The Mudi dog breed, will appear in a variety of colors and patterns. This is just one of their great features, below we provide descriptions and pictures of the various colors and patterns.

Menagerie Mudis - Mudi Colors
 

Mudi Colors:

The following Mudi colors are listed in the format of English | Hungarian | Locus:

  Black | Fekete | aa/K-

  Black Merle | Cifra | aa/K-,Mm

  Brown | Barna | bb

  Brown Merle | Barna Cifra | bb,Mm

  White | Fehér | ee

  Yellow | Fakó | ee

  Ash | Hamvas | dd

  Ash Merle | Hamvas Cifra | dd,Mm

  Ashbrown/Isabella | Hamvasbarna | bbdd

  Ashbrown/Isabella Merle | Hamvasbarna Cifra | bbdd,Mm

  Albino

 

The color terms used are also based on the Hungarian language and they use Yellow instead of fawn, Brown instead of red, and Ash instead of gray or blue. See below for more information and Mudi color examples:

 

Solid Mudi Color:

Minor white markings on chest and toes are acceptable but not desirable if following breed standards. Dark brown is the preferred eye color in a Mudi, yellow eyes depending on the Parent club will be disqualified or receive low marks from judges. For solid colors to occur both parents must carry at least one copy of the color gene (i.e.  two yellow or yellow-carrying parents are required for yellow offspring). 

Merle Mudi Pattern:

Merle is a dominant gene and cannot be “carried” by a non-merle dog (though it can be “masked” by some genes). Merle eyes or even solid blue eyes can be the result from a merle.
 

Merle dogs should not be bred together, as a homozygous (or "double") merle dogs may have pigmentation problems, and a very few may be deaf or blind. Genetic color testing is critical in these situations to avoid pairing merles. Please visit our Mudi Health page for more on DNA testing and discounts.

 

It is forbidden in most European countries to breed Merle to Merle.

Dilute and CDA:

Unfortunately, dilute colors in some breeds also correlate with a skin disorder called “color dilution alopecia” or CDA. Some Mudi do suffer from CDA, with mild to severe side effects, and at this time there is no genetic test available to identify the cause of CDA.

 

Most of the below pictures are of the same dog as a puppy and adult.

 
 
Mudi Color - Black Solid

Black is both a dominant and recessive color and the most common Mudi color.

Black mated pairs can produce brown offspring, if they both carry a copy of recessive brown. They can also produce other Mudi color if they carry the gene for it.

Mudi Color - Black Solid
Mudi Color - Black Solid
Mudi Color - Black Merle

Black Merle | Cifra | aa/K-,Mm

Genetically black, with a merle pattern, most common Merle variety.

*Refer to Merle at the top of page

Mudi Color - Black Merle
Mudi Color - Black Merle
Mudi Color - Brown Solid

Brown | Barna | bb

Brown is a recessive color, mated pairs must both carry a copy of the gene to produce brown offspring.

Brown can vary in shade from a light chestnut, chocolate, or deep liver. The nose and eye rim pigment will always be brown. The eye color can be a brown, green, or yellow. 

Mudi Color - Brown Solid
Mudi Color - Brown Solid
Mudi Color - Brown Merle

Genetically brown, with a merle pattern.

 

The Merle pattern may fall anywhere along the light chestnut, chocolate, to deep livers color spectrum of brown.
 

*refer to Merle at the top of page

Mudi Color - Brown Merle
Mudi Color - Brown Merle
Mudi Color - White Solid

White | Fehér | ee

White is a recessive color, mated pairs must both carry a copy of the gene to produce white offspring.

This color can range from white to a cream. 

White can hide other pigments and patterns, like brown, ash, or merle. A dog could be white and merle and look non-merle in appearance. 

Mudi Color - White Solid
Mudi Color - White Solid
Mudi Color - Yellow Solid

Yellow is a recessive color, mated pairs must both carry a copy of the gene to produce yellow offspring. Yellow “dominates” all other color and pattern loci, but will still be black or brown genetically for the nose and eye rim.

 

This color can vary from pale yellow to fox red.  Yellow can hide other pigments and patterns; like brown, ash, or merle, meaning that a dog could be yellow and merle, and look non-merle in appearance.

Mudi Color - Yellow Solid
Mudi Color - Yellow Solid
Mudi Color - Ash Solid

Ash, also called blue in some breeds, is the result of a black dog with two copies of the recessive dilution gene.

 

The color can vary from an almost black to an ash-steel or silver in color, and is identified visually by nose color, which will be a bluish ash as opposed to black. Like a dark blue sock you may need a side by side comparison with a black Mudi.

Mudi Color - Ash Solid
Mudi Color - Ash Solid
Mudi Color - Ash Merle

Ash merles carry both the recessive dilution gene and the dominant merle gene.

 

These dogs will not display any black patches.

*refer to Merle at the top of page

Mudi Color - Ash Merle
Mudi Color - Ash Merle
Mudi Color - Ashbrown Solid

Ashbrown/Isabella, also called lilac in some breeds, is the result of a brown dog with two copies of the recessive dilution gene.

The dog appears ash-brown in color, and is identified visually by nose leather color, which will be lilac. Ashbrown/Isabella can hide other pigments and patterns; like white, yellow, or merle. An Ashbrown/Isabella merle
dog may look non-merle in appearance.

Mudi Color - Ash Solid
Mudi Color - Ash Solid
Mudi Color - Ashbrown Merle

Isabella merles carry the recessive dilution gene, recessive brown gene, and the dominant merle gene.

 

These dogs will not display any deep brown patches, and will appear quite pale. Ashbrown/Isabella Merle can hide other pigments; like white or yellow.

*refer to Merle at the top of page

Mudi Color - Ashbrown Merle
Mudi Color - Ashbrown Merle
Mudi Color - Albino

A dog with an extreme amount of diluted pigment.

They will have pure white coats; pink pigment on the skin, lips, eye rims, nose and paw pads. Eyes are pale blue with red irises. They have vision difficulties in sunlight and can suffer from sunburn.

Mudi Color - Albino
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Mudi Locus

Mudi Colors & Locus