Huntaway (New Zealand Huntaway or Pastor New Zealand) It is a breed of dog native of New Zealand What, Since its early inception, they were used to drive vast herds of sheep using their strong and deep bark. The breed is relatively new, its existence dates back to the Decade of 1900.
Although it is today widely considered as a breed apart within the working dogs and still has not been recognized by any canine club.
The true story of the origin of the breed Huntaway, also known as Pastor New Zealand, is not exactly known but, There are many theories that sheds light on it.
The Huntaway is used (and uses) in all New Zealand to lead and manage the massive flocks of sheep. Currently, These dogs are considered part of the heritage of New Zealand, Although they are not recognized as a breed by any canine club.
The sheep were introduced in New Zealand, due to the temperate and humid climate became it a place conducive to the development of this cattle. Climatic characteristics make rainfall spread throughout the year and that these large flocks of sheep have rich pastures always available to feed.
Before that the Huntaway girlfriends fame, small herds were managed by dogs of breed Collie had been introduced in the national territory. As time passed, the herds grew to massive proportions and it was then, When were Collie dogs not able to cope with such development.
Many things converged, the long hair of the Collie, the warm and humid climate, his silent work as they grew the herds tended inefficient… Because, the passage of time and livestock development demonstrated that these dogs are tired at high speed, they lacked resistance and its mode of silent work carried the pastor not know where were his dogs. AND…, born chaos.
The farmer often (given the size of herds) I couldn't find almost a kilometer away from (on the other side of the herd), years. At that time, what I needed was a dog of short hair that is adapted to the climate without difficulty, with resistance and could be heard at great distances. These requirements resulted in the birth of the Huntaway.
Some breeds of dog studies argue that the early introduction of the Collie and other races, They carried that farmers begin breeding programmes, in order to create a dog with the qualities needed to work with massive flocks. They think that within the crosses have been present races as the Beauceron, the Bloodhound, the German Shepherd, the Labrador Retriever and the Rottweiler, but this is only a conjecture. Huntaway race exists only makes 100 years… and it has not delved too.
The Huntaway are large size dogs, they usually weigh in of 18 to 29,5 kg and its height to cross varies between the 51 and 61 cm..
The color of their fur may vary, common colors are solid black, black and tan (is expected), Black with some white or striped. The layer can also be of different textures, It can be smooth or wavy, and the hair can be short or long, the ears are medium-sized and slightly pendants. The life expectancy of a Huntaway is of 12 to 14 years of age.
The Huntaway are very intelligent and a single owner. It has an admirable resistance, You can run all day and not showing no sign of fatigue. They are easy to train and very vocal, It can be taught to bark at the order of his master. Generally, they usually do not have as pets, because they are - mainly- working dogs. But in recent years have begun to enjoy great popularity and it is common to see them in homes.
As we said, they are intelligent, kind, very energetic, active dogs that require a lot of exercise. They have been bred to guide sheep by the hills and mountains of New Zealand, where it is difficult to walk or ride, What hand signs and whistles are used to communicate orders to these dogs when they are at a distance.
They are known for being noisy dogs, especially when working.
Thanks to their conditions of grazing the Huntaway race has gained popularity around the world, Japan started the first New Zealand Huntaway Club in Australia are used much to work with sheep.
A municipality located 184 km to the North of the capital of New Zealand (Wellington) call Hunterville It is very famous for its statue of a dog breed Huntaway. There every year provide a special tribute to the race, the feast is celebrated on the first Saturday after labor day, they are games and competitions, races between pastors and their Huntaway dogs. It is a very important holiday because there meet pastors travelling from all parts of New Zealand.