The classic farm dog, the New Zealand Huntaway, has been recognised as the country’s first native dog breed on the official NZ Kennel Club (NZKC) registry.
The breed was possibly the result of selective breeding between the Border Collie, Bearded Collie, Labrador, Rottweiler, Harrier, Gordon Setter and Smithfield Collie although the exact origins are unknown.
There are currently 223 different breeds on the NZKC registry but all have off-shore origins.
For dogs of a recognised breed to be able to be registered with the NZKC they must have a pedigree of at least three generations.
The recognition of the breed has been a collaborative effort between the NZKC and NZ Sheepdog Trial Association.
“We have proudly advised our international counterparts of the addition of our first native breed to the NZKC Registry,” NZKC president Owen Dance said.