Alemania FCI 190 - Molossoid . Mountain


The term Hovawart derived from medieval german, in which -hova- meant “Court” and -wart-, “guardian”.



The dog as guardian of the house and the courtyard has an ancient tradition in the history of humanity. Maybe thousands of years ago, private ownership of the house and yard, los bienes y los talleres sólo podía establecerse con la ayuda de la función protectora de los perros. The four-legged court guards were already highly regarded by the Teutons, lo que se refleja en las diversas leyes de los últimos teutones. Of the 24 artículos del Lex Baiuvariorum, un artículo entero está dedicado sólo a los perros. Aquí, plus a dozen other dog breeds, el perro de la corte es explícitamente mencionado como “Houvavart”. The Houvavart was valued at 3 shillings. It was a huge amount, if you consider that in the same body of law a horse “mediocre” estaba valorado en sólo medio chelín. The Hovawarts are also mentioned in various writings from the Middle Ages.

The Hovawart Today is in the intellectual and functional tradition of these old court dogs. Regarding their genetic offspring, will not be more or less related to them than the other breeds of guard dogs and native dogs. Construir una línea de descendencia directa al viejo Hovavart no sería permisible, sobre todo porque no se sabe en absoluto cómo se veían estos perros.

After 1910 the Hovawart but without a description of the appearance. Over the years 20 established itself as a breed of dog.

In the FCI breed standard of 1998 It is said that:

“Since 1912 the reproduction of this breed has been using similar type dogs that are still in farms to restore the breed. Aparte a esto, at the beginning of the crossing, you cross them with German shepherds, Newfoundland, Leonberger and other races were admitted. In addition to the strict measures taken in the breeders, the type of work was obtained again.”

What's more, se cruzó con el perro guardián húngaro Kuvasz, what is important to understand the nature of Hovawart. After having almost died out, after the first world war, the breed was recovered by the kinophile K. F. König. In a span of time, lo que se había hecho con mucho éxito miles de años antes fue reconstruido aquí. Like, but mostly of the nature the right dogs were mated. The decisive criterion was performance for the intended purpose, por así decirlo, the work championship. It is quite possible that the Hovawart current look like the old ones Hovawart of our ancestors by this procedure of appearance and nature, but that is speculation. Only in 1944 se cerró el libro de cría. Así que se creó una amplia reserva genética como base de esta raza de perro, que aún hoy es muy útil para su salud y estado físico.

Physical characteristics

The Hovawart is a big dog, strong and at the same time quite thin. Con los Hovi hoy en día se permiten tres trazos de color: Rubio, black marks (black with gold brown markings) black and white. Males have a height to the cross of 63 a 70 cm.. Considering its type and size, the Hovawart is thinner than it appears underneath its medium long wavy coat. Therefore, a weight of 30 a 45 kg is considered normal for males. Despite this not so high weight, it is a very powerful and strong dog. Only for its strength and size it belongs to a hand with experience in dogs. The Hovawart he's a working dog, Guard and protection.

Character and skills

The character of Hovawart demands a person with a strong dog mind. He has a strong will, a head of its own and is very independent. Probably an heir to the pack guard dog, Kuvasz, who is one of his ancestors. Está seguro de sí mismo y seguro de sí mismo al mismo tiempo. The “desire to please” not as strong on him as on many other working dog breeds. Su amo o cuidador todavía tiene que trabajar y ganárselo. then a Hovawart well educated he is an extremely efficient off-roader and a lovely friend. Domina el papel de perro de compañía adecuado para la vida cotidiana, así como sus desafíos en los deportes caninos o incluso como perro de rescate y rastreo. He has a very good nose. Yes, and the Hovawart it is also an excellent watchdog and protection dog.

He is a defensive protector of his family and diligently protects his territory. He moves silently on the ground and faces an intruder suddenly but persistently. With built-in yard dog, the Hovawart not fully occupied, sobre todo porque hoy en día tiene que vigilar apenas un área suficientemente grande. He is intelligent and seeks true association with his caregiver. At the same time it is affectionate and sensitive and at the same time it radiates something primitive, archaic.

Wants and seeks connection with family. Like a well-behaved and demanded working dog, the Hovawart it is also an excellent family dog. Often rejoices with petting and hitting like a little lapdog. He is very friendly and gentle with the people he has taken to his heart. Once you meet them, will never forget them. When he is young he shows his affection sometimes very stormy.

The Hovawart it is a low maintenance dog. Aparte del cambio de abrigo no necesita ser cepillado todos los días, because her coat doesn't tend to tangle due to the small amount of undercoat. Well educated and managed he is an excellent companion. However, cannot be recommended as a family dog ​​without further ado. If you are thinking of having a puppy Hovawart for the first time, debe considerar primero los desafíos prácticos, they are only related to their strength and size. Not a beginner dog.

Hovawart Education

The Hovawart develops creativity and perseverance to realize his ideas about the world and its order. Aquí el dueño del perro es desafiado con todas las consecuencias, pero emparejado con paciencia y empatía. And this already with the puppy. La dureza por sí sola no ayuda al Hovawart at all. It is important to create and maintain trust, that the Hovawart quiere mostrar a su líder de la manada. A propósito, pack leader: One Hovawart usually test thoroughly, who will take this position. Aquí su dueño debe afirmarse con la consecuente despreocupación, then he will follow faithfully and with good behavior and accept the leadership of his humans without problems.

One must bring with him time and knowledge for an intensive education and, the best of all, training. If one loses the basic elements of education, difícilmente podrá salir a caminar con él sin estrés. Entonces su confianza en sí mismo podría incluso convertirse en una afirmación de liderazgo. Otherwise, the Hovawart it's the ideal companion dog image. Quiere que sus humanos le guíen, but without ever being submissive. The Hovawart maintains its own head and its own will. For some people this is perhaps too much of their own personality. But only this profile of the Hovawart can be an excellent basis for a respectful and intense human-dog relationship.

Hovawart Health and Care

The Hovawart it is a low maintenance dog. Except in times of coat change, twice a year, necesita ser cepillado regularmente pero no todos los días, because his coat does not tend to tangle due to the low amount of undercoat.

The Hovawart it is considered a completely healthy breed. Hereditary diseases are systematically fought, como la enfermedad del cartílago de la articulación de la rodilla (OCD), que es más común en los Hovawarts. Dysplasia of the hip joint (HD) “often a problem especially with large dogs” has been under control for a long time.

Nutrition / Food

The Hovawart they don't make any special demands. Él es consistentemente sencillo. For a dog of its size and strength it needs little food.

Hovawart life expectancy

The Hovawarts can reach 12 años y no raramente aún más con una buena condición física. It is a good life expectancy for such a large dog.

Buy a Hovawart

Puppies should only be purchased from an FCI registered breeder. For a puppy you should plan to 800 a 1000 EUR. The adult dogs of Hovawart they can also be taken out of shelter or emergency aid and offered a loving home..

Images "Hovawart"


1 – Hovawart by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/hovawart-perro-perro-de-raza-pura-2611448/
2 – Hovawart black and tan by Faigl.ladislav / CC BY-SA
3 – Hovawart by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/perro-hovawart-negro-marr%C3%B3n-1194081/
4 – The three permitted colours of the Hovawart by Oxborrow / Public domain
5 – Blond Hovawart female (10 months) by Faigl.ladislav / CC BY-SA
6 – Hovawart by https://www.pxfuel.com/es/free-photo-xxpba

Videos "Hovawart"

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
  • Section 2.2: Molossoid, mountain type. Without working trial.


  • FCI – Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid type dogs – Swiss Mountain Dogs and Cattledogs. Section 2.2 Molossoid, mountain type.
  • AKC – FSS
  • CKC – Group 3 – Working dogs
  • ​KC – Working dogs
  • UKC – Watchdog

FCI breed standard "Hovawart"

FCIFCI - Hovawart

Alternative names:

    1. Hovie (English).
    2. Hovawart (French).
    3. Hovawart (German).
    4. Hovawart (Portuguese).
    5. Hovie (español).
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