Hovawart – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Working Dogs
Height:
23 to 29 inches
Weight:
55 to 110 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 14 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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The Hovawart is one of the oldest German dog breeds.

In fact, this breed is so ancient that it was mentioned in German chronicles as far back as the Middle Ages. At the beginning of the 20th century, this breed was almost extinct, but responsible breeders manage to get back the breed on its track.

In 1936, the German Kennel Club recognized the Hovawart. This breed was originally developed as a guard dog, although they were also used for tracking, as well.

Today, the adorable Hovawart is mostly a companion and family dog. They may also be seen working in search and rescue and as guard dogs. If you ever hear soemone calling dogs ‘Hovies’ know that they are in fact talking about the Hovawart.

As a general rule, this breed isn’t recommended for first time dog owners. They can be highly independent and as such stubborn and difficult to train.

If you feel like you need extra help with training, think about attending puppy classes together with your Hovawart.

This is why it’s so important for the Hovawart owners not to be diligent and assertive. Your dog needs to know that you are the pack leader in order for you to gain their respect and love.