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Hovawart: Origin, Personality, Fitness & Health
Also Known As: Hovie.
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Hovawart’s country
of origin is Germany. Some hundred years of
so back an attempt was made in Germany to
recreate the great estate-guarding dog of
the ‘Middle Ages’. Selected farm
dogs acquired in the Black Forest and Hartz
mountain regions of Germany together with
perhaps the Hungarian Kuvasz, German Shepherd
and Newfoundland were used by a group of dedicated
breeders to give rise to the Hovawart- an
There is written evidence of the
existence of this versatile and intelligent breed
in Eike von Repgow’s Sachsenspiegel. Mention
of the dog is made here as ‘Hofewart’.
The breed had become nearly extinct in the 1200s.
However, records from the 1400s available illustrate
and describe the Hovawart dogs tracking robbers.
The reconstruction/recreation of the breed took
place in the 1920s. It was Kurt Konig whose efforts
in this regard proved to be successful and the german
Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1937. This breed
of dogs is particularly popular in Germany and it
has been learnt that in the US only about 100 Hovawarts
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Description of the Dog
The dog has a large and robust
appearance. However, it is not heavy. The Hovawart
looks somewhat like the Golden Retriever. Its body
is slightly longer than tall. It has a straight
back and gentle slopping croup. The head is powerful
and has a rounded forehead. The muzzle is shorter
than the skull. The dog has dark eyes. Its triangular
shaped ears are set low and they hang down.
The dog has a single, flat-lying,
dense, longhaired and wavy coat. There is feathering
on the chest, legs, undersides and tail of the Hovawart.
The colors of the coat are black, blonde or black
and tan. Certain markings may also be there as specified
in the standard. The colors of the eyes, the nose
and the nails match with those of the coat. The
dog’s tail is well feathered. The dog carries
it low. It hangs past the hocks.
Male Hovawart dogs have heights
ranging between 24 inches and 28 inches.
Bitches have heights ranging between 22 inches and
Weight: The dogs weight between
55 pounds and 90 pounds.
Temperament of the Breed
The dog qualifies as an excellent
watchdog. It also makes a wonderful family dog.
However, it is somewhat reserved towards strangers.
The Hovawart remains calm while at home but becomes
energetic once it goes outdoors. It is a determined
and obedient dog. It remains loyal to the owner’s
family but has the tendency to become greatly affectionate
and strictly devoted to a particular person (its
master). If well socialized with children from a
young age then the Hovawart can become their great
friend later on. They may also well adjust with
non-canine household pets if socialized properly
The dogs have good scenting noses
and are intelligent and highly trainable. A consistent,
loving and balanced training of the Hovawart can
yield remarkable results. The dog needs a firm,
Some Hovawart strains have been
found to be prone to fear biting. Again, others
may be rather timid. However, Hovawart dogs have
by and large been known to be having a strong sense
of territory and do not readily desert their owners
and owners’ homes and properties.
Though the Hovawart dogs possess
the nature of herding dogs and watchdogs, they can
adapt themselves to the circumstances in which they
are placed, provided they are taken out for a daily
walk, jog or run. The dogs immensely enjoy getting
opportunities to run and play off the lead. This
keeps it in good mental and physical health too.
The dogs would love to hike and go backpacking too.
Their ability to run easily run over difficult terrain
places them in good stead in this regard.
The dogs stay best with at least
an average sized yard provided for them alongside
their place of shelter. They are just moderately
active indoors and apartment life is not recommended
for them. Being especially suited for the role of
outstanding watchdogs (for stables, fields, country
houses etc.) they are adapted to sleeping outdoors
and prefer cooler climes.
The coat of the dog is easy to
groom. The Hovawart is an average shedder. It only
calls for an occasional brushing and combing to
keep the coat clean and free from shed hair. However,
extra care needs to be taken while brushing/combing
in the tangle prone areas of the coat/dog’s
Though a very healthy breed the
European lines of this breed have been found to
be having a widespread under active thyroid problem.
The breed is also pretty prone to hip dysplasia.
However, with stringent breeding practices being
adopted this has been kept well under check.
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