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  • Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Active
  • Height: 15-18.5 inches
  • Weight: 18-29 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Group: Miscellaneous Class

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

Breed Standard
Two Mudis playing outdoors in the sunshine.
Mudi paused at the end of a seesaw in an agility course outdoors.
Mudi laying down outdoors in grass.
Mudi laying in a field with sheep.
Mudi laying down facing forward, head turned right.
Mudi running outdoors in sand with a frisbee in its mouth.
Mudi running through dirty water outdoors at dusk.
© Holly Hildreth Photography
Mudi standing sideways facing left, head tuned forward
Mudi head and shoulders facing left
Mudi coat detail

About the Mudi

The Mudi (pronounced “moodie”) is a medium-sized herding dog from Hungary which has been in existence since the 19th century. It is said the Mudi evolved naturally from crosses of the Puli, Pumi and German Spitz breeds. Today, the Mudi, though very rare, is seen as an active, intelligent, biddable working breed. It is estimated there are no more than a few thousand Mudi worldwide, with the greatest numbers being in Hungary, followed by Finland, and then even scarcer throughout Europe, the U.S, and Canada. The Mudi excels at agility, obedience, and flyball, as well as other dog sports. He is a true working breed and shines when herding both cattle and sheep, and has found fame as a search and rescue dog in both Finland and the U.S.


Club Contact Details

Club: Mudi Club of America
Name: Susanne Anderson

National Breed Clubs and Rescue

Want to connect with other people who love the same breed as much as you do? We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community, thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state, and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country. The Mudi Club of America has served as an AKC Parent Club representing the Mudi since October 2015.
Mudi puppy standing in three-quarter view.

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The Mudi should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


The Mudi is an easily cared for breed. Occasional baths, a combing or bushing to remove dead hair, and regular nail care are sufficient for this wash-and-wear breed.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Occasional Bath/Brush




Mudi are very energetic dogs. Though they are calm and relaxed in the house, once outside they appreciate a good run. Not surprisingly, a Mudi excels at flyball, obedience, herding, and frisbee. They are quite playful and can be mischievous, particularly when it comes to digging. They are also noted for their extraordinary jumping ability. A well-exercised Mudi is a Mudi who tends not to find trouble elsewhere.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Needs Lots of Activity


The Mudi is vocal, alert, energetic, intelligent, biddable, adaptable, and always enthusiastic about any job that needs to be done. Needless to say, these traits make them very trainable and eager to please. The Mudi is also sensibly suspicious and, therefore, an excellent watchdog.


May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Eager to Please


Reserved with Strangers


The Mudi is an overall healthy breed, and responsible breeders screen their stock for various health conditions. The Mudi Club of America has recommended testing listed on the CHIC website:

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.

Recommended Health Tests From Parent Club

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Ophthalmologist Exam
Mudi sitting facing forward.
Mudi standing in a field with sheep.
White Mudi head portrait.
Mudi head in profile outdoors.
Mudi herding sheep.
Mudi standing outdoors.


The Magyars (the original name for Hungarians) kept sheepdogs starting around end of the ninth century, but pedigree breeding and classification of dogs only started in the second half of the 19th century. Before then, Hungarian sheepdogs were simply divided into two categories: large and small. When breeding, the small dogs were divided from the big ones (Kuvasz, Komondor), but the small ones were interbred. Therefore, the early history of the Mudi is more or less the same as those of the Pumi and the Puli.

Around 1930, Dr. Deszö Fényesi, director of the museum in Balassagyarmat, was one of the first breeders to become involved in separate breeding of this small sheepdog. He is also the one who named the breed Mudi. By 1936, the Mudi was officially recognized as a breed.

During World War II, many Hungarian breeds suffered terrible losses, some almost disappeared, and the Mudi was given no immunity as a rare breed. In the 1960s, it was rehabilitated from survivors, and in 1966, a new breed standard was written by Dr. Zoltan Balassy to apply for FCI recognition. This standard was based on only a handful of Mudis and the main differences between the original standard and this one were accepted sizes and colors. The FCI approved the breed standard in 1966, but very few people were involved in breeding then and this is still the case today.

As the restoration of the breed went on over the next few decades, a naturally-occurring variability in color came to light that differed from the standard written in ’66. A new standard was written in 2000 to add back most of these original colors and the present FCI breed standard dates from 2004.

Did You Know?

The Mudi is the only breed in the Herding Group that has the merle color and has healthy, solid white-colored dogs too.
The founder of the breed, Dr. Dezsõ Fényes, was born in Hungary in 1888 and died in Los Angeles, California in 1973.
The Mudi still actively herds in Hungary with Hungarian shepherds and with flocks containing up to 500 sheep.
The Mudi is on a Hungarian postage stamp, introduced in 2004, to honor the Hungarian dog breeds that became national treasures.
The Mudi has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2004.
The Mudi has been eligible to compete in Companion Events since January 1, 2008.
At the October Board Meeting the Mudi was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class effective June 27, 2018. The Mudi Club of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Mudi.

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings


Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Black Check Mark For Standard Color 007
Brown Check Mark For Standard Color 061
Gray Check Mark For Standard Color 100
Gray Brown Check Mark For Standard Color 500
White Check Mark For Standard Color 199
Yellow Check Mark For Standard Color 232


Description Standard Markings Registration Code
Merle Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 035
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