New Zealand Dog Breeds. The Huntaway!


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This breed is fast becoming a favorite of mine.Similar when fully grown to a Beauceron, the Huntaway is a large, strong breed used for sheep herding tasks in New Zealand.

The Huntaway is usually black and tan colored and were bred to use as sheep dogs because of their loud deep bark which was used to herd sheep.

This breed is one of the new breeds dating back to the 19th century and is registered with the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association.

This breed does not have a defined appearance or lineage, and is distinguished only by its ability as a working dog.


These strong, powerful dogs are large with deep chests and can weigh close to 65 pounds.Coats vary from black,black and tan with sometimes white or brindle coloring included.

Their coats are smooth or rough and grizzly and there ears are mostly floppy.Their height is usually 20-24 inches.

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The Huntaways have great intelligence, agility and stamina, so that they can endure working in rough terrain herding sheep.

With an awesome deep and repeating bark, that has a short pause between barks, barking can be sustained for long periods.

They generally live to around 12-14 years of age.

Huntaways are mostly a healthy breed, yet some inheritable diseases have been linked to this breed.

Today they are becoming increasingly popular worldwide with a New Zealand Huntaway Club  that started in Japan. The Huntaway  are now being bred and used in Australia for yard dog trials and work.

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  1 comment for “New Zealand Dog Breeds. The Huntaway!

  1. December 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Mummy often sees these dogs,herding sheep, on her way to work. They get to ride around on the back of quad bikes. Me and Nellie would not like that, for We would get travel sick.

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