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Hovawart overview

The Hovawart dog originates in Germany in the 1900's, the Hovawart is the re-creation of the estate guarding dogs of the Middle Ages. Readily obedience trained and good with children and other dogs. They prefer a colder climate. Hovawarts have a reserved nature. 

Other known names for Hovawart




Breed Group

Working Group

Biological data

Male: 30-40 kg.
66-88 lbs.
Female: 25-35 kg.
55-77 lbs.
Male: 63-70 cm.
24.5-27.5 inches.
Female: 58-65 cm.
22.5-25 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Blond: middle blond coat should reach from back of nose to end of tail, and should lighten to belly. A small white spot on breast and a few white hairs at point of tail are permissible.
Black: deep shining coal black with no signs of rustiness; a few white spots on breast and a few white hairs at point of tail are permissible. All other pigment to suit colour of dog, ie a blond can have brown nose, and eye is darker than gold of dog.
Black/gold: deep shining coal black, with no signs of rustiness, with medium gold to golden brown. Markings on head, which should begin below back of nose and below eye and reach to beginning of neck and on breast, should be present but must not extend continuously to forelimbs. At forelimbs the marks should reach (seen from the side) from the toes to the carpus joint, and on the inner side should reach nearly to the vent. Beginning from the toes (from the side) a middle blond or solid brown strip should be visible above the hock joint. Markings should be visible underneath the beginning of the tail. A small white spot on breast and a few white hairs at end of tail are permissible.

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Hovawart – Breed standard

The below links are external

Hovawart references and further reading

Hovawart Club Nederland 


Hovawart Club of North America (HCNA)

Hovawart Club of Great Britain 
The Kennel Club

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Hovawart colours

Below are some examples of the various colours of Hovawart dogs, colour names sometimes differ from country to country, 
Colours can vary according to lighting, whether it was taken indoors or outdoors and even the quality of the dog. 
So sadly not an exact science.


AP-PCH2FO - Hovawart , Ch Basil v.d.Weunsberger Rebe
Photo © Animal Photography, Ron Willbie

Black / Gold

AP-NGTZQD - German Champion Asko vom Brunnenhof, Hovawart standing in a misty field
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson


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AP-1IJG4U - German Champion Asko vom Brunnenhof, black and tan Hovawart
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson