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The Mudi, energetic and working dog

Hungary has its own fascinating dog breeds like the Mudi. Full of energy and intelligence, this breed is very popular for its versatility. Whether it's used as a hound, guard dog, herding dog or companion dog, the Mudi performs all of these tasks with flying colors.

Characteristics of the Mudi

Physically, the Mudi is not the most beautiful and elegant dog. Behind its rustic appearance lies an animal that gives an impression of vigor and an original look with wide, confident gestures and a particular gait that is always trotting. The Mudi is a medium-sized breed that measures between 38 cm and 48 cm for a weight of 8 to 13 kg depending on sex and age. It has a wedge-shaped head that tapers to the nose and shows dynamism, attention, intelligence and joy. The slightly accentuated stop is accompanied by a narrow nose, black or brown depending on the coat. The narrow eyes reveal an expression of recklessness, especially because of their tapered corners. The V-shaped ears are set high and mobile. They externalize the mood of the animal. Concerning the coat, it is short on the head and the limbs. On the rest of the body, it is shiny, tight, curly or wavy. The dress for its part is intense black, white, blue merle, ashy or brown. Stripes or spots are accepted.

History of the Mudi breed

There are not many written records of the history of the Mudi. The only certainty is that this dog comes from Hungary and appeared in the 18th or 19th century. It is also said that it is a cross between German shepherds with erect ears and Hungarian shepherd dogs like the Puli. Like most dog breeds, the Mudi almost became extinct during the Great War without the intervention of enthusiasts. The dog was mainly used as a hunting dog before becoming a pet. It is not well known outside Hungary, although there is a small population in Finland, the United States and Canada.

Living requirements and behavior of the Mudi

Although it is a working dog, the Mudi has a form of attachment to its social group. It is an animal known for its unfailing courage and liveliness while developing a social temperament with its fellow dogs and children. They enjoy games, but will prefer to play dog sports such as agility. The Mudi is also known for its diligence, involvement, alertness and intelligence. It is relatively dependent on its master and does not like solitude. Its advantage? It can live in an apartment as well as in a house, as long as it gets as much physical activity as possible.

Diet and main health problems of the Mudi

The Mudi is a hardy, robust dog that rarely suffers from disease. However, regular checks of its ears should be done to avoid injuries and infections.

The diet should be varied and adapted to its specific needs, physical activity and age.