The Mudi originated in Hungary and is not yet well known outside its native country. He is highly valued by shepherds 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 Shepherd Dogs, Mudis are not gun shy.
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Mudi Breed Outline
Country of Origin: Hungary
Utilization: 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: Foundatiion Stock Service
Size: Medium (15-17.5 inches at shoulders)
Colors: Fawn, black, white, blue-merle (or black-speckled, e-striped, brindle or spotted on lighter or darker bluish-gray primary color), ash, and brown.
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Litter Size: 4-8
Life Span: 12-13 years
Grooming Requirements: 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.
Shedding: Mudis shed once or twice a year.
Personality: The Mudi is cheerful, always alert, watchful, loyal and balanced.
Suitability for Children: Excellent with children
Exercise Needs: 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.
Train Ability: 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.