Other name: Hovie

Photo: adult dog of Hovawart breed
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Life expectancy

The Hovawart has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 23 and 26 in
Male Between 25 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 77 lb
Male Between 55 and 77 lb
Coat colour
Black Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour
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More details about the Hovawart

Hovawart: Origins and history

The original Hovawart goes back at least as far as the Middle Ages, when one heroic tale tells of a Lord’s son being dragged to safety by an injured Hovawart during a raid on the castle. The breed became almost sacred after that, but declined over the centuries so that it had to be rebuilt between the world wars, with Alsatians, Newfoundlands, and Leonbergers among the genetic stock mixed into the Hovawart soup. The second world war almost did for her again, since the Nazis put them to work even as breeding programs became unfeasible. Nevertheless she survived, has gone international, and now the breed flourishes.

FCI classification of the Hovawart

  • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

  • Section 2 : Molossian type

Training a Hovawart

She is very intelligent and quick to learn but her manners could go awry if training isn’t prioritized from a young age.

Hovawart: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price, but you can expect to pay upwards of £600 for a well-bred puppy. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £70 to £110 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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