|S t a n d a r d o f H o v a w a r t
Classification: group 2
History of the breed
Hovawart is a very old german breed of working dogs. Its name comes from HOF -
yard and WART - guard. From 1922 the breed was restored by using dogs similar in type.
Crossing German Sheppards, Newfounlands and Leonbergers and other breeds was carried out.
In the country of origin great importance is attached to the health of the Hovawarts. The
incidence of hip dysplasis has been reduced to a small percentage.
The Hovawart is strong, medium sized, longer, long-haired working dog. The
difference between both sexes is obvious, especially in the shape of the head and the
build of the body.
The length is approximately 110 - 115 % of the height at the withers.
Behaviour and Temperament
The Hovawart is a working dog with all-round usage, kind and well-balanced. It has a
safeguarding, fighting instinct, self-confidence and ability to take stress. It also has
medium temperament, combined with a very good smell. Its special devotion to the family
makes the Hovawart an outstanding companion, watch, guard, tracking and rescue dog.
Dogs 63 - 70 cms in height at the withers
Bitches 58 - 65 cms in height at the withers
Dogs approx. 40 - 45 kgs
Bitches aprox. 32 - 38 kgs
blonde, black, black and gold
The strong long-haired coat is lightly waved and closely lying, with only a little
undercoat. It is longer on the chest, belly, the rear of the forelegs and rear of the
thighs and tail. The coat is thick.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, the seriousness of
which should be regarded in exact proportion to its degree.