So you’re looking to adopt an Hovawart, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “Physically, Hovawarts are large, heavy-boned dogs that have been bred to be intelligent guardians of livestock and the home. They come in three colors: blonde, black and tan, and black. They are alert, faithful, trustworthy, extremely intelligent, fun-loving, and stubborn. A Hovawart likes to have a job to do, or he will use his creative nature to find one. They take approximately two years to mature. Currently, Hovawarts in North America are participating in search and rescue organizations, therapy dog activities, obedience trials, agility trials, flyball and service dog training. Owning a Hovawart can be quite a challenge, and they require significant time and attention from their owners, so they are not recommended for first-time dog owners. However, for an owner who is willing to expend the effort to teach their dog appropriate behaviors in different situations, the reward is a faithful companion. The Hovawart is a family dog. It develops a strong bond to its “pack” and must be a part of the family life; it needs to bond closely with the owner/family. If it has been well integrated into the family, it does not mind spending the occasional hour in a kennel. Club Contact DetailsClub: Hovawart Club of North AmericaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Hovawart is a medium-temperament working dog with versatile usage and has a very good nose. He is kind, has an even disposition and protective instinct, is self-confident and has the ability to take stress. His balanced body proportions and special devotion to his family make him an outstanding companion, watch, guard, tracking and rescue-dog.”
An Hovawart typically ranges from 58.42cm to 71.12cm in height, and weighs from 29.48350405kg to 40.8233133kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Hovawart breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Hovawart insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.