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Hovawart Dogs

The Hovawart is a German breed of dogs.

The names “Hovawart” means “guardians of the estate”, which is quite apt and fitting, as they are outstanding watchdogs, who do not trust strangers. Despite that, they are extremely affectionate, loyal and devoted towards their owners and families and therefore, they make wonderful pets. Hovawart dogs are known to have stable temperaments, since they do not get excited easily.

They are known for their intelligence as well as their alertness, because they are always watchful and are constantly on their guard. As their natural instinct is to protect their owners’ homes, they are not likely to enjoy hunting or roaming.

Hovawart dogs require continuous training, that is strict but loving.

They are a working breed and so they need to be kept active constantly with dog activities. This breed is also very helpful in tracking, search & rescue and other working dog activities. Ironically, Hovawarts do not have the “eager to please” nature that most other working dog breeds have. They can think and act on their own, which is why you need to realize that the Hovawort does not work for you, but instead works with you. Therefore need to be trained by an expert, who can take a positive approach to reinforcing training and obedience. They can become reluctant to perform if their training consists of only punishments. For first time dog owners, this breed may not be the most ideal choice.

The Hovawarts are generally healthy dogs that have an average life span of 14 to 15 years. They are very energetic and require a lot of exercise, which includes walking jogging or running on a daily basis, with occasional pursuits like hiking, tracking, back-packing, etc. However, Hovawart puppies should not be put through vigorous exercises, as it could cause severe damage to their bones and joints, which are still developing. There are no health problems associated specifically with dogs of this breed and cases of hip dysplasia are very few, as compared to other dogs of large and medium breeds. Physically, they are medium in size and are not too heavy. They are quite elegant in appearance, especially the female dogs, who are a bit smaller in size. Their coat of fur is long throughout, except on their faces and their forelegs. The colors they are normally found in are black, tan and golden.

  Submitted on April 22, 2010  

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