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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.

Size Medium to Large
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Lifespan 10-14 years
Colors Black Blonde Golden
Origin Germany
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

Hovawarts 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.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs


Moderately Easy Training: The Hovawart must be trained with a consistent, well-balanced and loving approach. Positive reinforcement is the recommended technique. Firmness and patience are required. It is well suited to search and rescue or tracking. Many Hovawarts enjoy dog agility events, especially females.



Grooming Requirements

The Hovawart's coat is easy to groom. An occasional brushing and combing, taking extra care in the places where tangles might form, is all this breed needs. It is an average shedder.


Moderate 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.



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