Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Mudi demonstrated the desired traits of a Sheepdog and is known by its nick name the "Mudik". The origin of the Mudi dog breed was in Hungary where it was developed in ancient times.
Mudi Breed Group and Dog Type - Herding Dog Group: The Mudi is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Herding Dog Group.
Other names for the Mudi: The Mudi is known by the nickname of the "Mudik". Other names for this breed of dog include the Hungarian Mudi and Canis Ovilis Fenyesi.
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Mudi" derives from an ancient Sumerian (people of Mesopotamia) word simply meaning 'hair' and used in reference to the coat of the dog.
Mudi History and Origin: The country of origin of the tough Mudi breed was in Hungary, although it descended from much older breeds, and was used as a working dog to herd sheep and cattle. The Mudi's ears are pricked, like those of a Spitz-type dog, and it is possible that its ancestors were introduced by merchants and traders from the Far East. The Magyars (the original name of the Hungarian people) kept sheepdogs from the end of the 9th century and the Mudi is believed to be the oldest of the Hungarian sheepdogs that worked in the lowlands of the Carpathian Mountains. The versatile Mudi was used as a herding dog, watchdog, guard dog and a ratter.
In 1930 Dr. Deszo Fenyesi was one of the first Hungarian dog breeders to become involved in separate breeding of the Hungarian sheepdogs like the Mudi, the Puli and Pumi, and the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) approved the Mudi breed standard in 1936.The American Mudi Association was founded in 2003 and the Mudi Club of America was founded in 2004
Mudi Height: The Mudi breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 16-19 inches (41-47 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 15-17 inches (38-44 cm).
Mudi Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 24-29 lbs (11-13 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 18-24 lbs (8-11 kg).
Mudi Coat Type: The coat type is described as medium, wavy or curly coat.
Mudi Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, White, Ash, Fawn, Brown and Black merle. N.B. The term 'merle' describes the mottled patches of color on the coat.
Mudi Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 5 to 10 puppies. Mudi puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Mudi puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder. Mudi puppies are born with floppy ears which gradually become erect as the puppy matures.
Mudi Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Spirited, Energetic, Courageous, Alert and Lively.
Mudi Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Mudi requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a smooth, lively and agile gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
Mudi Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Mudi is categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Mudi are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.
Mudi Diet: A fully grown Mudi should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Mudi Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Mudi breed include Epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Mudi dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Mudi Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Mudi breed is 12 to 14 years.
Mudi Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Mudi breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Mudi names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Bram *** Garritt *** Loki *** Barend *** Thor *** Larz *** Jelle *** Pieter *** Willem *** Bubba.
Mudi Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Mudi names are Bella *** Jenna *** Lena *** Sabine *** Brandy *** Lilly *** Wilma *** Daisy *** Anika *** Sadie.