The original name of the Mudi is Canis Ovilis Fenyesi. It is named by its creator Dr. Dezsõ Fényes. The breed was established in Hungary probably in the 18th - 19th century by crossing various dogs with protruding ears. The shepherds quickly appreciated the qualities of the dog to guard and keep herds of cattle. This breed is also used to track boars and hunting small pests.
During World War II this dog almost disappeared, but with the efforts of lovers of this breed, it was created almost anew, using crossings with the Border Collie, Puli (another Hungarian breed) and a Belgian Shepherd. However, it is rare in its own homeland, and puppies for sale cannot be found anywhere else.
The Mudi is a family dog, great guard and a companion.
In 1936 the first Hungarian standard was published and FCI recognized the breed in 1966.
The Mudi is a medium-sized shepherd dog with a lively temperament. The head is impressive, the eyes are round, slightly sloping, dark brown. The ears have a triangular shape, the tail is pointing down. The hair on the head and limbs is short, straight and smooth. Body hair is 5-7 cm long, dense, curly and shiny. The coloration is glossy black or white, but there are versions with white base and black stripes or black with white stripes.
The average weight is between 35 and 47 cm and the weigh between 8 and 13 kg.
Character and behavior
This breed is obedient, smart and easy to tame. It can hunt wild boars and can be used as a guard dog and companion. The Mudi protects the herds and does its job with persistence and perseverance. It is always fun and cheery. It is well known for its bravery and devotion.
This is faithfully devoted, gentle and sporty dog. Its favorite sports are agility and flyball.
Training and education
The Mudi should be trained from very young age, considering the fact that this breed is very active and energetic. Puppies should learn to perform certain commands from the beginning. Otherwise, they will begin to play and ignore the commands of their master, and this will cause a lot of trouble. This dog’s training requires patience, because it is very energetic by its nature and cannot stay in one place.
Grooming and care
The Mudi can be raised in a house or in the apartment, but you must provide it with the necessary dose of games and exercise. These dogs are able to run and jump for hours.
The coat should be brushed every day to keep it clean. The ears and nails should be pruned regularly.
The appetite of this breed is moderate.
This is a very healthy dog, without any hereditary diseases. It can live up to 14 years, sometimes even more than 15 years.
Children and other pets
This dog can easily and seamlessly coexist with small children. The representatives of this breed are strongly attached to one master. They are suspicious of strangers, making them good watchdogs.
Mudi gets along well with other animals, especially if they grew up together.
The owners of these dogs praise their nature and claim that they are rarely in a bad mood.
Hungarian urban and border police use Mudi as a working dog, and in Finland and the United States it is often used as a dog rescuer to detect people in the mountains or to sniff out narcotics.
There are two beautiful specimens in the Budapest Zoo. They are in the kid's section and are one of the favorite attractions in the park.