Smart, docile, lively
The home country of the Mudi is Hungary. This spirited “Hungarian Shepherd Dog” is not very well known outside of its country of origin. The dog breed recognized by the FCI is classified in Group 1 “Shepherd and Cattle Dogs”, Section 1 “Shepherd Dogs (without working test)”. The intelligent and docile dog is an ideal family dog.FCI Group: Herding Dogs – Cattle Dogs
- Size: medium
- Weight: 11-15kg
- Life expectancy: 13-15 years
- Coat type: long hair
- Colours: fawn, black, ash, brown, white
The Mudi is a medium-sized dog. The size of males varies between 41 and 47 cm and females between 38 and 44 cm. Males weigh between 11 and 13 kg and females between 8 and 11 kg. This hardy breed has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
The different hair coat is typical for this breed.
The head and front of the legs have short smooth fur. The rest of the body is covered with a dense, slightly longer, wavy or curly coat.
The glossy coat comes in fawn, black, ash, brown, or white color variations. The black color is most commonly found among the Mudis. The Mudi should be monochromatic.
Small white markings are undesirable but are tolerated.
You will find a special coloring on the Mudi under the name Blue-merle. The fur is a dark or light bluish gray hue. In addition, the coat is black mottled, striped, spotted or brindle.
The Mudi has a compact build with a wedge-shaped head.
The shape of the head with the pricked ears and the alert eyes convey an intelligent and alert impression.
Usually this breed has a hanging tail. The end of the tail is slightly bent up or raised. Sometimes dogs can be born with a stumpy tail or without a tail. The FCI also accepts these dogs with birth defects as pedigree dogs.
The Mudi is used as a working dog in Hungary. They independently herd different types of livestock. It doesn’t matter whether it’s pigs, sheep or geese, the Mudi always controls these animals with his eyes and his voice.
The Mudi is a typical herding dog. They are extraordinarily smart and docile.
Despite his independent nature, he fits into his family without any problems. This lively and adaptable dog also has a sensitive side.
Aggression in the environment or during the training clearly unsettles him. He prefers to keep his distance from strangers. He is always loyal to his family and all of their four-legged friends.
He’s not aggressive. The Mudi loves to protect his family. Changes in the environment (garden, courtyard area) are loudly commented on.
This breed needs to be kept busy and challenged at all times. Especially as a family dog, there should be sufficient compensation through dog sports.
The sports agility, obedience, dog dancing or tournament dog sports are suitable for this.
Other options include using it as a companion dog when jogging, cycling or horseback riding. It is important with this dog breed that he sees “a meaning in his work”. Sufficient breaks protect against excessive behavior.
As in all other points, the diet of the Mudi is also completely uncomplicated. However, the amount of food should still be adjusted to the weight, age and activity level of the dog.
Appropriate high-quality food should be selected for puppies and young dogs. In this way you avoid deficiency symptoms in the joint and cartilage area.
The adult dog should be fed twice a day.
The amount and quality of food must be tailored to the physical activity of the Mudi.
At the same time, care must be taken to ensure that body weight does not increase. With this breed, too, every dog has an individual feed conversion rate.
With this original breed, care should be taken to ensure a high proportion of meat in the daily ration. Pay attention to the quality of the dry or wet food.
BARF with mineral additives is also suitable for the Mudi.
You can get help for the right diet from veterinarians, specialist shops and breeders. No matter which food you choose, there must always be enough fresh water available.
As you get older, you should switch to products specifically designed for older dogs. A feed change must be done slowly so that the stomach and intestines can get used to the new product.
Finally, don’t forget the calories in treats. The tasty reward during training and in everyday dog life can be reflected in the waist of the four-legged friend.
Caring for a Mudi is not time consuming. The soft and shiny fur does not tangle and is dirt-repellent. It is enough to regularly remove the dead hair with a brush or comb.
However, during the change of coat, you should brush out the coat every day. In this way you can stem the tide of “flying hair” in the apartment.
Mudi don’t generally have problems with their ears or teeth. A regular check of the erect ears is sufficient. If necessary, you can use an ear cleaner to gently clean the inner ear area. Please do not use a cotton swab.
Dry chews or dental care snacks are sufficient to prevent tartar formation.
You can periodically give the Mudi a real bone from the butcher. Marrow bones work well. They taste good, are used for dental care and keep the dog busy for a long time.
The use of toothpaste and toothbrush should definitely be practiced as a puppy so that the adult dog allows it.
The claws should be checked from time to time.
You should pay attention to whether the claws are sufficiently worn down or whether there are small injuries in the claw area. These robust dogs sometimes do not show minor injuries.
Older dogs can have problems with claws that are too long. You can easily correct this yourself with the claw scissors.
There are no known breed-specific diseases in this robust and original dog breed.
The origin of this breed is not clearly explained. This dog breed originated in Hungary during the 18th and 19th centuries. Various Hungarian cattle and herding dogs are represented in the Mudi with their genetic make-up.
Also, one finds some characteristics of small German shepherds in the appearance and behavior of the Mudi. Empress Maria-Theresa of Austria settled the Danube Swabians in Hungary in the 18th century.
This ethnic group brought their dogs with them to their new homeland. Among them were, for example, sheep poodles, shepherds or pomeranians. These small, prick-eared German herding dogs interbred with the local Hungarian herding dogs.
Already in 1815 you will find a description and a picture of a shepherd dog with prick ears. This recording with a picture can clearly be attributed to the current Mudi.
It is widely believed that the Mudi is closely related to the Puli and the Pumi. Sport dog breeding began in Hungary around 1900. From this point on, a third type of herding dog became known. In addition to the lop-eared and tipped-ear herding dogs, a group of prick-eared herding dogs was now widespread and recognized.
In 1936 the stud book of the Mudi was opened in Hungary.
The breed standard was set and the name of the breed was determined. Everything was organized by Mr. Dezsö Fenyes. The museum director from Balassagvarmat was enthusiastic about this type of herding dog.
The namesake of this breed was a black male with the typical exterior and the name Mudi.
The stud book is still open today. Dogs of this breed type are included in the breed registry. This also applies to copies without papers.
The Mudi requires a collar and/or a dog harness and a leash as normal accessories. Collar and harness should fit and not chafe.
In the living area you can provide your dog with its own dog bed or dog basket. Both lying options should give the dog enough space to stretch out.
For the intelligent and docile Mudi, mind games are an ideal change for his sporting activities.
With such games you can bridge periods of bad weather in the house.
The Mudi does not need protective clothing (dog coat or similar) to protect against the weather.
There are many ways to keep yourself busy in your own garden. Small hurdles and a tunnel as a course. A ball or frisbee to play with.
A paddling pool for the summer.
Other accessories depend on which dog sport you want to practice with your four-legged friend.
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