The Hovawart is a powerful, medium size, slightly elongated, long-haired working dog. Difference between sexes is clearly recognizable, specially in shape of head and build of body. Recognized working dog with versatile usage. Kind and even disposition. Has protective instinct, self-confidence and ability to take stress; of medium temperament; combined with a very good nose. His balanced body proportions and special devotion to his family make him an outstanding companion, watch, guard, tracking and rescue-dog.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Video (link - https://youtu.be/VWAzKsZUglY):
This and other breed videos are available in full length here: www.meisterpetztv.de
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Germany
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Suomen Hovawart ry: Health Poll: http://www.suomenhovawart.fi/terveyskysely
JTO: Breeding Strategy: http://www.kennelliitto.fi/sites/default/files/attachments/jto/hovawart.pdf
4. France: Club Francais du Hovawart: Health Screening: http://www.hovawart.fr/spip.php?article39
5. Germany: Hovawart Zuchtgemeinschaft Deutschland e.V. gegr. 1959: Breeding Requirements: http://www.hovawarte.com/zucht/zucht-in-der-hzd-vdh-fci
6. North America: Hovawart Club of North America (HCNA): Breeding Regulations: http://nebula.wsimg.com/16711bdd1fd9f86b7f8cb828975f1834?AccessKeyId=4A5F4EA14D1EF319403A&disposition=0&alloworigin=1
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database: http://www.dogwellnet.com/content/health-and-breeding/screening-tests/dna/dna-tests-for-use-in-breeding-decisions/the-kennel-club-breed-specific-dna-tests-upd-r234
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
IHF - Internationale Hovawart Föderation -- http://www.ihf-hovawart.org/
Member countries -- http://www.ihf-hovawart.org/die-mitgliedslander/
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