The AKC welcomed a brand new pup into its roster this year. The Hungarian Mudi is a sharp and energetic herding pooch from Hungary with striking looks and a great temperament. A local vet introduces Fido in this article.
The Mudi is a fairly new breed. They were first discovered back in 1936 by Dr. Dezso Fenyes. The pups were originally known as “driver dogs, and are most likely mixes of the Puli, Pumi, and German Spitz.
Mudis are medium-sized dogs. They usually get to be between 15 and 19 inches tall, and should weigh between 18 and 30 pounds. Their life expectancy is also average, at about 12 to 14 years.
Smart and versatile, the Mudi excels in herding. However, they also shine in many other areas, such as search and rescue. Fido can do well in a variety of doggy sports. Your canine pal may enjoy playing Frisbee! You can also teach him something more complex. Obedience training, flyball, agility, tracking, and herding are just a few of the things on this very good boy’s resume.
Mudis came perilously close to extinction during World War II, as many were killed during the conflict. Fortunately, breeders worked hard to preserve these wonderful pups. However, Mudis are still quite rare. In fact, there are only a few thousand known, with most of those being in Hungary and Finland.
Mudis usually have medium-length furs. These guys are also curly! Fido has pretty minimal grooming needs: regular brushings and occasional baths is all he needs. Of course, like any other pooch, he also requires regular nail trims and dental care.
Here’s a fun fact about the Mudi: they are born with many different tail lengths, from very short, or bobbed tails to long full-length ones. (We suspect that they all wag for treats.)
Devoted and hard-working, Mudis are known for being loyal and protective, but are not generally aggressive. Like other herding breeds, they’re extremely active and intelligent. These high-energy canines need plenty of exercise, so you’ll need to take your pup on a vigorous walk—or even a run—every day. Mudis can live in small homes or even apartments if they get enough activity. However, they do best in a spot where they have lots of room to run and play.
Do you have questions about caring for a Mudi? Contact us, your local animal clinic, today!