The Hovawart Club of Great Britain
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hovawarts

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hovawarts

Our club is dedicated to the Hovawart breed and this website is intended to help owners enjoy this beautiful breed. With official Hovawart standards, shows, information, activities, discussions, photos and a great deal more, we hope you find our site both informative and fun.



2019 Club Show

Well, the Club Show came and went again on Sunday 6th October. We were extremely lucky with the weather, despite all sorts of dire predictions, and a good day was had by all.
Congratulations to Mick Murphy with Guinness who won Best in Show, and to John and Elaine Sharpe with Poppy as Reserve Best in Show.
Many thanks to Gill Stockton for judging the Breed Show, Bill Molton for judging the Special Award Classes, Elinor Anderson for judging the Obedience Show, and Sabine and Jay Kanzaria for running the Rally Trial.
There will be a show feature in Our Dogs by photographer Bethan Hughes - please contact her if you would like to place an advert or a photo in the feature: email bethan@bodrhonyn.com or phone 01407710870 (evenings)
These are the main results.

BEST IN SHOW: CASTLEMARY DRUID (MURPHY. MR M)
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW: QUINCEBOIS TULIPWOOD BY PINES.CDEX (SHARPE, JOHN & ELAINE)
BEST OPPOSITE SEX: QUINCEBOIS TULIPWOOD BY PINES.CDEX (SHARPE, JOHN & ELAINE)
BEST PUPPY: AMEYA ALMA LU (LEE, L)
RESERVE BEST PUPPY: HERE I AM COVA KROLEWSKA KRAINA (STEWART, ANNE P)
BEST VETERAN: CASTLEMARY DRUID (MURPHY. MR M)
RESERVE BEST VETERAN: FASSKOLEYS SILKIE (INCHES, M)
BEST JUNIOR: AMEYA ALMA LU (LEE, L)
BEST YEARLING: HIGHTIMBERS TRAVEL TICKETS
BEST DOG: CASTLEMARY DRUID (MURPHY. MR M)
RESERVE BEST DOG: OWAIN SHAGRAT DIT SHAGGY DES AMI DE GAIA (LARRATT. MR TP)
BEST VETERAN DOG: CASTLEMARY DRUID (MURPHY. MR M)
BEST BITCH: QUINCEBOIS TULIPWOOD BY PINES.CDEX (SHARPE, JOHN & ELAINE)
RESERVE BEST BITCH: MICONA SIERRA (MOONEY, H)
BEST VETERAN BITCH: FASSKOLEYS SILKIE (INCHES, M)
BEST PUPPY BITCH: AMEYA ALMA LU (LEE, L)

To see the full results for the Breed Classes, Special Award Classes, Obedience and Rally Click here
To see the report from Maureen Taylor about the Good Citizens Click here

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CRUFTS 2019 RESULTS

Hovawart     Judge: MR S J MALLARD
BEST OF BREED
HAYAKLAUSE MOLLY. Bitch. Owner:  MR M MURPHY
BEST PUPPY
HIGHTIMBERS MASTER TICKETS, Dog, Owner:  MS P A THOMPSON
BEST DOG
KANUKALOS RHAPSODY Dog Owner:  MISS P J FOAKES
BEST BITCH
HAYAKLAUSE MOLLY Bitch Owner:  MR M MURPHY
RESERVE BEST DOG
ICH CASTLEMARY DRUID EJW IJC SJC WW15 18 Dog Owner:  MR M MURPHY
RESERVE BEST BITCH
ZWARTBOS MOONDANCE Bitch Owner:  MRS V A SHONE
BEST VETERAN
IHF CH DRIFTINGSKY MIST Bitch Owner:  MS E A & MS L J WHITMORE & WHITE

Classes
Veteran – Dog
Entries: 2 Abs: 1     
1st         HIGHTIMBERS TUPPENCE (MRS K WOODGER)

Puppy – Dog
Entries: 1 Abs: 0
1st         HIGHTIMBERS MASTER TICKETS (MS P A THOMPSON)

Junior – Dog
Entries: 3 Abs: 0
1st         HIGHTIMBERS MASTER TICKETS (MS P A THOMPSON)
2nd         FARMWATCH SNOW STORM (MS A DONNAN)
3rd         FARMWATCH SNOW SHADOW (MR M & MS G TYERMAN & CHALLONER)

Post Graduate – Dog
Entries: 5 Abs: 0     
1st         MICONA ECHO [ATC AU02090IKC] (MISS A STEWART)
2nd         MICONA FOXTROT [ATC AU02263IKC] (MR M MURPHY)
3rd         ZWARTBOS MOONSHINE WHISKEY (MRS J & MR D ROBINSON & BROWN)
Res         PINES WIGGINS (MR M HARRISON)
VHC         DRIFTINGSKY ARCUS (A & B WILLIAMS)

Open – Dog
Entries: 7 Abs: 0
1st         KANUKALOS RHAPSODY (MISS P J FOAKES)
2nd         ICH CASTLEMARY DRUID EJW IJC SJC WW15.18. (MR M MURPHY)
3rd         KANUKALOS FORTISSIMO (MISS E & MR B BARRON & BETTINI)
Res         MAILO VOM HERVESTER HOF [ATC AU02253DEU] ( MR R SCHETTLER)
VHC         KANUKALOS ALLEGRO (MRS K M ALLEN)

Veteran – Bitch
Entries: 8 Abs: 1
1st         IHF CH DRIFTINGSKY MIST (MS E A & MS L J WHITMORE & WHITE)
2nd         IR CH FASSKOLEYS CARMEL MURPHY (MISS A STEWART)
3rd         HIGHTIMBERS PENNY (MR J & MRS C MCLURE)
Res         ZWARTBOS VENTNOR (MRS J WOLFE)
VHC         URSINE V D ROMERWEIDE OF ZWARTBOS (IMP NDL) (MRS V A SHONE)

Puppy – Bitch
Entries: 4 Abs: 0
1st         KRISTA VAN ELDERENS HOF AT FARMWATCH (MS D G CHALLONER)
2nd         HIGHTIMBERS SPECIAL TICKET (MRS N & MR L VINCENT)
3rd         HIGHTIMBERS TRAVEL TICKETS (MR M & MRS S D HEMSWORTH)
Res         HIGHTIMBERS SECRET TICKET (MRS H J PAYNE)

Junior – Bitch
Entries: 4 Abs: 0
1st         HIGHTIMBERS SPECIAL TICKET (MRS N & MR L VINCENT)
2nd         HIGHTIMBERS TRAVEL TICKETS (MR M & MRS S D HEMSWORTH)
3rd         FARMWATCH SNOW MAIDEN (MRS M A COX)
Res         HIGHTIMBERS SECRET TICKET (MRS H J PAYNE)

Post Graduate – Bitch
Entries: 10 Abs: 0     
1st         ZWARTBOS MOONDANCE (MRS V A SHONE)
2nd         MICONA JULIET (IKC) (MISS L CAMPBELL)
3rd         MICONA TANGO [ATC AU02073IKC] (MISS J S HEFFERNAN)
Res         PINES FLASH BANG WALLOP (MRS E M & MR J R SHARPE)
VHC         PINES FOXTROT (MS C TRAVERS)

Open – Bitch
Entries: 11 Abs: 1     
1st         HAYAKLAUSE MOLLY (MR M MURPHY)
2nd         ANNVAD LADY HAZEL (MRS G STOCKTON)
3rd         KANUKALOS BURLETTA (MR J & MRS C MCLURE)
Res         QUINCEBOIS TULIPWOOD BY PINES (MRS E M & MR J R SHARPE)
VHC         ISALYNN V ELDERENS HOF AT FARMWATCH (MS D G CHALLONER)

Good Citizen Dog Scheme – Bitch
Entries: 8 Abs: 0
1st         IR CH FASSKOLEYS CARMEL MURPHY (MISS A STEWART)
2nd         ANNVAD LADY HAZEL (MRS G STOCKTON)
3rd         KANUKALOS BURLETTA (MR J & MRS C MCLURE)
Res         DRIFTINGSKY TOUSLE (MR M & MRS S D HEMSWORTH)
VHC         ZWARTBOS MOET (MRS J & MR D ROBINSON & BROWN)

The aim of Obreedience is to encourage more breeds to have a go at some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a less formal but nonetheless competitive environment. Obreedience will be a team event and highlight the abilities of different breeds in a relaxed and fun display. - See more at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2013/november/breeds-take-the-lead-in-the-new-crufts-%E2%80%98obreedience%E2%80%99-competition/#sthash.bRubTwYS.dpuf

Show and event photos

Club Facebook Group

The club now has a facebook group open to all paid-up members – go to facebook and search for Hovawart Club of Great Britain. This is for club information, and to help members keep in touch with club activities. We’d like to see more of you on there, so have a look and join the group.

HCGB Calendar 2020

The 2020 Calendar is now available from John Sharpe, 01743 891310, or email pineshovawarts@gmail.com.

£7.50 per copy, postage extra - please check with John for exact postage charge.
Latest News
Degenerative Myelopathy in Hovawarts – HCGB Committee Statement August 2017.
There has been a lot of discussion about Degenerative myelopathy recently on social media and elsewhere.
Degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs is a painless progressive neurological disease affecting the spinal cord, usually presenting after the age of 8, and characterised by unsteadiness, weakness of the hind limbs, which can progress to paralysis over a few months to 3 years.
It causes spinal cord lesions, and diagnosis can only be confirmed with certainty by a post-mortem.
Development of DM is thought to be related to a specific mutation in the SOD1 gene (also known as Exon2). This mutation is widespread in many breeds of dogs, including hovawarts.
Each dog will have 2 copies of the SOD1 gene. The dog could have 2 copies of an unmutated/normal gene, or one normal and one mutated/affected gene, or two mutated/affected genes. This is commonly shown as n/n (unaffected), n/DM (carrier), and DM/DM (at risk/affected), depending on the laboratory that carries out the test. It is thought that in hovawarts the percentage in the population of n/n is 50%, n/DM 40%, and DM/DM 10%.
Dogs with two normal copies of the gene are highly unlikely to develop DM, as are carriers. Even dogs with two mutated genes may not develop DM, as the gene is not completely penetrant, and the age at which a dog may develop DM may vary widely.
There is now a genetic test that will show the presence of the SOD1 mutation, available from at least 2 laboratories in the UK. This can be done by a buccal (mouth swab), or a blood test.
The HCGB Committee view is that in the presence of a readily available and relatively low cost genetic test it would be advisable for all breeders to test their dogs before breeding, and then breed with the aim of avoiding the production of dogs with a double copy of the mutated gene (DM/DM).
This would mean that carriers and affected dogs could still be used for breeding if they are bred to a dog with a clear result.
The committee specifically does not recommend breeding only with clear (n/n) dogs. To do so would reduce the gene pool unacceptably, and increase the risk of other genetic diseases which may be even more devastating becoming more prevalent. The hovawart gene pool, especially in the UK, is already small, and other health factors such as hip dysplasia and thyroid function should also be taken into account when breeding.
With this in mind the committee will bring a proposal to the AGM in 2018 for approval by the members to add this to the HCGB Code of Ethics.
References:
1. Breed Distribution of SOD1 Alleles Previously Associated with Canine Degenerative Myelopathy, R. Zeng, J.R. Coates, G.C. Johnson, L. Hansen, T. Awano, A. Kolicheski, E. Ivansson, M. Perloski,K. Lindblad-Toh, D.P. O’Brien, J. Guo, M.L. Katz, and G.S. Johnson. J Vet Intern Med 2014;28:515–521
2. http://www.animalgenetics.eu/Canine/Canine-disease/canine-dm-degenerative-myelopathy.html
3. http://www.laboklin.co.uk/laboklin/showGeneticTest.jsp?testID=8158D