Mudi At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (FSS: Herding); CKC (Herding); FCI (Sheepdogs); UKC (Herding)
Medium. Weight: Males 24–33 lbs; Females 17.5–26 lbs Height: Males 16–18.5 inches; Females 15–17.5 inches
Plush but low-shedding.
Fawn, Black, Blue Merle, Ash, Brown; Black, Brown, Gray, Gray-Brown, White, Yellow, Merle markings
11 to 14 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
Mudis are born with floppy ears.
This dog was recently “discovered” as a breed in Hungary, despite its long history of herding stock for centuries. He is a product of need rather than a “designed” breed and was used to help drive animals and help farmers. He is slowly gaining in popularity and is part of the Foundation Stock Service of the AKC. This means the AKC can keep track of breeding history, however, the dog breed is not shown in competition.
This breed comes in a variety of coat colors and looks like a shaggy, curly-haired cousin to the German Shepherd. Their curly tails and curled fur gives them a cute appearance, but is also helpful for beating the elements of nature they may work in. He is an intelligent and trainable dog that will easily pick up any task on the farm.
Intelligent and response are the two main traits of this breed. They are courageous and will protect themselves, flocks and owners without hesitation. They can be wary of strangers, a product of their herding history. He is vocal and playful, however, with those he is socialized to, or his own family unit.
This dog breed lives on average 11 to 14 years. There are no reported breed health concerns, most likely due to the recent nature of their popularity. Proper veterinary and preventive care are important in maintaining the good health and long life of this amazing breed.
The tufted coat of the breed is easy to care for despite its shaggy appearance. Brushing and combing will help keep the coat clean of dirt and debris and remove any dead hairs. Despite the plush coat, he is a low shedder compared to other similar shepherds.
They are born ready to work and will quickly pick up any training given to them. However, his intelligence means the owner may be kept on their toes as the dog will take it upon himself to train others to his needs. Positive, gentle training is best for keeping his attention.
The Mudi is a working breed and needs a job. He must be kept active both physically and mentally to prevent him from becoming bored and destructive. Traditional farming jobs or newer casual jobs such as agility, herding trials or just long hikes will help keep him happy.