All About the Breed Mudi

Have you recently fallen for the Mudi or do you simply love rare breeds? Learn all about the breed here, including: Breed History, Personality Traits, Train-ability, Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed, and Common Health Concerns.

Also known as the Canis Ovilis Fenyesi and the Driver Dog, the Mudi is an intelligent and protective breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.


The origin of the Mudi can be traced back to 15th century Hungary. Enthusiasts believe the Mudi to be closely related to breeds such as the Puli and Pumi, though this has never been proven scientifically or otherwise.

Throughout its history, the Mudi has been most commonly used for herding and driving cattle and serving as a watch and guard dog, proving its superior abilities to work while providing companionship.

The destruction of World War II threatened complete extinction of the Mudi. Credited for saving the breed are numerous unnamed Hungarian breeders, who worked endlessly to gather breed-able specimens and repopulate the breed to the stable numbers it remains at today.

In 2004, the Mudi was recognized by the American Kennel Club's Foundation Stock Service, and categorized into the Herding Group.

Today, the Mudi remains very rare outside of its native Hungary.

Personality Traits

Best known for its fearless and protective nature, the Mudi thrives on strong and dependable relationships with humans, and is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect its owner and territory. This breed is somewhat independent and stubborn at times, yet generally responds well to training. As a pet, the Mudi is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. These dogs are known for becoming attached to one person more so than several people. The Mudi is an active breed and enjoys spending time outdoors and playing games such as fetch.


Due to its need for human relationships and attention, the Mudi generally responds well to basic training and commands. This intelligent breed is known to have the ability to learn to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach.

Establishing immediate dominance, trust, and respect is key to successfully training the Mudi. These dogs require a strong and confident handler with a stern yet gentle approach to repetitive tasks and exercises.

Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed

There are many benefits to owning the Mudi, such as its surprisingly no hassle, low maintenance coat. This breed is known for its intelligence, is easy to train, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the Mudi gets along well with small children and other pets. These dogs are dominant and territorial, making effective guard and watch dogs alike, announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors, and serving as a deterrent to would-be intruders. The Mudi is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent family pet and companion alike.

Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Mudi. These energetic and athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Mudi not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.

The Mudi has a strong instinct to herd and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these dogs are very quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Mudi must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.

As previously mentioned, the Mudi remains rather rare outside of its native Hungary and can prove difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, extremely high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.

Common Health Concerns

While the Mudi is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, distichiasis - ingrown eye lashes, cryptorchidism - failure of one or both of the testicles to fully descend, skin allergies and sensitivity, and bloat.

Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Mudi? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.