|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 2 Section 2 #3
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
|Also recognized by
CKC in Herding group
Hovawart is a German
The name of the breed means "an estate guard dog," which is the original use for
the breed. The breed originated in the
Forest region and was first described in text and paintings in medieval
The Hovawart is a large dog. Dogs are 63-70 cm (24 3/4"-27 1/2") and bitches
58-65 cm (22 3/4"-25 1/2") at the
weight is approximately 25-40 kg (55-90 pounds). It comes in blonde, black, or
black and tan, the latter being most common.
The Hovawart is an outstanding watch dog and somewhat reserved towards
strangers. They make excellent family dogs as they are totally devoted to their
family. They are a working dog breed, and require a consistent and loving yet
strict training and meaningful activity thoughout their lives.
In the early 20th century there was a project to create a German working dog,
which resulted in the
German Shepherd Dog. Some people, however, disagreed with how the ideal
German working dog would be like and found some original Hovawart-type dogs and
revived the breed. The breed standard was published and the breed was recognized
German Kennel Club in 1937. The breed is recognized by the
Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
A Hovawart dog in a forest.
The Hovawart does expectionally well in search and rescue, tracking and
working dog activities. The lighter females often love
In training and especially obedience work the trainer must keep positive
reinforcement in mind all the time, as the Hovawart is not as eager to please as
many other working dog breeds. The Hovawart may easily become reluctant if
training is built only on punishments.
The owner of a Hovawart should have previous experience in owning and
training a dog. The Hovawart is not suitable as a first dog.
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