origin-iconOrigin:  Germany

group-iconDog Breed Group: Guard Dog

life-iconLife Span: 10-14 years

weight-iconWeight: Male: 31-42, Female: 30-41

height-iconHeight: Male: 25-28, Female: 23-25

Origin of Name:   The Hovawart is a medium to large size German dog breed.

Hovawart Dog Breed
SizeTemperamentSheddingDroolingMonthly keeping cost
Large Zero
Hair Everywhere

About Hovawart

  • Life Span*10-14 years
  • Getting a puppy homeExpensive
  • Popularity
    Star Super star
  • Availability
    Rare Easy to get

Anatomically, Hovarts are large, heavily-bonded dogs that are considered intelligent protectors of livestock and household. They come in three colors: blond, black and tan and black. They are vigilant, loyal, reliable, highly intelligent, manipulative and stubborn. Hovart likes to do the job, or he will use his creative nature. They take about two years to mature. Currently, Howarts in North America are participating in search and rescue organizations, medical dog activities, obedience tests, agility tests, flyballs and service dog training. Owning a Hovart can be quite a challenge, and they require significant time and attention from their owners, so they are not recommended for first-time dog owners. However, for an owner who is willing to spend the effort to teach his dog proper behavior in various situations, the reward is a loyal companion. Howart is a family dog. It develops a strong bond to its "pack" and should be a part of the family's life; It needs to be closely tied to the owner / family. If it is integrated well into the family, it does not feel like spending occasional hours in a kennel.


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.

General Appearance

Physically, Hovawarts are large, heavy-boned dogs that have been bred to be intelligent protectors of livestock and the home. They come in three colors: blonde, black and tan, and black. A Hovawart loves to have a job, or will use his or her creative nature to find one.

Pros - Cons
This breed is easy to train, does not require a lot of grooming and are low droolers
They are prone to allergies, not apartment friendly and have seperation anxiety

The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch's discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time

Hovawart Grooming

Hovawart Training

Hovwart's tendency to guard is best controlled by socialization and exposure to various situations and stimuli. This will allow the dog to understand how each situation should be approached and use the dog's intelligence to assure measured response. Absent instructions, Hovart will make his decision, and it may not match what you want him to do. Training is required so the dog understands how you want him to make decisions and not depend on his instincts. Proper guarding instincts is a learned process, and dogs need to be exposed to and educated in these situations.

It is up to the Hovart owner to be more alert, deliberate, directive and consistent than his dog. Howart needs a leader he can trust. He does not respond positively at all to rigorous methods of training; In order to build and maintain fundamental trust it is more important that he wants to feel towards his pack leader.

Hovawart Nutrition

Hovwarts are a large breed so the more running room they have, the happier they will be. It is better to have a large fitted yard, but substitute exercises such as hiking, trips to a dog park, etc. can make up for some of the drawbacks in this area. It requires at least one hour walk, plus 3 or 4 walks daily. Training for dog sports such as agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise. The apartments are usually not large, or have enough space for desired activities.

Hovawart Exercise

You want to feed your Hovart a formula that will meet their unique digestive needs at different stages of their lives. Many dog ​​food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large, and extra-large breeds. Hovart is a large breed that is 10–14 years old.

What you feed your dog is a personal choice, but working with your vet and / or breeder will be the best way to determine the frequency of feeding as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase longevity. . Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.

Hovawart Health

Hovarts are quite healthy and live to a ripe age. One can expect an average lifespan in the range of 10 to 14 years and owners should be prepared to devote this time to their care. There are no known issues of race-specific diseases and hip dysplasia rates are calculated at less than 5%. For a large breed dog, this is an exceptionally low rate.