About the Mudi

The Breed is Called Mudi (Pronounced moody). 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 small Hungarian Sheepdogs, the Puli, Pumi and Mudi. These three breeds were separated by coat type in the 1930s. As late as the 1990'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 Official recognition and Breed Standard of the Mudi was added to the list of purebred dogs by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

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 Blue Merle (Cifra) were added in 2003.

In 2020 the colours Ash Merle and Brown Merle were also added as accepted colours by the FCI and Canadian Kennel Club.

While the Mudi is a herding and all purpose farmdog today, the Mudi is bred for farm work, companionship, dog sports and conformation showing.

A Mudi usually weigh 18 to 30 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, Brown, Brown Merle, White, Fawn, Ash gray, Ash Merle, and Blue Merle (marbling-of black and grey). Mudis may be born with various lengths of tails from short (natural bobtail) to long, and all are acceptable by the breed standard. Docking is not recommended and is not done. At Herdabout Perm. Reg'd we only breed long tail Mudis.

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 variety of barks, from high pitched bark to low and grumbly. The Mudis bark like any other herding dog, to alert their owners and in play. Mudis do not bark without a reason, however their bark can be quite loud for such a small dog. 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 strongly recommended.

The Mudi is a very active breed and 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, as it has not been overbred due to popularity and remains quite primative. However, Mudis used for breeding should have health clearances done for: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellas, eye certification, primary lens luxation, thyroid (including TgAA), Leggs Calves Perthes, full dentition, and (DM) Degenerative Myelopathy. MDR1 gene is highly recommended as the Mudi is a herding breed.

Breeders who are interested in preserving and improving the breed for future generations will gladly participate in full health clearances, and eliminate dogs from their breeding program that do not pass.

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.

Average life expectancy of a Mudi is 13 - –15 years, although some have lived to 18 years of age.

The Mudi is easy to groom. Their coat is basically self cleaning (dirt doesn't stick to their hair) They have a dense undercoat (not floofy). An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs. This breed is typically a low 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.

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 Canadian Kennel Club conformation championship. The Mudi could be show in any FCI standard shows for championships like the Rare Breed Club and the All Breed International Club.

In 2003 the Mudi was accepted by the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) into the Miscellaneous Group and the Mudi was added to the Herding Group 7.
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.

In November 2016 the Mudi breed was voted into full recognition by the Canadian Kennel Club referendum, pending approval by the Minister of Agriculture and the MOA accepted the Rules Of Eligibility.

On March 08, 2021 the Mudi was finally moved into Full CKC recognition and the issuing of regular CKC registration numbers, registration certificates and certified pedigrees were mandated.

The Canadian Kennel Club is the only official club in Canada representing the Mudi. The CKC is held to the FCI breed standard as there is no official "breed club" in Canada overseeing the Mudi except the Canadian Kennel Club.

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