- The Mudi has a wedgeshaped head with a pointed nose.
- The jaws are muscular with a scissors bite.
- The skull is convex with a well-marked stop.
- The eyes are oval and dark brown.
- The ears are erect in the shape of an upside-down "V".
- It has a deep thorax.
- Mudi can be born without tail or a shorter tail.
- The back is straight and rather long.
- The hind legs are surprisingly wide set.
- The hair on the muzzle is short, becoming bristly toward the ears. Its dense, wavy to curly coat is about 2 inches (5 cm.) long with glossy hair that forms tufts.
- Coat colors include black, white, red, brown, gray, bread-pale, and fallow.
- There is also a rare color called "cifra" (blue-merle) which is dark or light gray and mixed with a black, spotted, striped, stained, marbly color.
- The Mudi is truly a rare dog.
- The few owners who employ and favor the Mudi find him incomparable. His seemingly unending list of talents combined with his pleasant disposition and good looks makes him a top dog among canines.
- Highly intelligent, they can learn as quickly as Border Collies or even faster. So the owner need to keep up with a Mudi. They do learn fast but they do learn the "bad things" as fast. If you not a active owner a Mudi can be bored and learn things on his own.
- Extremely powerful and courageous
- the Mudi is afraid of nothing, not even wild boar, which it can overpower quickly.
- It makes a good guard dog. It is very loving and gentle in the family and has therefore gained appreciation as a companion dog that, if the need arises, will defend both property and person.
- Within the family it also has a tendency to bond with one particular person.
- Mudis can be wary of strangers. Socialize them well preferably at a young age. They are not aggressive when they meet someone they do not know; they just need to get accustomed to them.
- They will do okay with children if they are treated in such a way that they see humans above them in the pack order.
- Mudi are friendly with other dogs and will be okay with non-canine pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood or properly introduced as a new pet in the home.
- It is an obedient and playful companion
- Mudi will do very well with a job to do.
- They need an owner who knows how to properly communicate the rules
- They need an owner who has time for daily exercise.
The similarity to primitive behaviours has many points for the owner who fully understands to benefit from it. On the other hand the breed hardly can be recommended for the beginner. It´s much to easy to go wrong and make the mudi develop just the characteristics that definitely not fits together with our society.
- The instinct to watch/guard, which regards as valuable in Hungary, has to be restrained and taken care of in time, in a correct way. Situations can occur which can be hard for an inexperienced dogowner.
- Mudi has sharpness to use when it guards and therefore there is every reason for trying to moderate that characteristic. In Hungary the mudi brings up so that those characteristics are strengthened.
- A mudi must early in life learn when, and at what, it´s allowed to bark. In between it must be quiet, or at least very low-voiced. One will probably always hear a suppressed "moff" out of a mudi-hroat when it sees something the owner should be noticed about.
- You all the time have to be ahead, to have fantasy, a lot of humor and ability enough to imagine how different situations can make the mudi react. If you know nothing about dogs behaviour it´s difficult to forestall a mudi, who sees, learns and acts swift as a lightning.
- Height: 14-20 inches (38-47 cm.)
- Weight: 18-29 pounds (8-13 kg.)
This is a fairly healthy breed, although a few cases of hip dysplasia have occurred.
- The Mudi can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised tho it is very active breed.
- They need to be taken on a daily, long, brisk walk or jog, where they are made to heel beside or behind the human holding the leash, as in a dogs eyes, the pack leader leads the way.
- They need a lot of running and other exercises to be in good condition.
- They love to play and will excel in all kinds of sports such as flyball and Frisbee.
Life Expectancy is about 13-14 years.
- The Mudi is easy to groom.
- An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs.
- This breed is an average shedder.
Origin The Mudi's full name is Canis Ovilis Fenyesi (Dr Dezso Fenyesi separated Mudi from the Puli and Pumi). The Hungarian herdsman's dogs were all classified together until the 1930's when the Mudi was separated from the Puli and Pumi. This all-purpose rural breed does not appear to be the result of planned breeding. The breed formed spontaneously and is only about one hundred years old. It is rare, even in Hungary - its country of origin.
Its conformation stabilized in the early 1900's and its standards were written down according to these original traits. Perhaps much of the reason for the rareness of this breed can be attributed to the ever-present Puli and Komondor - older and more popular Hungarian working breeds. Perhaps the least known of all Hungarian dogs, it is noted for the multiplicity of its uses both inside and outside its native land.
- It has served as a flock guardian
- sheep, pig and cow herder
- guard dog
- hunter of wild animals
- killer of mice and weasels
- He is capable of handling his own flock without the assistance of a third paw.
Without the intervention of dedicated breeders, it would be in danger of extinction.