Dog Breeds: H


The Hamiltonstövare is a Swedish hunting breed that is a rare sight outside of its homeland. Its high energy levels and potential for stubbornness mean it needs an experienced owner, but in the right hands it can be a devoted and obedient family dog. It is generally very good with children, but unreliable with non-canine pets.


The Harrier has a long and distinguished history as a fox and harehunting dog, but is now more likely to be found as a good-natured, sociable pet. It is great with children and other dogs, but not reliable with smaller pets. Its great capacity for exercise and stubborn nature can make it a challenge to manage for owners without a lot of spare time.


Havanese is a toy dog breed originally from Cuba but popular all over the world. The Havanese is a cute, playful dog with a long, silky coat that may come in all colours. They are active and friendly, sometimes overly attached to their owners, being prone to separation anxiety. They are great companion dogs and are also used as therapy and assistance dogs.

Hortaya Borzaya

Used as hunting dogs in rural parts of Russia and its neighbouring countries, the Hortaya Borzaya is an incredibly rare dog, that you may never have heard of. Prized for their ability to bring home food for the table, they are more of a working farm dog than a family pet. Elegant and athletic, they are renowned for their stamina and speed.


This guardian breed has been protecting people and their property in its native Germany since the Middle Ages, and it can fill the role of family protector like few others. The Hovawart is a strong-willed dog that respects firm leadership, and this, combined with its suspicion of strangers, means it is not suitable for a novice owner.

Hungarian Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is a highly-intelligent, courageous and loyal large breed of dog, which is traditionally used for herding and guarding livestock. It is inherently protective and can be suspicious and aloof around strangers. They are best suited to an experienced dog owner who has plenty of time to exercise and diligently train them.

Hungarian Puli

The mop-haired Hungarian Puli has a long history as a sheep-herder, but is rarely used for this purpose today. Instead, it protects its human “flock”, and is a clever and independent family pet that is gentle with children and sociable with other dogs. It is highly energetic and needs lots of exercise, as well as considerable effort to maintain its trademark coat.


A genuine working dog, the Huntaway was developed in New Zealand as a response to the need for a capable and hardy herding dog that used their voice, as well as their vision when shepherding. Highly intelligent with a dedication to their work, they make fantastic farm hands. Gentle by nature, they also tend to get along well with family pets and children.