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Affection for Family

Kid Friendliness

Stranger Friendliness

Ease of Grooming

General Health


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Exercise Needs

Energy Level

he Hovawart is a large “working dog” which originated in the medieval times in the black Forest mountain range. It has a chiseled head and a relatively large face, a strong muscular body, long muzzle, articulated stop, egg-shaped eyes and triangular low-hanging ears, medium-sized neck, straight front legs and firm feet.


  • The thirteenth century - The riches of Germany bred Hovawarts during the middle ages to protect their properties from the attacks of other animals intruders.
  • Fifteenth century – Heinrich Mysinger recognized these dogs as a noble breed in 1473 and also mentioned their usefulness in hunting down thieves and bandits.
  • Twentieth-century – As a repercussion of breeding other watching and guard dogs, including the German Shepherd, Hovawart's popularity started to wane, and they were about to become an extinct species. Zoologist K. Konig reincarnated their fame just right after the end of the first World War by tracing Hogwarts-like dogs from the Black Mountain and crossed them with African hunting dogs, Kuvaszok, German Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands. Finally, The German Kennel Club bestowed them with official recognition in 1937.
  • Twenty-first century – The Foundation Stock Service recognized this breed in 2010.

Interesting Facts

  • Hovawart means an estate guard dog
  • Most sought-after Hovies are those that come with black
  • Most people do not like their dogs to be called as retrievers

The German administrator Eike von Repgow wrote about the “Hofewart” in a  law book named Sachsenspiegel.

Temperament & Personality

Hovawarts are kind, smart, and loyal “working dogs” who are employed in rescuing people, guarding a house, or participating in agility races. They always require some tasks to satisfy their inquisitive nature. These dogs genuinely love to take part in any activities with their owners. They are not at all possessive but demonstrate a significant amount of devotion and courage. The Hovies are well-disciplined, but will not think twice before becoming defensive about themselves, if provoked. They could show aggression in front of other dogs in the house and are not fond of strangers. However, early exposure to socialization training with kids and other pets make them most dependable companions.


These dogs are energetic and need daily activities like jogging, running, hiking and going for long walks. Untie the leash and allow your pet to play in a secure space every day.


Brush your dog’s coat regularly to prevent the formation of knots, bathe it occasionally. Frequently brush their teeth and cut its nails to keep them short.

Health Problems

Arthritis, osteosarcoma, urethral obstruction, dilated cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism are the diseases associated with Hovies. Go for occasional tests like thyroid examination, physical checkups, X-rays and OFA ( Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) certification.


First-time dog owners would find it difficult to train these dogs due to their headstrong and commanding nature.

Start its socialization training by allowing your pet to walk with other people and also with their dogs who possess a friendly disposition. You can also invite your friends and neighbors along with their well-mannered dogs in your house and encourage your pet to engage with them without being fearful.

Expose your Hovawart to early obedience training by making it learn the meanings of your basic command set such as SIT, COME, HEEL, LIE DOWN, STAY. Educate your pet in a calm and noise-free environment.


As Hovawarts are working dogs, they require balanced meals that contain carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins in moderate amount. Apart from dry dog food of reputed brands, you can also mix fish with chicken and feed your pet. Occasionally, you can also give cheese, fruits, and vegetables for consumption.

Hovawart Facts


Breed Type:


Other Names:


Height & Weight:

male:25 – 29 inches and female:23 – 26 inches & 66 – 110 Pounds


Blonde, black & gold, black

Competitive Registration / Qualification Information:



Moderate Shedding



Average Litter Size:

6 – 8 Puppies


10 – 14 Years


Straight, little wavy, thick, close lying, scanty undercoat


$2,700 - $6,000+



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