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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.

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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
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Hovawart Questions

How long do Hovawarts live?

On average Hovawart live 10-14 years if well taken care of.

I have a Hovawart that plays very aggressively with dogs of any size or gender - so much so that I used to stop her at times thinking that things would escalate to blood. I'd make them break for a while before letting them resume. I've come to understand that the fierce growls I heard coming out of her were just her very vocal way of playing. Which is strange because she's not vocal when it comes to anything else. But play time is a whole other thing. She's just as scary when she plays with my husband - but never ever with me. One of their favorite games for her to keep my husband from approaching me as I"m sitting on the floor. She attacks him with such ferocity that it always scares me and we've had to ratchet the play level down. So what I"d do is let them play until it got to be too scary. Make them take a break, then let them resume and keep doing this until things either got too scary or they exhausted themselves.

I had a Hovawart. It really matters about the breeding. Mine lived to be 16 and she was the best dog ever.

My daughter has adopted a dog which has all of the coloring and most of the temperament of a Hovawart. His energy is boundless. Is there any way other than DNA to accurately classify him. Although he gets along well with my golden, he and a family St. Bernard seem to frequently exhibit aggression towards each other (so much so that we don't let them share play time together.) Is there any hope? The golden is a 14 yr. old while the St. and my daughter's new adoptee are almost the same age. We took him on a pet walk with many and varied breeds. For the most part, he was extremely well behaved.

Yes, there are several DNA tests that you can do to check to see if he is purebred or not. Google Dog DNA tests and you'll have your pick of several. As for the aggression, it can be coming from anywhere. The best thing to do is to contact your local positive reinforcement trainer and get him/her to see the aggression first hand. He/She will be able to help you from there.

There is no DNA test currently for Hovawarts, although there are tests for the majority of popular breeds, the DNA tests for rare breeds have not been attenuated yet. Well-socialized Hovawarts are not typically aggressive with other dogs. If aggressive behavior is being exhibited then you need to work on socializing the dog. One thing that is very common for people to do in a stressful situation with a dog, is to "calm" him down by petting. This, in fact, encourages the bad behavior, petting is a sign that he is doing something right. You need to firmly reprimand the dog, and make him leave you. Do not offer invectives as "it's alright". It is not alright, and poor behavior not tolerated.

I have the great pleasure to be a dog walker for a handsome brown and tan male Hovawart in the city of Chicago. This information listed in each of the tabs describes my Hovawart exactly. Unfortunately, Bosco's person works crazy hours sometimes up to 10 hours per day. This is an example of a really bad match. As Bosco's walker, is there anything that I can do to keep happy and challenged?

I wish someone besides me would respond to your concern. I am sure I adopted a Hovawort, although she was listed at the shelter as "Rottweiler/Shepherd." She matches the description and pictures of the black/tan Hovawort to a T, just like your Bosco. I have not yet received my DNA report, although I'm sure Hovawort will not be in their database. Anyway, I wish you could convince the owner to let Bosco go to you or someone who can spend more time with him. Their descriptions all say they MUST be with their people/person. I am in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I walk my "Misty" twice a day and am rarely away from her. We've had her for 2 months now and I have never had a dog like this one (altho I love my past Samoyeds very much.)

We have a 14 yr old female Hovawart that we adopted at 14 mos. For the next 11 years, I worked primarily from home and was always with her. We ran 30 minutes every day and did several walks. On top of that I found a neighbor with a dog my dog liked and started having their dog come over during the day so that neither dog ever be alone during the day. When they were younger, they played madly and kept each other exhausted. On top of that, I bought tons of rawhides which kept both of them occupied chewing (my dog has never been into other dog toys, but she loves rawhides). So, as a diversion, I suggest rawhides so that he'll at least have something to chew on while alone. Even better would be to find a neighbor dog that could come over and spend the day while their persons are at work. That's been ideal for us and the dogs.

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