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American Hovawart

Updated on April 3, 2016

Hovawart Dog Show 2010


American Hovawart Dogs

Meet Dutch. Dutch is a rare breed of dog called The Hovawart. Dutch is the decedent of a long line of dogs bred for the purpose of guarding estates.

Thanks to my friends of White Horse Farm, my introduction to the breed was one of awe and wonder.

This site was created to provide information, Links, Videos, and more about the Hovawart Dogs and 2010 American Hovawart National Dog Show.

Dutch - The American Hovawart of White Horse Farm
Dutch - The American Hovawart of White Horse Farm

A Little Hovawart History

Dogs Of Distinction

According to WikiFido, the Hovwart breed originated in the Black Forest region of Germany, and was first described in text and paintings in medieval times. They were bred and owned by Barons who used the dog to guard their flocks, castles, and farms.

Due to wars, conflicts, and politics, the breed was almost totally wiped off the face of the earth. After World War I the Hovawart was reintroduced as a Hovawart-type dog bred by a doctor of zoology who did his best to recreate the breed as close to the original as possible. Unfortunately, the advent of World War II put an end to breeding and most of the dogs were lost or killed. In 1947, what few enthusiasts remained were the first to create the German Hovawart Club.

It was not until 1980 that the dog was recognized in the United Kingdom. In 1982 the Hovarwart was established as a recognized breed by the Kennel Club of Great Britain. The breed is still not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Hovawart was not bred to be violent or aggressive, but to serve as a protective family dog. The Hovawart is known for its intelligence, memory, loyalty and agility.

Dutch, the American Hovawart mascot of this page, is a fine example of this noble breed. Dutch belongs to Cynthia McWilliams-Oliver, and serves as the guardian of White Horse Farm.

Hovawart Books and Information

Learn more about this special breed of dog from the books available on Amazon.

2010 American Hovawart Show - October 9, 2010 Participants

Saturday, October 9, 2010 could not have been a more beautiful day for a dog show, and the program at White Horse Farm was exceptional. The judge presiding over the event was exceptional, and so were all the dogs and their handlers. The video below was composed based on the photos taken at the show. (The the video is best viewed at the highest resolution.)

My Google Maps

The American Hovawart Club is a non profit organization, and is associated with the United Kennel Club. This organization was created to help promote and educate the public about the breed. Each year they hold a National Breed Special Event to showcase the breed.

Cynthia McWilliams-Oliver of White Horse Farm, Ohio is host of the annual American Hovawart Dog Show 2010 on October 9 and 10. The Google Map is provided to help all who wish to attend get to White Horse Farm as easily as possible.

The 2010 American Hovawart Club Show:
15 Bellus Rd., Hinckley, OH

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The Hovawart dog is a very special breed, and we believe the owners of these dogs are very special people. If you have a Hovawart, or a Hovawart dog experience to share, your insight and information are welcome here.

© 2010 Tonie Cook

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    • floppypoppygift1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I had never heard of them! Thanks for the introduction! Cheers~cb

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      A remarkable story about preserving the breed. What a handsome dog.

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      7 years ago

      Hello, I just discovered you doing a search for dog shows...I'm trying to compile a page with shows by State, it appears that this one is in Ohio, so I started to add it there, perhaps I'm wrong and you would like to come add this lens to the appropriate State? The site (lens) is Nice page by the way!

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      8 years ago

      @anonymous: I've been looking for a DNA test that will test for the Hovawart breed... I'm pretty sure I have one too per our trainer's feedback. Can you share which test you used? Thanks!!

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I have mixed breed dogs. I think the Hovawart is beautiful. Great lens.

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      8 years ago

      I am about 99.9% sure I have a Hovawart. Waiting for DNA test to come back and hope they have a Hovawart base from which to draw, seeing as how it is not so prevalent in USA. Love this site. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      @WindyWintersHubs: While the hovawart is a certainly wonderful breed, this is not a breed for everyone, and especially not for first time dog dog owners. As a working breed, the hovawart requires a task, or he will find one on his own! I have had hovawarts for many years now and never regretted it. That said, everyday can be an adventure with a hovawart!

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      8 years ago

      I had not heard of this breed and you have done a great job exhibiting it. I am featuring this on Pets Health.

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      8 years ago

      I was not familiar with the Hovaward breed - even though I volunteer at the local animal shelter. Very informative - thanks.

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      8 years ago

      I've never heard of this breed, but Dutch is beautiful!

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      I'd never heard of this breed before. They certainly sound like a good family dog. It's good that someone kept the breed alive.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for introducing us to this breed. The Hovawart is really a beautiful dog and their temperament seems quite suitable for many families. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      8 years ago

      Sounds like they would make a great family pet. Kudos on a great lens!

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      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      What a lovely breed of dog. I've always assumed this breed was a type of collie. It's great to know they would make a great family dog. I noticed in the videos that their colors and markings are quite striking and their feet are huge! Thanks for sharing this breed of dog! Have an awesome Fall. :)


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