Hovawart Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Hovawart is a German breed and his name translates as “guardian of the property”, which is a good description of his purpose. Along with many dogs of similar type across central Europe they protected their master’s home, family and flocks.
Dogs of recognisably similar type are recorded as far back as 1200. They had their main stronghold in the Harz and Black Forest areas and as a breed they all but disappeared and it was re-created by the zoologist Dr Kurt Konig who began the task in the 1920s. He searched the rural areas where they had been known and found a number of dogs resembling the description of the breed in the Middle Ages, and using these, together with some outcrosses to fix type registered the first litter in 1922.
The Second World War saw numbers drastically reduced, but in 1947 a group of enthusiasts formed the German Hovawart Club to secure the future of the breed. They first came to the UK in 1980 and there are still only several hundred Hovawarts in Britain. They are a medium sized dog, dogs up to 70cm but not heavily built. They have a sheepdog-type agility and are permitted in three colours; blonde, black and black and gold. The coat is long – from 10 – 22.5cm with a fine, light undercoat.
They are very much a family dog and enjoy human company; intelligent and quick thinking they enjoy physical exercise and thrive on mental stimulus. Obedience and agility suit him well. He can be dominant with other dogs so early socialisation is essential. An attractive and still quite rare breed, the Club is extremely helpful to anyone interested in acquiring a puppy.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.