About the Mudi Dog Breed
The Mudi (pronounced “moodie”) is a rare dog breed which was first developed in 19th Century Hungary as a herding dog. It is most recognized for its active nature and superior prowess during sporting events such as dog agility trials, flyball and herding trials.
Mudi Physical Characteristics
The Mudi is a medium-sized dog with a wedge-shaped head and pricked ears. The breed’s body has a distinctive sloping toward the rear.
Although black is most predominant color for the breed, they can also be found in white, brown, gray, yellow and merle.
Mudi dogs that are brindle, red merle, black and tan, and yellow with a black mask are not currently accepted as part of the current FCI (Federation Cynologique International) breed standard, according to the Mudi Club of America (MCA).
The Mudi has wavy to curly hair on most the body, with short and straight hair on the head and front of the legs. They are light-to-average shedders with an easy to wash coat, which requires brushing about once a week.
Mudi Personality and Temperament
The Mudi is generally considered a friendly and playful dog, especially around people they know and trust. According to the MCA, the breed is also very easy to train.
Things to Consider
Due to their lineage as herding dogs, the breed is known as a “barker” – barking at just about everything. However, this may be resolved with a certified dog trainer.
Ideal Living Conditions
Mudis need daily long walks or brisk jogs. They also thrive well when they can run around in large areas or play sports like Frisbee or flyball.
The Mudi is a very active dog breed, requiring daily long walks or brisk jobs as well as a lot of daily activity and exercise.
The Mudi, which has an average life span of 12-14 years, is generally considered a healthy breed. According to the MCA, though rare, there have been instances of hip dysplasia and epilepsy in the breed.
Mudi History and Background
The early history of the Mudi, according to the MCA, is similar to that of the Pumi and Puli. They probably were interbred with other sheepdogs in Hungary during the 19th century – a time in which Hungarian sheepdogs were divided into simple large and small categories.
However it wasn’t until 1930 when Dr. Deszö Fényesi, director of the museum in Balassagyarmat, that the breed would branch out fully as a dog breed. Dr. Fényesi gave the breed the name Mudi; he also issued the first breed standard it.
In 1966, Dr. Zoltan Balassy applied and was granted FCI recognition of the Mudi breed using a new breed standard that was based on only a handful of Mudis. Two more standards would be widely recognized for the Mudi—one in 2000 and another in 2004, which is what is currently used today.