Find out why Mudi breed is so rare
The Mudi is a rare, medium-sized herding dog that originated from Hungary in 19th century and was reportedly discovered by Dr. Dezso Fenyes. The Mudi is a hardworking and versatile dog that was mostly used to protect and to herd cattle and sheep. These dogs are believed to have evolved naturally from crosses of Spitz-type dogs, and from other herding Hungary breeds - Puli and Pumi. By 1930s, the Mudi was not even considered a separate breed. In 1936, the Mudi breed was separated from other Hungarian herding dogs. The Mudi almost became extinct during the World War II, when many of them got killed. The breed was protected and bred all over again from a few survivors. In 1966, Dr. Zoltan Balassy wrote new standard for this breed, to apply for the FCI recognition (the recognition happened the same year).
FUN FACT: Today, there are no more than a few thousand Mudi dogs in the world and most of them are living in their native Hungary.
The Mudi is usually around 15-18.5 inches high at the shoulders and weighs 18-29 pounds. Individuals of the breed may also be a bit smaller or larger.
Do Mudi dogs shed?
The Mudi has an athletic, sturdy physique and is well built. He has distinct waistline and long legs. The head is fox like with medium-sized muzzle and perky ears (which are actually floppy when they are born). Sometimes the Mudi is born naturally docked and sometimes he has a straight, medium length tail. The Mudi’s coat is medium-sized, thick, wavy or even slightly curly. The coat on the face and legs is shorter than the coat on the rest of the body. The coat comes in six different colors, including black (most often), brown, ash, fawn, white, black merle. Usually there is a small portion of white coloring on every Mudi’s coat. This white area will typically be on the dog’s toes or chest. The Mudi’s coat is easy to take care for and doesn’t require any professional grooming. The coat is capable of repelling dirt. Shedding is minimal so weekly brushing will be enough to keep the coat clean and healthy. The rest is basic care – trim the dog’s nails regularly, brush his teeth, check his ears for build ups, and bathe him when needed.
FUN FACT: The Mudi hates getting his nails clipped so it is recommended to use a nail grinder to take care of Mudi’s nails.
The Mudi - energy level
Mudis are generally happy, playful, enthusiastic, and energetic dogs. They appreciate a good run and excel at flyball, obedience, herding, and Frisbee. Mudis love to be physically and mentally challenged. This dog is an excellent choice for people with active lifestyle. When not exercised properly, Mudi can be destructive (because of the extra energy). Usually, when they are not exercised properly or left alone for too long they will chew furniture, clothes or shoes, bark, and dig where they shouldn’t. Mudis love to dig and they are really good at what they love to do!
FUN FACT: Mudis are jumpers and can jump a six-foot fence.
The Mudi - obedience
The Mudi is fearless, unfailingly loyal and protective of his whole family. He loves personal attention and human companionship. The Mudi is good with his family’s children as well as pets. However, it is important to socialize the dog properly and to teach the kids that Mudi does not like to be teased or treated roughly. Children should be taught how to interact properly with dogs. Mudi is loving to his family, but reserved to strangers. Strangers need to be properly introduced to the dog.
FUN FACT: Mudi has a tendency to bond more deeply with one particular person within the family, so if you are that person expect your Mudi to follow you EVERYWHERE you go.
The Mudi - guard dog
Mudis are quite alert and they make awesome watchdogs. Mudis are barkers and will bark at everything. Barking to alert their families is a natural instinct for them. It’s best to train them to be quiet on command.
Mudis are eager to please and thus highly trainable. They are also very intelligent and it is said that they “soak up trainings and new commands like sponges” (much like the Border Collie). They are easy to train and well-suited for other jobs like search and rescue, dog sports, herding trials, etc. Positive reinforcement-based training will be highly effective. Mudis don’t respond well to yelling or punishment.
The Mudi - health problems
The Mudi is a generally healthy breed with an expected life span of 12 to 14 years. There are just a few health issues that Mudis are prone to. These health issues are: hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cataracts, color dilution alopecia ("blue dog syndrome"), and patellar luxation.
How much does a Mudi dog cost?
The Mudi is extremely rare breed and you can expect to pay around $800-$1000 USD for a well-bred Mudi puppy.
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