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Featuring April’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Hovawart

What is a Hovawart?

Hovawart is German and means "guardian of the property". It is one of the oldest breeds that still exists today, and has its origins in the so-called Bronze-Age Dog. It was first mentioned in Germany in the 13th century, when a writer of that era told how a "Hovewart" had saved his life when he was a baby. The dog had carried him to safety when his family's castle was under siege. The "Hovewarts" were considered as very valuable and stealing one meant strict punishment.

History & Origin

  During the centuries the Hovawarts were used by the German farmers as guardians of home as well as of livestock. However, other breeds became more in fashion, and by the end of the last century, the Hovawarts were almost extinct. During the 1920's a group of enthusiasts started to revive the breed with a strict breeding program and in 1937 the Hovawart was officially recognized as a breed in Germany.


  The Hovawart comes in three colors: blond, black, and black and tan. Its coat is long and thick, slightly wavy and double. The shoulder-height for males is 24-28 inches and for females 22-26 inches. The females are smaller and much more elegant in their appearance. Males are robust and powerful-looking but not heavy. The eyes are amber and the ears are flat. The tail is long and is carried low except when the dog is excited. The hair on the tail and on the legs is long and feathery.


  It is a hardy and weather-proof dog, that is alert and faithful, trustworthy and extremely intelligent. Although very willing to please its owner, it can take up to two years before the Hovawart puppy matures enough for serious obedience training. At that age, though, he will learn very quickly, and with his outstanding sense of protection he makes a very good prospect for obedience and schutzhund training. They have an excellent sense of smell and are also very suitable for search and tracking. Although the Hovawart is an excellent family dog, it is important that he be trained from an early age to the fact that his owner is the "pack leader", or he will soon take over that role.

When training a Hovawart, one must be aware of the fact that these dogs do not respond well to the traditional, harsh, leash-jerking training methods. They are too intelligent for that approach. It is much better to use creativity, common sense and praise instead.

On the whole, a Hovawart is a perfect family dog and protector. His extraordinary intelligence makes him an excellent watchdog, but also has its drawbacks. Because he is so smart, a Hovawart needs an owner who is willing to spend a lot of time and training on his dog.



April's !RARE! BotM ~ the Hovawart ~ artwork by brooke-n
See more @ the !RARE! Breed of the Month Artwork Folder

Featuring April’s Targeted Breed of the Month
the German Shepherd Dog / Deutscher Schäferhund / Alsatian

The German Shepherd Dog is a breed that is subject to breed-specific legislation and other forms of discrimination, the breed is restricted in several cities across the United States, including other countries such as Ireland, Spain and Singapore.

The first impression of a good German Shepherd Dog is that of a strong, agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. It is well balanced, with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter. The dog is longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. It looks substantial and not spindly, giving the impression, both at rest and in motion, of muscular fitness and nimbleness without any look of clumsiness or soft living. The ideal dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility--difficult to define, but unmistakable when present. Secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, and every animal gives a definite impression of masculinity or femininity, according to its sex.


Quick Facts:
• Country of Origin: Germany
• Functionality: Livestock herder, natural family guardian & police/military/overall working dog
• Coat Colors: Solid black, classic black/tan saddle(or blanket), black/red saddle, sable and other rarer varieties of sable are acceptable. It is common for most to have black masks and various black body markings. Blue, liver and in some cases solid white is unacceptable and considered faults.
• Height: Dogs – 24 to 26 inches & Bitches – 22 to 24 inches

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ShallowFool Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting post, though I'd chosen a different photo instead of that last one used for the GSD. Those frog-dogs just have way to many health problems due to their sloped back and I would have prefered a picture showing a nice GSD with a straight back. Especially if it says: "It is well balanced, with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter." ...
AntlerCreek Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh I dont know why GSD's are targeted theres nothing wrong with them sdhfjhsdffbv some peoples stupidity just makes me mad.
Btw sable isnt a rare colour at all, it is in fact the dominate gene colour in the dog. Sable was the colour of the first GSD ever. Just a little fun fact C;
t3hsilentone Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Statistics show they are one of the top dogs that have bitten someone. Quite ridiculous being that they were bred with a strong drive and bite in the first place.

And sable isn't rare, I just meant the different varieties can be rare, especially to someone that isn't as familiar with it.
AntlerCreek Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmmm I've never met anyone that was afraid of my dog because of her breed lol my cousins sweet pit bull is a different story though. Such a shame these things happen to such good dogs

Ah alright lol living here in central Texas though, I see big varieties in GSD colours often, from cream to sable white to black and tan so sables here are pretty well known BUT I have had people try and tell me that my dog isnt pure because shes sable, those idiots think GSDs only come in black and tan saddle backs /: Oh well what can ya do?
t3hsilentone Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It helps to know your dog breeds then, I educate people all the time with that kind of stuff. Then they say, "-I didn't know that!" :)
AntlerCreek Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol yeah thats what I do! But this one lady wasnt hearing it lol that was in San Antonio though Cx
LoveForLukas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
They're targeted because they're far smarter than the average person can compesate for. ;)
AntlerCreek Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I totally agree Im pretty convinced my GSD is smarter than my sister Cx
Anellyz Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I love Hovawarts!
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