A Hungarian herding dog, the Mudi is a popular show dog due to its adaptivity and versatility. An excellent guard and herder, the Mudi can easily handle flocks of up to 500 animals. By nature, it is intelligent, alert and keen. It has a wedge-shaped head, erect ears, and a long bobtail.
History and Origin
The Mudi’s origins are somewhat shrouded in mystery. As a breed, it was discovered by Dr Fényes Dezső in 1936, from whom the Mudi got its Latin name CanisOvilis Fenyesi. The Mudi s believed to have originated around the 15th and 16th centuries. Related to the Puli and Pumi breeds, it was separated from them as a separate breed by Dr. Fenyes.
The population of Mudis, also known as “Driver dogs”, was greatly reduced during World War II, when they were killed by the invading armies of Germany and, later, Russia. The soldiers found it difficult to enter properties guarded by Mudi dogs and would shoot them on sight. After the war, concerted breeding raised their numbers, but the Mudi remains a relatively rare dog. The breed is a popular choice for work, sport, as a family pet and for show.
Mudi Appearance, Colour, and Size
A medium-sized dog, the Mudi typically stands at 15 to 19 inches at the withers and weighs between 18 to 29 pounds. With a wedge-shaped fox-like head, it has a medium wavy coat. Colors vary from black, gray, brown, red, white, fawn, ash, and marbling of black and gray called “cifra”.
Mudi dogs (Hungarian plural Mudik) are born with floppy ears, which become erect as the puppy matures. The way the Mudi’s ears turn makes one think of satellite dishes.
Mudi Characteristics and Temperament
As a breed, the Mudi is a lively, intelligent dog. It is extremely playful. As with all herding dogs, Mudi is very protective of their family, flock and home. They are naturally suspicious of strangers. Early training and socialization are important for this breed. They need lots of daily exercises and are very good with children.
Mudi is an excellent herding dog and is also great hunters and rodent exterminators. They are powerful and courageous and remain alert at all times. They are very affectionate and make excellent companions, following their owners everywhere. Their playfulness and agility make them good show dogs, very capable of taking part in events like agility sports, obedience, tracking, herding competitions, and showmanship. Mudi dogs get along well with other pets, especially when brought up together and properly socialized. They don’t do very well in large packs and are therefore not suitable for homes with many pets.
Mudi dogs have a loud, high-pitched bark, making them good guard dogs. The owner, however, must train them to stop barking at command because they can become a nuisance, especially in urban environments. They are not naturally suited to confined environments but can be trained to live in apartments, as long as they get their daily exercise. Mudis require a lot of space to play so carers in apartments need to come up with indoor activities and games like fetch and hide and seek. A neglected Mudi becomes bored quickly and can become very destructive.
hey are curious and tend to wander, so a large, securely fenced yard is the best environment for a Mudi. Because they are natural herders and hunters, Mudi dogs should always be kept on a leash during walks.
Mudi dogs are easy to train for a host of activities other than herding and hunting. They are quick to learn tricks and games. Mudi is also a good therapy dog.
The Mudi breed is generally healthy. They may, however, experience hip dysplasia, cataracts, patellar luxation, epilepsy, and elbow dysplasia.
Grooming and Shedding
With a medium-length way coat, the Mudi breed is relatively easy to groom. Regular grooming is recommended for dogs that have an active, outdoor life, which describes the Mudi perfectly.
Mudi Breeders and Price
With litters of 5 – 10 puppies, breeders charge between $800 to $1000 per pup, taking into consideration the purity of the litter. It is advisable to visit a number of breeders when looking for a Mudi dog. While many may be accessed online, it is better to find a breeder locally so you can visit them in person.
Adopting a rescued dog is a good option if the breeders’ prices are out of range. It is a very fulfilling experience and prices range between $50 and $400. Mudi rescue centers can be found all over Europe, North America, and Asia.
Did You Know?
It is a well-known fact that people with dogs in the family tend to be happier. Recent research in Sweden has also shown that dog owners who live alone and experience a heart attack tend to recover faster than people without dogs. The study covered over 4.5 million people. The effect can be attributed to the affection between dog and owner and also the fact that owners tend to have more physical exercise playing and walking with their dogs. They also tend to be more social, having a conversation with other people while out with their dog.