Mudi dog

Mudi

Agile, Sporty, Intelligent

Mudi is a herding and sporting dog breed from Hungary, which is a close cousin of Puli and Pumi. High in energy and agility, these dogs are very active.

Mudi dog

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 15 – 19 inches

Weight

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  • 18 – 30 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 14 years

Health Risk

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Epilepsy

What is it?

It is the recurrent, unprovoked seizures resulting from an abnormality of the brain. It is the most common neurological disorder found in dogs which affects about 1% of the entire population

% Of dogs affected

0.75-1%

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms of this condition may include –

  • Collapsing
  • Jerking
  • Muscle twitching
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Excessive drooling
  • Tongue chewing
  • Foaming at the mouth

Treatment

There are some anti-epileptic drugs available which can make most of the dogs, seizure free. And it is very much possible that the dog will be on medication for the rest of the life.

Average Vet Bill

$500

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $450

80% = $400

70% = $350

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Hip or Elbow Dysplasia

What is it?:

This genetic health issue is the one where the hip or elbow joints loosens up which causes dysfunction and pain. Over time, this may result into arthritis, muscle atrophy and limitations in mobility

% of dogs affected

>20%

Clinical signs

  • Staying in bed instead of going out
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty or reluctance in climbing stairs, rising up, jumping or running
  • Loss of muscle mass in the thighs
  • Noticeable enlargement of the shoulder muscles as they compensate for the hind end
  • Flinches when the lower back muscles are touched

Treatment

All cases of hip dysplasia may not be preventable but a proper care can reduce the probability or if noticed can try and contain the impact. The measures include

  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Supplements for joints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Agile

Bred for herding and sporting, this breed has competed in several dog agility trials with an above satisfactory result

Sporty

The breed does really well in rally obedience, schutzhund, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events.

Intelligent

The performance in sports and related activities show the intelligence levels of the breed which makes it easier for trainers to train them

Lifetime Care

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Coat

It has a medium length, curly or wavy coat

Colors

A variety of colors are available in this breed including black, white, ash, fawn, black merle and brown.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The grooming requirements are very minimal for Mudi, which includes occasional bath, combing and brushing and a regular nail and teeth care.

Training

The highly active and intelligent breed with an eager to please nature, Mudis are very much trainable

The breed was found by Dr. Dezso Fenyes in Hungary in 1936 and soon it came to be known as a ‘driver dog’. They almost faced an extinction at the time of World War 2 and even today there are no more than a couple thousand of them in the world. The majority of the population is in Hungary, followed by Finland. In countries like the US or UK, the population is very scarce, making it a very rare breed.

The breed is a heterogenous one where there are different types of the same breed available. They resemble the Spitz dogs in the head and the Croation sheepdog in the body.

Mudi: Introduction to the Breed

These dogs, although having very similar looks to the Pumi and the Puli breeds, do have some unique physical traits. Some of them include –

  • Dark-oval and oblique eyes
  • Pricked ears
  • Natural stump tail or a no tail in some cases
  • Short curly hair

Mudi is best suited for:

  • Experienced pet owners
  • People with active lifestyles who can spend enough time with the dog
  • Houses with access to open spaces like gardens and parks
  • Families with young children

Things to watch-out before deciding to own a Mudi

  • These highly energetic and quick moving dogs tend to wander away when kept off-leash or in a backyard without a fence. Keeping an eye all the time will be mandatory.
  • Due to its rarity, especially in the US, the cost can be comparatively very high and can go into thousands.
  • If you have a backyard, then there is a high chance that it will be turned into a collection of holes as these dogs love to dig

What should a Mudi eat?

For any dog owner, it is very important to keep a close look on what the dog eats and not as it is directly linked to its energy levels, contact with diseases, etc. In case of Mudis, a high-nutrient vet recommended dry puppy food would do when given in 3-4 small meals rather than 1 big meal. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will help keep the coat and skin healthy. A carbohydrate rich diet is necessary for active dog breeds like the Mudi. Lean Chicken and Turkey can form good sources of proteins to nourish the joints, muscles and tissues, especially in the hip areas.

Conclusion

Mudi is a rare, herding and a sporty breed from Hungary which is known for its high energy levels, intelligence and agility. It performs well in almost all sports making it very desirable for people who like to attend dog sports competition. If you are looking for such an active, energetic and at the same time protective and affectionate dog then the Mudi is for you.

Happy Mood and Health to your Doggo and lots of Love and Licks to you!

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