Hovawart Resource


Reproductions of dogs named Hofewart have been found in documents and pictures dating back to the 13th century. The dog’s name means “estate dog” or “farmyard warden” and they were used as courtyard guards. Resurrectionists offer the explanation that old-type dogs survived on isolated farms and in remote areas of the Harz and Black Forest. The breed was formally recognized by the German Kennel Club (VDH) in 1937 only to be threatened a few years later by World War II. Though still rare, the breed is firmly established in Germany and the 1980s saw the Hovawart introduced to the United States. Though they are intelligent and responsive, Hovawarts are late bloomers and need patience in training as they tend to retain their puppy qualities longer than other breeds. Bred to protect home and family, they are natural guardians and require a firm hand and a show of dominance from their owners. Lacking any tendencies toward hunting, quiet in temperament and requiring minimal care, Hovawarts make good housedogs.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Large Dog Breed
Black, blond or black and tan.

Long, dense and close-lying with little undercoat


Brush daily

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
AKC Group:
UKC Group:
Males, 25 to 27.5 inches; females, 23 to 25.5 inches.
Most adults average between 60 to 90 pounds
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Watchdog, livestock guardian, obedience, agility, family and working companion