USD $300-$400 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 280
Origin New Zealand
Other Names NZ Huntaway, New Zealand Sheepdog,,New Zealand Huntaway
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $300-$400
How much does a Huntaway cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $300 to $400 on your Huntaway if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Huntaway from a shelter.
Size Large
Weight 40-65 pounds (18-30 kg)
Height 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Working, Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin 1900's
Ancestry Collies, English Hound, Labrador, Old English Sheepdogs

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Rough, Smooth
Coat Colors Black & Tan
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Pied
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Energetic, Friendly, Intelligent, Productive, Trainable, Vocal
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 80 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost $39.00 - $52.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Huntaway have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-7 puppies (Once a year.)


The Huntaway dog is a large, strong, and active breed of working dog that originated in New Zealand. They are known for their intelligence and loyalty, as well as their ability to herd livestock. The Huntaway has a distinctive appearance with a long muzzle, pointed ears, and a thick coat of fur. They come in various colors including black, white, brown, red, and brindle.

The average lifespan of the Huntaway is between 10-12 years when properly cared for. They typically weigh between 50-70 pounds and stand at an average height of 22-26 inches tall at the shoulder.

The Huntaway is an intelligent breed with an independent streak that makes them great working dogs but can also make them difficult to train as pets. They are loyal to their owners but can be aloof with strangers until they get to know them better.

Huntaways are friendly with other dogs and animals if they have been socialized from a young age but may be wary of strangers or unfamiliar animals if not properly trained or socialized early on in life. They tend to be good around children if raised together from puppyhood but may become overly protective if not given proper training or guidance from an early age.

The temperament of the Huntaway is alert and energetic which makes them great working dogs but can also make them difficult to handle as pets due to their high energy levels and need for exercise on a daily basis.

Health wise the Huntaway is generally healthy although they may suffer from hip dysplasia like many large breeds do so it’s important that you keep up with regular vet checkups throughout your pet’s life span in order to catch any potential health issues before they become serious problems down the line.

In terms of adaptability level the Huntaway does best when given plenty of space outdoors where they can run around freely while still being able to stay close enough for supervision by their owners when needed such as during playtime or walks outside together etc.. This breed does not do well in apartments due to its high energy levels so it’s important that you provide your pet with plenty of outdoor space where it can run around freely without having too much restriction on its movements indoors all day long every day which could lead to behavioral issues down the line such as barking excessively or becoming destructive out of boredom etc..

Overall the benefits of owning a Huntaway dog include its intelligence which makes it easy for owners who want an obedient pet that will listen when given commands; its loyalty which ensures that your pet will always remain devoted towards you; its strength which allows it work hard all day long without tiring out easily; its alertness which helps keep watch over your home while you’re away; and finally its friendly nature towards other animals making it easy for owners who want multiple pets living under one roof without any major conflicts arising between them all due time spent together living peacefully side by side each other!


The Huntaway is a large, powerful dog that was originally bred in New Zealand for hunting. The breed is also known as the New Zealand Huntaway, and is a cross between the English Mastiff and the English Bulldog. The Huntaway was once very popular in New Zealand, but nearly became extinct due to a lack of interest in hunting. However, the breed has recently become popular again, due in part to its friendly nature and its ability to serve as a working dog on farms.

The Huntaway has a long history in New Zealand, dating back to the early 1800s. The breed was developed by English settlers who wanted a dog that could help them hunt game birds. The Mastiff was crossed with the Bulldog to create a dog with the strength and size to chase down game, but with a gentle temperament that would make it suitable for living with humans.

The Huntaway became one of the most popular breeds in New Zealand, but began to decline in popularity after World War II. This was due to a change in lifestyle; as more people moved into cities and stopped hunting, there was less need for hunting dogs. By the 1970s, there were only a handful of Huntaways left in New Zealand.

However, the breed has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. This is partly due to an increase in interest in farming and rural living, but also because the Huntaway is now recognized as an excellent working dog for tasks such as herding sheep and cattle. The breed is also known for being friendly and good with children, making them ideal family pets.

The Huntaway is thought to be descended from two main breeds: the English Mastiff and the English Bulldog. However, there are other theories about the ancestry of the breed; some believe that they may also be related to the Scottish Deerhound or even the Greyhound. Regardless of their exact ancestry, it is clear that the Huntaway is a unique breed that has adapted well to life in New Zealand.