Embark is still shipping. More on our COVID response, and tips for you and your dog here.
Hovawart

Hovawart

The Hovawart is a German breed that has received considerable praise over the centuries. Much loved and valued in their native Germany, Hovawarts were favored among the German nobility and royal families for hundreds of years. Classified as one of the “noble dogs” in the 1400s, they were highly prized as guard dogs—in fact, their name means “estate guard dog”. Hovawarts are well documented as a breed going as far back as the Middle Ages. In fact, in 1210 a Hovawart was praised for rescuing the son of the owners of Ordensritterburg castle when Slavic soldiers invaded it. This child, named Eike von Repkow, grew up to be an important figure in the history of German law. He wrote about the Hovawart in his Sachsenspiegel, one of the oldest surviving German texts. Hovawarts were so well loved throughout history that they are frequently seen in Medieval German paintings.

About this Breed

The Hovawart is a German breed that has received considerable praise over the centuries. Much loved and valued in their native Germany, Hovawarts were favored among the German nobility and royal families for hundreds of years. Classified as one of the “noble dogs” in the 1400s, they were highly prized as guard dogs—in fact, their name means “estate guard dog”. Hovawarts are well documented as a breed going as far back as the Middle Ages. In fact, in 1210 a Hovawart was praised for rescuing the son of the owners of Ordensritterburg castle when Slavic soldiers invaded it. This child, named Eike von Repkow, grew up to be an important figure in the history of German law. He wrote about the Hovawart in his Sachsenspiegel, one of the oldest surviving German texts. Hovawarts were so well loved throughout history that they are frequently seen in Medieval German paintings.

Unfortunately, Hovawarts experienced a decline in popularity as newer breeds were developed in Germany. Thankfully, in the early 1900s a group of enthusiasts pledged to bring the breed back to its former glory. They suffered a setback during World War II when many Hovawarts were sent into battle because of their many talents and extreme loyalty.

While still a rare breed outside of their native Germany, Hovawarts have persevered and are still considered exceptional dogs. They excel as working dogs and have been utilized during search and rescue operations.

As a pet, Hovawarts are loyal and affectionate dogs. They do well with other dogs, and they can be socialized to accept other pets. They love children but need to be well socialized to accept outsiders. Because they were guard dogs, Hovawarts will need to be taught the difference between visitors and intruders—they will take the job of protecting their family very seriously. They also are not particularly “eager to please” and have an independent streak that can make them tricky to train. Because of both of these factors, Hovawarts are not a good choice for first-time dog owners. They will do best in a rural or suburban home—they are large and not well suited to apartment living. If prospective owners can handle this noble breed, they would make a wonderful addition to any household.

Height

Male: 25-28in

Female: 23-26in

Weight

Male: 55-88lb

Female: 55-88lb

Fun Fact

With such a noble history, it’s no wonder that in 1272, anyone who killed or stole a Hovawart was required by law to pay restitution to the owners.

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Chief
  2. Patrice
  3. PH2
  4. PH3
  5. PH4

For Females

  1. Ella
  2. Elsa
  3. PH5
  4. PH6
  5. PH7
  6. PH8

Common Locations

  1. New Jersey, United States
  2. Indiana, United States
  3. Virginia, United States

Discover Your Dogʼs DNA Story

Embark Dog DNA Test for Breed Identification

Breed Identification Kit

Breed ID Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, ancestry, and relatives.

$129

LEARN MORE
Embark Dog DNA Test for Breed Identification and Health

Breed + Health Kit

Breed + Health Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, health, traits, ancestry, and relatives.

$199

LEARN MORE