New Zealand Huntaway

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New Zealand Huntaway
New Zealand Huntaway
Not from the FCI recognized
Origin :

New Zealand

Alternative names:

New Zealand Huntaway,
NZ Huntaway

Withers height:

51-61 cm


18-29.5 kg

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The New Zealand Huntaway is a non- FCI recognized dog breed from New Zealand.

Origin and history

The New Zealand Huntaway is not recognized as a "real" breed by any governing body (not even the New Zealander). The dogs have the task of driving herds of sheep or cattle with loud barks if someone teaches them when to bark and when not. They're usually not good watchdogs. It is no longer possible to say today which dog breeds were actually all crossed. These dogs were and are bred as pure working dogs , i.e. H. there is no "optical standard" for them, only "key data":


The following information is only a guideline, it can vary in all directions: The size should be around 51–61 cm, with a weight of 18–29.5 kg. Stick hair is preferred for fur, but Langhhar is also not uncommon; in black with beige, black-spotted, black with beige & white. As with the collie, the ears are usually half-hanging, a buckling ear. The selective breeding for working dogs has resulted in great robustness, along with a high average age of 12 to 14 years.


The Huntaway is a herd service dog or paddock service dog. Its task is to drive herds over confusing terrain, as well as to drive herd animals in the paddocks. To do this, he also jumps on z. B. Sheep back and "runs" over the herd. He has quite a bit of intelligence and is easy to train. The NZ Huntaway is becoming increasingly popular as a companion dog, but be aware that it is a working dog, i.e. H. has an enormous urge to move and wants to work. A Huntaway without adequate occupation can easily become a "problem dog".


The Huntaway is vulnerable to the simple autosomal recessive genetic disease mucopolysaccharidosis type III A . In addition, there is likely to be a predisposition to hip dysplasia and dilated cardiomyopathy .


  1. Gouri Yogalingam, Tony Pollard, Briony Gliddon, Robert D. Jolly, John J. Hopwood: Identification of a mutation causing mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA in New Zealand Huntaway dogs. In: Genomics. Vol. 79, No. 2, 2002, ISSN  0888-7543 , pp. 150-153, PMID 11829484 , doi : 10.1006 / geno.2002.6699 .
  2. ^ RD Jolly, AC Johnstone, EJ Norman, JJ Hopwood and SU Walkley: Pathology of mucopolysaccharidosis IIIA in Huntaway dogs. In: Veterinary Pathology. Vol. 44, No. 5, 2007, ISSN  0300-9858 , pp. 569-578, PMID 17846229 , doi : 10.1354 / vp.44-5-569 .
  3. ^ PL Hughes: Hip dysplasia in the New Zealand Huntaway and Heading dog. In: New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Vol. 49, No. 4, 2001, ISSN  0048-0169 , pp. 138-141, PMID 16032181 .
  4. JS Munday, CB Dyer, AC Hartman, GMB Orbell: A possible predisposition to dilated cardiomyopathy in Huntaway dogs. In: New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Vol. 54, No. 5, 2006, pp. 231-234, PMID 17028660 .

Web links

Commons : Huntaway  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files