Image by Hans-Jörg Hellwig at the Wikimedia Commons

Image by Dr. Dirk Hilberg, Blankenfelde at the Wikimedia Commons

Image by Martina Stakenborg, Mühlheim a. d. Ruhr at the Wikimedia Commons

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Germany, Middle Ages/1900s.

Companion, Guarding

Life Expectancy
This breed can live as long as 12-14 years of age on average

Weight & Height
55 to 90 pounds & 23 to 28 inches tall at the shoulders

Known Health Problems
Eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, thyroid disorders

Physical Description
Medium to large, powerful, rectangular shaped dog. The head is broad with a strong muzzle. The nose is black or snow and the eyes are dark to medium brown and oval. The triangular ears ears are medium length and drop. The tail is long, bushy and curls over the back when active or alert.

affectionate dog that is loyal to its family but tends to be a one person dog. They are good with other animals provided they met at a young age. The Hovawart usually does good with children but can be wary of strangers.

A quick learner provided it is given consistan training

Living Conditions
This breed is not recommended for apartment living

Occasional brushing or as needed to keep coat free of tangles

Regular walks and playtime off lead would be ideal.

Coat Texture
Double coat with a sparse undercoat and dense, long, and slightly wavy outer coat.

Coat Colors

Black Tan



4-10 puppies are usually born per litter on average.

Image by Bodlina at the Wikimedia Commons

Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club


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Hovawart Breeders

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