mudi breed information
common health issues
The Mudi (pronounced “moody”) is a Hungarian herdsman’s dog, like the Puli and Komondor. But unlike those older and better-known breeds, the Mudi is only about 100 years old and still relatively rare, even in Hungary. She is believed to have developed naturally from crosses of the Puli, Pumi and German Spitz-type breeds. Originally grouped together with the Puli and Pumi, she was recognized as her own breed in 1936.
A small- to medium-sized dog, the Mudi weighs anywhere from 18 to 29 lbs. and stands around 15 to 19 inches at the shoulders. Her coat can be solid black, gray, brown, yellow or black-and-white merle, and can range from very curly to lightly wavy.
The Mudi is a very intelligent working dog – she can learn as quickly as a Border Collie, or even faster. She is also versatile, capable of working as a sheep or cow herder, guard dog and hunter. Given her myriad abilities, she requires lots of daily exercise, preferably in a large yard. She loves having a “job” and does well in all kinds of dog sports, from Frisbee to flyball. The Mudi is an obedient and playful pet, good with children and friendly with other dogs – she does have a tendency to be vocal, though!
Despite her versatility, the Mudi is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Mudis are prone to include joint conditions such as patellar luxation and elbow and hip dysplasia; and jaw conditions such as malocclusion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Mudi inherits anything more than a quick mind, you’re covered.