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Huntaway Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Huntaway so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginNew Zealand
Other Names
What other names does the Huntaway have? The dog breed also known as...
New Zealand SheepdogNew Zealand Huntaway, NZ Huntaway
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Huntaway recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Huntaway recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Huntaway breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.New Zealand Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Huntaway puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Huntaway price:
$300-$400
If you choose to purchase the Huntaway, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Huntaway for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Huntaway gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Huntaway size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Huntaway weigh? Huntaway weight:
40-65 pounds (18-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Huntaway? Huntaway average weight:
52.5 pounds (24 kg)
Height
How tall is the Huntaway? Huntaway height:
20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Huntaway average height:
22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Huntaway have? What does this canine coat look like?
SmoothRough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Huntaway's coat?
Black & Tan
Grooming
How to groom the Huntaway and how often?
Average: The Huntaway requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Huntaway, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Huntaway dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the New Zealand Sheepdog? Huntaway shedding level:
Huntaways shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Huntaway have? What characteristics does the breed have?
FriendlyEnergeticActiveIntelligentTrainableVocal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Huntaway? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Huntaway's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Huntaway dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Huntaways are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Huntaway is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Huntaway sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Huntaways don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Huntaways are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the New Zealand Sheepdog need? Huntaway social needs:
Huntaways are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Huntaway dogs bark a lot? Why does my New Zealand Sheepdog bark?
High: The Huntaway is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Huntaway good as a watchdog?
Huntaways are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Huntaway dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Huntaways are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Huntaway bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the New Zealand Sheepdog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Huntaway? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Huntaway has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Huntaway do?
Huntaways have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Huntaways need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Huntaway to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Huntaway roam?
Huntaways are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Huntaway have high prey drive?
Huntaways don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Huntaway good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Huntaways are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Huntaways adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Huntaways do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Huntaway dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Huntaways are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Huntaway dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Huntaway and children:
Huntaways are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Huntaway dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Huntaways are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Huntaway good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Huntaway dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Huntaways are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Huntaway can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Huntaways good office dogs? Do Huntaways make good office friendly dogs? Can Huntaways be office dogs?
No
Huntaway is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Huntaway dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the New Zealand Sheepdog temperament with senior people? Are Huntaway dogs good for elderly owners?
Huntaways are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Huntaway dogs get along with other pets? Are Huntaway dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Huntaways are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Huntaway breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Huntaways are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Huntaway be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Huntaway is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Huntaway be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Huntaway is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Huntaway be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Huntaway is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Huntaway be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Huntaway is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Huntaway be a boat dog?
Not really
Huntaway breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Huntaway be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Huntaway is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Huntaway dogs have health problems?
Very healthy dog breed. The Huntaway rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Huntaway dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Huntaway be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Huntaway breed hypoallergenic?
No
Huntaways don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Huntaway have?
Huntaways are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Huntaway dogs require per day?
Huntaways need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Huntaways don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Huntaway need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Huntaway risk for obesity:
Average. The Huntaway has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Huntaway's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Huntaway has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Huntaway drool?
The Huntaway is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Huntaway pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Huntaway pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Huntaway: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Huntaway have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Huntaway have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-7 puppies

Pros & Cons of Huntaway

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Huntaway's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Huntaways are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Huntaways are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Huntaways adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Huntaways are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Huntaways are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Huntaways are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Huntaways are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Huntaways don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Huntaways are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Watchdog Ability: Huntaways are not the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Huntaways have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Huntaways do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Huntaway is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Huntaways are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Scott T

    Apr 1, 2020, 4:22:39 AM:

    Excellent dog. Very smart and social. Probably not good for elderly as they are large & active. My boy is both taller & heavier than the upper limit listed (he is 26" at the shoulder and 71 lbs at 8 months). Very good with other animals.

  • Glenn Redwood

    Mar 29, 2020, 9:09:41 PM:

    Great dog. I disagree a good dog for elderly as they have so much energy and are loud! Bit the best fried you can have...