The Hovawart is a medium-large dog and does exceptionally well in search and rescue, tracking and working dog activities. The females are generally lighter in build. In training and especially obedience work the trainer must keep positive reinforcement in mind all the time, as this mountain dog is not as eager to please as many other working dog breeds: it always needs some kind of motivation. It is important to realize that the Hovawart works with people and not for people. They do have the ability to think and act independently.
The correct color descriptions are Black, Black and Gold, and Blond.
The Hovawart is an outstanding watch dog and somewhat reserved towards strangers. They make excellent family dogs as they are totally devoted to their family. They are a working dog breed, and require a consistent and loving yet strict training and meaningful activity throughout their lives. is not usually suitable as a first dog.
Generally speaking the Hovawart is a healthy breed and is not prone the any special diseases, other then common ones like hip dysplasia which not occurs very often.