Hovawart Breed Magazine - Showight


TRANSLATION : Mrs. R. Binder-Gresly. Official language (DE).

ORIGIN : Germany.


UTILIZATION : Working Dog.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer Molossoid breeds- Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. Section 2.2 Molossoid breeds, Mountain type. With working trial. BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Hovawart is a very old German working dog breed. The name’s origin stems from Middle High German (an old form of German); Hova = Hof (= yard, farm) and wart = Wächter (= watchman). Since 1922 the breeding of this breed, by using dogs similar in type still found on farms, has been restored. Apart from this, in the early years of breeding, crosses with German Shepherd Dogs, Newfoundlands, Leonbergers and other breeds were admitted. Due to the strict measurements taken in selecting the breeding stock, the original working type was attained again. In the country of origin very great importance is attached to the health of the Hovawart. Especially the presence of hip dysplasia has been reduced to a small percentage by selecting, for decades, breeding stock free from dysplasia. It is to be expected that all other Hovawart breed clubs will aim for this exemplary goal. GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Hovawart is a powerful, medium size, slightly elongated, long-haired working dog. Difference between sexes is clearly recognizable, especially in shape of head and build of body.

FCI-St. N°190 / 25.09.1998

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