The unsung hero of New Zealand's high country - the huntaway
- has been officially acknowledged as our first home-grown
The highly intelligent, barrel-chested, black and tan dog
whose deep, loud voice rings out throughout a mustering day,
has been declared the 223rd breed on the New Zealand Kennel
Club (NZKC) register, and its first ''native'' New Zealand
New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association (NZSDTA) president
John Harvey told Courier Country the two organisations had
worked together on the project to get the breed recognised.
''It is quite a big deal and honour for the breed.''
Importantly, the international body - Federation Cynologique
Internationale, in Belgium - had acknowledged the
Initially, NZSDTA had its reservations because it wanted the
huntaway's status as first and foremost a working dog to be
protected, he said.
But it was able to stipulate in the NZKC documentation the
breed was never to be ''shown'' and should not be kept solely
as a pet.