Temperament Testing

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Temperament is critical to how your Puli functions at home, at the show and out in the world.  We often believe our Puli has a fantastic temperament, but few of us take the time to enter the temperament test.  Only a small number of Pulis have earned the TT (Temperament Tested) title from the American Temperament Test Society (www.atts.org). 

For members who have their eye on a Versatile Puli award, the TT title is one of the achievements that helps your Puli qualify.

From the ATTS web site at www.atts.org/testdesc.html:

“The ATTS Temperament Test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat.

“The test simulates a casual walk through a park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog’s ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions.

“Dogs must be at least 18 months old to enter this test. The test takes about eight to 12 minutes to complete. The dog is on a loose six-foot (6′) lead. The handler is not allowed to talk to the dog, give commands, or give corrections.

“Failure on any part of the test is recognized when a dog shows:

  • Unprovoked aggression

  • Panic without recovery

  • Strong avoidance”

Visit the ATTS web site to learn more about the test and where and when it is offered.

The ATTS has recorded the following titles for the Puli breed:

Title # Name Owner Date of Test
TT-1-PUL CH Csillaghegyi Buksi, CD Mrs. Ilona Helwig 7/19/1981
TT-2-PUL Shana’s Furge Lurko Balducci Dave & Marge Gladd 9/26/1982
TT-3-PUL CH Zsiga’s Feketre Kis Tigris, CD Ned & Dodie Atkins 4/3/1983
TT-4-PUL Pugy of Dary Moor, CD Dr. Bruce & Jean Jaslow 7/8/1984
TT-5-PUL CH Bowmaker’s Honey Bear Dr. Bruce & Jean Jaslow 7/8/1984
TT-6-PUL Prydain O’ Jiminey Cricket, CD PC Sandi Potts 7/7/1985
TT-7-PUL Pebbletree’s X Taborozo, CD Marge Wulf 8/20/1985
TT-8-PUL CH Pebbletree’s Erdemes, CDX Elizabeth Keller 8/20/1985
TT-9-PUL Belrob Hobortos Dyna-mite D.Hobor/J.Vance/ M.Connery/J.Belanger 9/16/1989
TT-10-PUL Joli-Yadi Fekete Zafir Richard Burch & Marynelle Clark 9/16/1989
TT-11-PUL Joli-Yadi Fekete Sabesz Richard Porter 9/16/1989
TT-12-PUL Am/Can CH Munchkin Bokar Shake Em Up Maggie Snell 7/7/1991
TT-13-PUL BISS CH Mt Hood’s Gomboc of Tordor, CD, HT, HC, CGC Barbara Stelz & Bill Hiett 10/9/1993
TT-14-PUL CH Bow Down Lazarus Come Forth Nola Johnson 5/10/1997
TT-15-PUL Prydain Eumenida (Princess) Susan Robison 9/18/1998
TT-16-PUL CH Tordor’s Kirivo Kirohanas CD, PT, MX, AXJ, CGC James Moen & Catharine Pronzini 7/20/2002
TT-17-PUL GooseBerry Hill Ultra Csoda CD, MX, AXJ, CGC Catharine Pronzini & James Moen 7/20/2002
TT-18-PUL CH Tordor Accordingly ILUVULU OA, OAJ Beverly & Don Zeman 7/21/2002
TT-19-PUL CH Tordor’s The Divine Miss M Barbara Stelz 7/21/2002
TT-20-PUL Bowmaker T Csikos Scott R. Lewis 6/29/2003