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New Zealand Huntaway

New Zealand Huntaway
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Origin / History The New Zealand Huntaway is a dog breed that has been existing since the 1900s. Although most of the British sheepdogs that were transported to New Zealand herded sheep silently, there would be an occasional dog that would herd sheep with its voice. Some shepherds became curious about this because they liked what they saw in the voice-driving sheepdogs. Breeders then used selective breeding to cross the barking sheepdogs with other breeds to develop a breed that has the desired characteristics. Other breeds used include the Border Collie, German Shepherd, Hound, and Black Lab. The breeding program became successful, and the product was the New Zealand Huntaway, which commands sheep forward using its voice.

This breed is not currently recognized by any kennel clubs, even in New Zealand. But it has been exported to Great Britain, where it is allowed to participate in field trials and is used as a sheepdog. Dogs of this breed are increasing in popularity as companion dogs.

Appearance New Zealand Huntaways come in different shapes, colours, and sizes. Some of these dogs may be very big, but there are also some specimens that are very small. There is no specific breed standard because these dogs were bred for their working ability and their looks are not considered as important.

Colours These dogs usually come in black or black and tan. Occasionally, though, there are some specimens of the New Zealand Huntaway that are brindle or white in colour.

Temperament New Zealand Huntaways are highly intelligent dogs, but unlike many other intelligent breeds, these dogs are not stubborn and are easily trained. These dogs can get along well with children and animals, so they make excellent family dogs. These dogs may bark excessively, though, because they were bred to herd using their voice. With proper training, though, they can be taught not to bark when it's not appropriate. These dogs would also not make good watchdogs or guard dogs.

Height and Weight These dogs are approximately 20 to 24 inches tall, and 40 to 65 pounds heavy. This size range, though, is a very general one. Dogs of this breed can come in a wide variety of sizes.

Common Health Problems There are no genetic health problems associated with this breed because these dogs are generally healthy. The illnesses affecting New Zealand Huntaways are those common to other dog breeds as well.

Living Conditions It would be alright for these dogs to be kept inside apartments just as long as they are given enough exercise. They can also sleep outdoors if they are provided with proper shelter.

Exercise Requirements Originally bred to be working dogs, New Zealand Huntaways are very active and need much exercise. They should be taken out for long, brisk walks daily, and they'll benefit from being allowed to run around in a large, secure area. These dogs would also benefit from being given some work to do.

Training Requirements New Zealand Huntaways are exceptionally intelligent and are easy to train. These dogs have a tendency to bark frequently, so they should be taught to save their voice for those times when they are working, or when they need food. These dogs should be trained and properly socialized at an early age. Firm and gentle training methods will work well on these dogs. They must not be trained using harsh methods.

Life Expectancy These dogs can live for around 12 to 14 years when properly taken care of.

Grooming The coat of these dogs should be combed and brushed regularly using a firm bristle brush. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when they are excessively dirty or smell bad already. Frequent bathing can strip natural oils off the coat of these dogs.

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