Mudi History, Personality, Appearance, Health and Pictures

Mudi

The Mudi was first discovered during an investigation into local breeds in the early twentieth century. The type was found to be homogenous and it was recognized in 1936.

Not yet well known or recognized outside its native Hungary, where it is treasured, this medium-sized sheepdog is quite brave, aggressively guarding livestock against even much larger enemies and over large, open areas.

History

The Mudi originated in Hungary around the turn of the last century, and has proven to be a very versatile guarder and herder of sheep and cattle, as well as a catcher of wild mice and other small animals like weasels. It is equally at ease guarding a large field, farm, or backyard.

Appearance

At its withers, it should be about 13 1/2-18 1/2 inches/35-47 cm. The body should be almost square, rather light in build and with a wedge-shaped head.

Medium sized and deep chested, this breed has a short straight back; a slightly narrow long head with a prominent stop; V-shaped erect ears; dark brown oval eyes; and a strong, wellmuscled jaw with a scissor bite. The tail either hangs down or is docked. At the loin, the coat, which can be entirely white, black, or an equal salt and pepper mix, is two inches in length; on the muzzle the coat is shorter, and towards the ears it is longer and more plentiful. The Mudi is gentle and makes a good domestic companion dog, yet it never hesitates to respond to a threat, no matter how violent the enemy may be.

Care and Exercise

A Mudi has to be groomed thoroughly once a week, with special attention given to places where the coat is long, such as the ears and tail. Sufficient daily exercise must consist of pulling exercises, a free run in a wide open area, or retrieving a ball.

Puppies and Training

The four to eight puppies per litter develop very well and easily get used to people. Highly intelligent, they are quick, obedient learners.

Gallery of Mudi