Hovawart

X-Large Size

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

This dog's name means 'home/farm watcher', describing their role as livestock and property guardians in Germany's Black Forest.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Someone that wants to train in search and rescue or tracking. Hovawarts have proved successful in both.

Not the best for ...

First-timers. The Hovawart is a stunning dog that's bright and devoted to his family, but this is a breed with protective instincts that needs experienced socialisation, training and handling.

Aliases

Hovie

Cross between

None

Origin

Germany

Size

X-Large
So big people will take photos

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Jacket and skinny trousers
Any feathering can get knotty. Some coats self-clean by depositing mud all over the kitchen floor.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

13 years

Good first dog?

No

HOW IT WORKS

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