Dog Breed Profile

Hovawart History

The Hovawart is a medium to large-sized breed of domestic dog, originating in Germany. Both the name and the country of origin of the Hovawart originated with the medieval knight, Wilhelm von Homburg, who referred to his dog as “Hohwag”. The word “hova” is the German word for “watch”, and “waart” means “guard”. The Kennel Club in the UK considers this to be a “rare” breed, with only 300 to 400 dogs registered annually. In its native Germany, the Hovawart has been accorded the status of the third most popular breed of working dog (behind the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler).

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Hovawart Physical Characteristics

The Hovawart is a large, medium-to-large-sized breed of herding dog that is characterized by its distinctive beard. It originated in Germany and is closely related to the spitz breeds. The breed is known for its intelligence and extreme loyalty. It is well known for its courage, its guarding instinct and its watchdog abilities. It is also known as the “Velvet Giant” because of its thick, short, fine, and silky coat. It is similar to the Old English Sheepdog, but taller and more massive. This breed is extremely bold and fearless.

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Coat Colors

Black, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 25 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 88 lbs

Female Weight Range: 55 – 88 lbs

Hovawart Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Hovawart Health Concerns

Hypothyroidism, Hip Dysplasia

Hovawart Temperament and Behaviour

The Hovawart is a medium-sized, calm, and good-natured working dog that makes a great companion. They are independent, but are also very devoted to their families and make great watchdogs. They are gentle and patient with children, but should also be properly socialized from a young age.

Hovawart Activity Requirements

The handsome, intelligent, and loyal Hovawart is a herding dog that was originally bred in Germany. Today, this medium-size, athletic dog is commonly used as a guard dog and police dog, as well as a companion. The Hovawart is a very high-energy dog. They need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. They are best suited to homes with yards where they can run and play in a safe environment. If you live in an apartment and don’t have the time or space for a high-energy dog, the Hovawart is not the one for you. If you are looking for a smart, gentle, and devoted companion, consider the Hovawarts. They are a fun, loving, and active companion that thrives on attention and interaction.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Hovawart is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Hovawart is part of the Working group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Hovawart is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Hovawart is part of the Working Dog group.

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