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Is the Mudi right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Hungarian Mudi; Canis Ovilis Fenyesi

The basics:
The Mudi, a rare breed outside its native Hungary, has been bred for centuries to work on farms, usually as a sheep or cattle herder. As a result, this dog has a powerful herding instinct and a need to have a useful job. While many herding group dogs are known for their independent minds, the Mudi is sometimes described as "biddable" because it appreciates being told what to do. As a result, they can be a rewarding dog to train, not just for herding and driving jobs, but also for competition.

Appearance / health:
The Mudi is a medium-sized dog with a thick coat. Mudis come in many sizes and the biggest males may stand over 19 inches high. Given the elastic structure, their movement is flexible and efficient.

The Mudi's head is long with a pointed nose and its jaws are muscular with a scissors bite. The eyes are oval and dark brown. The inverted V-shaped ears stand erect on its head. On the muzzle, the Mudi has short hair that becomes bristly toward the ears.

The Mudi is a light to average shedder and does not require elaborate grooming. Weekly brushing is sufficient to keep the coat in good condition.

They need several sessions of play, running, and other forms of exercise to stay healthy. They are moderately active indoors and do best with at least a large yard.

Epilepsy has recently begun to be seen in the breed. Hip dysplasia is rarely seen and even more rarely symptomatic. Patella injury is most commonly seen from rough play with other dogs. Eye diseases such as cataracts and distichiasis, are usually not blinding, but do occur.

Behavior / temperament:
Mudis require a lot of socialization and training to be able to adjust to their surroundings. Generally quiet indoors, they can be active and exuberant outdoors. These dogs are expert jumpers and diggers, and hence adequate fencing of the yard is essential. As a herding dog, the Mudi tends to combine driving and gathering with moderate barking to move flocks.

The Mudi is NOT an independent thinker and relies on direction from its owner. It is very obedient, intelligent and attentive to its owner and therefore learns quickly. Positive training methods work very well with the breed and harsh methods are not generally tolerated well.

Consistent, fair and fun methods give the Mudi a ready to learn, cooperative attitude. Repetition can turn them off.

Mudis can be very vocal; they not only bark, but also use other vocalizations to attract their owners attention and the attention of playmates. They can be taught when to bark and when to be quiet.

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