The Mudi is a Hungarian dog which is extremely rare in the UK. It’s a gorgeous breed, though - affectionate, loyal, energetic, playful and unapologetically protective of its family. They were bred as herding dogs and are still commonly used on Hungarian farms today. Due to their herding background, the Mudi is a very vocal breed and excessive barking is a common problem. However, other than that, this is a highly intelligent, loving breed who makes a lovely, trustworthy and obedient family pet.
Key facts about the Mudi
Life expectancy :
Temperament :Intelligent Hunter
Origins and history
The Mudi originates from Hungary. It’s believed they’ve existed since the 1800s, though the first official ‘breed’ was listed in 1936. They’re relatively rare and were at threat of extinction some years ago, but have been repopulated by a dedicated group of breeders.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)
Section 1 : Sheepdogs
Physical characteristics of the Mudi
Female : Between 15 and 17 in
Male : Between 16 and 19 in
Female : Between 18 and 24 lb
Male : Between 24 and 29 lb
The Mudi coat is most commonly black, but may occasionally be brown, merle, fawn, white or grey.
Type of coat
The Mudi’s coat can be straight and smooth, or wavy or curly. It is a thick, dense coat which is known for its beautiful shine. The coat is slightly shorter on the face and legs.
This breed has expressive dark eyes.
This is a small-medium sized dog with a long, straight back and an athletic, sturdy overall appearance. In fact, their body is similar to that of a Border Collie. The Mudi has a wedge-like head with ears which stand upright and alert, a pointy black nose and a strong jaw. The eyes are oval and dark, giving them an undeniably expressive, alert look. Interestingly, Mudi puppies are born with no tail.
Good to know
The hair of the Mudi is richer in pigment than that of other breeds. The hairless surfaces are black, the pads and the nails slate gray.
Once the Mudi learns to trust its family, it’s a very affectionate and caring dog who loves human companionship more than anything else. Often, this breed becomes particularly attached to one member of the family.
The herding background of the Mudi means they’re always energetic, lively and ready to play. They particularly love playing fetch, frisbee or anything which requires some concentration - they love putting their mind to a task!
They are constantly on the alert and demand a lot of activity.
The Mudi is known for its incredible intelligence and is often compared to the Border Collie due to its smart disposition and ability to quickly pick up tricks.
Although gentle, the Mudi does have a measurable prey drive and will be prone to chasing small animals, livestock and wildlife.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Mudi is rarely aggressive with strangers but can be standoffish. They normally take some time to warm to new faces but do accustom to them with time.
This breed is dependent on his master, who he needs to express his full potential.
Behaviour of the Mudi
The Mudi is prone to separation anxiety and doesn’t cope well being left alone for longer periods of time.
Easy to train / obedience
The Mudi is eager to please and enjoys taking on jobs and completing tasks - yep, they love training! With plenty of rewards and positive reinforcement, this breed is easily trainable. However, it’s essential to start young as once they’re older and more independent, they could become a little stubborn.
If there’s one criticism of the Mudi, it’s how vocal they are. They bark at anything they deem suspicious or out of the ordinary. However, it should be simple to teach them to channel their energy.