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Breed Organization
The Hovawart Club of North America
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Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-14 Years
Litter Size
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Breed Appearance
The Hovawart is a medium-large dog. The correct color descriptions are Black, Black and Gold, and Blond.

Breed Description
Head: Robust. Broad, arched forehead. Pronounced stop. Strong, long muzzle. Black lips.
Ears: Triangular, pendulous, hanging flat against the head.
Eyes: Oval. Dark or medium brown color.
Body: Muscular and streamlined. Powerful neck without dewlap. Broad, deep brisket. Straight, solid back. Croup slightly sloped.
Tail: Long, richly clad, reaching just below the hocks. Carried low at rest.
Hair: Long, coarse with slight wave. Short on the head and front of the legs. No streaking or curl. Little undercoat.
Coat: Fawn (blond) becoming lighter on the legs and abdomen. Black. Black and tan (most common) with fawn markings (above the eyes, on the chest, legs, and under the root of the tail). Each of the three varieties allows one small white spot on the forechest and mixture of a few lighter colored hairs, particularly on the tip of the tail.
Size: Dog: 63 to 70 cm Bitch: 58 to 65 cm
Weight: 30 to 50 kg

This old breed's name comes from the German word Hofewart, meaning estate dog, revealing his traditional role as guard dog for German farms in the thirteenth century. His distant ancestors were probably Asian mastiffs. Over the centuries, the breed was gradually abandoned. It wasn't until the 1920s that the breed was resurrected by crossing German Shepherds, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, and others. The breed was recognized in 1936 and established as a utility dog by the FCI in 1964. Today, the Hovawart is quite popular in Germany and Scandinavian countries.

This weatherproof, hardy, energetic dog loves to swim and is an excellent runner and jumper. He also has a keen sense of smell. The Hovawart is always on the alert, but is never aggressive without cause. This breed can fill several roles. The Hovawart is calm, even-tempered, affectionate with his owners, and gentle with children. He is highly trainable, but training must be firm and undertaken with patience. He rarely barks, but when he does, his bark is loud, deep, and resonant. This breed reaches full maturity around two years of age.

This is a very healthy breed. However, an underactive thyroid is widespread in European lines. Hip dysplasia sometimes occurs.

While this dog can adapt to city living, he needs exercise and room to run. Weekly brushing is sufficient to maintain the coat.

Herder, Utility Dog: rescue (avalanches), tracker (drugs), guide dog, guard dog, Pet.

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