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FCI-St. N°190 / 25.09.1998

HOVAWART


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 br
eeding of this
breed, by using dogs similar in type still found on
farms, has been
restored. Apart from this, in the early years of b
reeding, crosses with
German Shepherd Dogs, Newfoundlands, Leonbergers an
d other
breeds were admitted. Due to the strict measuremen
ts taken in
selecting the breeding stock, the original working
type was attained
again.
In the country of origin very great importance is a
ttached to the
health of the Hovawart. Especially the presence of
hip dysplasia has
been reduced to a small percentage by selecting, fo
r decades,
breeding stock free from dysplasia. It is to be
expected
that all other
Hovawart breed clubs will aim for this exemplary go
al.
GENERAL APPEARANCE
: The Hovawart is a powerful,
medium size, slightly elongated, long-haired workin
g dog.
Difference between sexes is clearly recognizable, s
pecially in shape
of head and build of body.

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IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS
: Length of body comprises at
least 110 to 115 % of height at withers.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
: Recognized working dog
with versatile usage. Kind and even disposition.
Has protective
instinct, self-confidence and ability to take stre
ss; of medium
temperament; combined with a very good nose. His b
alanced body
proportions and special devotion to his family make
him an
outstanding companion, watch, guard, tracking and r
escue-dog.
HEAD
: The nasal bridge is straight and parallel to the
skull.
Muzzle and skull are of about the same length. The
skin of the head
fits tightly.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : The powerful head has a broad, rounded fore
head.
Stop : Well visible.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Nostrils well developed. In black/gold
and black
dogs
pigmentation is black; in blond dogs it is black; «
snow nose »
(temporary loss of pigmentation) accepted.
Muzzle : Strong, tapering only slightly when seen f
rom above and in
profile.
Lips : Fit tightly.
Jaws/Teeth : Strong complete scissor bite with 42 t
eeth according to
tooth formula. Teeth set square to the jaws. Pinc
er bite accepted.
Eyes : Oval, neither protruding nor deep set. Colo
ur : dark to
medium brown. Eyelids fit tightly.
Ears : The loosely fitting triangular drop ears are
set on high and
wide apart, thus giving the optical illusion of bro
adening the skull.
They reach in length to the corners of the mouth (l
abial commisure).
Their tip is slightly rounded. When the dog is at
ease they are kept
hanging flat, when alert they may be carried direct
ed slightly
forward. Their front edge lies approximately halfw
ay between eye
and occiput.
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NECK
: Strong, of medium length. Skin tightly fitting.
BODY
:
Back : Straight and firm.
Loin : Strong, slightly longer than rump.
Croup : Medium long and slightly sloping.
Chest : Broad, deep and strong.
TAIL
: Bushy, reaching to below the hocks, but not to t
he ground.
According to the dog’s mood it is carried high and
curved over the
back or hanging down.
LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS :
General appearance : Forelegs strong, straight and
vertical, seen from
the front and side.
Shoulders : Very well muscled. Shoulder-blade long
and well laid
back.
Upper arm : Long, closely fitting to body.
Elbows : Fitting well to chest.
Pastern joint : Strong.
Pastern : Moderately sloping.
HINDQUARTERS :
General appearance : Hindlegs strong and vertical w
hen seen from
behind. Hindquarters are well angulated.
Upper and lower thigh : Very well muscled.
Hock joint : Strong, well let down.
FEET : Roundish, strong and compact. Toes arched a
nd tight.
Dewclaws to be removed except in those countries wh
ere this is
prohibited by law. Nails with black pigmentation i
n black/gold and
black dogs; in blond dogs there may be less pigment
ation.
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GAIT / MOVEMENT
: In all gaits the movement of the Hovawart
is on a straight line and covering the ground well.
The trot is very
extended, with powerful drive from the hindquarters
.
SKIN
: Tightly fitting all over. With a bluish sheen i
n black/gold
and black dogs, with a mostly pink sheen in blond d
ogs.
COAT
HAIR : The strong long-haired coat is lightly waved
and lying close,
with only little undercoat. It is longer on chest,
belly, rearside of
forelegs, rearside of thighs and tail. It is short
on head and at the
front side of the fore- and hindlegs. The coat is
dense.
COLOUR : There are 3 colour varieties : black/gold,
black, blond.
Black/gold :
The coat is black and shiny, the colour of the mark
ings medium
blond. On the head the markings begin below the na
sal bridge and
extend round the corners of the mouth into the mark
ing of the throat.
The point-shaped markings above the eyes are clearl
y visible. The
chest markings consist of two adjacent patches whic
h may be
connected. On the forelegs, the marking, seen from
the side, extends
from the toes to about the pastern and tapers off o
n the rearside at
about elbow level. On the hindlegs, seen from the
side, the marking
below the hock is seen as a broad stripe, above the
hock only as a
narrow stripe which extends on the front side of th
e hindleg up to the
level of the belly. A marking is also present bene
ath the set on of the
tail. The markings are distinct in outline everywh
ere. Single small
white spots on the chest as well as some single whi
te hairs on toes
and tip of tail are permissible. Black pigmentatio
n on eyelids, lips
and pads.
Black :
The coat is black and shiny. Some single white spo
ts on the chest as
well as some single white hairs on toes and tip of
tail are permissible.
Black pigmentation on eyelids, lips and pads.
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Blond : The coat is medium blond, shiny and becomes
lighter
towards legs and belly. Single small white spots o
n the chest as well
as some single white hairs on toes and tip of tail
are permissible.
Black pigmentation on eyelids, lips and pads.
SIZE
:
Height at the withers :
For dogs : 63 - 70 cm.
For bitches : 58 - 65 cm.
FAULTS
: Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which t
he fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degre
e and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS
:

Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abn
ormalities
shall be disqualified.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :

Dogs which do not
conform
to the impression of original breed
type.

Distinctly « doggy » bitches.

Distinctly « bitchy » dogs.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :

Distinctly differing body proportions than those qu
oted in the
standard.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT :

Aggressive, anxious, gunshy or lethargic dogs.
HEAD :

Lacking stop.

Blue eye or wall eye.
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Erect, tipped ears, rose ear; off-standing ears.

Undershot, overshot or wry mouth.

Absence of more than 2 of the 4 PM1 or the 2 M3, or
absence of
any other tooth.
NECK :

Distinct dewlap or very throaty.
BODY :

Pronounced sway or roach back.

Narrow or barrel shaped chest.

Abnormal tail; tail much too short; pronounced ring
tail.
LIMBS:

Much too high in hindquarters (overbuilt).
COAT
HAIR :

Predominantly curly coat (ring curls).
COLOUR :
In general :

All colours not conforming to the standard, e.g. bl
ue-grey, deer
colour, brown, white, patched, blond with smutty to
uch or
predominantly banded hair.

White patches. Single white hairs on the inside of
the upper
thighs are not a disqualifying fault.
Black/Gold dogs :

Grey or brown patches other than the correct markin
gs.

Undercoat predominantly of another colour than blac
k.

Predominantly grey or whitish markings.
Black dogs :

Grey or brown patches.

Undercoat predominantly of another colour than blac
k.
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Blond dogs :

Some single white hairs on the nasal bridge are not
a
disqualifying fault.

Red-blond colour throughout without getting lighter
.

Whitish-blond colour, also on ears.

Distinctly white markings.

Dark patches or dark mask.
Size :

Undersize.

Oversize by more than 3 cm.
N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal test
icles fully
descended into the scrotum.

Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with
breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.

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