Mudi Dog Breed Facts & Information

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Adopting a dog is a big commitment and you need to find the right breed that fits your lifestyle. Notable traits like size, energy level, and personality can really affect not only your home situation but the happiness of your new dog. Researching different breeds is a great way to start off the adoption process!

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If you have the right kind of life for an easygoing, sweet, and loyal dog, then you might want to consider the mudi.

The Basics

The mudi is a small to medium-sized dog with an adult dog weighing 18-29 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Mudis can be up to 20 inches tall. Life expectancy of the mudi is 14 years.


The History

The mudi was discovered as a local Hungarian herding dog. Its origin reaches well back into the 15th to 18th centuries.

During the World War II, many Hungarian breeds suffered terrible losses, some almost disappeared and the mudi was close to becoming a rare breed. In the 1960's, the breed was rehabilitated from survivors.

The mudi breed is possibly the last naturally developed herding breed that is still working with shepherds and livestock in Hungary today, the mudi, also known as the "Driver Dog" of Hungary, could never be reproduced in today's modern world.


The mudi is in the herding group along with the German shepherd, border collie, and Australian shepherd.

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The Personality

The mudi is neither shy and fearful nor exuberant and overjoyed when meeting new people, according to the Mudi Club of America. The mudi is a herding dog and can be a bit aloof at times with strangers. Once he knows and trusts a person, however, he is generally easy-going, playful, and affectionate.


The mudi does well with children and other animals when exposed to them from puppyhood. So a mudi needs a diligent and patient trainer. Mudis are very enthusiastic and intense at time. They are small but tough dogs. One word that sums up this breed is "scrappy."

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The Appearance

The mudi is a medium-sized herding dog with spitz-like qualities, according to the United Kennel Club. It has a wedge-shaped head, prick ears, moderate bone, and a compact body with a sloping topline.


The mudi has an easy to care for, a wash-and-wear coat that comes in many different colors. With short hair on the head and front of the legs, and wavy-to-curly hair over the rest of the body

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Mudi essential facts:

  • Personality: Active, intelligent, biddable
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; curious and upbeat, but not hyper
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
  • Shedding: Occasional
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Trainability: Responds well
  • Height: up to 20 inches
  • Weight: 18-29 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about herding dogs and this helpful guide to dog walking.