The Mudi: A Complete Guide

With its origins and homeland being Hungary, this particular breed of dog is not that well known outside of the country.

This in itself is a shame simply because it can be a rather special breed of dog if you are only willing to give it a chance.

Of course, the majority of people are never going to have heard of this breed before, so there will be a substantial gap in your knowledge that we need to look at filling.

Thankfully, that is where our complete guide is going to prove to be rather useful.

This breed of dog is a herding dog, but it will also prove to be a wonderful companion. You will understand why when you get to our section on their temperament and personality.

Also, you are going to then be in a better position to ascertain if this breed of dog is going to be right for you.

With that being said, let’s begin our complete guide.

Mudi Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Mudi
The Mudi is one of the most intelligent breeds around.

Before we delve into everything that there is to know regarding Mudi puppies, there are several important points that we need to think about.

Even though there is so much to learn about the breed, you need to be honest with yourself as you work through our guide and determine if you are suitable for this breed as well as them being suitable for you.

To do this, we recommend asking yourself the following kinds of questions, and keep doing so as you work through the different sections in our guide.

  • Do you understand the needs of this breed?
  • Are you in a position to help them with those needs?
  • Are you capable of providing them with the exercise that they require to stay fit and healthy?
  • Can you afford to get them any help that they may require if they become ill?

This is all about doing what is right for the dog rather than anything else. Their needs have to come first, which is why you are in the process of leaning more about this particular breed.

What Price are Mudi Puppies?

To begin, we should look at the price of Mudi puppies to help you to work out if you can afford to buy one.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the price, and there will also be some real variation.

For example, only buying from a reputable breeder is going to increase the price.

However, you do know that the puppy has grown up in the correct conditions, so it is worth paying that bit extra.

There is also a difference depending on your location.

Clearly, if you were in Hungary, then the price would be substantially lower than it is in the United States or the UK since supply and demand is different.

That being said, the average price that you should be looking to pay is going to be under $1000 in the US and also around £600 to £800 in the UK.

How to Find Reputable Mudi Breeders?

One of the most important things for you to do is to find a reputable Mudi breeder whenever possible.

Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to help with all of this and make your life substantially easier.

First, the Kennel Club should spring to mind, and you will discover that they tend to have a list of breeders that they trust which is what you want to find out for this breed.

If they have any contacts, and they pretty much do for any kind of dog that you can imagine, then they will be happy to help.

Another option is the Dog Breeders Association for your country as they can also have a list of those breeders that they would recommend.

Throw in Mudi groups, and you will start to see how finding those breeders with the best reputation will not be as difficult as you think.

3 Little-Known Facts About Mudi Puppies

As Mudi puppies have pretty much been restricted to within Hungary, there will be so many different things that you will simply not know about this breed.

Perhaps these three little-known facts will end up making a difference.

The Mudi is used as a mountain rescue dog in Finland as they can cope with the low temperatures and are also very easy to train.

  • They can herd up to 500 sheep at a time

As another sign of how good they are as a working dog, they have the ability to herd up to 500 sheep at any given time. This shows just how intelligent they are since not many dogs could come anywhere near this number.

  • There are only several thousand in existence

To show just how rare the breed is, there are only a few thousand of the breed in existence, and the majority of them are in Hungary. They are very rarely found outside of the country.

Physical Traits of the Mudi

The Mudi
The Mudi can live in an apartment.

So, what can be said about the physical traits of the Mudi?

At first glance, this can come across as being a slightly scruffy dog due to their hair being slightly wavy and curly.

They do also come across as the same kind of build as a Border Collie with an average sized head and a long muzzle.

Their back is quite straight and their tail has a tendency to hang more downwards.

Their hindquarters are strong in nature and their feet are quite small in size compared to the rest of them.

However, their legs, in general, are slender but muscular providing them with the speed that they require in order to herd.

Their coloring can often be quite muted while some can be completely black and others with white or various other shades thrown into the mix.

How Big is a Full-Grown Mudi?

A full-grown Mudi is going to have some slight variations in the size depending on whether you have the male or female. However, a number of factors will play a role in their final size.

The two main factors to be concerned with are height and weight, and the male of the breed tends to be slightly taller and also slightly heavier than the female.

Their height is generally around 15 to 18 inches. Their weight is also between 17 to 29 pounds with the male being more to the upper limit on both counts.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Mudi?

When it comes to the life expectancy of the Mudi, then it will generally be around 13 to 14 years.

However, this all depends on a number of factors, and those most important points will be covered throughout the remainder of this guide.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Mudi

One of the things that people really do love about the Mudi is its intelligence. This breed is well-known for being able to absorb information rather quickly, so it will be an absolute delight to train.

There is also no doubt that it enjoys making their owner happy, and it is tuned into your own emotions, which is another sign of its intelligence.

They thoroughly enjoy doing something and being rewarded for it.

They are also quite laid-back and are brilliant around the entire family.

They can be safe around children, and even though they do enjoy playing on their own, they love having the company of their owners.

Do not be surprised if they sleep at your feet just to feel that closeness.

They are not really intended to be a guard dog, but they will be alert enough to tell you if something is amiss.

They will be rather sociable, and there is no real sense of them being stubborn when it comes to learning new things.

The Mudi’s Diet

The Mudi
The Mudi is an excellent companion.

When it comes to the diet that’s best for the Mudi, then it will all be rather straightforward to understand.

Starting with a puppy, you need to make sure that you keep them on the diet that was created for them by the breeder.

This is specific to their needs, so stick to it and do not veer off just because you think that you know better.

As they age, their nutritional requirements will also differ from when they were younger.

This is where your vet can help, but there are special dietary foods out there on the market that will be perfect for your dog as they age.

You are looking at around two cups of dry food per day but this is not because of their size but rather because of the way in which they have a lot of energy.

As with any breed, avoid cheap dog food due to the way in which it has too many ingredients in there that are fillers rather than providing any nutritional help.

How Much Exercise Does a Mudi Need?

You must remember that a Mudi is a herding dog, so they do tend to have good stamina and energy levels.

Also, because they are highly intelligent, you must also provide them with mental exercises as well or they do run the risk of becoming rather bored in a short period of time.

Consider obedience tests to make life more interesting for them.

Taking them on a short walk early on and then a long walk later in the day totalling a minimum of 60 minutes will prove to be the best option for them.

However, if you can provide them with more than that, then they will only be too happy to oblige.

When you take them on walks, do try to add some variety at different times as this is going to keep their interest high. They do have a strong prey drive, so just pay close attention to this.

There is a need for them to explore, so they need to be exposed to different scents as much as possible.

They will be fine around other dogs, and can also play even if you have small children as they are not too powerful that it can ultimately cause some problems.

Mudi Health and Conditions

There are a number of health conditions that the Mudi can be rather susceptible to, and you should be able to discuss these conditions with the breeder that you are buying the puppy from.

If they are indeed a good breeder, then they will provide you with evidence that the parents of the dog are both fit and healthy, which should eliminate the chances of your dog developing these conditions later on in life.

At this stage, the kind of health conditions that you need to know for this breed are as follows:

  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Allergies

As you can see, the list is rather limited, but it will still be best to pay close attention to their health for any other conditions that could develop even though it’s rarer.

My Final Thoughts on the Mudi

The fact that the Mudi is indeed not that well known outside of Hungary is an absolute tragedy because this is one breed of dog that does deserve greater appreciation than it gets right now.

They are undoubtedly one of the most intelligent breeds around, and their temperament and personality are also second to none.

They will love performing some task and then when you give them the chance to snuggle up to you and snooze, then they will still feel as if they are in ecstasy.

They can live in an apartment, but they have to get outside on a regular basis as that is what is in their actual nature.

Their need to explore is strong and powerful, so you have to provide them with the correct setting to allow them to do this.

The Mudi should be better known around the world as it is friendly, wonderful as a companion, and is going to always put a smile on your face.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4.5
Cost to Buy
8.5
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
8.5
Friendliness
4.5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
3
Exercise Required
6
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.4 / 10

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