Monday, September 9, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Mudi

Image from akc.org
The Mudi is a Hungarian breed with roots back to the 15th century. It's a herding dog, often confused with the Croatian Puli. The confusion in no way becomes smaller from the Mudi sometimes being called Puli, even though the breeds stem from different countries.

Many people believe the Mudi and Puli are formed from the same ancestor, and this might very well be true. We don't know for sure. We do know that the Mudi is not created, but discovered as a naturally occurring shepherd's dog type, and it is the last naturally developed herding breed that still works with shepherds and livestock.

The breed is loved and mentioned as one of the best herding breeds, a good hunting dog, watchdog, and companion. It does well in sports, and loves to swim and play in water.

Mudis are generally black, but can also have a merle coat, or be completely white.

5 comments:

  1. Never heard of that breed. The Kuvasz is Hungarian, but a guard dog, not so much herding. This one looks a bit like a black German Shepard Dog.

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  2. Definitely have not heard of this one!

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  3. Thank you both for coming over! I want to meet one, but there don't seem to be bunches of them here in the US...

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  4. The Mudi and the Puli are actually very different breeds in looks. However, the Mudi looks a lot like the Croatian Sheepdog. The CS is pretty much identical, except it only comes in black, is a little bit taller, and doesn't have ear fringes. The Puli and Pumi look a lot different from the Mudi, but they are often mistaken in name.

    I'm not sure about the numbers in the states, but I'd guess (including Canada) that there is somewhere around 50 perhaps. Maybe more.

    I love that the Mudi gets attention. It's a wonderful dog for the right owner. They aren't easy, though:P

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    1. Thank you for coming over and sharing! I don't think I've met any of these breeds in real life, I've just read about them. =)

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