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Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever" Compare Hovawart and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Hovawart or Golden Retriever or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
Name Hovawart Golden Retriever Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
OriginsGermany Scotland Canada
Group Guard Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank375389
Reviews142
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Other Names Hovie Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Toller, Scotty, Novie, Little River Duck Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Foundation Stock Service
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
No set
Price $1000-$1200 $1000-$2000 $1800-$2000

General Appearance - Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Size Large
Giant
Large Medium
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 37-51 pounds (17-23 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 44 pounds (20 kg)
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) 17-21 inches (43-53 cm)
Avg. Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) 19 inches (48 cm)

Hair & Care - Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Coat Silky Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Waterproof
Colors Golden
Blonde
Black
Golden
Light
Red
Gold
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Hovawarts shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Temperament Watchful
Reserved
Devoted
Outright
Tempered
Active
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Courageous
Gentle
Responsive
Alert
Energetic
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Hovawarts are easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Hovawarts are a social breed.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
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.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers 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 Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
Yes
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Hovawart breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Health Issues
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia
Underactive Thyroid
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
No set
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Hovawarts have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Hovawart vs Golden Retriever vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-8 puppies 5-10 puppies 6-10 puppies

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