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Hungarian Mudi

Hungarian Mudi

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Hungarian Mudi
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Breed Organization
Mudi Club of America
Website: http://www.mudi.us
Native Country
Hungary
Other Names
Mudi, Canis Ovilis Fenyesi
Life Expectancy
Approximately 13-14 Years
Litter Size
Average 4-8 Puppies
Breed Group
Herding
Breed Appearance
Mudi usually weigh 18 to 29 pounds and stand 15 to 19 inches high at the withers. The coat is medium wavy or curly, with short hair on the face and legs. The accepted colors are black, brown, white, yellow, gray, graybrown, black merle, brown merle, gray merle, and graybrown merle. Mudi have short tails which may be born long and docked short or born naturally short.

Breed Description
Head: Long and snippy. Slightly domed skull. Straight muzzle. Pointed nose.
Ears: Held erect, pointed, in the shape of an upside-down "v".
Eyes: Oval, set slightly oblique. Dark brown color.
Body: Oblong. Short straight back. Short, sloping croup. Topline sloping from rump to withers. Long, deep chest.
Tail: Short or docked at the length of two or three fingers.
Hair: traight, short and smooth on the head and front of the legs. Longer (5 to 7 cm) (2-3 in), thick, wavy and glossy on the rest of the body.
Coat: Black, white, or black and white pied, with spots of medium size over all the body. Color of the feet is always that of the dominant coat color.
Size: 35 to 47 cm (14-18,5 in).
Weight: 8 to 13 kg (18-29 lb).


History
The Hungarian herdsman's dogs were all classified together until the 1930s, when the Mudi was separated from the Puli and Pumi. This all-purpose breed does not appear to be the result of planned breeding. The breed formed spontaneously and is only about one hundred years old. It is rare, even in Hungary. Its conformation stabilized in the early 1900s and its standards were written down according to these original traits. Perhaps much of the reason for the rareness of this breed can be attributed to the present Puli and Komondor, older and more popular Hungarian working breeds. Perhaps the least known of all Hungarian dogs, it is noted for the multiplicity of its uses both inside and outside its native land. It has served as a flock guardian, sheep herder, cow herder, guard dog, hunter of wild animals, killer of mice and weasels and as a companion. He is capable of handling his own flock without assistance. In Finland they are used as mountain rescue dogs.

Behavior
This rustic, hardy, lively, vigorous dog is always on the alert, rather vocal and has a seemingly unlimited supply of energy. Docile and affectionate, the mudi bonds to only one person and must receive firm training. He needs someone in control who can give him a mission or a job to do. Having a tendency to bite, this dog is respected for its ability to guard the herd and the home. His keen sense of smell makes him a good dog for hunting boar.

Health
This is a very healthy breed and has a high level of disease resistance, although some cases of hip dysplasia have occurred, but not many.

Advice
The Mudi can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised; however, they need space to run and play and would do better if not kept in one. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. This breed can live outdoors. The Mudi is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs. This breed is an average shedder.

Function
Herder (cattle), Hunting Dog (large game), Guard Dog.


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