The Mudi has a long head with a pointed nose. Usually its tail is docked, but it is not unusual for the puppies to be born without a tail. The Hungarian herdsman’s dogs were all classified together until the 1930’s when Dr Dezso Fenyesi separated the Mudi from the Puli and Pumi.
This rural breed does not appear to be the result of planned breeding; it was formed spontaneously and is only about one hundred years old. It is rare, even in its country of origin, Hungary. Without the intervention of dedicated breeders, it would be in danger of extinction.
Black, white, red, brown, gray, bread-pale, and fallow. There is also a very rare color (blue-merle) which is dark or light gray and mixed with a black, spotted, striped, stained, marbly color. (The potential coat colors are actually limitless with this breed.)
The dense, wavy coat is about 5 cm long with glossy hair that forms tufts. It is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs. This breed is an average shedder.
This is a fairly healthy breed.
The Hungarian Mudi is truly a rare dog. The few owners who employ and favor the Mudi find it incomparable. It has served as a flock guardian, sheep herder, cow herder, guard dog, hunter of wild animals, killer of mice and weasels and as a companion.
This breed is highly intelligent, it can learn as quickly as a Border Collie or even faster. This dog is extremely powerful and courageous, is afraid of nothing, not even wild boar, which it can overpower quickly. It makes a good watchdog and guard dog; it will defend both property and person; it doesn’t trust strangers. It is very loving and gentle in the family and makes an excellent companion dog. It will do okay with children if it is raised with them from puppyhood.
Mudis is friendly with other dogs and will do okay with non-canine pets if they are raised together from puppyhood or properly introduced as a new pet in the home. It is a friendly, obedient and playful dog, but can sometimes be noisy. This breed likes to feel independent; it is capable of handling its own flock without the assistance of a third paw.
In Finland it is used as mountain-rescue dogs. This is a very active breed; it needs a lot of running and other exercises to be in a good condition. This dog loves to play and will excel in all kinds of sports such as fly ball and Frisbee.
This dog can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised; however, it needs space to run and play and would do better if not kept in one. It is moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. This breed can live outdoors.