Illustration of Hovawart

The breed's function is explained in the German words 'hof' meaning farm or homestead and 'wart' meaning to guard and the breed is mentioned in German chronicles as far back as the Middle Ages. By the start of the 20th Century the breed was almost extinct but was resurrected by enthusiast Kurt König who found some dogs surviving in isolated areas and used these as the basis for his breeding programme. Some believe that König added some different blood to re-invent the breed but nevertheless the German Kennel Club recognised the Hovawart in 1936.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.

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