Hovawart Dog Breed Facts & Information

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When thinking through the perfect dog breed for your family, don't count out the hovawart! Calm and loyal--these dogs can be a great addition to a family! However, before adopting a Hovawart, familiarize yourself with this breed to help you decide if they're the right fit for your household.


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The Basics

The hovawart is a medium-sized dog with an adult dog weighing 55-90 pounds, according to The American Kennel Club. Hovawarts can be up to 23-28 inches tall. Life expectancy of the Hovawart is 10-14 years.

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The History

The hovawart is a very old German working dog breed. Since 1922 the breeding of this dog, by using dogs similar in type still found on farms, has been restored. In 1937 the German Kennel Club officially recognized the Hovawart.


This breed is in the company of the golden retriever, Australian shepherd, and Old English sheepdog in the working group!

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The Personality

Hovawarts are affectionate, intelligent, and obedient dogs that remain a working companion. Whether they are guarding property or working through an agility course, these dogs love to work and be active.


These dogs are not typically aggressive or possessive, but they do show fierce loyalty and care for their family and pack. They are not possessive but exert great faithfulness and bravery. Although calm in behavior, these dogs will not hesitate to defend themselves if roused into a state of excitement. It's best to train them properly to be with children or other dogs. However, when raised with children and other pets properly, they remain true friends.

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The Appearance

With a similar build to the golden retriever, the hovawart is a large-sized dog with a coat that can come in a few different colors. The coat color can be black, pale tan or black and tan. Their coat is large and long-coated. They have floppy drop-ears and a bushy tail.


Hovawart essential facts:

  • Personality: Intelligent, responsive, patient and reliable, with a playful streak even as an adult.
  • Energy Level: Active
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: Better with supervision
  • Trainability: Responds well
  • Height: 23-28 inches
  • Weight: 55-90 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-14 years

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