About the Mudi

The Breed is Called Mudi (Pronounced moody) not Hungarian Mudi just Mudi. More then one Mudi spoken or written in English is Mudis.
The plural for Mudi in the written and spoken Hungarian Language is Mudik.

The first breed description was found in the 18 century, where an excellent and generally black, Mudi-like sheep-dog was described.
There are 3 Hungarian Sheepdogs, the Puli, Pumi and Mudi. In the 90's it still was possible for a Mudi to have Puli in the litter or Puli to have Mudi in the litter.

The breeding of Mudis was started by Dezső Fényes, the director of the Museum of Balassagyarmat, in the 1930's.

In March 1936 the Mudi was accepted as separate breed and at this time the first breed standard was accepted.

The Mudi was added to the FCI in 1963.

The Black Mudi closely resembles the Croation Sheepdog. Early breed standards had the Mudi and the CS accepted colours as Black or black/white (pibald) in 1963 when the breed was accepted into the FCI acceptable colours were Black, White, Brown, Ash.
The Fawn and Cifra were added in 2003.

Official recognition and Breed Standard Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) was in 1963.

The Mudi is a herding and all purpose farmdog from Hungary. It is closely related to the Puli and Pumi, from which it was separated in the 1930s. Today, the Mudi is bred for work, companionship, sport and show.

​A Mudi usually weigh 18 to 29 pounds (8.2 to 13.2 kg) and stand 15 to 19 inches (38 to 48 cm) high at the withers. The coat is medium wavy or curly, with short hair on the face and legs. The accepted colours are black (fekete), brown (barna), white (feheér), Fawn (fakó), gray (hamvas), and Cifra (marbling-of black and grey) Mudis may be born with various lengths of tails from short (bobtail) to long all are acceptable by the breed standard. Docking is not recommended and is not done.

The Mudi is a versatile farm dog that can hunt, exterminate rodents, and act as a capable herding dog and flock guardian. They are great for alerting and protecting their home and family. The have a high pitched bark and can be very loud and barky. There are 3 herding dogs native to Hungary the Puli, Pumi and Mudi, having similar characteristics. The mudi is a clever, keen, active, dog very very attached to its owner and family. They learn quick both good things and bad. The Mudi may be aloof with strangers and early socialization is recommended.

The Mudi is a very active breed. They needs daily exercise They love to play and will excel in all kinds of dog sports, swimming, freestyle and Frisbee. The Mudi can compete in all performance sports as well as conformation shows.

The Mudi is a fairly healthy breed, although some cases of hip dysplasia have occurred, but not many.

The Mudi can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised; however, they need space to run and play, They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. This breed can live outdoors.

Life expectancy About 13 - –14 years. Two Mudis in Canada lived to 17.5 years old.

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. The fur texture is similar to human hair.


In 2002 the Mudi was approved by the board and added to the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Miscellaneous Class.

The first Mudi Registered with the CKC was CH du Clos Saint-Joseph Tisza (Maze), from France and then CH Pontos, from Sweeden. They then produced the first Litter of Mudi Puppies in Canada, Iszkiri's Amazing Lil Dancer (Diego) and Iszkiri's Amazing Quake du Josar (Quake). At this time the Mudi was shown in the Miscellaneous Class against other Miscellaneous Breeds. (Kelpie, JRT,Border Collies etc.) They could not earn a championship. It was a way of getting Miscellaneous breeds into the public eye.

The Mudi was accepted into the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) in the Miscellaneous Group in 2003. The Miscellaneous Group stayed the same but breed clubs representing the Miscellaneous Breeds could choose to put forward their breed to a Membership vote. The vote was positive and the Mudi was added to the Herding Group 7 and to the new Miscellaneous Listed Breeds Appendix. The CKC "miscellaneous class" is for breeds working towards full recognition by the CKC.

Miscellaneous Listed Breeds are authorized to participate in all CKC events in accordance with the rules and regulations governing those events. This includes conformation championships and performance sport events.

The Mudi breed has full recognition from CKC as of November 2016.

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