Just a few days ago, the American Kennel Club has finally officially recognised one of the nine most popular Hungarian dog breeds. The Mudi can now take part in official competitions recognised and organised by the American Kennel Club.
The American Kennel Club, or AKC for short has been founded in 1884 and is a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to the promotion of the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.
Although probably not as well recognised around the world as the iconic Hungarian Vizsla (Hungarian Short-haired or Wirehaired Pointer) or the loveable goofy-looking, resembling a large mop more than a dog, the Komondor, the Mudi is one of the 9 most recognised Hungarian dog breeds.
At first glance it resembles like the mixture of a Kuvasz and a Puli, it is a very loveable dog.
According to Azénkutyám, the Mudi is a “jack of all trades; it is a great shepherding dog, but it performs greatly on hunts and in dog sports. It is very intelligent and can learn quickly”.
American Kennel Club approximates that there are only 450 Mudis kept in the US and 3,000-4,000 worldwide. So, it is one of the rarer breeds.
The Mudi Club of America writes that the dog’s temperament is “alert, energetic, intelligent, biddable, adaptable and always enthusiastic about any job that needs to be done. The Mudi is sensibly suspicious and therefore an excellent watchdog”.
However, AKC’s corresponding secretary, Bergesen warns, that it is not a dog for first-time owners; “While some may call the breed stubborn, I see it as getting bored if constantly drilled. They are thinkers, love to learn, learn quickly, and do not need lots of repetitions to acquire most skills.”
Source: mudi.us, akc.org, azenkutyam.hu