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History The Mudi is a dog breed with the full name Canis Ovilis Fenyesi. Before the 1930s, the Mudi has been classified together with the Puli and Pumi, which are Hungarian herdsman's dogs. The Mudi, considered as an all-purpose rural breed, doesn't seem to be the product of any planned breeding program. The breed is believed to have been formed spontaneously approximately a hundred years ago. The breed was formed in Hungary, but it is rare even in its native land.
The conformation of this breed was stabilized during the early 1900s and the standards were then written down according to the breed's original traits. It is said that the rarity of this breed can be attributed to the popularity of the Komondor and Puli, which are older Hungarian working breeds. Even though the Mudi is the least known among all Hungarian dogs, it is revered for its many uses. This breed has worked as a sheep herder, flock guardian, cow herder, hunter of wild animals, guard dog, vermin hunter, and even as a companion. With the efforts of some dedicated breeders, this breed is no longer in danger of extinction.
Appearance The skull of the Mudi is convex and has a well-marked stop. Dogs of this breed have a wedge-shaped head and muscular jaws. Their teeth meet in a scissors bite. The eyes of these dogs are dark brown in colour and oval in shape. Their back is straight and relatively long, and they have wide set hind legs. These dogs can be born without a tail. Their coat is dense, and can be wavy to curly.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include black, red, white, gray, brown, fallow, and bread-pale. These dogs can also come in "cifra", which is a light or dark gray shade mixed with black, or spotted, stained, striped, or marbled marks.
Temperament A highly intelligent breed, the Mudi is a great watchdog, working dog, or family companion. Dogs of this breed are courageous and strong, and will be willing to fight anything or anyone that is putting their family in danger. These dogs are gentle and loving with their family members, but they tend to bond with one specific person. They are wary of strangers, but can get along well with other canines. Other non-canine household pets will also be safe with these dogs, just as long as they are raised with them at an early age.
Weight The height of the Mudi ranges from 14 to 20 inches, and its weight falls between 18 and 29 pounds.
Problems The Mudi is considered a fairly healthy breed. Some specimens, though, are known to have been afflicted with hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions These dogs can live inside apartments, provided that they are given enough exercise. They will, however, need enough space to run around and play in. It's best for these dogs to be provided with a yard where they can do some physical activities. These dogs can also live outdoors.
Requirements It's important that these dogs get much exercise because they are very active in nature. To satisfy the Mudi's primal instinct to walk, it should be taken out on a long, brisk walk or jog daily. Dogs of this breed will also benefit much from being allowed to run freely in a large, secure area. They will also do well in various sports such as frisbee and flyball.
Training Requirements It's important for these dogs to be trained using firm and gentle training methods. Owners should know how to display strong leadership skills and make these dogs believe that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. Proper socialization should commence at an early age, especially if there are children in the household.
Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 13 to 14 years.
Grooming The coat of the Mudi is easy to groom and maintain. Owners just need to brush their dogs occasionally to get rid of dead hair. More frequent brushing is needed during shedding season.
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