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Hovawart Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Hovawart so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Hovawart have? The dog breed also known as...
Hovie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Hovawart recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Hovawart recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Hovawart breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Hovawart puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Hovawart price:
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Hovawart, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Hovawart for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Hovawart gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Hovawart size:
LargeGiant
Weight
How much does the Hovawart weigh? Hovawart weight:
55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Hovawart? Hovawart average weight:
55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Height
How tall is the Hovawart? Hovawart height:
23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Hovawart average height:
23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Hovawart have? What does this canine coat look like?
Silky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Hovawart's coat?
GoldenBlondeBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Hovawart and how often?
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Hovawart is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Hovawart dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hovie? Hovawart shedding level:
Hovawarts shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Hovawart have? What characteristics does the breed have?
WatchfulReservedDevotedOutrightTemperedActive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Hovawart? Are they intelligent?
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Hovawart dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Hovawarts are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Hovawart sensitivity:
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Hovie need? Hovawart social needs:
Hovawarts are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Hovawart dogs bark a lot? Why does my Hovie bark?
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Hovawart good as a watchdog?
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Hovawart dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Hovawart dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Hovawart can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Hovawart will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Hovawart bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hovie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Hovawart? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Hovawart do?
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Hovawarts need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Hovawart to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Hovawart roam?
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Hovawart have high prey drive?
Hovawarts have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Hovawart good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Hovawarts do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Hovawart dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Hovawart dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Hovawart and children:
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Hovawart dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Hovawart good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Hovawart dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Hovawart can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Hovawarts good office dogs? Do Hovawarts make good office friendly dogs? Can Hovawarts be office dogs?
No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Hovawart dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hovie temperament with senior people? Are Hovawart dogs good for elderly owners?
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Hovawart dogs get along with other pets? Are Hovawart dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Hovawart breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Hovawart be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Hovawart is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Hovawart be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Hovawart is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Hovawart be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Hovawart is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Hovawart be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Hovawart is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Hovawart be a boat dog?
Not really
Hovawart breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Hovawart be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Hovawart breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Hovawart dogs have health problems?
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Hovawart breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Hovawart breed? Health risks of Hovawart:
Hip DysplasiaUnderactive Thyroid
Life Expectancy
How long do Hovawart dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Hovawart be?
10-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Hovawart breed hypoallergenic?
No
Hovawarts don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Hovawart have?
Hovawarts have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Hovawart dogs require per day?
Hovawarts have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Hovawart need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Hovawart risk for obesity:
Average. The Hovawart has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Hovawart's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Hovawart drool?
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Hovawart could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Hovawart. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Hovawart pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Hovawart pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Hovawart: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Hovawart have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Hovawart have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Hovawart

Pros
  • Trainability: Hovawarts are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Hovawarts don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Hovawarts do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Reviews

  • Ryder

    Jan 5, 2020, 9:40:58 AM:

    A really good breed very friendly with all family members and reliable at guarding and are always vigilant