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 their 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.
A recognized working dog with versatile usage. Hovawarts have a kind and even disposition. They also possess protective instincts, fighting instincts, self-confidence and ability to take stress. Hovis are of medium temperament; combined with a very good nose. Their balanced body proportions and special devotion to the family make them an outstanding companion, watch, guard, tracking and rescue-dog.