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About the breed


The Hovawart is massive, but not at least clumsy, strong, vigorous, a good runner and jumper, courageous, attentive, with an instant reaction. They are excellent guards, security and companion. Their fur attracts attention.
General appearance and nature. It is a large, massive dog with long fur, quick-witted, attentive, faithful, good-natured, fond of children, but at the same time spiteful while protecting its owner or his/her property. Despite massiveness and strongth it very dexterous in movements and full of temper, kind. It is manageable and able in training.
Height and weight. A dog – 60-70 cm and 30—45 kg, a birth – 55-65 cm and 25—35 kg.
Head. Broad and roundish, a broad, vaulted forehead, a muzzle rather short, not pointed, powerful jaws.
Eyes. Average , oval form, preferably dark.
Ears. Trailing, forwarded roof shaped , highly set and far apart.
Neck. Average length, not too thick, symmetric, with good fur.
Body. Straight and strong, muscular enough but not excessively. A waist slightly narrowed and a bit convex, the back line a long, narrowing from the withers to the tail, with a deep chest, broad enough.
Limbs. Strong , tightly covered with good fur, moderately long, with well shaped joints, with muscular and relief rear limbs, the paws of a roundish form in lumps.
Tail. Long, sit at the gradually getting thin by the end, lowered down.
Wool. Long, slightly wavy, well covering the body.
Color. Black or black and tan, or blond.
A hovawart is very strong, feels perfect both in heat, and in cold, it is fast and fearless. These dogs are obedient and easily trained, but are still inclined to independent decision making and having their own opinion on all events around. Therefore hovawart must go strough a training course if you do not wish to live with a “the malicious genius».
It is necessary to start training hovawarts as soon as possible either at home or at a special school. It is very important, because puppies have special eagerness to be trained and to obede masters. Every dog heads a leader who would develop at skill to follow commands. If there is no such a leader the dog intercepts initiative, and it is desirable to avoid this any way. These rules, basically, are applicable to any breed.
Hovawarts live long lives. If the natural abilities are in harmony with a good education they become quiet, devoted partner, always ready to share both grief, and a pleasure. The only thing to which hovawart are absolutely unsuitable is a life on a chain or even in an open-air cage! Very faithful to the owners, hovawarts will be for excellent dogs for all the family. Hovawart will protect the family in any circumstances, expressing especially strong attachment to children.
Hovawarts like taking part in all aspects of a family life, especially it concerns the comunication with children. Hovawart chooses for itself whom to consider the head of the family. The dog will force the masters to burn some calories, often pulling the lead during walk but if the lead comes into the hands of a child or an elderly person a dog will behave more.
Hovawarts bark impressively and have physical characteristics can that scare the intruder. The dog does not like to be far from the house or the masters, it likes seeing all the members of a family constantly.
Coming back from a walk, Hovawart always hurries home with the desire to “be convinced” that at home “everything is all right”. A walk in a big team is a special responsibility for hovawarts who will constantly “recalculate” all the walkers, making that nobody is lost and is not lagging behind.
The agricultural past makes hovawarts indifferent to temperature or climate changes. However, hovawart prefers a cool climate, like in its historical native land — Germany. If the temperature is high enough, it is necessary to provide your dog with a constant access to a bowl with cool drinking water. Neither rains, nor a winds are problem for dog, these thanks to a thick fur. Hovawart likes being active and rolling in snow, like a child.
Hovawart is also a fine swimmer who will enjoy keeping a company to the master in swimming. Hovawarts swims not only beautifully, but also quickly.
Hovawart are excellent guards, a defenders and the companions. Their beautiful fur attracts everybody attention.