The Hovawart’s dog breed was developed in Germany as a guard dog, and was also used for tracking. Today, this breed is a companion and family dog. Enthusiasts know that the breed name means “guardian of the farms” in German, and they also call their puppies “Hovies” for short. Although they are purebred dogs, you can still find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Don’t buy if this is the breed for you.Hovawarts are not usually recommended for first-time dog parents. They can be stubborn and difficult to train if you are not diligent and assertive. You must show your dog that you are the “leader of the pack” to earn his respect and to get him to listen to you.


The Hovawart has a coat that comes in three colours. The Hovawart is considered to be a medium shedding dog, with most of the shedding occurring seasonally. They are not a good choice for allergy sufferers.Hovawarts have a medium to high energy level and regardless of what type of physical activity your puppy engages in, they will require at least one hour long walk per day.The Hovawart is a great family dog and will get along well with children when properly socialised with them at an early age. Hovawarts have a very dominant temperament, which often makes it quite difficult for them to interact with other dogs. It can be a difficult task to socialise your Hovawart with other dogs. However, provided they are socialised at an early age, Hovawarts usually get along well with cats or other domestic animals in the house.Hovawarts will thrive best in a home with a large, fenced yard. They are not suited to flat living and can become destructive due to the pent-up energy of being in a small space.


The Hovawart originated in Germany and is said to be descended from breeds such as the Newfoundland and the Leonberger. The Hovawart was bred as a working dog, and its most important task was to guard the homes and livestock of its owners. The breed lost popularity, and its numbers dwindled, but devoted Hovawart breeders were able to re-establish the breed and added regulations to ensure that the Hovawart was a healthy and hardy breed of dog. These loyal dogs gained popularity and were recognised by the AKC in 2010 in the Foundation Service Group.

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Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 24 to 30 inches
Weight: 100 to 180 pounds
Life Span: 8 to 12 years

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