Country of OriginHungary
Nicknames and Other NamesHungarian Mudi
Canis Ovilis Fenyesi
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupHerding Group
Bred ForWork, Sport, Companionship, Show
Recognized ByAKC, CKC, FCI, UKC
Life Span12-14 years
Ideal Weight18-29 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height15-19 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeDense, wavy or curly
Common ColorsBlack, Gray, Yellow, White, Gray, Brown
MarkingsMerle markings
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToCroatian Sheepdog

Mudi is a herding breed of dog that was originated in Hungary for the purpose of hunting and for participating in a variety of dog sports.

The Mudi dog breed which is also known as the Hungarian Mudi, helped shepherds maintain their flocks and was often called the “Driver dog”.

Origin & History

Very little is known about the origin of the Mudi breed. It was firstly “discovered” as a breed in 1936 by Dr. Dezso Fenyes in Hungary.

It’s believed that Mudis descended from crosses of Spitz-type dogs and herding dogs. Other herding breeds of Hungary, the Puli, and the Pumi are also believed to be related to the Mudi.

Mudis nearly became extinct after their first recognition because many dogs of the breed were killed during World War II. The breed was protected and bred from a few survivors.

The Mudi got recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1966 and by the United Kennel Club in 2006. However, it is not fully recognized by the AKC but is classified as a herding breed and kept as a part of the AKC Foundation Stock Service.

Are they Child-friendly?

Yes, the Mudis are very child-friendly dogs that are quite affectionate and love being in limelight while with people. They love the affection and bonding that they get from the children. They require very high and close interaction from the kids, so it is better not to have any other pets.

Behavior, Temperament & Personality

The Mudis are very friendly dogs that thrive on human affection. They become very reserved with strangers. This will slowly disappear the dog will readily accept and be friendly with the stranger if properly introduced.

Two black Mudis dressed as reindeers. Image Source: Instagram@mudiqueens

The Mudi has a very friendly, soft, and people-oriented temperament. They like being engaged in playing with people and try to please them. They have a habit of vicious barking.

The Mudi has a lively, alert and busy personality. It loves being trained, whether for doing tricks or for competing in different dog sports. They have a habit of chasing after other small animals, digging up in the garden, etc.


The height of an adult Mudi is 15-19 inches (38-49 cm) with a weight of around 18-29 pounds (8-13 kg).


The Mudi is an energetic and intelligent breed which makes it very easy to train. It is very eager to please its owner which it can do by performing the tasks desired by them. It always needs a job to do and becomes very enthusiastic regarding it. Training can be very fun and playful.

A black Mudi being trained.

Facts about the Mudi breed

Here are some facts about the Mudi breed:

  • The Mudi has an active, intelligent and biddable personality.
  • They respond very well to training.
  • They are versatile farm dogs that can terminate rodents.
  • They are medium-sized.
  • They are often known as the “driver dog” in their native land.

Health Issues of the Mudi breed

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesElbow Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation,
Epilepsy, Cataracts, Hip Dysplasia,
Dental Problem
Vaccination RequiredKennel Cough, Rabies, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
fat: 10%
Digestive Enzymes
Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acid

Living an average life of 12-14 years, the Mudi suffer from various health issues. Some of them are:

Hip Dysplasia

A hereditary disease seen in dogs that are caused by malformation of the hip joints is known as Hip Dysplasia.


Epilepsy is a severe health condition that causes many unprovoked seizures in the brain of the dogs.


Cataracts refer to a condition in which the eye lens becomes opaque which results in blurred vision.

Color Patterns

Mudis are found in six different colors which are as follows:

  • Fawn
  • Ash
  • Black
  • White
  • Black Merle
  • Brown

Price of Mudi puppy

A mother Mudi gives birth to 5-8 puppies at a time. You can expect to pay around $800-$1000 USD for a well-bred Mudi puppy considering the purity of the breed.

A Mudi puppy with a doll. Image Source: Instagram@anetafotocom

Which dogs are they similar to?

Some dog breeds that are similar to the Mudi are as follows:

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