A versatile family dog who can adapt to most situations.
Hovawart is an old German working dog breed.
Hovawart is an old German working dog breed. There are references to us all the way back to the 14th century. For centuries, we were used as guardians of farms and houses. This is reflected through the origin of our name: the German words "hova" and "wart" mean "farm" and "guard"!
Hovawart received its recognition as a separate breed in 1936.
Willing to learn, friendly, confident, and protective
The Hovawart is a pleasant and versatile breed suitable both as a working dog and a family dog. Keywords that describe us are friendly, confident, versatile, harmonious, and protective.
We are smart dogs that love to learn. We are often trained to become guide dogs, rescue dogs, and tracking dogs. We can also be used in obedience work and competitions.
Hovawart prefers to stay close to its owner but is still independent an independent breed.
As companion dogs, we are affectionate towards our owners, and we will never be far away from them. At home, we are calm and harmonious, but we do not hesitate to alert when someone comes to visit. This is due to our history as guard dogs, where we guarded the house and farm.
Compatible with children?
Hovawart has a great tolerance for children, but there should be an adult present when the kids interact with dogs. It is also important to teach children how to handle the four-legged.
Hovawart are quite independent dogs, which is partly due to our origins as farm dogs. As an owner, you should be patient and friendly, yet determined in your upbringing.
We are active (and big) dogs who love walks and stimulating challenges. Are you going on a long trip? Let me carry the hoof. Are you going on a ski trip? Let me pull the sled.
We require an outlet for our energy and have a strong desire to work. A happy Hovawart gets varied activities and long walks. You must be prepared to go for walks on a daily basis if you are considering a dog of our kind.
Alerts when we discover something "abnormal".
How much a dog "talks" varies between breeds and individuals. The dog's upbringing plays a big role in deciding how much it will bark. On a general basis, we Hovawart's are quiet dogs, unless we have to communicate something to our owners.
We are known to alert our owners when strangers come to visit when the doorbell rings, or if an unknown car enters the driveway. One thing many Hovawart owners will recognize is that we will be quiet as soon as we get to greet the visitors.
Our barking is not a sign of aggression, but a sign of curiosity and an expression of our need for protection.
Our fur requires little fur care, but you have to expect some grooming requirements. Brush our coats a couple of times a week. We should only bathe when needed (but many of us still love to bathe and therefore take a dip when the opportunity arises).
In general, Hovawart are healthy dogs with a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
Some conditions/diseases can still occur, and for our breed, this primarily applies to hip dysplasia. The underactive thyroid gland is also something that affects us more frequently than in other breeds.