Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Huntaway; New Zealand Sheepdog
The New Zealand Huntaway is not a typical breed recognized by the kennel clubs. Instead, it's a dog developed from a number of different breeds to cope with the unique demands of herding sheep in the hilly landscape of New Zealand. The Huntaway needs to be able to guide the sheep away from the human and toward the appropriate field even when they dip in and out of sight on a steep hillside-- which means they must be able to herd sheep using their voice. It isn't important for the Huntaway to have a certain look. Instead, it should be able to perform the very specific task of herding sheep with its bark.
The New Zealand Sheepdog Trial Association has stated that this dog is a true working animal that should not be kept as a mere pet. Its talents are regularly tested in special events called "huntaways" developed specifically for this breed at sheep-herding trials. This is a special-purpose breed not appropriate for the average home. Nonetheless, the intelligence and trainability bred into this dog has attracted some attention worldwide from pet owners. Be ready to provide plenty of space and worthwhile activities if you select this breed.
Know going in that you have chosen a vocal dog that communicates with its voice. If you have near neighbors, you would be wise to select a different breed.
Appearance / health:
As the emphasis is on working ability rather than appearance, the New Zealand Huntaway comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and coat types. Typically, it is a large dog.
Regular brushing and combing is sufficient to keep their coats in good condition. Longhaired dogs may require more attention.
As a working dog, it needs plenty of exercise such as free running in a yard, jogs, walks, dog sports, play sessions, etc.
The New Zealand Huntaway tends to be fairly healthy.
Behavior / temperament:
New Zealand Huntaways have the unique ability to drive the sheep with its voice. They were bred as a barking-herding dog, and need to be trained when to bark and when not to bark. These dogs can be trained to obey a variety of voice and non-voice commands and owners are often amazed by their capacity to perform different tasks based on the commands they are trained to follow.
The Huntaway is a very intelligent breed and can be easily trained in obedience.
Huntaways in particular can be a noisy breed, but they can be trained to remain quiet when they are not working sheep.
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MACHINEGUN FIRING BARK, animals especially cats, inactive family, loud powerful bark, active dog
low maintenance, Huntaways distinctive bark, short hair, agility classes
Something very special about an old dog.
We adopted Sam just yesterday through a Retired Working Dog adoption Group. Sam is a 12 year old Grizzled Huntaway. He has had a hard working life on a farm and desperately needed some love and tlc in his elderly years. Sam has settled in amazingly well. He bonded with us straight away and gets on well with our young New Zealand Heading Dog. Despite never leaving the farm or going inside a house before he has adapted very well to some home comforts, particularly lying in front of the fire. He hasn't had one accident inside and lets us know when he needs to go outside. He's arthritic, a little deaf and losing his sight but he has so much love to give and is so grateful to be here . He is gentle and kind....a true gentleman. We already love him to bits..
From Gabby Jul 24 2017 10:34AM
Teething, Toileting and Training
This is my second NZ Huntaway now and by far they are my favorite breed of dog.
Titan is now 6 months old and my shadow, but he is a bit more peter pan shadow then a normal one.
Extremely loyal Titan will forgo bacon from a stranger (And yes this has been tested) to come to me when called,
His intelligence knows no bounds and physically he could rival the likes Usain Bolt.
HOWEVER this is not a breed for the faint hearted or inexperienced, they require enormous amounts of physical exercise (Once full grown Titan will be able to run alongside a bike for 20 miles as a WARM UP) and they also require large amounts of mental stimulation unless of course you wanted total destruction through your house.
Training – Very easy at this stage as they are very attentive and intrigued by everything all you need is a toy that is for training only (makes it more exciting)
Toilet training – again very easy, just keep feed times as regular each day as you can and then once they’ve eaten wait 10 minutes pop them outside and praise them when they go, they will pick up what you want very quickly if you repeat a word or hand signal when they’re toileting and soon they can do this on command (Titan had this perfected at 13 weeks, we used ‘Tiddles’ for a wee and ‘Poopies’ for a Poo)
Teething – Don’t waste your money on sprays or fancy chews – get a pigs ear, raw hide, antler (make sure it is size appropriate) don’t leave them with it all the time, this is your secret weapon! This is what you slide across the floor when he thinks that table leg looks yummy or when those teeth catch your hand – Once this magically tasty teeth appeasing toy appears a few times they will start to look for it once they’ve done something they shouldn’t (normally about the 5th time) this is when you want to introduce a word to re-direct unwanted mouthing.
Toys- AVOID KONGS LIKE THE PLAGUE – after two Huntaway’s I’ve learnt my lesson, whilst Kongs are fantastic toys for most dogs be very wary of them around the high intelligence dogs as if you give them praise for destructive behavior on a kong are you going to give them praise for destroying that new jacket you JUST bought? No, you’re sending mixed signals.
Throw able, durable rope toys and squeaky toys now rule your shopping trip, they’re fun, adaptable to a variety of games and you can also wet the rope toys and pop them in the fridge overnight to give those aching puppy teeth some relief the next day.
Children – I have a 6 month old puppy and a 5 year old with learning difficulties, life has never been easier.
Thanks to the Huntaways intelligence, they don’t just pick up verbal commands they are also very efficient at learning just hand signals without you ever voicing what you want from them, this means that with my two I know my 6 month old boy is going to respect and watch the 5 year old boy
Being very adaptable dogs, they are great for ACTIVE family life and very loving and loyal companions – They also make great nannies.
Obviously no dog should ever be left alone with a child, however thanks to the Huntaways distinctive bark even at 6 months Titan is able to warn me of approaching danger if my back is turned whilst down at the local playground, having a dog allows my child to interact easier with other children, but when they’re going up and down the side and im searching through the bag to find that juice carton Titan could not have been more worthy of his name as an attentive breed he is used to constantly watching for hand signals to instruct him to do something, this becomes effect in the playground when my back is turned and my little one signals that he is ready to come down now or is no longer comfortable, if Titan sees this before I do a loud, sharp, short bark is all he needs to get my attention and everyone else’s – even at a young age their barks are very very distinctive and DEEP thus making him a great nanny dog and protector as the Huntaway is a constantly vigilant dog as they’re minds are always at work.
Barking – This can be a real problem with them, you need to address this early in their life and teach appropriate times to bark for example the door or outside in certain situations – Not the phone ringing!
Activities – Naturally they are invaluable on a farm and Titan regular visits our local farm for a few fun rounds of herd the sheep.
NZ Huntaway’s are athletes and by no means a couch potato this means that they excel in activities such as agility, fly ball and even bijoring!
Health & Grooming – Grooming is very easy (dependent on hair length) on a short haired Huntaway, brush three times a week.
They have a very dense coat and you will often find that rain water and dirt alike just fall off with a towel after your outdoor activities but brushing at least 2 or 3 times a week just to keep those coats gleaming.
Get yourself some pet insurance, it’s a bigger breed and a very active dog – don’t be stupid, accidents happen.
Their day to day health however is very good, the only thing to watch out for is over exercise as a puppy, if you damage those growth plates you’ll have a arthritis riddled old dog by the time it turns 6, but that is the same with any dog breed.
The bottom line is that this is an easy to care for dog, but you have to put in the work.
If after a long day in the office you would rather go put your feet up and watch TV then this isn’t the dog for you, but if nothing sounds better than a long bike ride in the pouring ride to see if you can go fast enough to actually take off this time then this is the dog for you..
From LeighCoralAnn Nov 19 2014 5:28AM
How to deal with New Year's Eve fireworks
Your dog is likely to get affected by stress as much as you are. Most common causes for stress in dogs are: excessive training, loud noises, not enough rest, too much time spent away from their owners, lack of exercise and so on. Some of these problems are easy to resolve, for example lack of exercise: if you don’t have time to walk your dog, a good way to resolve this is by taking him to a day care or by hiring a pet sitter/dog walker. Other stress-related issues are more complicated to resolve, one of these for example is the excessive noise, due to fireworks, on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately you can’t just tell your neighbours, or kids around the block, not to use them, but there is something you can do to help minimise the stress that your dog experiences: - Get your dog, in a gentle way, used to noises before the arrival of the festivities: the sound of a hoover, a walk in an area with traffic, music and so on. This needs to be done cautiously and without being excessive. - Make sure your dog is crate trained, so he can go in the crate if he is in discomfort. - Don’t hug or cuddle him too much when the fireworks are on, otherwise you will make him feel even more insecure; he will actually think that there is something really bad going on, that’s why you are keeping him so tight to yourself. - The best solution would be, of course, for you to take him out of town, or the noisy area where you are, but unfortunately this is not always possible so don’t blame yourself if this is the case. .
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