Group: Herding Dogs
– Males: 16-18 inches (41-47 cm)
– Females: 15-17 inches (38-44 cm)
– Males: 24-29 lbs (11-13 kg)
– Females: 18-24 lbs (8-11 kg).
Brief History of the Breed
The Mudi has been in existence in Hungary since the nineteenth century. It is believed that the breed evolved naturally from crossing the Puli, Pumi and German Spitz type breeds. In 1936, the dogs’ distinguishing prick ears led to the classification of the breed. Considered a rare breed, it is estimated that there are only a few thousand Mudik worldwide, with the highest population being in Hungary.
For more information on the history of the Mudi, see:
- About the Breed from the Mudi Club of America.
The Mudi is an active, intelligent working dog. Not only do they excel at herding but quite often they participate in many dog sports, including agility, flyball, and obedience. Mudik are also seen working in Search and Rescue as well as drug detection.
In general, the Mudi is a friendly and playful dog that is neither shy nor fearful. The breed is first and foremost a working dog, primarily bred to herd sheep and, with their courageous disposition, shepherds use them to herd large and difficult livestock. As with many of the herding breeds, they are very intelligent and intense in their jobs.
If you are considering the adoption of a Mudi puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) — Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- Health and Nutrition — Growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- AKC Canine Health Foundation — Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene — HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet — Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
Photo: Koves Berci Betyar Mudi Kennel
- Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
- Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.
*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit: www.caninehealthinfo.org
*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.