You might never have heard of Mudi puppies, but this adorable dog breed is worth considering for your companion if you can find one!
Here’s everything you need to know about this pup.
Where To Get Mudi Puppies
It can be quite difficult to find a Mudi puppy in a shelter. Not only are these dogs unusual in general, but purebred dogs don’t often end up in shelters. This is because they’re highly desirable, and also because good breeders don’t sell them without a contract clause stating they can never be left at a shelter and should come back to the breeder if anything goes wrong.
You can also look at breed-specific rescues, though the requirements for these tend to be strict. Annesoffeigh…
Chances are, if you’re determined to get a Mudi puppy to raise as your own from around eight weeks old, you’ll be looking at a breeder.
The most important thing is to pick a good breeder. Unethical breeders, otherwise known as “backyard breeders”, will have puppies that have various health and temperament problems because they weren’t bred correctly. The parents may not have been chosen well or health-tested.
Make sure the following red flags aren’t present in any breeder: letting the puppy leave their mother and littermates before they’re eight weeks old; no registry papers or shot records; unwilling to let you come to the house to pick them up; no information on the parents; no spay/neuter contract in place.
This doggo is a small to medium purebred that can grow up to 18.5 inches and weigh 29 pounds. Mudis have curly coats that are medium in length. They can come in a few different coat colors and some have merle markings.
Because this dog is a herding breed, you can expect them to have a lot of energy. You’ll need to give them plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them amused, as a bored Mudi is a destructive Mudi! Walking them daily is ideal, as well as providing snuffle mats, puzzles, and other enrichment to keep them at the top of their game.
They are loyal and protective of their family and tend to make good watchdogs. If you want to feel safe and be alerted if something’s up, look no further! However, they aren’t aggressive towards strangers and with the proper training and socialization, they’re actually very friendly. It’s the perfect combination.
Their intelligence makes them easy to train. They love to please their people don’t tend to be stubborn when it comes to training. Twisted_acres…
Mudi Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Although these dogs tend to be healthy, they can be predisposed to health issues such as hip dysplasia that you should take care to watch out for. Your vet can check for signs of these, though good breeders will health test the parents before allowing them to have puppies.
Mostly, their veterinary needs will be the same as any other dog. They’ll need a series of shots beginning when they’re around eight weeks old and ending when they’re sixteen to eighteen weeks. This series protects against distemper, parvovirus, and other nasty diseases, so don’t bring your dog around other dogs until they’ve had them. They’ll also need a rabies shot at the end of this.
These will be boosted roughly once a year, when they should also get a check-up. That’s when your vet can check for any health problems.
Don’t forget to keep your dog up to date on flea and heartworm pills. Kaiburr…
Everyone has strong opinions on what diet is best for a dog, so you might be wondering which to choose.
Kibble is convenient, but you should still ensure you pick a good brand and not just grab the least expensive off the shelf without reading the ingredients. Some cheap stuff is full of fillers and doesn’t have a lot of nutrients in it. You should also avoid grain-free food, which has been linked to heart disease.
Raw food is a great choice if done right. Some services will even deliver right to your door. Dogs are omnivores who need more than just meat, so don’t expect to be able to just give them some raw meat. Henry…
Because of their medium-length coat, you should be prepared to brush your Mudi every couple of days. They’ll also need a trim every now and again, and it’s best to have this done by a professional.
Otherwise, you should take care of their ears, teeth, and nails. Ears and teeth should be cleaned every few days at the very least.
As for their nails, you should trim them every six to eight weeks. You can use clippers or a Dremel for this. The noise of the Dremel might be intimidating, so make sure to have patience when getting them used to it and provide lots of treats!
Mudi Puppies – Photos