The Mudi originated in Hungary and is not yet well known outside its native country. Shepherds highly value them for being able to herd large cattle. Mudis are also very useful on a farm where they kill rats and guard property. Being highly trainable and fearless, these dogs are sometimes used for retrieving birds and hunting boars. Like the famous German Shepherds, Mudis are not gun shy.
At A Glance
Country of Origin:
The Mudi has many talents which are used for herding livestock, drug searching, and guarding property.
FCI Classification: Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs). Section 1: Sheepdogs. Without working trial.
AKC Classification: Foundation Stock Service
Medium (15 – 17.5 inches at shoulders)
Fawn, black, white, blue-merle (or black-speckled, e-striped, brindle or spotted on lighter or darker bluish-gray primary color), ash, and brown.
4 – 8
12 – 13 years
The Mudi’s coat is coarse and water-proof. The hair doesn’t mat. Bathe only when the coat becomes dirty. Give special attention to places where the coat is long, such as the ears and tail.
Mudis shed once or twice a year.
The Mudi is cheerful, always alert, watchful, loyal and balanced.
Suitability for Children:
Excellent with children
This is an active breed and daily exercise is a must. Sufficient daily exercise must include free run in a large area, or retrieving a ball.
Very easy to train. However, being strong-willed and independent, the Mudi needs firm and consistent training from an early age.
Health & Behavioral Issues:
The Mudi is a very healthy breed with no hereditary diseases documented so far. There have been only a few reports about skin allergies.