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The Puli in Canada
The first Puli in Canada was a German-bred dog, Ch Adolar von der Herlingsberg CDX, who accompanied his owner Mrs R.D. McLellan when she moved from Germany to Montreal in 1948. Mrs McLellan helped to found a club encompassing all the Hungarian breeds, and was its secretary. She was also the club's newsletter editor and succeeded in persuading many prominent Puli experts to contribute articles to it.
The history of the Puli in Canada was somewhat patchy for many years, with no really prominent dogs or breeders, just the occasional dog or owner doing quite well for a short time but then disappearing without making any lasting contributions. Terry and Stephanie Horan emigrated to Canada from the UK in 1974, bringing their Immerzu Pulis, and have played a key role in the Canadian Puli world with many champions, group winners, and top producers. They helped to start the Puli Club of Alberta in 1975, which was renamed Puli Canada a few years later to reflect the growing national interest in the club.
A handful of Pulis have won a Best in Show in Canada, and were all imports or owned by visiting American exhibitors until 1999, when Ch Kirasdream Anji of Immerzu became the first Canadian-bred, and also the first bitch, to take that honour. She was owned by Ann Tober of Edmonton, Alberta. Bernie and Bobbie Silverman of Toronto have owned several BIS winning Pulis in recent years, including Ch Fuzzy Farm Csibész Checker, an American-bred male, and Ch Kalácsos Muci, a white Hungarian-bred bitch.
The Puli remains a comparatively rare breed in both the USA and Canada, but has a loyal and devoted following determined to keep this unique breed a sound and eye-catching little sheepdog.