|Good family dog ?||Yes.|
|Original function||Guardian of the property, watchdog and companion|
|Are they a natural guard dog ?||YES|
|Attitude to strangers||Good, but can be reserved towards strangers. They love people but they have a keen sense of discrimination and will warn off people if necessary.|
|Good with other dogs ?||Generally good but might need control. Can be dominant.|
|Good with cats ?||Good with own. Take care with others.|
|Town or Country ?||They require space.|
|Live in a kennel ?||They are not suited to kennel life.|
|Adapt to flat ?||Not recommended.|
|Ease of training||Learn quickly. Can get bored with training, so it must always be fun.|
|Special considerations||They require on-going training in order to keep mentally healthy. Loves to do things for and with you.|
|Average life span||12 -14 years|
|Age at maturity||About 4 years for females, older for males.|
|Colours||Black; Blonde; Black & Gold.|
|Coat type||Moderately long. Soft, shining, with some undercoat.|
|Is professional grooming needed ?||No. Learn how to Groom Hovawarts|
|Coat maintenance, matting and tangling||Moderate. A quick brush daily keeps coat tangle free. Dead undercoat needs plucking or combing out at times of moulting.|
|Special trimm for showing ?||No, but some people trim excess hair on feet and ears.|
|Does the breed suffer in cold, heat or wet?||Do not like the heat. Loves the cold and wet.|
|Daily Exercise||A good couple of hours or more. Free running, play and training essential.|
|Height||Dogs 63 - 70 cm. Bitches 58 - 65 cm.|
|Weight||Should be proportionate to size of dog. Bitches can be as much as 35kg, males 40kg plus.|
|Adult Quantities of dry food||Between 350grm. and 500grm. of good all in one dry food daily, according to size of dog and exercise/work given.|
|Availability||Rare, becoming more popular. There are often waiting lists which vary in length throughout the year.|
|Place of origin||Germany|
|Group||FCI Group 2 Working|
More Hovawart questions ? go to Breed information for more complete and factual information about the Hovawart.
When visiting a person breeding Hovawarts make sure that :-
- the sire and dam of the litter are at least two years old, are healthy and have passed all the Hovawart breed related tests.
- the breeder volunteers proof and explains about the health and breed related testing of most immediate relatives.
- and expect to see the dam in a homely environment, not kept isolated or in a kennel.
- expect a UK Kennel Club Pedigree; in case of a foreign bred puppy a FCI Pedigree.
Only proceed with buying a hovawart puppy if you are satisfied with the integrity, honesty and reliability, expressed or implied, of the breeder.