Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Hovie
The Hovawart is a very old German working farm dog breed that has been redeveloped and restored since the 1920s. Its original purpose was to guard farms and estates, and it retains a strong instinct to guard. With proper training, it can also be a fine search and rescue animal. However, they do offer some challenges to the trainer, and they are recommended to experienced trainers, not to the general public.
In 1937, the Hovawart gained official recognition in Germany and the breed is recognized by the Federation Cynalogique Internationale (FCI). It has been recorded in the AKC's Foundation Stock Service since 2010, a first step on the road toward recognition of the breed in the US.
Appearance / health:
The Hovawart is a large, sturdy, powerful-looking dog with feathering on its chest, legs, undersides and tail. It has a body that is slightly longer than it is tall with a big chest and a broad, short, muscular neck.
The head is medium-sized bearing a rounded forehead with a short, pointed muzzle. The eyes are medium-sized, round and dark. The ears are big, low-set, triangular, and pendulous. The legs are muscular and strong, and the long tail is usually carried low.
The Hovawart is an average shedder. It requires regular brushing and combing.
Regular exercise in the form of walks, jogs, hikes, and play off the lead keeps the Hovawart healthy and happy.
The Hovawart is generally a healthy breed but is occasionally prone to hypothyroidism (an abnormal health condition caused by insufficient production of the thyroid hormone). In Germany, breeders claim that the prevalence of hip dysplasia (crippling of hips caused by dislocation of hip joints) has been reduced to a small percentage by using correct breeding practices.
Behavior / temperament:
According to the Hovawart Club of Great Britain, "Hovawarts are hardy dogs, inured to all weather, intrepid, watchful, agile, not nervous, affectionate, intelligent and naturally obedient they retain their lively good natured puppyhood until they are at least two years old. They have quick and enquiring minds and need the minimum of a garden to keep them occupied. Some form of mental exercise is recommended and socialisation in puppyhood is essential. Hovawarts enjoy obedience and agility training at an appropriate age, while the breed adapts well to all kinds of work an untrained Hovawart is likely to take over the household and is not always recommended for the first time dog owner."
"Their most important asset however is their stable temperament. They are and should remain a family dog or working companion and are certainly not suited to a kennel life. Not quarrelsome or possessive but of great courage and faithfulness, they are not easily excitable and are usually dignified in manner. However, if roused Hovawarts will defend themselves with all that they have. They can be wilful and dominant towards other dogs but are not easily provoked."
Training may be a challenge. However, the Howavart is eager to please and responds well to firm, consistent training. Traditional training methods may not work, as the Hovawart responds well to praise and positive reinforcement rather than harshness.
Hovawarts are not noisy and bark only to alert their owners when necessary.
family dogs, guarding dog, fun loving dog, Energetic Owner, handsome breed
energy level, behavioural issues, long hair
independent personality thrives, Schutzhund, regular agility lessons, medium size
Hovawart is a Perfect Fit for the Energetic Owner
I am very pleased with my Hovawart. He is incredibly energetic and wants to go on at least one, if not two, lengthy walks a day - even though he is well into the adult stage of his life. Chipper, loyal, and fun-loving, this would be a perfect fit for anyone who finds long walks, runs, or trips to the water therapeutic and exciting. Relatively easy to train, this German breed loves all kinds of activities in summer as well as winter and would be a great choice if you live in a locale where snow is a guarantee. I have two cats along with my Hovawart, but he has not been a problem for them in the slightest.
There might be some that find his energy level a little TOO high since, if he does not go on at least one thirty-minute walk in one or two days, he will become moody and impatient. This dog certainly has character and will let you know when he is not happy because of the lack of activity! Also, the long hair and medium size of this breed can make grooming a bit of an issue. Aggressiveness may be an issue with new owners, but experienced owners should have no major complications training this breed..
From peterhoezee Aug 5 2014 9:09PM
Overlooked component of arthritis treatment
Calorie reduction is an important but often forgotten component of arthritis treatment. Dogs who carry extra weight put more stress on their joints, exacerbating arthritis pain. As a result, they aren't able to stay as active as they did in the past. This inactivity leads to further weight gain, the and cycle continues. Because your pet is usually older and less active at the time arthritis develops, his or her calorie needs may be much lower than they were in the past. However, very few pet owners adjust the amount of food fed to reflect this change. The feeding guidelines on food bags usually overestimate the amount that most dogs need and most dogs require much less. Smaller meals and limited treats or human food can achieve this. There are also prescription diets formulated for weight loss and joint health that useful in overweight arthritic dogs. .
From M Teiber DVM 32 days ago
The younger, the better.
Dogs learn by repetition: PATIENCE.
Dogs can also be annoyed if we demand tricks or obedience all day long.
PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE and FIRMNESS are key when it comes to educating our puppy.
Make allowances for the ill.
The wellbeing of the whole family, including the pet, will depend on educating at an early age, and that requires TIME. Do you have it?
From 8-12 weeks of age on, your pup should start learning the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Decide now what will be allowed at home: some people do not mind having the dog on furniture or beds; for others this is unpleasant; the same applies to beggin at the table, jumping over people, chewing on furniture, and any other unwanted behavior. If you want the dog to learn certain habits, make sure that your rules are obeyed from the beginning.
Use a firm voice and short simple commands such as: don't, stop, sit, stay.
Do not use long human phrases like: why are you doing this to me, what's wrong with you, Fido, sweet heart, didn't I tell you a thousand times not to pee on the carpet?! Your dog will probably not understand!
On the other hand, rewards and scoldings should always be given at the moment of the action, or they may not be associated with such actions.
Avoid physical abuse. Never use violence. You will only get a fearful -and perhaps- injured dog. Remember that a firm "no" works for him to realize that something is wrong with his behavior..
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