Mudi FCI Standard
The official Latin name for the breed is Canis ovilis Fényesi and came from the Mudi’s discoverer, Dr. Dezsõ Fényes. It happened only in 1936 and at that time the dog was also called the «Driver Dog».
Appearance and typical behavioral patterns of the Mudi let the scientists believe that in its creation took part the Spitz type breeds and other herding breeds of that time and that area. The only substantial trait that separates it from Spitz dog is wavy to curly coat for which the Mudi is so renowned.
Consequences of the World War II was devastating for population of many Hungarian breeds and the Mudi was no exception. In the 1960’s, the rebirth of the breed was initiated by a few breeders and in the 1970’s they managed to recover its original status in Hungary.
The Mudi is truly versatile in its homeland and is used as a flock guardian, sheep herder, cow herder, guard dog, hunter of wild animals, killer of mice and weasels and as companion. In Finland it also serves as a mountain-rescue dog.
Nowadays the registration of the Mudi with the American Kennel Club (AKC) is impossible because too little dogs live in USA. For those owners who have registered their dog via AKC’s Foundation Stock Service (FSS), opportunity presents to contest in companion and performance events through the AKC.
The Mudi is an obedient, adaptable and loyal companion that is a much better family dog than many other working breeds. It is playful and gets along well with children and other home pets when introduced to them from puppyhood.
This dog is very inquisitive and likes to explore the environment with outmost enthusiasm. Though it behaves itself with somewhat extreme caution in unknown conditions, the vast majority will fast acquire confidence and go on without any fear. You also need to know that this breed is quite noisy and can be too vocal.
The Mudi was used historically in many different ways, including herding sheep, hunting wild boar and even chasing rats. Its unlimited bravery sometimes exhibits itself in some unwanted behavior such as aggression against other dogs as well as stubbornness and outright obnoxiousness. These encounter not so often and mainly in male youngsters, but the future owner should consider this possibility nevertheless. Shyness is also an issue for the members of certain lines.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• eye problems.
Early socialization can fix such typical issues for this breed as shyness or fearfulness.
The dog can momentarily turn into uncontrollable little creature when it comes to digging or jumping. Sufficient amount of exercise will provide it a good outlet for this exuberant energy and help to minimize these habits.