USD $1000-$1200 Price Avg.

Guard Dogs



Breed Type

Large, Giant


10-14 years


Breed Information

Group Guard Dogs
Popularity/Rank 375
Origin Germany
Other Names Hovie
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1000-$1200
How much does it cost to purchase a Hovawart?
The price of a Hovawart will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $1000 to $1200 per Hovawart if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Hovawart through a shelter.
Size Large, Giant
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)
Lifespan 10-14 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Purpose Estate Guard Dog
Date of Origin 1400s
Ancestry Kuvasz, Leonberger, Newfoundland

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Silky
Coat Colors Black, Blonde, Golden
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Fawn
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Comb, Dematter, Deshedder, Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Aware, Dedicated, Devoted, Outright, Reserved, Tempered, Watchful
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia, Underactive Thyroid
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 30 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3.5 cups
Daily Cost $10-$20
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Hovawart have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 6-8 puppies (Once a year.)


The Hovawart dog is a large, strong, and loyal breed of dog that originated in Germany. They are known for their intelligence and loyalty, making them an ideal companion for families. The Hovawart is a medium-sized breed with a muscular body and thick coat. They have a broad head with almond-shaped eyes, long ears that hang down to the sides of their face, and a long muzzle. Their coat can be black, golden-blonde or reddish-brown in color with white markings on the chest and feet.

The lifespan of the Hovawart dog is between 10 to 14 years. They typically weigh between 55 to 80 pounds (25 to 36 kg) and stand at 22 to 27 inches (56 to 69 cm) tall at the shoulder.

The personality of the Hovawart dog is one of intelligence, loyalty, courage, and protectiveness. They are very alert dogs who will bark when they sense danger or something out of place in their environment. They are also very affectionate towards their owners but can be wary around strangers until they get used to them.

Hovawarts are friendly with other dogs as well as children if they have been properly socialized from an early age. However, due to their size and strength it’s important that they’re supervised when interacting with smaller animals such as cats or rabbits as they may unintentionally hurt them due to their size difference alone.

The temperament of the Hovawart dog is one that requires consistent training from an early age in order for them to reach their full potential as family pets or working dogs alike; however once trained properly they make excellent companions who will always be loyal towards their owners no matter what situation arises.

Health wise the Hovawart breed has few health issues; however some common ones include hip dysplasia which can cause lameness in older dogs if not treated correctly; eye problems such as cataracts; ear infections; skin allergies; bloat which can be fatal if not treated quickly enough; epilepsy; heart disease; hypothyroidism; luxating patella which causes pain in the knee joint area when walking or running etc… It’s important that you take your pet for regular checkups at your local vet so any health issues can be caught early on before becoming more serious problems later down the line!

The adaptability level of this breed is quite high meaning that it should do well living both indoors or outdoors depending on its owner's preference - although it would need plenty of exercise either way! Some benefits associated with owning this breed include its intelligence which makes it easy trainable - perfect for those looking for an obedient pet! Its loyalty means you won't ever have worry about leaving your pet home alone while you're away either - plus its protective nature makes it great guard dog too!


The Hovawart is a large, black German working dog. The name "Hovawart" comes from the German words "Hof" meaning "farm" or "yard" and "Wart" meaning "guardian". The Hovawart is an ancient breed that was once used as a farm dog and guard dog in Germany. The breed almost became extinct after World War II, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. The Hovawart is now a popular breed in Germany and other parts of Europe.

The Hovawart is thought to be descended from the ancient Roman Molosser dogs. These dogs were brought to Germany by the Romans during their occupation of the country. The Molosser dogs were used as guard dogs and farm dogs by the Germans. Over time, the Molosser dogs interbred with other local breeds and developed into the Hovawart breed.

The Hovawart was first recognized as a distinct breed in Germany in 1922. The breed was nearly extinct after World War II, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. The Hovawart is now a popular breed in Germany and other parts of Europe.

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