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The Hovawart is a large, robust, but not heavy dog, looking somewhat like a Golden Retriever. This breed makes a fine watchdog, it is an excellent family companion, and excels in search & rescue and tracking. It is determined, obedient, and affectionate especially towards its master.
Hovawart dogs are versatile, intelligent, and highly trainable, it learns quickly. This breed is popular in Germany, but virtually unknown in the USA; there are currently only about 100 Hovawarts in the USA.
It comes in blonde, black, or black & tan, with certain markings specified in the standard; the color of the eyes, nose, and nails are harmonious with the coat.
Single, dense, long-haired, wavy coat lies flat. It is easy to groom. An occasional brushing and combing, taking extra care in the places where tangles might form, is all this breed needs. It is an average shedder.
This is a very healthy breed. However an under active thyroid is wide spread in European lines; hip dysplasia is present in the breed; however, stringent breeding practices have kept this debilitating disease to a minimum. To minimize the risk of your Hovawart developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable breeder.