Black, white, red, brown, gray, bread-pale, and fallow. There is also a very rare color (blue-merle) which is dark or light gray and mixed with a black, spotted, striped, stained, marbly color. (The potential coat colors are actually limitless with this breed.)
A curly coated, Hungarian herding dog
5 to 10
Dogs: 20-30 pounds
Bitches: 18-27 pounds
Dogs: 14-20 inches
Bitches: 12-18 inches
Canis Ovilis Fenyesi, Hungarian Mudi
Hungary, around 1900
FCI Group I.: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
The Mudi has a long head with a pointed nose. Usually its tail is docked, but it is not unusual for the puppies to be born without a tail. The Hungarian herdsman’s dogs were all classified together until the 1930’s when Dr Dezso Fenyesi separated the Mudi from the Puli and Pumi.
This rural breed does not appear to be the result of planned breeding; it was formed spontaneously and is only about one hundred years old. It is rare, even in its country of origin, Hungary. Without the intervention of dedicated breeders, it would be in danger of extinction.
The Hungarian Mudi is truly a rare dog. The few owners who employ and favor the Mudi find it incomparable. It has served as a flock guardian, sheep herder, cow herder, guard dog, hunter of wild animals, killer of mice and weasels and as a companion.
This breed is highly intelligent, it can learn as quickly as a Border Collie or even faster. This dog is extremely powerful and courageous, is afraid of nothing, not even wild boar, which it can overpower quickly. It makes a good watchdog and guard dog; it will defend both property and person; it doesn’t trust strangers. It is very loving and gentle in the family and makes an excellent companion dog. It will do okay with children if it is raised with them from puppyhood.
Mudis is friendly with other dogs and will do okay with non-canine pets if they are raised together from puppyhood or properly introduced as a new pet in the home. It is a friendly, obedient and playful dog, but can sometimes be noisy. This breed likes to feel independent; it is capable of handling its own flock without the assistance of a third paw.
In Finland it is used as mountain-rescue dogs. This is a very active breed; it needs a lot of running and other exercises to be in a good condition. This dog loves to play and will excel in all kinds of sports such as fly ball and Frisbee.
The dense, wavy coat is about 2 inches (5 cm.) long with glossy hair that forms tufts. It is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs. This breed is an average shedder.
This is a fairly healthy breed, although some cases of hip dysplasia have occurred, but not many. To help prevent the chance of hip or elbow dysplasia developing make sure your dog is on a healthy, well proportioned diet, and avoid excessive running and jumping while still a puppy as this can be hard on the developing joints. However, to make sure that you get a healthy puppy, you should buy a puppy from a reputable Mudi breeder.
Mudi are still moderately active even if kept indoors. They can live in an apartment as long as they are regularly taken out for walks and given the chance to exercise from time to time. However, it is still best to provide them a place where they can freely run and play.This breed is very much a working breed by nature and can live outdoors.
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