The Hovawart is a hardy and sound medium-large dog. Well-balanced with a strong personality, the Hovawart is brave, with a kindly, affectionate and playful nature. The breed matures slowly and is very trainable, though first-time owners should prefer the more biddable and less dominant female. He is good with children, being tolerant, protective and patient, and will get on well with other domestic animals.
Correct training is required from an early age. Being intelligent, he quickly understands what he is taught, if this is done gently and in a consistent manner. Harshness and coercion should be avoided, he needs leadership that shows him how to please his handler. Don’t worry if in training he alternates periods of attention with periods of disinterest in the activity, even if he seems distracted, he’s storing the information away , ready to surprise you in the future, so don’t be demoralised.
This breed always needs sufficient physical activity, so we have to be prepared for long walks in all seasons and in all weathers. Taking him out only to meet his physiological needs would alter his psychophysical makeup.
Thanks to his character and physique, the Hovawart excels at all activities, both sporting (agility, utility and defence, obedience etc.) and working (water rescue and trailing, etc.), and also makes a fine PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog. Despite its size, the Hovawart makes a house good house dog, and is even suited to life in an apartment. Its innate defensive instinct makes him wary of strangers, though he will accept them as soon as he recognises that they are harmless.
In the family
Despite being bred to be a watch dog, the Hovawart fits perfectly into family life. Though he loves being in the garden, he needs to live in close contact with his human family as part of the “Human pack”. Separation from the family would make him unhappy. Should we for any reason need to be apart from our big puppy, we make sure that he can be happy on his own, spending his time with toys and games for mental stimulation that can keep him happily occupied until our return.
Our dogs don’t live in cages, they run and play freely, and sleep and wake with us. They accompany us for long walks, share our free time, and are an integral part of our family.
THE VETERINARY CLINIC
Dr. Rusconi’s Veterinary Clinic
Our Hovawarts are cared for from before they are born through the first days of their lives in the family’s veterinary clinic, where Riccardo and his staff have been taking care of the health of cats and dogs since 1990.
The clinic is fitted out with the latest equipment for diagnosing and treating animals, and collaborates with the best veterinarian specialists who share with us our passion and love of animals.