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Hovawart

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #
Name Hovawart
Other names Hovie
Origin Germany
Breed Group Guardian Dog (UKC)
Size Medium to Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-14 years
Temperament WatchfulEven TemperedReservedActiveDevoted
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Colors BlackBlondeGolden
Litter Size 6-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1000 - $1200 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 1 starsHovawarts are not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. They prefer cool climates and can sleep outdoors.
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 3 stars
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsThis is a very healthy breed. However, an underactive thyroid is widespread in European lines. Hip dysplasia sometimes occurs.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: 80+
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsThey are outstanding watchdogs, especially for stables, fields and country houses.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Molly
02 Jack Lucy
03 Toby Holly
04 Jasper Coco
05 Jake Luna
06 Louie Ellie
07 Riley Sadie
08 Gus Layla
09 Milo Lady
10 Beau Nala
Overview

The Hovawart is a medium to large size German dog breed. The breed is very versatile, being useful as a watch, guard, tracking and rescue dog, as well as making an excellent companion. The males are larger and more massive than the females.

The Hovawart is an outstanding watch dog and somewhat reserved towards strangers. They make excellent family dogs as they are totally devoted to their family. They are a working dog breed, and require a consistent and loving yet strict training and meaningful activity throughout their lives.

History
The Hovawart is a very old German working breed. It is a yard and farm watchdog. The breed was nearly lost in the early 20th Century. Breeding was restored by using dogs of the old type that were found on farms, and crossing them with German Shepherds, Newfoundlands and Leonbergers, among others, and selecting for dogs that were of the original working type.
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