PCA Breeder/Owner/Exhibitor Guidelines

The Puli Club of America, Inc. in accordance with the objectives of its Constitution, expects its members to use these guidelines in establishing a standard of conduct for themselves as owners, breeders, sellers and exhibitors of Pulik.  Every person who owns a Puli has an inherent responsibility to protect our breed.


  • Appropriate food, water, health care and shelter.
  • Emotional requirements of attention, affection and appropriate training.


  • Be well-informed about the Standard of our breed.
  • Be aware that the purpose of breeding is to maintain or improve the quality of the breed in accordance with the standard.
  • Use all available means such as knowledge of ancestors, and CHIC testing to determine that breeding stock is free of inheritable disease.  PCA required CHIC testing includes:
  1. OFA or Penn Hip for hips
  2. OFA for patella
  3. OFA Degenerative Myelopathy (DNA test)
  4. CERF (Canine Eye Registry) to be updated every 3 years

Additional tests that can be performed but are not required includes:

  1. OFA for elbows
  2. OFA for cardiac
  3. OFA for thyroid
  4. BAER (hearing) test
  • Obtain radiologically normal OFA/Penn Hip evaluation on all breeding stock before breeding.
  • Use only stock which is itself sound in body and temperament.
  • Breed only when in a position to properly care for the bitch and litter, recognizing that offspring might need housing for a considerable length of time.
  • Not breed a bitch at her first season, before the age of 2, nor breed her more than 2 out of 3 consecutive heat periods, taking the health of the bitch into consideration at all times.
  • Enter into all breeding arrangements with written contracts.
  • Keep accurate and thorough breeding records in full accordance with AKC requirements.
  • Prevent all breedings that are not carefully planned and provide adequate kenneling to prevent accidental or unplanned matings.
  • Insist that a visiting bitch be in the stud owner’s care and/or supervision before, through and until completion of estrus, so that accidental mating to another stud not occur.
  • Not substitute one stud for another without the knowledge and agreement of all parties.
  • Pay careful attention to physical and emotional needs of puppies produced.
  • Keep all puppies in the litter until they are a minimum of eight (8) weeks of age.
  • Be aware at all times that producing puppies is a commitment and they remain responsible for puppies they produce throughout the lifetime of those dogs.
  • Breeders are required to provide assistance to dogs of their breeding in need of re-homing, including taking the dogs back and fostering them until they can relocate them to a new home.


  • Maintain a reasonable price within one’s locale, which price should also be compatible with national prices.
  • Intelligently and honestly classify stock as show prospect, breeding prospect or pet.
  • Provide AKC papers with limited registration if the dog is a potential detriment to the breed.
  • Ascertain that the prospective owner has the knowledge, ability and facilities to properly care for a Puli.
  • Give the buyer an honest appraisal of coat management, physical, mental and nutritional needs peculiar to the breed.
  • Provide a pedigree of at least 3 generations, typed or written legibly.
  • Supply records to the buyer regarding immunization, feeding and instructions for future care.
  • Release only puppies which are in good health and guarantee the health of the puppy for a reasonable length of time.
  • Only release puppies after 8 weeks of age which is in keeping with most animal welfare laws.
  • Provide written contractual proof of sale and guarantees.  If registration papers are not yet available, a bill of sale, giving names and registration numbers of sire and dam and date of birth are required.
  • Avoid false and misleading advertising, including internet and websites.
  • Not sell or provide stock to pet shops or commercial kennels.
  • Not donate dogs, puppies or adults, for contests, raffles, or fund raising events.


  • Show and encourage the showing of high quality stock.
  • Exhibit only the most creditable ring deportment and accept the services of only those professional handlers whose behavior is exemplary.
  • Help the novice exhibitor and breeder.  Use kind, constructive and honest criticism.
  • Display good sportsmanship and conduct themselves, whether at home, traveling, at shows, or in hotels, in such a manner as to reflect credit upon the Puli Club of America, themselves and the Puli as a breed.
  • Exhibit dogs that are clean, in good physical condition and under control.

Updated March, 2012