Originating in Hungary, its origin reaches well back into the 15th and 18th centuries, but the exact time is hard to pinpoint. It is believed the Mudi developed naturally and is the result of a variety of crosses between the Pumi, Puli and German Spitz style breeds. They were favored because of their great ability to herd both sheep and cows as well as be a watchful sentry for farm and home. The Mudi was first discovered as a breed in 1936 by Dr. Dezso Fenyes in Hungary, where it became known as the "driver dog". Mudi's nearly disappeared shortly after their recognition, as many were killed during World War II. The breed became recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1966, followed by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2006.