Breed Category: Herding
Country of Origin: Hungary
Average Size: 35-45 cm (at the withers)
Average Weight: 8-14 kg
Average Life Span: 12-14 years
Grooming Requirements: Low
Exercise Requirements: High
The Mudi is a multipurpose breed of dog that excels in herding livestock, hunting small animals and guarding property. This skillful breed hails from Hungary and is very similar to the Puli. It gained recognition as a distinct breed in the early to mid 20th century, shortly after its development. Its proper name is Canis Ovilis Fenyesi.
Despite its immense talent as a working dog, the Mudi is not a well-known breed throughout the world. It is even considered rare in its native Hungary, though most farmers and owners who work with Mudis give the breed high praise.
The Mudi has a distinct thick coat with a slightly curly texture. The fur is particularly full around the back legs and tail. Though all Mudis have a characteristically slender face, long muzzle and large, erect ears, the coat colouring of this breed is unrestricted and varies greatly. It is most commonly seen in black, white, or fawn, though a merle pattern, red, brown or gray colouring are also characteristic of this breed. Its coat is quite low-maintenance, only requiring brushing for removal of dead hair and to keep the coat healthy.
This breed’s eyes are usually brown, though merles may have blue eyes. Though its tail is usually long and expressive, some Mudis are born without a tail while others have theirs docked in countries that allow it. The breed averages 35-45 cm in height and 8-14 kg in weight.
As with most herding dogs, the Mudi has considerably high exercise needs. This breed will not be happy or healthy spending a great deal of time indoors. It thrives when it is at work herding livestock, though it can certainly adapt to other activities that will challenge it both physically and mentally. Agility exercises such as obedience and Frisbee, as well as long walks with varying routes, are an option for keeping this breed in good shape.
This intelligent and courageous breed is a quick learner and may become high-strung and destructive if it is not properly stimulated. It is not a breed suitable for flat dwelling and works best on a farm. When the Mudi is fulfilled, it makes a remarkable companion, as it is fiercely loyal and quite affectionate with its owner. It will protect its family, as well as its home, against any threat, big or small. Properly socialising this breed from an early age will help to ensure that it does not become uneasy around or unfriendly towards strangers, children or other animals.
This breed has tremendous stamina and hardiness, so it is not surprising that it is a breed largely free of known health problems. It may experience hip dysplasia or strained muscles from working, though they are at not predisposed to these conditions. The rarity of the Mudi helps to ensure its good health, as does responsible breeding.
The average Mudi lives an average of 12-14 years.
Mudi Dog Organisations in Australia
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Mudi Dog Organisations in the UK
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