The Hovawart is a very old breed of dog that can be traced back to the 1200s. It was primarily bred to guard large estates and land in its native Germany. Sadly the Hovawart is quite a rare sight in the UK.
The Hovawart is a striking dog that resembles the Golden Retriever in appearance. This large dog has a thick,dense coat, with longer featherings on the chest, backs of legs, abdomen and tail.
The word Hovawart literally means "an estate guard dog" in German, which is what the Hovawart was primarily used for. The Hovawart is also known as the Hovie.
The Hovawart is a confident, intelligent and obedient dog. They thrive on human companionship and enjoy being part of the family. Although, they were bred to guard, the Hovawart doesn’t display agressive traits but when pushed will defend his owners and property. They are generally good with children, but as always, youngsters should be supervised around dogs. With early socialisation and training the Hovawart may live happily with cats and other smaller pets in the family home.
The Hovawart is happiest working with his master, enjoying plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. The Hovawart excels in working dog activities including search and rescue and tracking.
As with all larger dog breeds, vigorous exercise and excessive jumping should be avoided in the first year to prevent damage to joints.The Hovawart also takes longer than most dogs to reach full maturity.
The breed comes in just a handful of colours and markings:
Height bitch 57-66 cms
Height dog 63-73 cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 30-45kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 30-45kgs
The Hovawart is a very athletic dog breed that requires around 2 hours of exercise every day.
Yes, but new owners should be aware of the high levels of exercise and mental stimulation this breed requires.
The coat on the body is medium in length with longer featherings on the chest, backs of legs, abdomen and tail. The coat is water-resistant and the undercoat is sparse.
The Hovawart requires a weekly brush with a soft slicker brush or good quality bristle brush to keep the coat tangle free. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.
No. The Hovawart sheds throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.
The Hovawart is generally healthy, but owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Hovawart should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-14 years.
No current puppy price is available as litters of puppies are quite rare. Indeed, just 15 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club during the entire year of 2015. Register your interest with an assured breeder, so they can notify you of expected litters.
A bitch or dog weighing 35kgs will require around 402gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch or dog weighing 35kgs will cost around £9.90 per week to feed. Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: