Mioritic Sheepdog vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison | MyDogBreeds

Mioritic Sheepdog vs Huntaway - Breed ComparisonMioritic Sheepdog is originated from Romania but Huntaway is originated from New Zealand. Mioritic Sheepdog may grow 9 cm / 4 inches higher than Huntaway. Mioritic Sheepdog may weigh 14 kg / 31 pounds more than Huntaway. Both Mioritic Sheepdog and Huntaway has same life span. Both Mioritic Sheepdog and Huntaway has almost same litter size. Mioritic Sheepdog requires Moderate maintenance. But Huntaway requires Low maintenance


mioritic sheepdog - historyThis is a large dog coming from the Carpathian mountain area of Romania.

He has always been an excellent working dog, guarding and protecting sheep. Farmers always kept these dogs as working dogs, with no written records being kept about the development of the breed.

The breed is ancient, possibly dating back to ancient Roman times. It was in the 20th century that interest in the breed was ignited, and in 1981 the first official breed standard was recorded. The breed was also registered with the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 2005.

huntaway - historyThe Huntaway or New Zealand Huntaway is a herding dog that originated in the New Zealand sheep country. Their main purpose is to drive sheep and they are not an old breed. They were developed late in the 19th century for their working skills. The only real criteria was that they were black and tan. A dog must win a trial in order to be placed in the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association studbook. They drive sheep mainly through their deep, loud voice.

In the New Zealand high country there was a need for a working dog with stamina, agility and intelligence to work the sheep as a drover (herder). The dog had to be able to handle rough, steep land and work with very large groups of sheep. The sheer area of land that the sheep graze and the dog would have to cover, demanded that this dog have stamina and strength to cover large pasture land and work for days if necessary. Before this the shepherds had used British sheepdogs but they preferred dogs that barked while working. So they bred the British Sheepdogs with Collies, Border Collies, Labrador, Rottweiler, Doberman and other barking sheepdogs to create the Huntaway. In addition to the bark, they bred for stamina and size.

They were participating in field trails in 1870 and ads for them were seen in newspapers by 1884. They became a separate breed in the 20th century. Today they are spreading around the world and are becoming very popular. It is not recommended that they be kept as pets however, since they are true working dogs.


mioritic sheepdog puppy - descriptionThe Mioritic Sheepdog looks very much like the Old English Sheepdog with his huge body covered with long hair.

His head is also large with a black nose and smallish to medium length floppy ears. The color of the double coat is usually white, cream or pale gray, and sometimes you will find patches of these colors.

The tail has always been traditionally docked, otherwise the tail is left long with a slight curl at the end. The height of the dog is 65 to 75cm and he weighs roughly 50–60kg. Below the thick coat is a muscular dog with strong, straight legs which can help him become quite agile and speedy when needed. Allowed to breed, they can produce anything from 3 to 9 of the most adorable looking puppies.


The Mioritic Sheepdog is a balanced dog, loving to be with his owners but being wary of strangers. He is a brave dog, willing to guard his human family with his life.

He is also a strong-willed and dominant so it will be to his benefit to be trained and socialized so that he becomes obedient and easy to have around.Training won’t be difficult as he is an intelligent breed and already naturally obedient.

He is an energetic dog too so he will need to have regular exercise and games. He therefore gets on well with children in the home, loving to join in with all their games. He will need to be supervised around small children just because of his cumbersome, large size.

huntaway puppy - descriptionThe Huntaway is a large dog with a deep chest and a black and tan coat. They are strong, big and muscular with voices to match. They herd, head, work the sheep in pastures and force them into pens. They are bred to have that big authoritative, deep bark. They do not yap. Their bodies are well proportioned but longer than high. They have well - padded feet and a deep chest for stamina, along with strong legs and body that allows them to run fast and change directions at will.

The tail of a Huntaway if long, while their heads are shaped like blocks while the muzzle is long and the nose is black. They have dark, round eyes and long ears. An unusually attractive dog, they have dense fur with fringe on the tail and chest. There is characteristics a very large variety in the in the way the breed looks from one dog to the next. Thus they do not participate in confirmation events, as the standard is based on working characteristics rather than appearance guidelines. They are more a “class” than a “breed”.


mioritic sheepdog dog - characteristicsThe Mioritic Shepherd has always been used to guard and protect livestock, but even though he has always taken this role seriously, he is calm and loving around his human family, making a splendid family pet.

He also plays the role of guardian and protector of his human family seriously. He is a big strong dog and training and socialization will become necessary as he can become aggressive with certain people who he doesn’t trust.

Inviting one of these dogs into your home will ensure having a constant and loving companion at your side.

Children friendliness

huntaway dog - characteristicsThey are very good with children and love to play with them.

Special talents

Stamina, speed and independence


Not really. Don’t do well in small spaces. Better off in the country.

Learning ability

Very intelligent, quick learner, loves learning new things.

Health Problems

mioritic sheepdog puppies - health problemsThe Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog is a truly hardy dog breed and with good care such as good food and exercise can reach 14 years of age.

There are always some common dog illnesses to look out for and because he is a large dog, hip dysplasia can be a problem.

Hip Dysplasia:

This is a disease where there is abnormal growth of the hip joints. Smooth movement of the joint is hindered and this leads to inflammation and pain.

At first you may find your dog limping and then you may find that after lying down, he battles to get up again. The joint becomes thickened with less mobility and the dog is reluctant to play like he used to. He will certainly need to get to the vet for treatments to make him more comfortable.

huntaway puppies - health problemsThe Huntaway is a pretty healthy breed, developed as it was from the sheepdogs and collies. They still face some inherited issues such as:

  • Hip dysplasia – can cause lameness and arthritis
  • Cancer of bone – life threatening
  • Ear Infections – long eared dogs are prone to infections
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIA (MPS IIIA) – rare metabolic issue can cause neurological problems.
  • Dilated Caridomyopathy (DCM) – enlarged heart can cause heart failure

Caring The Pet

mioritic sheepdog dogs - caringThe Mioritic Sheepdog’s long hair is coarse and will need to be regularly brushed to keep it free of tangles. It will certainly need to be brushed 2 or 3 times a week, while some owners of this dog will prefer to have the coat professionally clipped. Because of the long hair, while brushing him it is an excellent time to check for ticks and fleas.


The food you give your pet plays such a critical role in his health and longevity. Always make sure that you’re giving your pet an uncomplicated diet to avoid stomach upsets.

Give him the best commercially manufactured kibble. To provide him with some variety, add in some boiled chicken, cooked vegetables such as potato, carrots and spinach to his kibble from time to time. He will also benefit greatly from having some raw meat added into the kibble occasionally.

Learn to know which human foods are totally toxic to him and avoid these. Make sure he is never without cool, fresh water.

Feeding the Puppy

huntaway dogs - caringIf you are not using your Huntaway to herd, then feed a medium formula not a high protein, high calorie formula. Feed 3-4 times a day and 1-2 cups.

Feeding the adult

3 cups per day feeding twice a day high quality medium calorie food.

Points for Good Health

Exceptional stamina

Games and Exercises

This herding breed has a great need of mental and physical stimulation. They were born to herd and to do so over vast tracts of land in challenging conditions. They need to be challenged. They need daily exercise at a very high level. A Run them every day or take them on a couple of long walks. They will excel in field trials, Barnhunt, agility and rescue. They love to learn.

Basic Information

Herding dogs
Herding dogs
New Zealand
Height Male:
65 - 75 cm
25 - 30 inches
56 - 66 cm
22 - 26 inches
Height Female:
65 - 75 cm
25 - 30 inches
52 - 62 cm
20 - 25 inches
Weight Male:
50 - 60 kg
110 - 133 pounds
25 - 46 kg
55 - 102 pounds
Weight Female:
50 - 60 kg
110 - 133 pounds
20 - 35 kg
44 - 78 pounds
Life Span:
12 - 14 Years
12 - 14 Years
Litter Size:
3 - 9
5 - 7
Large dog
Large dog
Other Names:
Mioritic Shepherd Dog
New Zealand Huntaway, New Zealand Sheepdog
Colors Available:
cream or pale gray, White
commonly black and tan, tricolour, variable
Long hair, double coat
smooth or rough
Moderate, Constant
Affectionate, Aggressive, Alert, Cheerful, Courageous, Curious, Energetic, Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Lively, Loving, Loyal, Outgoing, Playful, Protective, Responsive, Social, Stubborn, Territorial
Affectionate, Alert, Courageous, Energetic, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Loyal, Playful, Responsive, Sweet
Moderate maintenance
Low maintenance
Kids Friendly:
New Owners Friendly:

Comparison with other breeds

  1. Old English Sheepdog vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  2. Rough Collie vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  3. Saarlooswolfhond vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  4. Perro de Pastor Mallorquin vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  5. South Russian Ovcharka vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  6. Mioritic Sheepdog vs German Shepherd - Breed Comparison
  7. Mioritic Sheepdog vs Akbash Dog - Breed Comparison
  8. Mioritic Sheepdog vs Abruzzenhund - Breed Comparison
  9. Mioritic Sheepdog vs Briard - Breed Comparison
  10. Mioritic Sheepdog vs Bouvier des Flandres - Breed Comparison
  11. Mioritic Sheepdog vs East German Shepherd - Breed Comparison
  12. Mioritic Sheepdog vs Estrela Mountain Dog - Breed Comparison
  13. Mioritic Sheepdog vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  14. Mioritic Sheepdog vs Czechoslovakian Wolfdog - Breed Comparison
  15. Samoyed vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  16. Mixed vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  17. Presa Canario vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  18. Perro de Presa Canario vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  19. Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  20. Saluki vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  21. Mountain Cur vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  22. Rajapalayam vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  23. Schnauzerdor vs Mioritic Sheepdog - Breed Comparison
  24. Old English Sheepdog vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  25. Rough Collie vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  26. Saarlooswolfhond vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  27. Huntaway vs German Shepherd - Breed Comparison
  28. Huntaway vs Akbash Dog - Breed Comparison
  29. Huntaway vs Abruzzenhund - Breed Comparison
  30. Huntaway vs Briard - Breed Comparison
  31. Huntaway vs Bouvier des Flandres - Breed Comparison
  32. Huntaway vs East German Shepherd - Breed Comparison
  33. Huntaway vs Estrela Mountain Dog - Breed Comparison
  34. Huntaway vs Czechoslovakian Wolfdog - Breed Comparison
  35. Perro de Pastor Mallorquin vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  36. South Russian Ovcharka vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  37. Samoyed vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  38. Mixed vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  39. Presa Canario vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  40. Perro de Presa Canario vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  41. Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  42. Saluki vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  43. Mountain Cur vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  44. Rajapalayam vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison
  45. Schnauzerdor vs Huntaway - Breed Comparison

View/Compare Breeds

Popular Dog Breeds