvasz's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Pulis are easy to train.
Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability.
Komondors are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Puli is a playful breed.
Kuvaszs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Komondors, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Kuvaszs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Pulis are highly affectionate dogs.
Kuvaszs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Komondors are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Pulis need for social interaction is average.
Kuvaszs need for social interaction is average.
Komondors need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average to high: The Puli is a vocal breed.
Average: The Kuvasz barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Komondor is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Pulis are one of the best watchdogs.
Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs.
Komondors are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Pulis are extremely protective guard dogs.
Kuvaszs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Komondors are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Puli has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Komondor has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pulis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kuvaszs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Komondors have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pulis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Kuvaszs have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Komondor is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Pulis have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Kuvaszs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Komondors have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Pulis are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Komondors are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Pulis adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Kuvaszs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Komondors adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor

Stranger Friendly
Pulis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Kuvaszs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Komondors are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pulis are kid-friendly dogs.
Kuvaszs are kid-friendly dogs.
Komondors are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pulis are average friendly towards cats.
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards cats.
Komondors are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pulis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Komondors are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Puli is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Kuvasz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Komondor is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pulis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Kuvaszs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Komondors are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pulis are generally with other pets.
Kuvaszs are generally with other pets.
Komondors are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Pulis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Kuvaszs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Komondors are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Puli breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Kuvasz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Komondor breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor

Health Issues
The Puli is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Komondor is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Bloat Eye Diseases Hip Dysplasia Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy Osteochondrosis Thyroid Disorder No set
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Pulis are high energy dogs.
Kuvaszs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Komondors have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Pulis need quite a lot of exercise.
Kuvaszs need a lot of exercises.
Komondors have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Pulis don't need too much sleep.
Kuvaszs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Komondors like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Komondor can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Puli has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Komondor has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Puli is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Kuvasz is an average drooler.
The Komondor is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Puli vs Kuvasz vs Komondor

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 8-12 puppies 3-10 puppies

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