Killiebrae Sheepdogs

We have a couple of Newzealand Huntaways here at the moment, they are a very useful dog whentrained.  Ours will bark on command and also stop barking on command ( comes in handy!) 

A little about the breed.

The Huntaway originates from Newzealand and was developed to help manage huge mobs ( Flocks) of sheep in vast and rough terrain. They are used for their noise and they can work at a distance , making sheep move without being close and upsetting them.  As the name states they "hunt away" sheep so are very good  at driving flocks away/ down roads/ through pens. 

They are very useful dogs when trained but they do take longer to develop than a Border Collie so if they are pushed at too young an age you can ruin them. They grow quickly so sometimes it is hard to remember they are still pups! It is probably better to have a Border Collie to do the delicate work and a Huntaway to do the bulk/gathering work, they make a great team.

Huntaways are usually Black and Tan but can have some white on the chest and have brindle instead of Tan. Sometimes you get Blue and Tan , we had 2 in litter once! Most have a short coat but you can have them with rough/wiry coats too, they have lots of different breeds in their background so sometimes you get a throwback.  

Meet our dogs

 

Ruby- She is the first one we had, she is a big strong Bitch and can get a lot of work done. Ruby works well with other dogs and you can use her for most jobs around the farm. She drives sheep well but we have also taught her to gather a field in , is good in the pens and is useful at lambing time as she can stay off the sheep and her bark keeps ewes and lambs mothered up. 


 

 

Amber - She is the new kid on the block! Amber is a whirlwind, keen to do anything and everything..especially work sheep. She is a grandaughter of Ruby and her sire is Killiebrae Digger, he is a full brother to Killiebrae Finn.  We have just started to train her and she is learning really fast, she still young at the moment so we are taking things slow and letting her have fun whilst learning small things.  She has a strong instinct to drive sheep and has a great bark. We will  have some pups from her in the future.

 

 

Past dogs:

 Digger - He is a son of Ruby and Major. He is now up in Scoltand working on an estate and is the Sire of Amber. He is being used at stud and I would reccomend him so if you are looking for a dog to line your Bitch with get in touch and I can let you know his owners details.