An old German working breed, the Hovawart is a large and robust guard dog. They nearly became extinct but were revived during the 1920s. They enjoy popularity in their native Germany but are rare and virtually unknown in the United States.
The Hovawart is a hardy and weather-proof dog. Males are powerful in appearance and are robust. Females have a more elegant appearance and are smaller in size. The Hovawart breed is versatile, well-balanced, and self-confident.
Does your 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.
The Hovawart is not recommended for inexperienced or sedentary owners. They are loyal, dominant, and have a tendency to become closely bonded with one member of the family. This affectionate and protective breed does well with children and non-canine pets they have been raised with. They may be aggressive with same gender dogs. Hovawart's are reserved with strangers and will defend their family, property, and territory with great passion.
The Hovawart breed requires regular brushing to prevent the coat from matting and tangles. Bathing should be done when necessary. The Hovawart is relatively healthy, although there are some instances of hip dysplasia and underactive thyroid.
If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet
The Hovawart is a double coat breed. The outer coat is long, slightly wavy, dense, and lies close to the body. It is longer on the legs, chest, stomach, and tail. The under coat is fine and thin.
Highly intelligent, the Hovawart excels in Schutzhund. Early obedience and socialization is recommended. 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 Hovawart puppy.
Consider crate training
if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Hovawart's are not recommended for city or apartment dwelling. They do best in a rural setting with ample space to roam and run. They thrive on having a job to do and will become destructive if bored. The Hovawart is ideal for rescue, tracking, watchdogging, hiking, and backpacking. Socialization
is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 55-90; Female: 55-90 lbs
Male: 24-27; Female: 22-25 inches
Blonde, black, black and tan
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