Original Name : Hovawart
Type : Molossoid
Male size : 24¾-27½ inches
Female size : 22¾-25 ½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Germany
Hovawarts are dynamic, longhaired working dogs of medium size and slightly rectangular build. Males and females are very easy to tell apart, especially in terms of the head.These well balanced, good natured animals have great protective and defensive instincts and a very good sense of smell. Self-assured and even tempered, they are wonderful companion dogs that develop a strong bond with their host family. They are also skilled tracking and rescue dogs, proving their impressive versatility.
Strong, with broad, domed forehead and well defined stop.
Straight and firm, solid loins, lightly sloping croup of medium length and broad, deep, powerful chest.
Three varieties: black with gold markings, black and blond (light fawn).
Set high and far apart, triangular, falling against the cheeks, making the skull look broader.
Bushy, reaching beyond the hock but not down to the ground.
Long and strong, close and a little wavy. Sparse undercoat.
Hovawarts belong to a very old German breed of working dogs. Their name means homestead guard in an old form of German. In 1922 the breeding of Hovawarts was repositioned, based on similar types of dog found on homesteads at the time. In the early years, they were crossed with German Shepherds, Newfoundlands, Leonbergers and other breeds. Due to a very strict selection program the original type was eventually restored. In their homeland the breed’s health is a priority and the incidence of hip dysplasia has been reduced to a very low level. Breeders in other countries are now being chyallenged to replicate this success.