Dog Breed Group: Pastorsl (Herding Dog)
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 10-13, Female: 8-12
Height: Male: 16-19, Female: 15-18
Origin of Name: The Mudi is a herding dog breed from Hungary.
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Magyars (the original name for the Hungarians) had started keeping flocks by the end of the ninth century, but the lineage breeding and classification of dogs only began in the late 19th century. Previously, Hungarian sheepdogs were divided into only two categories: large and small. While breeding, the small dogs were divided from the larger ones (Kuvas, Komondor), but the smaller ones were interred. Therefore, the early history of Mudi is more or less similar to that of Pumi and Puli.
Around 1930, the director of the museum at Balasgyaramat, Dr. Desjo Feeney was one of the first breeders to be involved in the separate breeding of this small lamb. He also stated that the breed is named 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 Mudi was given no immunity as a rare breed. In the 1960s, it was rehabilitated from survivors, and in 1966, a new breed standard for applying for FCI accreditation was Dr. Zoltan was written by Balesi. This standard was based on only a handful of beadies and was the main difference between the original standard and the accepted sizes and colors. The breed standard was approved by the FCI in 1966, but very few people were involved in breeding at that time and the situation remains the same today.
As the restoration of the breed took place over the next few decades, a naturally occurring variability in color was revealed, which differed from the standard written in '66. A new standard was written in 2000 to add most of these original colors and the current FCI breed standard dates from 2004.