United Kennel Club


The sequence follows FCI breed standard.


: Herding Dog


: The Mudi has probably been in existence since the 18th Century, but the exact time is difficult to pinpoint due to the confusion in the different names of the herding dogs that were used in Hungary. While it is commonly believed that the Puli is the oldest of the Hungarian sheep herding breeds, and that the Pumi and the Mudi were derived from that breed, that may not be the case. It is possible that the Mudi, with its many ancient features, is the result of crosses between spitz-type dogs and other naturally occurring herding dogs of the time and region. The breed’s history is not precisely known. The Mudi was only officially recognized as a breed in 1936. The Mudi was recognized by the United Kennel Club July 1, 2006.


: The Mudi is a medium-sized herding dog with spitz-like qualities. It has a wedge-shaped head, prick ears, moderate bone and a compact body with a sloping topline. The face and front of the legs are covered with short, smooth hair, while the rest of the coat is somewhat longer and very wavy to curly. The Mudi comes in a variety of different colors.


: The Mudi is lively, tractable, intelligent and keen. Very courageous, the Mudi is extremely popular with shepherds and is often used on large and difficult livestock. He makes an exceptional guard, watch and alarm dog, and is an excellent agility dog and all around companion.


: The wedge-shaped head tapers towards the nose.




: The skull and forehead are slightly domed. The occiput is inconspicuous and the eyebrows are only moderately developed. There is a barely perceptible stop.




: The nose is narrow, rounded at the front, and has moderately well-opened nostrils. In the black, white, fawn and blue merle dogs, the nose is always black. In the other colors, it harmonizes with the color of the coat.


: The muzzle is tapering, yet strong. The nasal bone is straight. The length of the muzzle is slightly less than half the length of the head. The lips are clean and tight fitting. The lip pigment corresponds to the color of the nose pigment.


: The Mudi has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.


: Narrow, slightly pointed at the corners and set slightly obliquely, giving the breed a ‘dare-devil’ expression. The eyes should be as dark as possible and have close fitting, pigmented rims. In the dilute coat colors, the eyes may be somewhat lighter. Wall or china eyes are allowable only in the merle dogs.


: Prick, V-shaped and well covered with hair that should protrude beyond the edges of the ear. The ears are 10-15 % longer than their width at the base. The ears are capable of independent movement, turning like a radar screen.


: The medium length neck is set fairly high and is well muscled. It forms an angle with the horizontal of approximately 55 degrees. The neck is barely arched and is free from throatiness. There should not be a neck ruff, though males may have a slightly perceptible mane.


: The withers are pronounced, and the back is short and straight. The topline slopes towards the croup, which is short and slightly sloping. There is moderate forechest, with the sternum protruding slightly beyond the plane of the point of shoulder. The chest is deep to the level of the elbow and the ribs are somewhat flat. There is moderate tuck-up. In proportion, the Mudi is square. The distance from the top of the withers to the elbow is slightly less than the distance from the elbow to the ground.


: The tail is set on somewhat low. At rest, the tail hangs, but with the lower third raised almost to the horizontal. When the dog is alert or on the move, the tail is carried in a sickle shape, above the topline. Docking is undesirable but not faulted. Natural bob tails are rare but do occur and are not faulted. The tail is well covered with hair.




: The shoulder blade is moderately sloping and well muscles. The upper arm is medium long and set at a 45-degree angle to the horizontal.


: The elbows are held close to the body. The carpal joint is firm and the pasterns are upright. Bone is moderate.


: The feet are tight and round, with springy pads and hard, slate colored nails.


: The hind legs are long and well-muscled. The rear pastern is short and vertical.


: At a trot, the Mudi takes short, quick lively steps. The Mudi should appear to be smooth, firm and agile in action and any clumsiness or rigidity in motion should be faulted.




: The hair on the face and the front of the legs is short, straight and smooth. On the rest of the body, the coat is dense and shiny, very wavy or slightly curled, and approximately 1.5 to 3 inches in length. There is pronounced feathering on the back of the front legs and the upper thighs. The coat may form cow-licks or ridges.


: Solid and self-merle colors: Black, white, fawn (ranging from pale yellow to fox red), brown, gray, gray-brown, blue merle and red merle. Minor white markings on chest and toes are acceptable but not desirable.


: Ideal height for males is 17-18 inches, with a tolerance of one inch above or below. Ideal height for females is 16-17 inches, with a tolerance of one inch above or below. Weight for males is approximately 24-33 pounds, for females 18-26 pounds.




: Teeth: Missing teeth.


Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Dudley or butterfly nose. Undershot, overshot more than 1/8 inch, wry mouth. Yellow eyes in black or blue merle dogs. Hanging ears. Short, smooth, flat coat on the entire body. Long coat on the face or front of legs where it should be short and smooth. Any color or combination of colors or pattern not specifically listed as acceptable.
Teeth: Undershot, overshot more than 1/8 inch, or wry mouth.
Nose: Dudley or butterfly nose.
Eyes: Yellow eyes in black or blue merle dogs.
Ears: Hanging ears.
Coat: Short, smooth, flat coat on the entire body. Long coat on the face or front of legs where it should be short and smooth.
Color: Any color or combination of colors or pattern not specifically listed as acceptable.

Anatomical Features of the dog


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.