The AKC welcomed a few more pups into its roster this year. One of the most striking is without a doubt the Hungarian Mudi, a sharp and energetic herding dog from Hungary. A local vet introduces Fido in this article.
Mudis are about medium, size wise. 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.
Mudis are extremely smart and versatile. They excel in herding, but also shine in many other areas, such as search and rescue. These devoted canines are known for being loyal and protective, but are not generally aggressive.
The Mudi is a fairly new breed: they were first discovered in 1936 by Dr. Dezso Fenyes. The pups were originally known as “driver dogs.” They are thought to be mixes of the Puli, Pumi, and German Spitz.
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.
Mudis usually have medium-length coats. These guys are also curly! Fido has pretty minimal grooming needs: regular brushings and occasional baths will take care of his coat. He’ll also need regular nail trims, as well as dental care.
Here’s an interesting thing about the Mudi: they are born with many different tail lengths, from very short, or bobbed tails to long full-length ones.
Like other herding dogs, Mudis are very active and intelligent. They need plenty of exercise, so you’ll need to take your furry friend on a vigorous walk—or even a run—every day. Though Mudis can live in apartments if they get enough activity, they really will do best in a spot where they have lots of room to run and play.
Mudis are quite rare: there are only a few thousand known, with most of those being in Hungary and Finland.
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 the Mudi’s resume.
Do you have questions about caring for a Mudi? Contact us, your local animal clinic, today!