German Hovawart

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Overview
Originating in Germany as a working breed, the German Hovawart is a large and robust guard dog. They nearly became extinct but were revived during the 1920s. This breed enjoys popularity in their native country but are rare and virtually unknown in the United States.

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Character
The German Hovawart is a hardy and weather-proof dog. Males are powerful in appearance and muscular. Females have a more elegant appearance and are smaller in size. This breed is versatile, well-balanced, and self-confident.

Does your German Hovawart bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The German Hovawart breed is not recommended for inexperienced or sedentary owners. They are loyal, dominant, and have a tendency to become closely bonded with one particular family member. They are affectionate and protective and do well with children they have been raised with. German Hovawart's may be aggressive with same gender dogs but does well with other household pets known to them from puppyhood. The German Hovawart is reserved with strangers and will defend their family, property, and territory with great passion.
Care
Regular brushing to prevent matting and tangling is required for the German Hovawart. Bathing should be done when necessary. This breed is relatively healthy. However, there are low incidences of hip dysplasia and underactive thyroid.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The German Hovawart is a double coat breed. The outer coat is long, slightly wavy, dense, and close lying. It is longer on the legs, chest, stomach, and tail. The under coat is fine and thin.
Training
Highly intelligent, the German Hovawart excels in Schutzhund. Early socialization and obedience are a must. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new German Hovawart puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
German Hovawart's are not recommended for city or apartment living. They do best in a rural setting with ample space to roam and run. They must have a job to do. The German Hovawart is ideal for escue, tracking, watchdogging, hiking, and backpacking. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
55-90 lbs
Height
Male: 24-27; Female: 22-25 inches
Color(s)
Blonde, black, black and tan.

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German Hovawart Questions

What is the average height and weight of a 9 month old German Hovawart puppy?

Answer:
The German Hovawart dog should weigh between 55 - 90 lbs depending on if the dog is male or female and/or the lineage of the dog. The German Hovawart should be full grown by 1 1/2 years old. So by 9 months, the puppy should weigh in about 2/3rd's of the adult body weight. By 1-year-old, the dog should be at the height he/she is going to be and finish filling out, muscle wise by a year and a half old.

I was just wondering what breeds make up this beautiful German Hovawart breed?

Answer:
The German Hovawart is it's own breed. Although, it is said that they descended from the Newfoundland, Leonberger, and possibly the Hungarian Kuvasz. The goal of its developers was to re-create the great estate guarding dog of the Middle Ages.

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