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A New Zealand Huntaway
Other names New Zealand Huntaway
New Zealand Sheepdog
Country of origin New Zealand
A Huntaway competing in a Yard Dog Trial

The Huntaway is a breed of dog that dates as a distinct breed from the 1900s. Although Huntaways are generally regarded as a breed they are not recognized by the New Zealand Kennel Clubs. A Huntaway is also known as a New Zealand Herding dog and is used to drive sheep away from the stockman. It uses its loud, deep bark to muster mobs of sheep and is well known for being a noisy dog, especially when working.


Huntaways are large dogs that generally weigh in the region of 40-65 pounds (18–29.5 kg). Their coats can vary in colour; colours include black, black and tan (usually) with some white or brindle. Their coats can also come in different textures; they can be smooth, rough, or grizzly and they are generally floppy eared. A huntaway’s height is usually about 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) tall.

General information

Huntaway dogs can be expected to live to around 12 to 14 years old. They are intelligent, friendly, very energetic, active dogs that require a lot of exercise. They are often expected to help muster in the hills and mountains of New Zealand where it is difficult to walk or ride. Hand signals or a small high pitched plastic whistle are often used to communicate commands to these dogs when they are at a distance from their handler.

Hunterville in the North Island of New Zealand is famous for its statue of a Huntaway sheep dog.

A New Zealand Huntaway Club has commenced in Japan. Some Huntaway dogs are bred and used in Australia for work and yard dog trials. They are becoming increasingly popular all over the world.

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