In German, its name means Estate Guard Dog, and that’s precisely the purpose for which it was bred. They are an ancient breed. While they are loyal, tolerant with children, and protective of their Pack, they require a family environment with a firm Alpha, plenty of activity, and extensive obedience and socialization training to truly shine.
1. Hovawarts 101 – Information, Personality and Characteristics
2. Hovawart Temperament and Training
3. Hovawart Diet and Feeding
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Hovawarts generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Hovawarts. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Hovawart with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.