Hovawart

Lifestyle Needs

Hovawart

Hovawart

The Hovawart emerged in the 1900s supposedly based on a much earlier farm guard dog.  He’s a relatively recent arrival into the UK and a big, handsome dog.  His relatively long and thick coat needs regular grooming.  He will also enjoy as much exercise as you can give him.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 0.0% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS

TBC

EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

None known

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

Hip dysplasia (malformation of the hip joints causing pain and lameness)  breed mean score 10.4 (parents should be lower).

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-ebvs

DNA Tests Available

  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

Breed club thyroid function test.

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Hypothyroidism (underproduction of thyroid hormone causing lethargy, change to coat and tendency to obesity
  • Bloat/torsion (the stomach fills with air and twists, needing immediate veterinary attention)
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (cartilege which causes front limb and shoulder lamness/arthritis) not common
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) (likely to be caused by defective heart valves) not common
  • Dog on dog aggression has been reported

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:
www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/the-standard-for-dog-breeding.html

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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