Dog Breed Group: Guard Dog
Life Span: 10-14 years
Weight: Male: 31-42, Female: 30-41
Height: Male: 25-28, Female: 23-25
Origin of Name: The Hovawart is a medium to large size German dog breed.
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Hovawrt is a very old German Working Dog breed. The origin of the name stems from Middle High German (an older form of German); Hova = hoff (= yard, farm) and wart = vectors (= watchman). Since 1922, breeding of this breed, using the same type of dogs still found on farms, has been restored. In addition, in the early years of breeding, crosses were recruited with German Shepherd dogs, Newfoundlands, Leonbergers, and other breeds. Due to strict measurements made in the selection of breeding stock, the original work type was again obtained. In 1937, the Federation Synthological Internationale (FCI) officially recognized Hovart.
The circumstances of World War II again threatened the breed. Dogs were difficult to raise and raise. Various groups of breeders tried to revive the breed with low numbers of dogs that remained after the war. In 1948, Rassezuchtwerin für Hovart-Hande E.V. (RZV) was founded by some of these groups in the Federal Republic of Germany and became a member of the Verband für das deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) of the German Kennel Club.