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Characteristics, History, and Health


The Mudi (pronounced moodie) is a versatile herding breed from Hungary, known for its agility, trainability, and protective instincts. Bred for a variety of tasks, including herding and guarding livestock, this breed displays an intelligent and active demeanor. The Mudi's history can be traced back to the late 19th century in Hungary where they were developed as multipurpose farm dogs. The breed's name comes from the Hungarian word for dog - mudi. Mudi is considered a rare breed, and its population was almost wiped out during World War II. After the war, dedicated breeders worked hard to restore the breed, but even today, the Mudi is relatively unknown outside of its native Hungary.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Hungarian Mudi, Mudi Herder
Life Expectancy
12-14 years
Average Male Height
15-18.5 inches
Average Female Height
15-18.5 inches
Average Male Weight
18-29 pounds
Average Female Weight
18-29 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
Black, Brown, Gray, White, Yellow, Graybrown
Coat Pattern
Merle Markings

Genetic Predispositions and Health

The Mudi Dog breed is considered to be generally healthy. However, they can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, heart and eye conditions, autoimmune thyroiditis, patellar luxation, and multiple drug sensitivity. As for all breeds, genetic screening is recommended to assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.

Personality and Behavior

Mudik, the plural of Mudi, are active and intelligent. They have a strong work ethic and can excel in various activities such as herding, obedience, agility, and even search and rescue work. Mudis are also protective and can be reserved with strangers, but they tend to form strong bonds with their families and can be great companions.

Fun Facts

Despite being a small to medium-sized breed, Mudis are known for their speed and agility. They can run up to 20 miles per hour!

Mudi dogs are known to be quite vocal. They have a variety of sounds, from barks to howls, to communicate their feelings and observations.

Mudis have a strong herding instinct and have been known to try and herd people, especially children, by gently nipping at their heels.