Some breed experts claim that Hovawarts are cousins of German Shepherds, which would help to explain their astonishing abilities in many disciplines.
Hovawart adult black and white

About the Hovwart

Hovawarts are dynamic, long-haired working dogs of medium size and slightly rectangular build. These well-balanced, good-natured animals have great protective and defensive instincts and a very good sense of smell.

Self-assured and even-tempered, they are wonderful companion dogs that develop a strong bond with their host family. They are also skilled tracking and rescue dogs, proving their impressive versatility.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country: Germany

Size category: Large

Avg life expectancy: 10-14 years

Loving / Protective / Confident / Even-tempered / Loyal / Alert

Key facts

  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Needs little training
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