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New Zealand Heading Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about New Zealand Heading Dog 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 New Zealand Heading Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
New Zealand Collie, NZ Heading Dog, New Zealand Eye Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is New Zealand Heading Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is New Zealand Heading Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the New Zealand Heading Dog 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? New Zealand Heading Dog price:
Unknown
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History

New Zealand Heading dogs are descendants of the Scottish Border Collie, which were used on the boarders by shepherds in Scotland. According to some researchers, shepherds who shifted from the boarders tried to breed more specified dogs. A Scot, James Lillico, moved to New Zealand in the late 1890s and bred his home nation’s sheepdog with a Huntaway which was used for heavy farm work.

However, not so much later the modern heading dog, also known as ‘eye dog’, became common in New Zealand. The term ‘heading’ is originally used to describe dogs who bred to go around sheep, watch them closely in order to stop them from escaping, and gather them around as they are thought to be very intelligent. They were also bred to run long distances and to have shorter hair than the Border Collie to be able to beer the hot summers and adapt easily to the local environment.

Another important factor that has been mentioned is that the Border Collie had a strong instinct of laying down which had to breed out of the New Zealand Headings to be able to stand for a long time so the shepherd could see them from a long distance as well. Since that time they have been part of a competitive dog sport called sheepdog trials that began in 1889 at Hakatarame in New Zealand.

The most common colors of this type of breed are black and white, which again helped the shepherds to catch them with their eyes from a long distance. On the other hand, the recessive red color in some was not as popular as the black and white because it had its downside that it was not as easily seen. There were many other reasons why they became the best-suited type for their job besides their intelligence, such as having a super quick reaction and high speed. Furthermore, an interesting factor that still attracts people today is that New Zealand Heading has a special type of genes. First, they can be “Blue Merle”, which means that their coloring has been genetically diluted so part of their coat remains black but have this beautiful and unique light and grey colors as well. Second, they can have the so-called “walleye” (also known as heterochromia) which lets them have one blue eye and one brown. However, this merle gene can cause several health problems for example; blindness, sensitivity to the sun, and a higher rate of skin cancer.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? New Zealand Heading Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the New Zealand Heading Dog weigh? New Zealand Heading Dog weight:
55-66 pounds (25-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the New Zealand Heading Dog? New Zealand Heading Dog average weight:
60.5 pounds (27.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the New Zealand Heading Dog? New Zealand Heading Dog height:
20-24 inches (50-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? New Zealand Heading Dog average height:
22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the New Zealand Heading Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper New Zealand Heading Dog's coat?
Black & WhiteTan
Grooming
How to groom the New Zealand Heading Dog and how often?
Average: The New Zealand Heading Dog 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 New Zealand Heading Dog, 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 New Zealand Heading Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the New Zealand Collie? New Zealand Heading Dog shedding level:
New Zealand Heading Dogs 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 New Zealand Heading Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IntelligentWilling
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the New Zealand Heading Dog? Are they intelligent?
Smart: New Zealand Heading Dog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are New Zealand Heading Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The New Zealand Heading Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? New Zealand Heading Dog sensitivity:
New Zealand Heading Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the New Zealand Collie need? New Zealand Heading Dog social needs:
New Zealand Heading Dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my NZ Heading Dog bark?
Low to Average: The New Zealand Heading Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is New Zealand Heading Dog good as a watchdog?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do New Zealand Heading Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the New Zealand Collie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a New Zealand Heading Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The New Zealand Heading Dog 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 New Zealand Heading Dog do?
New Zealand Heading Dogs have a strong 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 New Zealand Heading Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the New Zealand Heading Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does New Zealand Heading Dog roam?
New Zealand Heading Dogs 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 New Zealand Heading Dog have high prey drive?
New Zealand Heading Dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is New Zealand Heading Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
New Zealand Heading Dogs 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?
New Zealand Heading Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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?
New Zealand Heading Dogs 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 New Zealand Heading Dog 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?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are New Zealand Heading Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? New Zealand Heading Dog and children:
New Zealand Heading Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is New Zealand Heading Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the New Zealand Heading Dog can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are New Zealand Heading Dogs good office dogs? Do New Zealand Heading Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can New Zealand Heading Dogs be office dogs?
No
New Zealand Heading Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the New Zealand Collie temperament with senior people? Are New Zealand Heading Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are New Zealand Heading Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is New Zealand Heading Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
New Zealand Heading Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can New Zealand Heading Dog 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). New Zealand Heading Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can New Zealand Heading Dog 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. New Zealand Heading Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can New Zealand Heading Dog 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. New Zealand Heading Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can New Zealand Heading Dog 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 New Zealand Heading Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can New Zealand Heading Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
New Zealand Heading Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can New Zealand Heading Dog 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. New Zealand Heading Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs have health problems?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a New Zealand Heading Dog be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the New Zealand Heading Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
New Zealand Heading Dogs 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 New Zealand Heading Dog have?
New Zealand Heading Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do New Zealand Heading Dog dogs require per day?
New Zealand Heading Dogs 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?
New Zealand Heading Dogs 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 New Zealand Heading Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 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? New Zealand Heading Dog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The New Zealand Heading Dog has a low to the average risk for obesity. 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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the New Zealand Heading Dog'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 New Zealand Heading Dog 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 New Zealand Heading Dog drool?
The New Zealand Heading Dog 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 New Zealand Heading Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? New Zealand Heading Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female New Zealand Heading Dog: 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 New Zealand Heading Dog 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 New Zealand Heading Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Pros & Cons of New Zealand Heading Dog

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: New Zealand Heading Dog's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: New Zealand Heading Dogs are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: New Zealand Heading Dogs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: New Zealand Heading Dogs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: New Zealand Heading Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: New Zealand Heading Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: New Zealand Heading Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: New Zealand Heading Dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: New Zealand Heading Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: New Zealand Heading Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: New Zealand Heading Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Mouthiness: New Zealand Heading Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: New Zealand Heading Dogs 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: New Zealand Heading Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: New Zealand Heading Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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