Country of origin: Germany
Registries: UKC, CKC
Occupation: Versatile farm dog
Size: 22 to 28 in tall; weight
proportionate to height
Longevity: 12 to 14 years
Exercise: Vigorous daily
Training: Hard to keep
Grooming: Easy
Colors: Fawn, black, blue, brindle, harlequin

The first mention of the “Hofwarth”, an estate guard dog, is in Eike von Repgow’s Sachsenspiegel of 1220. In the late 19th century, a group of breeders decided to re-create the Hovawart, using farm dogs from the Black Forest and Harz mountain regions. These may have been crossed with the Hungarian Kuvasz, Newfoundland, and the German Shepherd. The elegant results were first recognized in 1936, and the Hovawart is now established in several European countries. A reserved dog, it is easy to train and generally sociable with children and other dogs, but some strains are prone to fear biting.



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