- Family Considerations
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Mudi good with children?
Yes, the Mudi is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Mudi naturally loves children.
Is the Mudi friendly with strangers?
The Mudi is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
Is the Mudi friendly with other dogs?
Yes, the Mudi is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Mudi is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
Likes to Cuddle
Does the Mudi like to cuddle?
The Mudi likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.
Does the Mudi like to play?
The Mudi will almost always be ready for play! The Mudi is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
Service Dog Ability
Does the Mudi make a good service dog?
The Mudi can be a service dog with the proper training. Mudis are not the most common service dog, but they certainly can be if their personality matches- smart, patient, and extremely dedicated to their owner.
Ease for Novice
Is the Mudi good for first-time owners?
The Mudi is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
How well can the Mudi be trained?
The Mudi can be trained to the highest level and is oftentimes seen in various competitions. The Mudi is not only intelligent, but it wants to please its owner and is motivated with competition, especially if it feels like it has a job assigned to it.
Amount of Shedding
Does the Mudi shed a lot?
The Mudi sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
Ease of Grooming
Is the Mudi easy to groom?
The Mudi requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
Does the Mudi need a lot of exercise?
The Mudi needs a daily exercise partner! The Mudi is best suited for a family where it will get plenty of daily exercise; it has so much energy that exercise is mandatory to avoid destructive behaviors.
How smart is the Mudi?
The Mudi is one of the smartest dog breeds. Having a very smart dog is fun, but it is also demanding- they require mental challenge and stimulation just as much as physical exercise.
Amount of Barking
How much does the Mudi bark? Does the Mudi bark too much?
The Mudi barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Mudi will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
Guard Dog Ability
Is the Mudi a good guard dog?
The Mudi is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Mudi is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
Tolerates Being Alone
Is the Mudi good at staying alone? Is the Mudi independent?
The Mudi is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
Good for Apartment Living
Is the Mudi a good apartment dog?
The Mudi is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.
How big is the Mudi?
The Mudi is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
How much does the Mudi tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Mudi?
The Mudi can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
How much does the Mudi tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Mudi?
The Mudi can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
Potential to Run Away
Does the Mudi try to run away?
The Mudi does sometimes run away. This is especially true if they are distracted, or see other cats or dogs. They probably won't go out of their way to "escape", but a fenced yard is still recommended.
Is the Mudi a healthy dog? The health of a Mudi should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
The Mudi is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
How energetic is the Mudi?
It seems like the Mudi never runs out of energy. If you are looking for a 5 AM run partner, the Mudi is your dog! A dog's energy level is one of the most important considerations when getting a new dog, and we would only recommend the Mudi for a family where it will get plenty of exercise.
Amount of Drooling
How much does the Mudi drool?
The Mudi does not drool at all.
Does the Mudi have a large prey drive? Does the Mudi like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?
The Mudi has a high prey drive and has a natural tendency to chase after any small animal. Every case is unique, but the Mudi may not be the best dog for living with other cats or small animals.
Is the Mudi atheltic?
The Mudi is a true athlete. The Mudi is both fast, strong, and has a ton of endurance that suits it well for runs, hikes, and even marathons!
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The Mudi is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Herding dog breed group.
Herding group: The Herding group dogs all share an instinctual ability to control the movement of other animals. They have traditionally been raised on farms to help herd and protect valuable livestock. They are intelligent, and have been bred to treat each day like they have a "job" they must do. Their innate herding ability is such a big part of who they are, that they are known to even "herd" their owners, children, or other small dogs. Some can seem stubborn and even obsessed with their herding, since they take it seriously! They have high expectations, and must be stimulated mentally just as much as physically. The reward to these "high expectations" is that they can be trained very well, and are oftentimes used in competitions. Certain breeds such as the well known German Shepard are also used by Police forces, because of their discipline, intelligence, and ability to be trained.
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