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The Hovawart is an outstanding family pet as well as watchdog, because they are loyal and observant. As a working dog, the Hovawart needs plenty of stimulation, as well as consistent leadership and training. They are as loving as they are handsome, and get along well with children. In contrast with the German Shepherd, another German dog, your Hovawart is not blindly obedient, and training requires an owner who is comfortable being strict. When paired with an owner who can lead, and when given frequent exercise and room to roam, the Hovawart is a great companion and a consummate member of the family.

Adult Size

  • Large
  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments
  • Fenced In Yard
  • Invisible Fenced Yard
  • Needs a Yard

Breed Group

  • Working Group

Coat Length

  • Long Coat

Coat Quality

  • Wavy Coat


  • Black
  • Gold


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise
  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 24-26″
  • 27-30″

Full Grown Weight

  • 101-110lbs
  • 66-70lbs
  • 71-75lbs
  • 76-80lbs
  • 80-90lbs
  • 91-100lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog
  • Poor Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather
  • Thrives in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Great With Kids


  • Requires Occasional Brushing
  • Requires Occasional Grooming


  • Very Intelligent


  • Affectionate
  • Somewhat Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

Social Behavior with Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

Training Tendencies