The Hungarian Puli, or Pulik if more than one, is a recognizable breed because of their dreadlocks. Many people refer to them as mop dogs and find these small herding dogs quite interesting. The cords on the Hungarian Puli do require a lot of attention making this dog a somewhat high maintenance breed. In their native Hungary, people do not call the Puli a dog because of their great intelligence and charming demeanor. The Hungarian Puli loves to play games and is known to play tricks on their owners. They are also a compassionate dog able to sense people’s moods making them excellent therapy dogs.
Hungarian Puli Dog Names in Pop Culture
With televised dog shows becoming more popular and the viewing audience becoming larger, people are learning more and more about the different dog breeds that are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Hungarian Puli is one such dog that most people would not know anything about without first seeing them on the television participating in a dog show. Preston, or Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky, is a Hungarian Puli that millions of people saw competing in several different televised dog shows. Preston is an AKC BISS/BIS Silver Grand Champion and an Australian BIS Supreme Champion. Preston’s breeder, Sue Huebner, and co-owner, Penny Kelly, take turns handling Preston. He was born in Australia and began his show career when he was only 12 weeks old and surprisingly won Best in Show. Preston has many prestigious Pulik in his pedigree including Cordmaker One Spy Too Many, Cordmaker Mississippi Mud, and Cordmaker Tennessee Waltz. Preston began showing in the United States in October of 2015 and continued showing across the U.S. until January 2018. In 2015, Preston attended the Puli Club of America’s 50th anniversary specialty show where he won Best in Show. He was named the number one Puli in the U.S. in 2015. 2016 was just as successful for Preston where he was named the number one dog all breed, the number one Herding Group winner, and the number one Puli. He also attended the AKC/Royal Canin National Championship and won Best in Show. His successes in 2016 also included Best in Show winner at the Puli Club of America specialty, Show Dog of the Year: Best in Show winner, Show Dog of the Year: Herding Group winner, Purina Pro Plan Champion’s Cup winner, and a Herding Group four at Westminster. Preston kept his winning streak going in 2017 by being named the number two dog all breeds, the number one Herding Group winner, and the number one Puli. He once again attended the AKC/Royal Canin National Championship and won first place in the Herding Group. Preston was Show Dog of the Year: Herding Group winner and Purina Pro Plan Champion’s Cup winner. He brought home a Herding Group second place at Westminster.
While in the U.S., Preston was named in the “Canine Chronicle” Herding Group Hall of Fame as the number six dog of all time. He was also featured in the “Canine Chronicle” as the number three dog of all time in the Herding Owner Handler Group Hall of Fame. Preston holds the high honor of being named the top winning Hungarian Puli in breed history. He has been awarded 178 all breed Best in Show wins and holds over 440 Herding Group firsts. In 2018, Preston was named the number one dog all breeds, all systems in Australia. He was also named the number one Working Dog, number one Puli, and West Australia’s number one dog all breeds. Preston went on to compete at the Sydney Royal Championship Show in 2018 and won Best in Show. This show is the largest show in Australia and is comparable to Crufts in the U.K. and Westminster in the U.S.
Hungarian Puli Dog Name Considerations
Fans of Preston, the top winning Hungarian Puli in the United States and Australia, may decide to add a Puli to their family and name them Preston. Then there are those who are fanatical about preserving the history of the Hungarian Puli and will choose a name that is steeped in Hungarian history. There are many names that are popular in Hungary that are easy to pronounce and are unique enough that no other dog or person will have that same name. Look for names that not similar to commands that will be used in your Hungarian Puli’s training; this will cause confusion for your new puppy.
Also, make sure you are not picking a name that another dog in the neighborhood already possesses; play dates at the dog park could become rather confusing for both canines. The Hungarian Puli is a trickster and they love playing games and trying to trick their owners. Take the time to get to know your new Hungarian Puli’s personality before settling on a name, there may be a specific personality quirk that helps you find the perfect name. Research the meanings of the names you are considering, it may be that you are not fond of the meaning of the name you are thinking about for your new puppy.