If you’ve been following AKC news, chances are you’ve heard of the Mudi! After all, the Hungarian breed made headlines when it earned AKC recognition earlier this year. If you’re wondering whether the high-energy herding dog is right for your family, keep reading! We’ll go over everything you need to know, including size, general health, temperament, and more. Let’s dive in!
What exactly is a Mudi?
First things first: in case you didn’t know, the breed’s name is pronounced “moodie” (like a sullen teenager) NOT “muddy” (like a dirty dog). I’ve been calling it the latter ever since I first heard of the breed, so I thought I’d mention that upfront in case you were confused, too.
The Mudi is a medium-sized Hungarian herding dog that originated back in the 1930s, but it’s relatively new to the United States. They’re athletic dogs known for their weather-resistant coats and energetic personalities. Their intelligent and highly trainable personalities make them excellent working dogs.
However, they are also independent and headstrong (again, like teenagers!), so they may not be the best fit for first-time dog owners. With the proper training and socialization, Mudis can be loving family pets. Let’s learn more about their origins, then we’ll get into the finer details of owning one.
Mudi History and Origin
Although newish to the US, it’s believed that the Mudi actually originated back in the 19th century. However, they weren’t discovered until the 1930s, by Dr. Dezso Fenyes. The breed is a natural cross between the Puli (aka the “mop dog”) and Pumi, two other Hungarian herding breeds. In other words, Mudis weren’t designed, they evolved entirely on their own.
They almost disappeared entirely during WWII, and they remain one of the rarest dog breeds today. The AKC estimates that there are no more than a few thousand in the entire world. Most of those are in Hungary and Finland (where they’re often used as search and rescue dogs), with a handful scattered throughout Europe and North America.
How big is the Mudi?
The average Mudi stands at between 15-18.5 inches tall and weighs between 18-29 pounds. As always, males are larger than females. Technically, they’re considered medium-sized dog breeds, but they’re on the low end of that category’s range.
To me, they’re more like very large small dogs. It’s funny because the first time I saw a picture of one, it was without any perspective. I thought they were Border Collie-sized! They have that look to them, don’t they?
Mudi Appearance and Physical Characteristics
Mudi dogs are known for their long, wavy coats, which can come in various colors, including black, brown, fawn, and gray. An interesting fact, according to the AKC they’re the “only breed in the herding group that has the merle color and has healthy solid-white dogs, too.” In other breeds, such as the Australian Shepherd, all-white pups of merles often have serious health issues ranging from deafness to blindness to more fatal conditions.
Other physical characteristics include:
- A rectangular-shaped body with slightly longer than tall proportions.
- A wedge-shaped head with erect ears and almond-shaped eyes.
- Muscular legs and a long neck
- Thick and dense coat with a wavy or curly outer coat
The Mudi does not require extensive grooming but does need regular brushing to remove dead hair and maintain the coat’s healthy appearance.
The Mudi is an active, intelligent, and cheerful dog breed well suited for a family with an active lifestyle. They are quick to learn new things and make great companions. Mudis are very versatile dogs and can excel in many different activities.
Typically, they’re also good-natured dogs that get along well with other animals and children. However, they can be reserved with strangers but warm up quickly once they get to know them. Mudis are very protective of their family and home and make excellent watchdogs.
Despite their small size, these pups have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercise. A daily walk is not enough for this breed; they need room to run and play. Mudis is not the best choice for first-time dog owners as they require patience and consistency regarding training.
Check out the video below for a closer look at life with a Mudi!
How Healthy are Mudi Dogs?
Mudi dogs are a healthy breed, but like all dogs, they are susceptible to specific health problems. Some of the most common health problems seen in Mudi dogs include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye problems. Mudi dogs also tend to be prone to allergies.
While Mudi dogs are generally healthy, it is essential to be aware of the potential health problems that they may face. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the best way to keep your Mudi dog healthy and happy.
How much do Mudi puppies cost?
Expect to pay anywhere from $2000-2500, depending on the breeder. Given how rare they are, especially in the US, that’s actually not terribly unreasonable.
Do Mudis get along with other pets?
The Mudi is a versatile breed that can get along well with other pets, provided they are appropriately socialized. They are typically friendly with other dogs and cats but may chase small animals if not properly trained. With their herding instinct, they may try to herd children and other pets, so it is essential to provide them with plenty of exercise and training to avoid this behavior.
Are Mudi dogs hypoallergenic?
Mudi dogs do not have hypoallergenic hair. They are classified as moderate shedders, and many people are allergic to the proteins found in their dander, saliva, and urine. Proper grooming can help reduce allergens while also improving the appearance and health of the Mudi dog.
Where can I buy a Mudi puppy?
Start by looking into local rescues. Always adopt before you shop. However, since Mudis are rare, you’re not likely to find one in a shelter. So, your next best bet is to check the AKC Marketplace to find reputable Mudi breeders.
The Mudi may be the perfect dog breed if you want an active, loyal, and intelligent companion! But you may have your work cut out trying to find one. As of right now, I only see two breeders on the AKC Marketplace with puppies currently available, and one more with pups on the way. So, if you have your heart set on this breed, you’ll need to be patient.
Do you have a Mudi? Share your thoughts and experiences below!